McCrory's effectiveness in question as legislative session continues

May 19, 2014

(The New York Times)

While the state unemployment rate has fallen from 9.5% to 6.2% under Gov. Pat McCrory's tenure, an Elon University poll conducted last month found that only 37% of voters in N.C. believe the state is headed in the right direction. 

Superior Court judge rules against eliminating teacher tenure

May 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled that the state legislature's effort to eliminate teacher tenure is unconstitutional. The ruling applies to teachers who already have tenure, but not to those who have yet to earn it.

Sea-level forecast will look only at next 30 years

May 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will limit its official forecasting of sea-level rise to the next 30 years. The group is worried that studies that forecast as much as 100 years into the future may not be as reliable and could slow economic growth along the coast.

McCrory introduces modified $21 billion budget as legislative short session begins

May 15, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The state General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday to make adjustments to the state budget, but legislators also will address topics including coal-ash cleanup and expanding Medicaid. Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a $21 billion budget that gives raises to teachers and state employees but reduces funding to the UNC system.

McCrory's coal-ash plan one of first bills filed in legislative session

May 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

On the opening day of the state General Assembly's short session, senate leader Phil Berger and Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca filed a bill that included Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to regulate coal ash. The bill proposes handling storage and disposal of coal ash on a case-by-case basis and hiring 19 people to monitor coal-ash activities.

Aiken confirmed as winner of Democratic congressional primary

May 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A day after the unexpected death of his opponent Keith Crisco, the final tally of votes confirmed that Clay Aiken will be the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District with 40.86% of the vote. he will face the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November's election.

Keith Crisco dies unexpectedly after fall on Monday

May 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Keith Crisco died from injuries suffered after a fall at his home on Monday. The former state Commerce secretary and longtime Asheboro resident had planned to concede his Congressional campaign today to Democratic primary opponent Clay Aiken. Crisco was 71.

Berger may hold most political power in NC

May 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

As he begins his fourth session as leader of the state Senate, many people believe President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Eden attorney and BNC's Mover and Shaker of the Year (cover story, January 2014), is the most powerful politician in North Carolina.

Berger offers preview of state legislative session

May 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate leader Phil Berger said increasing pay for teachers will be a priority during the state legislature's upcoming session. Berger said other issues the legislature will address are balancing the budget, easing regulations and drilling for natural gas. He also announced his full support for House Speaker Thom Tillis in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

McCrory to ask legislators for 2% teacher pay raise

May 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday he will propose a 2% raise for all teachers this year and will also recommend a long-term plan that would base pay on performance, market competition and leadership.