Latest PPP poll shows Tillis may have enough support to avoid runoff

April 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The latest poll from Democratic group Public Policy Polling shows support for U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is at 46% among Republican primary voters, followed by Greg Brannon at 20% and Mark Harris at 11%. Tillis would need more than 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Harris attacks Brannon, Tillis in final Senate debate

April 29, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In the final debate before the U.S. Senate primary election, Republican Mark Harris of Charlotte claimed GOP rivals Greg Brannon and Thom Tillis are unelectable due to "political baggage." Harris criticized Brannon for not supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 and for his recent civil lawsuit, while he attacked Tillis for supporting political appointees who made generous campaign contributions.

Film incentives could continue, but not for reality TV, wrestling

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In an effort to preserve North Carolina's film incentive program, industry advocates may propose changes that would make late-night shows, reality TV and wrestling productions ineligible for the credit.

SEANC pleased with commission's recommendation on handling of state pension fund

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The State Employees Association of North Carolina seems satisfied with the recommendation of a bipartisan commission that state Treasurer Janet Cowell must share investment details of the state's $87 billion pension fund with a board of trustees.

Legislative committee proposes replacing Common Core in NC public schools

April 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A draft bill was introduced Thursday that recommends replacing Common Core standards with new education goals to be created by the State Board of Education. North Carolina is in its second year of using Common Core curriculum, which raises standards in reading and math.

Judge gives Durham, Guilford counties reprieve from teacher-tenure law

April 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a lawsuit by school boards from Durham and Guilford counties, a Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction that puts state-mandated contracts that eliminate teacher tenure on hold. The two school boards say a law – passed last year by the state General Assembly – eliminating all teacher tenure by 2018 is unconstitutional.

SEANC issues harsh report on handling of state pension fund

April 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A 147-page report commissioned by the State Employees Association of North Carolina claims state Treasurer Janet Cowell may have mismanaged the state's $87 billion pension fund. The report says Cowell hid $30 billion in investments from the public and may have violated numerous state and federal laws.

DHHS wants $12 million more in federal funding

April 22, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a $12 million budget increase to pay for costs related to its troubled food-stamp program.

Study reveals Duke's campaign contributions to McCrory

April 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A study by Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics shows Gov. Pat McCrory received $98,000 in campaign contributions from former employer Duke Energy from 2000-2012, including $16,000 from the utility's PAC and $82,000 from executives.

GOP legislators blindsided by announcement of McCrory's coal-ash plan

April 21, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

State Sen. Tom Apodaca said GOP legislators were not given advance notice of Gov. Pat McCrory's plan for dealing with Duke Energy's coal-ash problems. Two weeks ago, Apodaca was assigned to work with House Republicans in crafting legislation to deal with coal-ash issues, but that group was not consulted when McCrory announced his new proposal last week.