Ellmers claims third term after defeating Aiken

November 5, 2014


Incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers earned 59% of the vote to Democrat Clay Aiken's 41% to retain her seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

UNC Chapel Hill faces new probe by accrediting body

November 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will launch a new review of UNC Chapel Hill that will focus on the findings of the Wainstein report, which showed 18 years of academic fraud including no-show classes taken by more than 3,100 students. Following a 2012 review, SACS required the university to allow those students and graduates to take courses to make up for the bogus classes free of charge.

NCDOT seeks to make money from highway shoulders

November 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation will consider charging higher fees for gas, food and lodging logo signs along interstate exits and charging rent for telephone, cable and power companies that run cables and pipes along highway shoulders.

1.1 million turn out for early voting

November 3, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Nearly 1.1 million North Carolina voters took advantage of early voting, about 200,000 more than in the last midterm election four years ago. Democrats accounted for 48% of all ballots cast, while 32% were from Republicans and 20% from unaffiliated voters. Saturday was the last day for early voting. 

McCrory mulls Medicaid expansion

October 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said he is considering whether or not to expand Medicaid, a move that would allow about 500,000 low-income residents to qualify for the health insurance program. The federal government has said it would cover 100% of the state's expansion costs through 2016 and at least 90% afterwards. 

Roy Williams defends ethics at media event

October 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams said Wednesday if the university fires him, it will be because he didn't win games and not because of the academic scandal that included 167 basketball players enrolled in no-show classes since Williams arrived at the university in 2003. According to the Wainstein report released last week, Wayne Walden, the men's basketball academic counselor who enrolled players in the classes, said he never shared his concerns about the classes with Williams.

NC Democratic Party accused of 'voter shaming' tactics

October 29, 2014

(, Raleigh)

Voters in at least four N.C. counties have reported receiving letters from the North Carolina Democratic Party that use social-pressure tactics to motivate them to vote. Some letters included a "report card" based on individual voters' prior voting history.
Related: NC Democratic Party, Sierra Club try shaming tactics to get out the vote

Libertarian Senate candidate Haugh admits to smoking pot

October 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh admitted that he smokes marijuana to alleviate arthritis pain. In an effort to draw votes away from Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, conservative group American Future Fund has launched a pro-pot Internet campaign urging young voters to support Haugh instead of Hagan.

Magistrates resign over same-sex marriage law

October 27, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Citing religious beliefs, at least six magistrates have resigned because of the change in North Carolina's marriage law that requires them to perform same-sex marriages. 
Related: Pasquotank magistrate resigns after refusing to marry same-sex couple


UNC scandal ranks among the worst

October 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The 18-year scheme that kept athletes at UNC Chapel Hill in classes they weren't required to attend ranks among the worst academic scandals, according to some sports-law experts. About half of the 3,100 students involved in the no-show classes were athletes.