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.

Democrats denounce Tillis' switch on Medicaid

October 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis said this week that North Carolina should consider expanding its Medicaid program. A spokeswoman for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said Tillis is "trying to have it both ways."

Early voting period begins today

October 23, 2014


Early voting begins today in all 100 counties in North Carolina for people who registered to vote by the Oct. 10 deadline. The early voting period runs through midday Nov. 1. Main-in absentee ballots should be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 4.


Report reveals 18 years of academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill

October 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

An investigation into academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill revealed an 18-year scheme based on a system of no-show classes for student athletes. Following the report's release, Chancellor Carol Folt said four university employees will be terminated and another five will face disciplinary action.

Bald Head Island gets permit to build terminal groin

October 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management issued a permit that will allow Bald Head Island to construct a terminal groin to prevent erosion. Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach and Figure Eight Island are also seeking permission to build erosion-control structures.

Berger to file bill protecting state officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriage

October 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger will introduce a bill that would protect magistrates, registrars of deeds and other employees who refuse to officiate at same-sex weddings if it violates their religious beliefs. A magistrate from Rockingham County quit his job because he said marrying same-sex couples compromises his religious beliefs.
Related: Swain County magistrate resigns over personal objection to same-sex marriage