Lawmakers hold special session on LGBT bathroom ordinance

March 23, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators will meet at 10:00 a.m. today in response to a provision in a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use the bathroom they prefer. A spokesman for House Speaker Tim Moore said a copy of the draft legislation probably won't be made public until Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers endorses Trump

March 22, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Ellmers, a Dunn resident, became the first woman in Congress to endorse Trump for president. Ellmers, who ran in her first election in 2010 as a tea party Republican, says she relates to Trump's status as a political outsider. "I wasn't part of the usual path that most elected officials take. ... That's what I see in Donald Trump," Ellmers said.

State lawmakers could meet within a week to address Charlotte LGBT ordinance

March 21, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State lawmakers could return for a special legislative session to look at repealing a provision of a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. House Speaker Tim Moore hopes to convene legislators before the ordinance goes into effect April 1.

State coal-ash commission is dismantled

March 18, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

A coal-ash commission established to oversee the state's environmental agency as Duke Energy moves to close its ash ponds has been disbanded. The N.C. Supreme Court in January upheld Gov. Pat McCrory's challenge of legislative appointments to the commission.

Former Charlotte mayor pleads guilty in voter fraud case

March 17, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Wednsesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted voter fraud. Cannon voted early in the November 2014 election two months after he was sentenced to prison for accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents.

NC voters approve $2 billion bond issue

March 16, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About two-thirds of North Carolina voters approved a $2 billion bond package that will support infrastructure projects and improvements at the state's public universities and community colleges.

Obama withdraws support for offshore drilling

March 15, 2016

(The New York Times)

In a reversal of his previous stance, President Obama is expected to withdraw a plan that would have permitted drilling for oil and gas off the southeastern Atlantic coast. Communities from Virginia to Georgia, including many along the North Carolina coast, opposed the plan, though supporters including Gov. Pat McCrory have said offshore drilling would create jobs and improve the state's economy.

Trump may pay legal bills for supporter charged with assault at rally

March 14, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

On NBC's Face the Nation Sunday, Donald Trump said he will "explore the possibility" of helping pay the legal bills of John Franklin McGraw, a North Carolina man who was seen on video hitting a protestor at last week's Trump rally in Fayetteville.

U.S. Rep. Adams will move to Charlotte

March 11, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams said she will move to Charlotte from Greensboro, bringing her closer to her constituents if she wins reelection in the 12th District. Federal judges last month said the 12th District was racially gerrymandered and ordered new congressional maps. The new maps shrank the 12th District to include mostly Mecklenburg County.

Email shutdown highlights tensions in NC Republican Party

March 10, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. Republican Party shut off email accounts of certain party officials — including Chairman Hasan Harnett — to address what he called a "security issue," only he didn't tell Harnett about it. Harnett responded by firing off an angry email — from a personal account — suggesting Woodhouse's actions were racially motivated.