Government

Review panel says Common Core too hard for some students

October 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Some members of the review commission tasked with replacing Common Core academic standards in North Carolina's public schools say the the rigorous standards are not age-appropriate and are too hard for some students.

Campaign spending could top $103 million in Hagan-Tillis race

October 20, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

The race between incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis could become the most expensive U.S. Senate race ever. Campaign spending could top $103 million, according to public records and statements from donors.

GOP legislators to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

October 17, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger will appeal a federal judge's decision this week that made same-sex marriage legal in North Carolina.
Related: NC employers expand benefits after gay marriage ruling

McCrory condemns plain-packaging laws for cigarettes in France, Ireland

October 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory asked officials in France and Ireland to reconsider new cigarette-packaging restrictions that would replace company logos with standardized lettering and anti-smoking slogans and photos. The regulation is "a direct assault on intellectual property and trademarks," McCrory said in a letter to the French ambassador.

GOP can appeal NC's same-sex marriage ruling

October 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A ruling by U.S. District Judge William Osteen Jr. that declares North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriages invalid will allow Republican legislators Phil Berger and Thom Tillis to pursue an appeal. 

Republicans bet more on Tillis campaign

October 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

As polls show an increasingly close race for U.S. Senate, the National Rebublican Senatorial Committee will bump up its contributions to Thom Tillis' campaign by $6.5 million. That's in addition to the $3.9 million the group has already committed to Tillis' campaign.

Judge orders early voting site at App State

October 14, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

A Wake County Superior Court judge ordered the state Board of Elections to include at least one on-campus early voting site at Appalachian State University. The Watauga County elections board removed the long-standing voting site prior to the May primary. Opponents of the plan to remove the voting center say it makes it harder for students, who are more likely to vote Democratic, to cast ballots.

Latest HPU poll shows tight Senate race

October 14, 2014

(High Point Enterprise)

A High Point University poll released Monday shows U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in a dead heat, each with 40% of likely state voters. Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh has 7%, and 13% of voters are undecided or declined to answer. 

Former Charlotte mayor awaits sentencing

October 13, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will be sentenced Tuesday on corruption charges. Cannon, 47, was arrested March 26 and pleaded guilty in June to accepting bribes totaling $50,500 from a local businessman and undercover agents between January 2013 and February 2014. The maximum sentence is 20 years, though prosecutors promised not to ask for a sentence of more than four to five years  in exchange for Cannon's guilty plea.

Commission receives more than 100,000 public comments on fracking rules

October 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission has received more than 100,000 public comments on proposed safety rules for hydraulic fracturing. Three hearing officers will review the comments and make recommendations on fracking standards to the full commission on Oct. 30. The state legislature is expected to begin reviewing the rules in January.