Government

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.

Berger assembles group to look at Charlotte's LGBT ordinance

March 9, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger named 10 state senators that will explore possible ways to overturn a Charlotte ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council said Tuesday that city doesn't need a similar ordinance.

Roundup of election coverage

March 8, 2016

In Raleigh, Bill Clinton slams Republicans, Sanders
In Concord, Donald Trump taunts rivals, talks trade, torture
Rampant immaturity at Trump rally

North Carolina early voting: 165,000 ballots cast in first four days

Why Donald Trump has NC GOP leaders scared

March 7, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Some North Carolina Republican leaders say having Trump on the ballot in November's election could hurt the chances of other GOP candidates by tarnishing the party's image. The North Carolina gubernatorial race could be one of the closest in the country, and even a small impact could hurt McCrory's chances, according to Jennifer Duffy at the Cook Political Report. Others say Trump could provide a boost to other Republicans.

Early voting is under way in NC

March 4, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Early voting began Thursday for all primary races except the U.S. House of Representatives, which was moved to June 7 after a judge ordered lawmakers to redraw district maps. For all other races, early voting will continue through March 12.

NC re-evaluates contract with toll-road builder

March 3, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

A subsidiary of Cintra, the Spanish company that is building controversial toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of downtown Charlotte, has filed for bankruptcy after a toll project in Texas generated less-than-expected traffic. Nick Tennyson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, will meet with Texas DOT representatives and plans to "review every option" to reassess the company's business model and contract.

New congressional maps challenged

March 2, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Challengers contend the new congressional district maps drawn last month are no better than the previous ones. In a 40-page filing, the same voters who convinced a three-judge panel that North Carolina's districts were racially gerrymandered are asking that the new maps be rejected as well.