Government

House speaker mulls special session on Charlotte LGBT ordinance

February 26, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said he will consider holding a special legislative session to debate a provision in Charlotte's new nondiscrimination ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect April 1; the General Assembly's short session convenes April 25.

Western NC schools face declining enrollments

February 26, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Haywood County school board voted this week to close Central Elementary at the end of the school year, a casualty of declining enrollment that is becoming common in some rural western N.C. counties due to the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Carlee stepping down as Charlotte city manager

February 25, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Ron Carlee said he will not seek an extension of his three-year contract, which expires at the end of March. The city council had been unable to agree in recent months whether to renew Carlee's contract.

Hearing on US 64 Bypass draws a crowd in Asheboro

February 24, 2016

(Asheboro Courier-Tribune)

Asheboro residents attended a public hearing Tuesday to learn about the planned U.S. 64 Bypass, a $224 million project that would ease congestion and speed up traffic from Raleigh to Lexington. Also planned is a connector road for the N.C. Zoo. While some residents were concerned about how the bypass would affect their properties, others felt they had gotten a fair deal from the state.

NC House Speaker vows to rescind LGBT bathroom provision

February 24, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday that state lawmakers will move to "correct this radical course" after Charlotte City Council voted to expand legal protection of LGBT people. At the center of the controversy is a provision that would allow transgender people to use either a men's or women's bathroom.

 

Charlotte approves LGBT protections; McCrory warns of legislative action

February 23, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Following a three-hour meeting where 140 people spoke, Charlotte City Council voted 7-4 to approve expanding legal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people. The ordinance applies to public places including restaurants, stores and taxis. A similar proposal failed last year. Gov. Pat McCrory warned that if the ordinance passed, "immediate state legislative intervention" was likely.

Tillis endorses Rubio for GOP nomination

February 22, 2016

(Winston-Salem Journal)

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is endorsing Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential campaign. Tillis and Rubio are both first-term senators and former state House speakers. In a statement from Rubio's campaign, Tillis also mentioned that both came from "humble beginnings."
Also: How Marco Rubio edged out Ted Cruz for second in SC (hint: Nikki Haley helped)

House moves congressional primary to June 7

February 19, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. House voted to move the state's congressional primary from March 15 to June 7, a change that would eliminate runoff elections. The state Senate is expected to approve the change Friday. Primaries for other races and a $2 billion bond vote would be held March 15. The Senate approved a new congressional district map Thursday; the House will vote on the issue Friday.

Legislators study major changes to congressional map

February 18, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State lawmakers on Thursday will consider a proposal to change North Carolina's congressional district maps. The proposed changes affect each of the state's 13 districts, though a 10-3 partisan split would remain: three districts would strongly favor Democrats while the other 10 would favor Republicans.

Another call to break up the big banks

February 17, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Neel Kashkari, who became president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis last month, said Tuesday the nation's biggest banks are "still too big to fail" and still pose a "significant risk" to the economy. Kashkari, a Republican, plans to study the issue and develop a proposal by year-end, which could involve breaking up the biggest financial institutions.
Also: Fed's Kashkari, in first speech, suggests radical Wall St. overhaul