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.

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.