Government

NC Democratic Party to name Chavis as executive director

February 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

After the recent firing of Executive Director Robert Dempsey, the North Carolina Democratic Party will announce his replacement on Wednesday. Chairman Randy Voller is expected to pick civil-rights advocate and North Carolina native Benjamin Chavis for the position, a controversial choice that many not win support from state party leaders.

Republican leaders to announce proposal for higher teacher pay

February 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory along with other state Republican lawmakers will announce today a plan to increase teacher pay for those starting out in the field. The proposal would increase the base salary for public school teachers from $30,800 to at least $33,000 for 2014-15 and at least $35,000 the following year.

Thousands attend Moral March on Raleigh Saturday

February 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Thousands of people from across the state attended the Moral March on Raleigh Saturday, protesting Republican-led legislation and supporting a variety of causes including higher pay for teachers, voting rights and the expansion of Medicaid. Raleigh police did not release a crowd estimate for the annual event which drew 10,000 in 2013, but organizers submitted an application that planned for 20,000 to 30,000 people.

State spends $3 million on consultant to fix Medicaid

February 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has contracted a Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm to fix the state Medicaid program, which has been plagued with problems.

Tony Almeida retiring from position as McCrory's top jobs adviser

February 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tony Almeida is leaving his position as Gov. Pat McCrory's senior adviser for jobs and the economy. Almeida says he is retiring to spend more time with his family, including his ill mother. Three other key  members of McCrory's administration have departed over the last five weeks.

White House picks Raleigh for climate change research hub

February 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh was selected as one of seven climate change research hubs to help farmers adapt to weather-related changes. The Southeastern Regional Climate Hub, actually a consortium of more than two dozen agencies and organizations, will be located at N.C. State University's Centennial Campus. 

Clay Aiken to announce campaign for Congress today

February 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Singer and Raleigh native Clay Aiken is expected to announce today he will run for Congress. Aiken says jobs and the economy will be important themes in his campaign for North Carolina's 2nd District. He will face former Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

NCDOT fined for seizing land protected by bankruptcy law

February 4, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A federal bankruptcy judge in Raleigh has fined the North Carolina Department of Transportation for condemning a half-acre of land in Concord where it is building a highway extension. The owners of the property had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2010, which should have prevented the DOT from seizing the land.

State commission updates fracking standards

February 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission determined that natural gas wells must be drilled a minimum distance of 650 feet from buildings, homes and water wells, extending the minimum safe distance from 500 feet as dictated by the previous rules. Commissioner Charles Holbrook was the only opponent to the change, claiming the new standards are too strict.

State leaders to begin formal government reform study

February 3, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. McCrory's administration will hire a consultant to review the state government's organizational structure and the functions of state agencies. The objective of the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiative is to look for ways to save money and improve services. A consutant for NC GEAR will be hired by the end of the month, and its report is due Feb. 2015.