Government

Study: Outside groups funding NC political ads

May 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Outside political groups are spending big money to influence voters in North Carolina, and N.C. has aired more political ads for U.S. Senate candidates than any other state, according to a Wesleyan University partnership that tracks campaign spending. 

More than 357,000 in NC signed up for subsidized insurance

May 2, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina had the fifth-highest number of health insurance enrollments under the Affordable Care Act and 91% of those were subsidized. Only two states had higher subsidization rates. According to federal data, 28% of the state's enrollees are 18 to 34 years old, the same as the national average.

Moral Monday demonstrations to resume May 19

May 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

William Barber, president of the N.C. chapter of the NAACP, said Wednesday that Moral Monday protests will resume May 19, right after the General Assembly reconvenes for its spring legislative session.

N.C. Department of Revenue releases new reports on effects of film subsidy

May 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Revenue released reports that show N.C. has spent about $236 million a year on film projects since lawmakers increased industry incentives three years ago, compared with $57 million per year in the three years prior to the increase.

Latest PPP poll shows Tillis may have enough support to avoid runoff

April 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The latest poll from Democratic group Public Policy Polling shows support for U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is at 46% among Republican primary voters, followed by Greg Brannon at 20% and Mark Harris at 11%. Tillis would need more than 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Harris attacks Brannon, Tillis in final Senate debate

April 29, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In the final debate before the U.S. Senate primary election, Republican Mark Harris of Charlotte claimed GOP rivals Greg Brannon and Thom Tillis are unelectable due to "political baggage." Harris criticized Brannon for not supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 and for his recent civil lawsuit, while he attacked Tillis for supporting political appointees who made generous campaign contributions.

Film incentives could continue, but not for reality TV, wrestling

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In an effort to preserve North Carolina's film incentive program, industry advocates may propose changes that would make late-night shows, reality TV and wrestling productions ineligible for the credit.

SEANC pleased with commission's recommendation on handling of state pension fund

April 28, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The State Employees Association of North Carolina seems satisfied with the recommendation of a bipartisan commission that state Treasurer Janet Cowell must share investment details of the state's $87 billion pension fund with a board of trustees.

Legislative committee proposes replacing Common Core in NC public schools

April 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A draft bill was introduced Thursday that recommends replacing Common Core standards with new education goals to be created by the State Board of Education. North Carolina is in its second year of using Common Core curriculum, which raises standards in reading and math.

Judge gives Durham, Guilford counties reprieve from teacher-tenure law

April 24, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a lawsuit by school boards from Durham and Guilford counties, a Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction that puts state-mandated contracts that eliminate teacher tenure on hold. The two school boards say a law – passed last year by the state General Assembly – eliminating all teacher tenure by 2018 is unconstitutional.