Scott Mooneyham says that Thom Tillis is having to fend off both his primary opponents and Sen. Kay Hagan before he can ever get to a general election campaign.
The first televised debate Tuesday night reflected both a high-stakes Senate GOP primary race that is fluid and a party that is struggling to define itself says Rob Christensen.
It has been a long climb, and there are still potential pitfalls ahead, but the days of double-digit unemployment statewide appear to be history for now. The Wilmington Star-News will take that.
Tom Campbell doesn’t blame Thom Tillis for refusing to attend one of the three televised GOP Senate primary debates. The only mystery is why he (or any candidate) is bothering with any of them.
The Charlotte Observer finds it disappointing that officials of some N.C. charter schools are trying to evade full disclosure of who gets paid what at the schools.
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
In a Sunday piece, The Charlotte Observer employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.
April 23, 2014, By Sam A. HiebGREENSBORO — There are no Republicans running for the District 58 seat, making the May 6 Democratic primary most likely a winner-take-all event. The candidates largely hold similar views on the issues confronting the state. For the most part, they disagree with many of the policies enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory.
DAVIDSON — Greg Brannon repeatedly challenged House Speaker Thom Tillis’ conservative credentials Tuesday while Tillis saved his punches for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the first debate of the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The two Republicans dominated the debate with their back-and-forth as Mark Harris and Heather Grant sought to remain largely above the fray.
GREENSBORO — If it doesn’t set a record, it probably comes close. Nine Republican candidates are vying for the 6th District seat held for 29 years by Congressman Howard Coble, who announced his retirement in November. Add the two Democratic candidates, and you’ve got enough players to field a football team.
RALEIGH — Duke Energy’s top North Carolina executive told state lawmakers Tuesday that digging up coal ash from disposal sites across the state and trucking the industrial waste to modern landfills, as critics are demanding, could cost as much as $10 billion. A cheaper option, which leaves the coal ash in place at most sites, would cost at least $2 billion.
GREENSBORO — Duke Energy has found, submerged in the Dan River, what might be an important clue to explaining how and why a massive coal ash spill occurred two months ago at a retired Eden power plant. Utility workers recently recovered from the river a piece of metal pipe that apparently was part of the drainage line that failed on Feb. 2, gushing as much as 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the river, according to Duke estimates.
RALEIGH — A blistering report on the management of the state’s $87 billion pension fund commissioned by the State Employees Association of North Carolina reinforces and significantly expands the group’s long-standing criticisms of state Treasurer Janet Cowell. The 147-page report takes a shotgun approach, leveling numerous accusations and complaints steeped in inflammatory language.
WINSTON-SALEM — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Monday the state has requested an additional $12 million in federal funding to pay for county cost overruns for its beleaguered food-stamp program. Counties are reimbursed for 50 percent of their expenditures by the U.S. Agriculture Department, the agency from which DHHS has made the funding request.
RALEIGH — A legislative panel offered few solutions Monday to getting fresh produce and other healthy food into communities that lack grocery stores. Lawmakers created the House Committee on Food Desert Zones after Kroger closed two stores in southeast Raleigh last year.
CARY — Calling it a test of the community’s political will, the Wake County school board unanimously approved a budget proposal Tuesday that asks for a $39.3 million increase in local funding to support pay raises for teachers. Also on Tuesday, the board received news that repair work on the Beltline will not result, as originally feared, in changes in school times for multiple schools this fall.
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte has the one of the largest populations of foreign-born citizens in the state, yet it lacks one of the most basic services needed for such families to succeed: an organized way for preschoolers to learn English before starting kindergarten. Currently, the city has one small nonprofit bilingual preschool and two others affiliated with Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
RALEIGH — Debra Townsley, the president of William Peace University, is facing intense criticism from students and faculty, who describe a deteriorating academic environment and a fear of retaliation on the downtown Raleigh campus. Five students who recently circulated a student petition were informed by the university this week that they face disciplinary proceedings for disorderly conduct and violations of Peace’s visitation and solicitation policies.
CHARLOTTE — Adam Goulet, Joshua Hankins and Roger Moore were dealt what looked like professional setbacks when they lost their licenses to originate mortgages for homebuyers in North Carolina. In separate cases, federal authorities said all three gave false information to lenders when they bought investment properties in Charlotte. But all three remain in the mortgage business because of settlements with the N.C. banking commissioner.
RALEIGH — The state Board of Elections on Tuesday upheld a decision by the Madison County Board of Elections allowing John Ledford to run for sheriff. “I’m very happy with today’s decision,” Ledford said by phone. “I look forward to letting the people of Madison County decide who they want to be their sheriff as opposed to somebody deciding on some type of technicality. I think that’s the way it should always be. It should be decided by an election.”
GREENSBORO — The city is looking at new fees and a handful of employee layoffs to help close a projected $5 million budget gap without raising property taxes next year. City Manager Jim Westmoreland told City Council members Tuesday that the city also needs millions of dollars worth of building and road repairs.
WINSTON-SALEM — Davidson County voters will choose in the May 6 primary whether to pay an extra fourth of a cent in sales tax to pay for the construction of a new high school in the northern part of the county. Advocates say the sales tax addition would raise about $2.3 million annually and allow the county to finance the construction of a high school to relieve overcrowding at North Davidson and Ledford high schools.
WILMINGTON — Beach town officials will meet next week to continue discussing a host of funding options for beach nourishment projects, in addition to a request for more authority over the allocation of room occupancy tax dollars. “We keep going to meetings and talking to people about beach renourishment,” said Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox.