It’s embarrassing that the senators from her own home state won’t show Loretta Lynch some support. They have no good reason other than petulance says the Winston-Salem Journal.
An increase sought by Gov. Pat McCrory in incentives is likely to incite yet more urban-envy among legislators from the state’s smaller towns and urban areas says the Durham Herald-Sun.
The Greensboro News & Record argues that the Senate Redistricting Committee should vote down the Greensboro City Council bill.
Rob Christenen writes that Loretta Lynch, a highly regarded federal prosecutor, is likely to become the first attorney general from North Carolina in American history.
The Rocky Mount Telegram says that the state rarely gives enough credit to the fine doctors and nurses produced by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
Professors do future journalists and the reading public no favors by teaching students that a left-wing narrative trumps the facts.
News outlets shirk their duty when they fail to acknowledge important stories.
Journalists fall short of long-established standards when they allow officials to peruse and even edit their reports.
March 05, 2015, By Dan WayRALEIGH — Potentially “tragic” results could occur because the professional board that regulates the state’s dentists issues sedation permits before it inspects dental facilities, and does not conduct compliance checks to ensure dentists can deliver anesthesia safely and respond to medical emergencies, a state audit concluded. The board’s chief operating officer said it was working to improve policies before the audit was launched.
RALEIGH — Newly elected N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin on Wednesday asked the General Assembly to rescue the state’s financially struggling court system, saying decades of neglect have put its most basic functions at risk. “We are now confronting a situation where the justice system is unable to promptly serve those who turn to us for help,” Martin said in a state of the judiciary address, given before a joint session of the legislature in the state House chamber.
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s quest to entice an automaker to build a manufacturing plant in the state weighed heavily over Wednesday’s state House debate over a bill to expand North Carolina’s business-recruitment incentives program. House members gave the measure, one aspect of which could cost more than $900 million over the next 15 years, tentative approval by way of a 87-32 vote.
GREENSBORO — A bipartisan House bill submitted Wednesday would revive the state’s historic preservation tax credits at an expected lower value per project. House Bill 152 lists recommendations most recently attempted in July: a 15 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures up to $10 million, and a 10 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures between $10 million and $20 million.
RALEIGH — Months before Gov. Pat McCrory set about building the spending proposal he’s set to promote on Thursday morning, its foundation shifted. A new state law has ended the decades-old practice of automatically building in numbers that account for expected growth, such as covering the cost of more children attending public schools each year.
RALEIGH — Lee Roberts is not the lightning rod his predecessor was. The state’s budget director since September, Roberts has had limited interaction with the media, isn’t registered with a political party, has made relatively few campaign donations – and the political money he has given was to help candidates on both sides of the aisle. This is also his first time on a government payroll.
RALEIGH — A constitutional showdown between Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly heads to court Thursday. McCrory sued lawmakers last year, saying they had wrongfully taken away his ability to manage certain executive branch affairs. The dispute erupted over a new commission that was put in place to oversee the clean up of coal ash ponds across the state. Lawmakers reserved the right to appoint some of the members of that commission, but McCrory said those appointments should be his.
RALEIGH — The House Judiciary 1 Committee heard public comment Wednesday on a bill allowing magistrates and county workers with religious objections to gay marriage to opt out of marriage duties entirely. Senate Bill 2 passed the Senate last week. The meeting Wednesday was its first airing in the House.
RALEIGH — Animal advocates gathered at the Legislative Building on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to regulate so-called ”puppy mills.” Similar bills have failed in every legislative session for years, but one Raleigh couple said they hope their four-legged lobbyist can turn the tide. Bee is a little cuter than the average lobbyist, but you would never guess she came from a rough background.
HAMPSTEAD — Based on his long experience as a member and official of local and state homebuilders’ associations, Jeff Stokley saved himself a lot of headaches and a lot of dollars. Stokley Development was preparing to physically expand a business near Hampstead, county permits in hand and construction workers at the ready, when he consulted filed maps of possible highway expansions. He learned that his site was smack in the middle of the proposed Hampstead Bypass.
WINSTON-SALEM — A bill that would shorten the period within which the N.C. Department of Transportation can forbid development in the designated path of roadways has been filed in the N.C. House. The bill would reduce the period of non-development from three years to 180 days. But the attorney representing landowners in the path of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway says the state should scrap the time limits altogether.
RALEIGH — A bill filed Wednesday would change the way the Wake County Board of Commissioners is elected, resulting in each voter only being able to cast votes for two members instead of being able now to decide on every seat. Republicans said the bill would end “outrageously expensive” countywide campaigns and better represents Wake’s small towns.
GREENSBORO — Senate Bill 36 — state Sen. Trudy Wade’s bill to reshape the Greensboro City Council — will have its coming out party in Raleigh today. And local folks plan to be there to see its debut. The Senate redistricting committee will consider the bill this afternoon. It will be the first legislative vetting of the controversial proposal — and the first time Wade will publicly make the pitch for it.
CHARLOTTE — As promised, state Sen. Jeff Tarte introduced a bill this week that attempts to undo the “unfairness” of sticking Mecklenburg County property owners with back taxes during years they didn’t own the property. During the state-ordered review of Mecklenburg’s mistake-riddled 2011 revaluation, the owners of hundreds of undervalued parcels were sent bills for back taxes – totaling about $256,000 – for properties they didn’t own at the time of the billing.
RALEIGH — Legislation to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous proved controversial in a House committee Wednesday, and legislators from both parties are looking for a compromise. Rep. Darren Jackson, a Wake County Democrat, wants the N.C. Education Lottery to keep the names of its biggest winners private – unless the winner chooses to publicly receive the oversized check.
GREENSBORO — Guilford College is once again facing a budget deficit because of a sharp drop in enrollment, especially among adult students. Three years after the private liberal arts college laid off 16 employees to balance its budget, Guilford is running a budget deficit of about $2 million this year.