Tom Campbell says that before legislators could adjourn for the year they had to do two things: give teachers a pay raise and pass a coal ash cleanup bill. Most agree their coal ash solution was weak.
Patrick Gannon says that state lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they?
Gov. McCrory should call the legislature back to tackle economic development issues because more help is needed says the Greensboro News & Record.
Some local jobs are hard to fill, a business poll finds, but the bigger problem is still the high rate of unemployment says the Greensboro News & Record.
Patrick Gannon writes that most incumbent lawmakers have more money than their opponents to spend on ads, mass mailings and other campaign activities.
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.
September 02, 2014, By Dan WayRALEIGH — A legal challenge to the General Assembly’s new rules on public use and behavior at the legislative complex could reshape public access and speech rights on public property all the way down to local governments. Plaintiffs say North Carolina’s protections of free speech at the legislative complex are sufficiently expansive to allow the sorts of raucous rallies that have taken place over the past two General Assembly sessions.
CHARLOTTE — They’re like two prize fighters, bruised and battered by months of pounding but still standing. Now Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis head into the ring at 7 p.m. Wednesday for their first debate (UNC TV), a head-to-head matchup that could shape the final nine weeks of the campaign.
RALEIGH — In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Kay Hagan is attacking Republican Thom Tillis’ four-year tenure as state House speaker, while Tillis is criticizing Hagan’s votes as a first-term senator in Washington. The jabs – backed by millions of dollars in television ads – are meant to draw distinctions and contrast their respective records for voters.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 since 2008 from employees and political action committees of industries that are under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where she has served for a large portion of her first term in Congress.
FAYETTEVILLE — Late summer means back to school, so the leather waiting room chairs at the community college veterans center are full of former service members seeking help with course mix-ups, education benefits and any other obstacle to a degree or new job qualification. Like many voters, most of the 2,500 veterans at Fayetteville Technical Community college haven't begun paying close attention to politics.
RALEIGH — North Carolina government has undergone a dramatic shift to the right. How voters feel about Republican control should shade Election Day results for the U.S. Senate and on down the ballot. A state government dominated by Democrats for generations turned when the state House and Senate went Republican in 2010. Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in two decades two years later.
RALEIGH — North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size. Only about a quarter of the nearly 3,000 jobs paying an average of $105,000 a year were expected to move from Southern California, meaning a golden but missed job-creating opportunity for the region.
RANDLEMAN — Environmentalists warn that a planned regional landfill in Randolph County could become a burial ground for worrisome amounts of coal ash. A contract the county signed with trash-disposal giant Waste Management specifically allows the new landfill to accept waste from “electric power generation.” Those are code words for coal ash, said Therese Vick of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.
CHARLOTTE — North Carolina advocacy groups are raising social-justice questions about the credit checks and deposits that utilities require of new customers, saying they’re unfair to people with modest incomes. The N.C. Utilities Commission is reviewing rules written in 1970, when owning a house or having a good payment history was enough to turn the lights or gas on.
RALEIGH — Federal wildlife officials asked the public Friday to weigh in as the government reviews whether to continue maintaining the world’s only wild population of the red wolf in eastern North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it had awarded a contract to the Virginia-based nonprofit Wildlife Management Institute to evaluate its 27-year experiment to restore the endangered species to the wild.
CHAPEL HILL — Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include the median grade of classmates, the percentile range and the number of students in the class section.
CHARLOTTE — A 9-year-old Arizona girl’s accidental killing of her firearms instructor this week reignited the national debate over guns, but with an unusual focus: children using fully automatic rifles. North Carolina is among 30 states that don’t prohibit children from using rifles, whether it’s a .22-caliber squirrel rifle or a fully automatic Uzi like the one in the Arizona accident.
RALEIGH — At 9:10 p.m. on Sept. 28, 1983, a sheriff’s detective knocked on the door of Henry McCollum’s home and invited the 19-year-old to the Red Springs Police Department for questioning. An hour and a half later, his brother, Leon Brown, and their mother went to the station to see what was taking so long.
CHARLOTTE — A New York City man returned to North Carolina two summers ago to confront a popular soccer coach he claims sexually abused him when he was 9 years old. The man drove out Independence Boulevard to a small townhouse off Village Lake Drive in southwest Charlotte. A weathered door mat announced: “Catawba Soccer Shop.”
CHARLOTTE — For two decades local government has turned to targeted sales taxes to help fund special projects – a convention center, football stadium renovations, a new uptown arena, new art museums, a baseball stadium and a light-rail line. To foot the bill, the city and the county have raised the sales tax on hotel and motel rooms three times, rental cars two times, restaurant and bar tabs once, and the overall sales tax once.
GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Housing Authority is about to get an influx of money to renovate its properties under a program that is changing the way public housing is funded nationwide. The housing authority, with about 2,200 apartments, is going to become part of a new U.S. Housing and Urban Development program that will allow the authority to tap into private financing to improve its low-cost apartments.