The N.C. Utilities Commission decision allowing power companies to pocket their corporate income tax savings is a travesty that must be challenged. Fortunately, it will be says the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Rob Christensen says that the so-called Walmart Moms were certain about one thing – they were sick of all of the negative TV commercials.
There are fine arguments to be made for a trial by jury, just as there for a bench trial. Defendants should have the right to choose says the Winston-Salem Journal.
Our courts are not perfect, but trial by jury is one of the foundations of our legal system writes the Wilmington Star- News.
The Greensboro News & Record says that for better or for worse, a still-brewing campus controversy will affect UNC Greensboro Chancellor Linda Brady’s legacy.
Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.
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.
October 23, 2014, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — As early voting opens for the 2014 general election, an attorney representing the state in the lawsuit fighting state election law reforms wants to know if N.C. NAACP President William Barber urged those attending the group’s state convention to take people who have not registered to vote to early voting sites and transport registered voters to their wrong precincts on election day.
RALEIGH — Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, said Wednesday that rates under the Affordable Care Act next year will increase by 13.5 percent on average, providing the first glimpse of how insurance coverage will play out next year under the federal health care law.
GREENSBORO — Democrat Laura Fjeld and Republican Mark Walker will meet in the first of two televised debates Thursday on Time Warner Cable News. The 6th Congressional District candidate debate will be taped Thursday afternoon at the Raleigh studios of Time Warner with “Capital Tonight” host Tim Boyum as moderator.
ASHEVILLE — The race for 10th District U.S. House pits a longtime Republican insider against a Democrat who has been trying to get the attention of those in power. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln, was still in his 20s when first elected to the House and at age 38 is seeking his sixth term. He began climbing the ranks of the House leadership this summer when he became chief deputy whip for the chamber’s GOP majority.
FAYETTEVILLE — Democratic challenger Jonathan Barfield Jr. is in for an uphill battle to unseat Republican David Rouzer in the U.S. House of Representatives’ 7th District, a political analyst says. “With 2014 election trends tending to favor Republicans, it would be even harder for a Democrat to win this year,” said Mitch Kokai, political analyst for the John Locke Foundation, a small-government conservative think tank in Raleigh.
WILMINGTON — Gov. Pat McCrory at a meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission on Wednesday urged coastal experts to submit proposals for programs and policies that could later be used to lobby the federal government for increased funding for projects in North Carolina. “Then I make this offer as governor – we will go up to D.C. or make the invitations to bring D.C. here,” he said, “so that they can see North Carolina’s unique concerns.”
FAYETTEVILLE — Funding for Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing budget is slated to end in March, but that doesn’t mean the unit will inactivate anytime soon, officials said.
In an email sent to 440th airmen Sunday night, Brig. Gen. James P. Scanlan said Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris has decided not to extend funding for the unit’s budget past March. However, the unit will continue operating normally until directed otherwise by Congress.
WILMINGTON — The continuing tug-of-war between businessman Baker Mitchell’s local charter schools and state officials could come to a head on Monday if Charter Day School Inc. does not turn over salary information twice requested by state regulators. The school group, which has four charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina, was the only one among 148 charters in the state not to comply with the request.
CHARLOTTE — In the seven months since Dan Clodfelter was appointed Charlotte’s mayor, the former state senator has taken a light approach at the Government Center. He does not micromanage city staff. He has declined to take calls from the media on days when he’s not in the office. Mostly deferential to the City Council, he is reluctant to broadcast his vision for the city.
WINSTON-SALEM — The State Board of Elections will not be able to verify before the early-voting period begins today whether all of the nearly 10,000 names that it has flagged as belonging to possible ineligible voters are in fact ineligible, according to interviews with elections and transportation officials.
LEWISVILLE — Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that he’s not a “spoiler” who will decide whether incumbent Kay Hagan or Republican Thom Tillis wins on Nov. 4. “It’s not my fault that Speaker Tillis is so vulnerable and weak,” Haugh said. “It’s not my fault that Kay Hagan is so vulnerable. She did that on her own.”
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Supreme Court said Wednesday afternoon the courts should take up the issue of early voting on the campus of Appalachian State, literally moments after the State Board of Elections had voted to restore the on-campus early voting site. However, the early voting site will remain open as the state elections board voted, unless the board meets again to cancel the site.