Patrick Gannon says that with just a few days remaining before Election Day, voters have little chance of learning exactly how General Assembly candidates spent their campaign cash or who gave it to them.
By the time the votes are counted, North Carolina’s Senate race will have cost at least $100 million. Regardless of one’s political preference, that figure is nothing less than obscene says the Burlington Times-News.
JLF’s Katherine Restrepo says that what the Wwhat the healthcare industry needs is a strong dose of disruptive innovation – relaxing regulations that will increase provider competition.
The situation in the Asheville Police Department is grave. At the very least, the city should order an outside evaluation says the Asheville Citizen-Times.
The Winston-Salem Journal says that the legislature has essentially created for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system a situation that will just plain waste public money.
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 31, 2014, By Joe JohnsonRALEIGH — The race in Senate District 15 pits high-spending former Raleigh mayor Tom Bradshaw against first-time, fill-in legislative candidate John “Johnny Mac” Alexander to claim a seat left open by the retirement of Republican state Sen. Neal Hunt. Alexander entered the race in July after the death of GOP nominee Dr. Jim Fulghum; as a consequence, he trails Bradshaw significantly in fundraising for the seat.
WASHINGTON — Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate, says he’d take his conservative revolution to Washington if he wins next week and try to help shrink the federal government. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the Democrat Tillis hopes to unseat, says cuts Tillis already made in the state as speaker of the state House of Representatives have hurt the middle class.
RALEIGH — Even with one less week of balloting this election, in-person voting continues to outpace levels from the last midterm election in North Carolina and has Democrats guardedly optimistic for results from U.S. Senate down to the legislature and local races. State Board of Elections data show nearly 690,000 people had cast ballots from the start of early voting Oct. 23 through Wednesday at centers in all 100 counties. It closes Saturday afternoon.
ASHEBORO — Clay Aiken’s arrival at Randolph Community College didn’t go unnoticed Thursday afternoon. After all, hiding a celebrity’s presence proves difficult when he arrives in a gold bus with his name plastered on all sides. Several people rushed over to pose for selfies when Aiken exited. It’s been 11 years since his second place “American Idol” finish, but Aiken wasn’t on campus to sing.
ASHEVILLE — The candidates for the state Senate district that takes in most of Buncombe County sound somewhat alike when they are talking about education but very different when discussing each other. Incumbent Democrat Terry Van Duyn of Biltmore Forest says restoring school funding cut in recent years is her “job one.”
CHARLOTTE — Republican Thom Tillis’ U.S. Senate race is the most expensive in the nation. And the race for his legislative seat is the most expensive in Mecklenburg County. Republican John Bradford III and Democrat Natasha Marcus are waging a high-stakes contest for the seat Tillis is leaving in north Mecklenburg’s House District 98.
RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Commissioners races that voters will decide Tuesday are set to be the costliest in a decade or more, and the panel’s four Republican incumbents face a significant financial disadvantage compared with their Democratic challengers. The eight candidates had raised a total of about $750,000 by the middle of this month, according to financial disclosure reports.
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he's weighing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, adding to signs that state Republican leaders may reconsider their opposition to extending the social program.
RAKEIGH — Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, said Thursday that about 42,000 customers around the state received insurance renewal letters with incorrect rates, some showing cost increases of more than 100 percent. The Chapel Hill company has been flooded with calls since Wednesday from irate customers who began receiving their renewal notices this week.
RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory stood Thursday in an empty conference room with a ratty, stained carpet and damaged ceiling tiles. “This is the room I recruited GE in,” he said, referring to GE Aviation’s 2013 decision to expand facilities throughout the state. “There were broken tables.”
RALEIGH — More teachers left North Carolina to teach in other states last year than the year before, and more reported leaving the profession because they were dissatisfied or wanted to make a career change, according to a state Department of Public Instruction draft report. Overall, the teacher turnover rate dipped slightly to 14.12 percent last year from 14.33 percent in 2012-13.
GREENSBORO — Prosecutors agreed Thursday to drop all 22 felony charges against three fired UNCG employees accused of falsifying time sheets. Photographers Chris English and David Wilson — and Lyda Carpen, who was their boss — walked out of Guilford County District Court with relieved expressions and clean criminal records.