(3.28.13) Parents Chafe At National Student-Tracking Database
RALEIGH — The Shared Learning Infrastructure, built over the past 18 months, stores millions of K-12 student records identified by name, address, race/ethnicity, economic status, guardian, primary language, grade, test scores, attendance, school and non-school activities, and much more. Even Social Security numbers sometimes are collected and stored.
(3.07.13) Fed Consumer Bureau Eyeing Retirement Savings
RALEIGH — Representatives of the financial industry and policy analysts are concerned about reports that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering taking a formal role in helping Americans better understand and manage their retirement savings. Such a move would mark the agency’s first entry into consumer retirement investments.
(12.19.12) Elected Council of State, While Unwieldy, Is Unlikely To Change
RALEIGH — Changing the method of selection for governor, lieutenant governor, and any of North Carolina’s other Council of State officials would require a constitutional amendment. Twenty-six states elect a joint ticket for governor and lieutenant governor, and most appoint leaders of education and agriculture policy.
(10.09.12) House District 35 Contenders Have Wake School Board Ties
RALEIGH — In Wake County, the open-seat contest in N.C. House District 35 features two candidates with ties to the Wake County school board, which recently has been roiled with controversy over partisan politics, especially over student assignment policies. Current Wake County school board member Chris Malone, a Republican, faces Democrat Lori Millberg, who sat on the school board from 2005-09.
(10.04.12) Bibbs and Martin Battle for Open Seat in State House District 8
RALEIGH — Improving education and restraining electricity rates are among the top issues facing the candidates for state House District 8, covering parts of Pitt and Wilson counties. Two Wilson residents are vying for the seat — attorney Mark Bibbs, a Democrat, and Republican Susan Martin, an MBA who retired from IBM.
(9.26.12) First-Term Incumbent Rabon Faces Newcomer Hefner in New Senate District 8
RALEIGH — Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, a Southport veterinarian completing his first term, is defending his seat against civil engineer and U.S. Marine veteran Danny Hefner, D-Brunswick, in a new Senate District 8 created by the Republican-led state legislature’s redistricting that swapped Columbus for Bladen County.
(9.20.12) Barringer and Portman Vie For Open Seat in State Senate District 17
RALEIGH — Jobs and education are the top issues in the campaign to succeed retiring five-term Republican Sen. Richard Stevens for state Senate District 17, which covers southwestern Wake County. The race pits Republican attorney Tamara Barringer against Democratic Wake County Commissioner Erv Portman in this Republican-leaning district.
(9.18.12) Lawson and Tine Vie for Open Seat in N.C. House 6
RALEIGH — Republican consultant Mattie Lawson faces insurance agent Paul Tine to represent this coastal district. The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation expects House District 6 to be one of the state's 20 most competitive contests.
(7.09.12) If ALEC Violates Tax-Exempt Status, What About NCSL?
RALEIGH — Activities such as bill drafting, model legislation, and disseminating research and analysis for the use of legislators are standard activities for many nonprofits of the right and left. Only ALEC has drawn the ire of left-of-center groups for its participation in these activities.
(6.25.12) Liberal Campaign Against ALEC Ignores Similarities With NCSL
RALEIGH — In recent months, liberal advocacy groups have conducted a concerted attack against the American Legislative Exchange Council, a public-policy group promoting federalism, free markets, and limited government. Similar complaints of agenda-driven policy could be lodged against another nonpartisan group, the National Council of State Legislatures.