(7.15.10) North Carolina Dodges a Tax-Financed Bullet
Democrats tried to sneak a provision limiting First Amendment rights into the short session's ethics reform bill.
(7.02.10) Alcoa Dispute Has UNC-TV At Dual Purposes
RALEIGH — The state’s efforts to take over Alcoa’s hydroelectric dams in central North Carolina precipitated the showdown, with Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, on Thursday ordering UNC-TV General Manager Tom Howe and legislative reporter Eszter Vajda to provide a copy of “all footage (including all interviews, B-roll and camera masters) in your possession regarding the Alcoa Corporation’s activities in Stanly County.”
(6.29.10) At Raleigh Event, Brockovich Vague On Alcoa Dam Controversy
RALEIGH — The event was hosted by Mayor Charles Meeker, whose law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP represents Stanly County; and City Councillor Nancy McFarlane, who formerly headed the North Carolina Water Rights Committee, a nonprofit group that has been lobbying the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing the state to seize Alcoa’s dams and set up an independent Yadkin River Trust to operate them.
(6.27.10) N&O needs remedial instruction on First Amendment
The editors dedicated roughly two-thirds of a piece ostensibly about the ethics bill before the short session of the General Assembly into a diatribe on the public-financing provision that was axed.
(6.25.10) North Carolina Dodges a Tax-Financed Bullet
A scheme to expand the state’s dubious system of doling out political welfare gets shelved ... for now.
(2.25.10) Soles Receives Fine, No Jail Sentence in Shooting Case
RALEIGH — State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, is free to return to his law practice and his seat in the General Assembly. The 75-year-old lawmaker pleaded guilty Thursday in Columbus County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Under the plea agreement, Soles will pay more than $1,000 in court costs but face no other penalties.
(2.12.10) Worried About Corruption? Enforce the Law
A desire to rid government of bad behavior can lead to harmful unintended consequences.
(2.04.10) Depositions Could Pose Legal Peril for Easley Aides
RALEIGH — Several aides to former Gov. Mike Easley could be in legal jeopardy based on conflicting statements they gave in sworn depositions.
(1.21.10) Easley “go to guy” Poole indicted for bribery, extortion, money laundering
RALEIGH — Ruffin Poole, former Gov. Mike Easley’s general counsel and top aide, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on 51 corruption counts. The 64-page indictment includes charges of extortion, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, violation of honest-services laws, and monetary transactions involving criminally derived property.
(12.21.09) Jobs, Innovation, and Education Head Perdue’s 2010 Wish List
RALEIGH — Job creation, government innovation and transparency, and education are expected to take center stage in the second year of the administration of Gov. Beverly Perdue.