Category: Government Reform

  • State Owes Retiree Health Fund $32 Billion

    Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina recently found out it owes about $32 billion to its retiree health benefit fund. It would take annual payments of $3 billion over 30 years to bring that fund to solvency. Those are payments and debt not included in the $3 billion deficit openly discussed…

  • GOP Leader Details Plan for General Assembly

    Raleigh, N.C. – After winning majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, one Republican leader details the party’s plan for the state. Rep. Skip Stam of Apex is in line to be the next speaker of the house. He says priority number one is balancing the state’s budget without…

  • N.C. Senate Candidate Sues Opponent

    Wilson, N.C. – Candidate for the N.C. Senate E.S. “Buck” Newton filed a libel lawsuit against his opponent five-term incumbent A.B. Swindell. At issue is a mailer paid for by the N.C. Democratic Party and authorized by Swindell. It claims Newton was arrested in 1990 one several drug related charges.

  • Committee Studies Changes to N.C. State Bureau of Investigation

    Raleigh. N.C. – A committee of the North Carolina General Assembly began studying Thursday whether to move the forensic lab out of the State Bureau of Investigation. The committee is meeting following a review of cases from 1987-2003. The review uncovered hundreds of cases with questionable testing of blood evidence.

  • Governor Perdue Campaign Fined $30,000 for Unreported Flights

    Asheville, N.C. – The N.C. Board of Elections decided Tuesday to fine Gov. Beverly Perdue’s campaign $30,000 for failing to report flights she took as a candidate in 2004 and 2008. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the fine. Republican member Bill Peaslee was the only member to vote…

  • Senators Question N.C. Stimulus Projects

    Washington, D.C. – Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released a report Tuesday highlighting what they call the 100 worst stimulus projects in the nation. Eight projects in North Carolina made the list: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte earned second place for its award of $762,372…

  • New Assignment Policy Unveiled for Wake County, N.C.

    Raleigh, N.C. – The Wake County School Board has begun official discussions to change the district’s longstanding student assignment policy. The newly elected school board majority unveiled its intention to create a controlled choice assignment policy. It would give parents some choice of where to send their kids for school.