Category: State Government

  • Shubert’s Latest Composition

    RALEIGH — Sen. Fern Shubert of Union County is sponsoring a bill that would strengthen laws governing the issuance of driver’s licenses and voter registration in North Carolina. Carolina Journal sat down with the lawmaker recently to discuss the legislation, the impact of fraudalent IDs, and why some members of…

  • As Alcohol Goes, Gambling Follows

    North Carolina's herky-jerky approach to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is a cautionary tale about why the state shouldn't get into the gambling business.

  • Taking Responsibility for Error

    RALEIGH—Taking personal responsibility when tragedy strikes may not be easy or popular, but it is still the most honorable course of action, says the captain of the submarine USS Greenville when it struck and sunk a Japanese fishing boat two year ago. Cmdr. Scott Waddle (Ret.) was in charge of…

  • Ballance’s Foundation Reprimanded

    RALEIGH—The Administrative Office of the Courts announced last week that it is terminating the Warren County Drug Treatment Court program, which relies on the services of the John Hyman Foundation, an organization based in Warrenton and chaired by U. S. Rep. Frank Ballance, D-1st. In addition, last week the state…

  • First in Wind

    It must be said, yet again: the first flight was in North Carolina, but Ohio really is the Birthplace of Aviation. It's OK for patriotic Tar Heels to admit the obvious.

  • Natural Gas Efforts Got Political Push

    RALEIGH — In 1998 voters approved, by a 51 percent to 49 percent ratio, $200 million in bonds to extend natural-gas pipelines to 22 unserved counties in the state. However, the weight of State Senate leader Marc Basnight’s influence apparently enabled political allies in eastern North Carolina to manage $188.3…

  • Natural Gas Project Plays Role in Allegations

    RALEIGH — In his pursuit to build ethanol plants in eastern North Carolina, DFI Group President William Horton says he unwittingly got on the wrong side of the most powerful politician in the state. Economic developers’ enthusiasm over Horton’s promise to bring jobs and a market for locally grown farm…

  • Easley’s Veto Portfolio

    Lawmakers are upset with Gov. Mike Easley for exercising the gubernatorial veto for the second time in history to squash a teacher-portfolio bill. They have a right to be.

  • On the Ballance Believers

    RALEIGH — Two pastors with close ties to Rep. Frank Ballance (D-1st) are associated with possibly illegal contributions to his 2002 campaign for Congress. State Senator Robert L. Holloman, an Ahoskie Democrat and one of those pastors, does not challenge an assertion that he exceeded contribution limits by $500 to…

  • Investigation of Ballance Intensifies

    RALEIGH — A few months after being sworn in to Congress, Rep. Frank W. Ballance, Jr. (D-1st District) is trying to answer questions about accounting procedures of a nonprofit foundation of which he is the chairman. The foundation failed until recently to file financial statements required by the state and…