Archives: Michael Lowrey

  • Governor’s response to hurricanes key issue in close HD 46 contest

    House District 46 (Robeson and Columbus counties.) • Brenden Jones, Republican. (first-term incumbent). Occupation: Small business owner. Education: Fayetteville Technical Community College, mortuary science associate’s degree. Career highlights: Serves as House majority freshman whip. Former Columbus County Board of Elections chairman. Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees member. Member…

  • Rematch (for fourth time) in Western N.C. HD 119 between incumbent Clampitt, challenger Queen

    N.C. House District 119 (Swain and Jackson counties, part of Haywood County) • Mike Clampitt, Republican (one-term incumbent). Occupation: Retired firefighter. Education: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, fire science and technology.  Career highlights: Sergeant-at-arms in the N.C. General Assembly. Charlotte Fire Department captain. • Joe Sam Queen, Democrat. Occupation: Architect. Education:…

  • Rematch in SD 21 Democratic primary between incumbent Clark and challenger Aziz

    Democratic primary, state Senate District 21, Hoke and part of Cumberland county Ben Clark (incumbent, three terms). Retired from Air Force as lieutenant colonel. Education: N.C. A&T University, industrial technology degree; George Washington University, graduate level teacher certification; Southern Illinois University, MBA. Occupation: Information technology manager. Career highlights: Serves as…

  • Learning to question claims about ‘economic impact’

    Economic development is a game, and it’s played by its own special set of rules. At its core, it involves taking public money and spending it on private companies, which is also presented as a gain for the public as a whole. That’s especially true for stadiums and other facilities…

  • Education central issue in competitive Senate District 18

    For Democrats to reduce the Republicans’ dominance of the General Assembly, they’re going to have to pick up districts such as Senate 18 in Franklin and eastern Wake counties. The district features an incumbent Republican senator in Chad Barefoot, who faces locally known Democrat Gil Johnson. The two candidates make…

  • Beasley, Caulfield vie for open Meck County House District 92

    Located in western Mecklenburg County, House District 92 is the rare legislative swing district in the state’s most populous county. Democrat Chaz Beasley and Republican Beth Danae Caulfield are facing off to represent its voters. Republican Charles Jeter was elected to the seat in 2012 and 2014, winning with 51.4…

  • Court: Police may not detain motorists after traffic stops

    During a traffic stop, how long after resolving the issue that led to the stop may a law enforcement officer continue to question the motorist? That issue was before the state’s second highest court in September, in a case involving a state trooper who issued a warning ticket for speeding…

  • Court: Public employees can sue when government violates job procedures

    In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the state’s second highest court has held that public employees can sue if the state or local government units they work for don’t follow their own procedures in an employment case. The Court of Appeals decision is likely not to be the final word in the…