Archives: Paul Chesser

  • Complaint Filed on Payday Lenders

    RALEIGH — A critic of House Speaker Jim Black has filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections asking for an investigation of campaign contributions from the payday lending industry to dozens of state legislators. Related NC Ethics & Corruption Articles: Reports hid IDs, complaint says 'I believe that…

  • Easley Proposes Ethics Guidelines

    RALEIGH — As ethics and lobbying reform ideas fly around the House and Senate, Gov. Mike Easley announced his own proposals Wednesday on how to hold elected and appointed officials in state government more accountable to the public. Related NC Ethics & Corruption Articles: House is its own cop in…

  • NE Partnership Conflicts Continue

    RALEIGH — Longtime consultants for the state-funded Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission, and the associated agency North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, continue to work for both entities despite an apparent conflict of interest similar to one that helped cost former president and CEO Rick Watson his job. Related Northeast…

  • Legal Organization Warns DPI Again

    RALEIGH — A Christian legal organization has refuted a claim by State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson that the Governor's School of North Carolina is not a public school required to adhere to the state's abstinence-only sexual education program. Related Governor's School Articles: CJ: Atkinson says Gov.'s School 'not…

  • Groups Circumvented Records Law

    RALEIGH — North Carolina's Northeast Partnership was formally separated from the state-created Northeastern North Carolina Economic Development Commission in 2003 in order to evade state Public Records Act requirements, according to documents obtained by Carolina Journal and confirmed by a Commission director. Related Northeast Partnership Articles: Partnership puts brakes on…

  • Audit Critical of NE Partnership

    RALEIGH — State Auditor Les Merritt yesterday released a scathing report on the activities of the North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, and the closely associated Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission, alleging that both organizations' directors "relinquished too much authority" and insufficiently exercised "their fiduciary responsibilities." Related Northeast Partnership Articles:…

  • Teapot Pork Gets Pig Prize

    RALEIGH — The Sparta Teapot Museum, a target of criticism over unnecessary pork barrel spending after receiving a $400,000 appropriation in last year's state budget, has been recognized by a national government watchdog group after receiving another half-million dollars in federal funds. Related Article: CJ: Teapot museum creates tempest…

  • Atkinson: Gov.’s School ‘Not Public’

    RALEIGH — State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson has told a Christian legal organization that the Governor's School of North Carolina, which has been criticized for allowing seminar last year that allegedly promoted homosexuality, "is not a 'public school'" as defined in state law. Related Governor's School Articles: CJ:…

  • Partnership Ends Watson’s Contract

    RALEIGH — The board of the North Carolina's Northeast Partnership terminated the contract of its president and CEO, Rick Watson, on Monday, after a longtime disagreement among the partnership's county members about his contract and his personal business dealings. Related Northeast Partnership Articles: Report: Norris had vague contract with NE…

  • Gay Seminar Teacher Fired

    RALEIGH — The woman who co-taught the controversial "New Gay Teenager" seminar at last year's N.C. Governor's School in Winston-Salem has been removed from her position at East Forsyth High School, and will surrender her teaching license. Related Governor's School Articles: Forsyth teacher loses her job CJ: Gay seminar teacher…