Archives: Paul Chesser

  • Did Caucus ‘Disrespect’ Decker?

    RALEIGH — House Speaker Jim Black told the State Board of Elections last month that former Rep. Michael Decker switched political parties in 2003 because of a lack of respect from fellow Republicans — but GOP members present at a caucus meeting have differing memories of what took place at…

  • The System Made Me Do It

    There is plenty of mocking and sneering in Raleigh these days over House Speaker Jim Black's present difficulties, which surround his questionable practice of handing out political favors concurrently with distributing blank $100 checks to legislative supporters. A lot of people are blaming it on "the system."…

  • Group Says Gay Seminar Illegal

    RALEIGH — The seminar "The New Gay Teenager" — conducted at the exclusive, taxpayer-funded Governor's School last summer — was illegal, a national Christian legal organization says. Related NC Governor's School Articles: Accused Gov. School teacher escapes charges CJ: Gay seminar teacher investigated CJ: Gay seminar upsets parents…

  • League Backed City of New London

    RALEIGH — The state's League of Municipalities, despite claiming that what happened in a controversial eminent domain case in Connecticut could not happen in North Carolina, filed an amicus brief in November 2004 on behalf of the city of New London, Conn., in its successful Supreme Court case. Related Property…

  • Gay Seminar Teacher Investigated

    RALEIGH — A co-teacher of a controversial seminar on homosexuality at last year's taxpayer-funded Governor's School is under investigation in Forsyth County for alleged sexual misconduct with a student.

  • Commissioner Wants Watson Gone

    RALEIGH — Mort Hurst, chairman of the Martin County Board of Commissioners, says he will spearhead an effort among the 16 counties represented by the North Carolina's Northeast Partnership to remove Rick Watson as the nonprofit's president and chief executive officer. Related Northeast Partnership Articles: Pasquotank: Watson should resign Today:…

  • Watson Conflicted as Officer, Director

    RALEIGH — Both Ernie Pearson and Rick Watson, respectively the lawyer and the executive director for North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, say Watson is not subject to the nonprofit's conflict of interest policy because he is a contractor and not an employee. But Watson is on the board of directors and…

  • Gay Seminar Upsets Parents

    RALEIGH — Parents of a high school student who attended the taxpayer-funded Governor's School of North Carolina are upset that the program included, without their prior knowledge, a seminar that promoted homosexuality.

  • AG Announces Corruption Fight

    RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper on Thursday appealed to state legislators to provide more tools for state investigators and prosecutors to ferret out public corruption. Board of Elections to Investigate BlackBy Mitch KokaiRALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Elections decided Thursday that it will conduct a three-day hearing…

  • Most Partnerships Avoid Conflicts

    RALEIGH — Unlike Rick Watson of North Carolina’s Northeast Partnership, some leaders of the state’s other regional economic development groups say they cannot imagine situations in which they would seek public money for businesses that they are trying to recruit and/or work for. Some of them say they have explicit…