Archive: McCrory Administration

  • Johnston Commissioners Reject CSX Rail Terminal

    RALEIGH — At an emergency closed-session meeting Wednesday night, less than a week after Gov. Pat McCrory announced a $272 million CSX rail terminal project near Selma, the Johnston County Board of Commissioners issued a statement opposing both the project at the current location and the railroad company’s threats to…

  • Governor Calls for More Bonds at Economic Forum

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday hinted that after voters decide the fate of a $2 billion bond referendum on March 15, he might push for more bond money, this time for roads. McCrory called for more than $! billion in borrowing for transportation in his initial…

  • Elections Board Chairman Stepping Down

    RALEIGH — Josh Howard, the chairman of the State Board of Elections, has announced that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016. He made the announcement Tuesday during a board meeting. Howard told Carolina Journal he was stepping down because the unpaid job was taking about 20 hours weekly,…

  • McCrory: N.C. Will Oppose Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

    RALEIGH — In what is evolving into a war of words and political philosophies, Gov. Pat McCrory said he would pursue what Attorney General Roy Cooper would not — formal opposition to a Virginia transgender student’s lawsuit that could force North Carolina to allow both sexes to use the same K-12…

  • Cooper Mum On Transgender Student Lawsuit

    RALEIGH — The Obama administration has issued a directive ordering school authorities in North Carolina and around the country to allow transgender students to use sex-specific bathrooms designed for students of the opposite sex, “and is threatening resistant schools with legal action and loss of federal funding,” Gov. Pat McCrory said…

  • UPDATE: Cooper Will Not Join Transgender Lawsuit

    RALEIGH — Late Monday, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, announced that Cooper would not file a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit filed by a transgender student in Virginia, challenging the school district’s refusal to let the student use public bathrooms assigned to students of the opposite…

  • Lawmakers Grill Officials About Prison Contract

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers spent two hours Wednesday grilling the state budget director and the public safety secretary over the extension of a prison maintenance contract by a contractor who kept mentioning that, as a campaign contributor, he thought he should get something from the state in return.

  • McCrory: Transportation Projects Moving Faster

    RALEIGH — Crediting budget reforms made by the recent session of the General Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Thursday the acceleration of four major transportation projects, including the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, The I-485 and Weddington Road interchange, and…

  • Success of Local Bonds May Not Translate Statewide

    RALEIGH — Voters in five municipalities passed all 16 bond referendums on Tuesday’s ballot, mostly by wide margins, but some political observers caution against reading too much into those results as a way of predicting the passage of a pending $2 billion state bond package, noting that local voters often translate…

  • State Ending Battle With Alcoa?

    RALEIGH — A nearly eight-year-long legal battle between the state of North Carolina and Alcoa Power Generating Inc. over four hydroelectric dams the company owns and operates on the Yadkin River may be coming to an end. The state last week issued a water quality permit to Alcoa, one of…