NC Politics in the News

October 10, 2016

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2016 Elections

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NASCAR & Nasdaq, blue & red: North Carolina identity crisis

The Tar Heel State is having a bit of an identity crisis.

WXII- NEWS: Report: Ad spending in NC governor’s race nearing $20M

The North Carolina governor’s race is one of the nation’s most competitive and also most expensive as broadcast TV ad spending nears $20 million, according to an independent analysis released Thursday.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Goodwin faces rematch with Causey for insurance commissioner

The insurance commissioner’s office isn’t one of the most high profile in the state, but the commissioner plays a crucial role in how much insurance of all types costs in North Carolina.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Want to see NC candidates for governor, senator debate? This week could be your only chance.

This year’s elections for major statewide offices will apparently have fewer televised debates than any in recent memory.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: Indicted NC Sen. Hartsell remains chairman of legislative committees

Although he has been indicted on charges of federal and state campaign finance law violations, state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell remains a chairman or vice chairman of seven legislative committees.

WRAL-NEWS: Suit against McCrory asks: How much of his travel does the public have the right to know?

The state should be able to heavily redact or withhold records related to the governor’s travel if it was for personal or political purposes, lawyers for Gov. Pat McCrory argued in Wake County Superior Court Wednesday.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Lawyers tell judge early voting changes aren’t necessary

Attorneys for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other government officials want a judge to reject demands by some voters that early in-person voting be expanded further in five counties after a court ruling recently struck down previous ballot access changes.

WBTV-NEWS: Charlotte Observer files suit against Gov. McCrory over HB 2 emails

The Charlotte Observer has filed a lawsuit against N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory seeking emails related to House Bill 2 that the newspaper first requested in April under the state’s public records law.

Justice & Public Safety

TWC-NEWS: Charlotte City Council Issues Letter Supporting CMPD Chief, Outlining Key Focus Areas

The 11 members of the Charlotte City Council issued a response Monday to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests that followed, saying they will focus on “safety, trust and accountability,” affordable housing and “good paying jobs.” 

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: CMPD asks foundation for independent review of policies following fatal police shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Wednesday it invited a Washington foundation to review its policies and procedures in the wake of a fatal police shooting that triggered violent protests in the city.

State & Local Government

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: $2 billion in trust for jobless benefits. Is it time to increase unemployment checks?

North Carolina has more than $2 billion in its trust fund to pay unemployment benefits, a level close to what federal guidelines suggest for reserves.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC lottery legislators consider reforms following paper’s investigation

North Carolina lottery officials and state lawmakers said this week they are examining reforms to better safeguard the games following a Charlotte Observer investigation that found hundreds of players who beat staggering odds time and again, raising red flags among experts.