A North Carolina gay rights group is voicing concerns over news that a so-called ‚Äúreligious freedom‚ÄĚ bill could be introduced by the state legislature.¬† Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro says the law wouldn‚Äôt be about religious freedom at all.¬† He says one goal would be to give magistrates a way to opt out of performing same-sex weddings ‚Äď which are now legal in North Carolina.¬† And he says history has shown that businesses are opposed to these sorts of laws.
Pat McCrory is on his first announced overseas trade mission as¬†North¬†Carolina's¬†governor, visiting Britain on a short economic recruitment trip.
McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis confirmed the governor arrived there early Tuesday morning and would remain there until Thursday. Ellis says the governor's activities include meeting with executives of companies Ellis declined to name because they involved competitive economic development matters.
The¬†North¬†Carolina¬†General Assembly is heading back to work with a new group of 170 legislators for the next two years.
The legislature scheduled its one-day organizational session to begin Wednesday morning.
Republicans who remain in charge of the House and Senate are expected to elect their favorites to run the chambers ‚ÄĒ Phil Berger of Eden as Senate leader and Tim Moore of Kings Mountain as House speaker. Lawmakers will go home until Jan. 28, when they'll begin in earnest to file bills and debate legislation.
Advocacy groups have filed ethics complaints against¬†North¬†Carolina¬†Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South¬†Carolina¬†over six-figure stock payouts they received while in office from an online mortgage broker.
Progress¬†North¬†Carolina¬†Action filed a complaint Monday against McCrory with the¬†North¬†Carolina¬†Ethics Commission. The complaint against Sanford was filed with the U.S. House Ethics Committee by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The House majority leader for the past two years is leaving the¬†North¬†Carolina¬†General Assembly to take a job with the office of State Treasurer Janet Cowell.
Rep. Edgar Starnes says he'll resign his seat at noon Tuesday, the day before lawmakers return to Raleigh for a one-day housekeeping session. Starnes said Monday he'll become a senior policy adviser for Cowell and serve as her liaison to the Republican-led legislature.
A former Assistant District attorney in Buncombe County has apparently refused to answer questions in a law suit that is being heard before a federal judge.¬† The suit was brought against the county and former Sheriff Bobby Medford.¬† Medford is serving time in federal prison after being found guilty on several corruption charges unrelated to the law suit.¬† Asheville Citizen Times reporter¬† Jon Ostendorff has been following thecase.¬†¬† He spoke with David Hurand.
One of the more important but frequently over looked mid-term election races took place in all 100 North Carolina counties. The race for Sheriff has long been part of North Carolina's political history.¬† This year five of eighteen incumbents ran unopposed. ¬† Jon Elliston spoke with David Hurand about some of the surprising results in contests for Sheriff in Western North Carolina.
Election day is upon us and the¬† on-line investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press has the latest campaign finance reports for North Carolina House and Senate candidates across¬† the 18 westernmost counties¬† of North Carolina... link to article.¬†