The Latest Ads Airing in Judicial Races and More

Third-party groups have been airing ads in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race for months.  One of the latest is an ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce featuring Mitt Romney:

Now, third-party groups are weighing in on Judicial races.  A group calling itself the N.C. Judicial Coalition has released this ad supporting Chief Justice Mark Martin:

Additionally, a group dubbed Justice For All NC is airing this ad supporting NC Supreme Court candidate Mike Robinson:


Governor McCrory to Northeast NC to Talk Transportation, Jobs and Coast Guard

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. – On Friday Governor Pat McCrory will head to northeast North Carolina for stops to talk about his 25 year transportation vision, jobs and the economy, and the importance of the Coast Guard to this area of the state.

“We must continue to make the investments in northeastern North Carolina that will not only connect the region to surrounding economic hubs, but also support the mission of the Coast Guard and enhance our nation’s military readiness,” Governor McCrory said.

State coastal agency issues request for proposals to develop regional biological assessment for North Carolina beach fill projects

NC Coastal ManagementRALEIGH, N.C. — The state Division of Coastal Management has issued a request for proposals to provide technical assistance in developing a North Carolina Regional Biological Assessment for sand placement projects on North Carolina beaches. The goal of the project is to achieve a more comprehensive and streamlined permitting process for beach nourishment projects while protecting threatened and endangered species along the coast.

“This project will help us address recent federal actions to designate critical habitat area for threatened and endangered species, such as loggerhead sea turtles, and the implications of those actions on the permitting of beach and inlet management projects,” said Braxton Davis, director of the Division of Coastal Management.

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Aid International Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand for the Middle District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John Strong of the FBI in North Carolina announced today that Donald Ray Morgan pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possession of firearm by a felon.

Morgan, 44, of Rowan County, North Carolina, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder. Morgan was charged on Oct. 30, 2014, in a bill of information with attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The offense is punishable by a maximum of fifteen years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Cannon Among Fresh Catch Highlighted at Nov. 15 Queen Anne’s Revenge Lab Open House

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Just in from the Atlantic Ocean, the 23rd cannon recovered from the

Queen Anne’s Revenge wreck site will be one of the stars of the free Open House at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The 4 foot cannon and other artifacts recovered during the Oct. 6-27 expedition will be displayed. It’s an ideal opportunity for those fascinated by pirates, archaeology and interested in conservation. No registration is required.

Last of 28 United Blood Nation Gang Members Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison on Gun Charges

CHARLOTTE, NC—Eric Eugene Brice, a/k/a “Bug,” 42, was sentenced today to 77 months in prison and to three years of supervised release for possession of an illegal firearm, a Maverick 99 pistol-grip shotgun, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Brice pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2014.

Brice is also the final defendant to be sentenced in connection with the 28 “United Blood Nation” (UBN) gang members indicted in 2012 on racketeering and related charges.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

Column: N.C. DPI reports slight dip in statewide teacher turnover rate

TerryStoopsby Dr. Terry Stoops

The Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession is a report published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every fall.  It is designed to document general trends in teacher turnover over time, but it does not identify specific factors that led to teachers’ departures.  For example, the report does not indicate how many teachers left the profession because they were dissatisfied with compensation, working conditions, tenure, evaluation, testing, and so on.

Civitas Poll: NC Voters Taking Dimmer View of Hagan, Holding Steady on Tillis

CivitasRALEIGH – The most recent Civitas Poll sheds light on voters’ sentiments leading up to the Nov. 4 elections.

Voters’ views of Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan virtually flipped in the last month. In our September poll, 48 percent viewed her favorably and 42 percent unfavorably. In October, however, her favorability rating had flipped to 40 percent approving, with her unfavorability rating at 49 percent.

As Civitas recently reported on the October poll, in the U.S. Senate race 40 percent picked Republican challenger Thom Tillis, 39 percent Hagan and 5 percent Libertarian Sean Haugh. Fourteen percent were undecided. Asked about their choices without Haugh, Tillis again led Hagan by 1 point, 42 to 41, with 15 percent undecided.

Governor McCrory welcomes Alevo Energy to North Carolina

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory was in Concord for Alevo Energy’s opening of its new facility today. Alevo Energy, an energy service provider that uses a combination of innovative battery technology and smart data analytics to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the grid delivery system, says it plans to create 2,500 jobs initially and invest $1 billion in the state, with more expected to come over the long term. No state or local incentives were used to help make this project possible.

Tillis vs. Hagan: A Tale of Three Polls

As Election Day approaches, three polls released Thursday each paint a different picture of where North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race stands:

Elon Poll says Hagan Leads:  An Elon University poll says that Hagan “has solidified a 45-41 margin” against Tillis since their poll found the same numbers in early September. Another 6 percent of likely voters plan to support another candidate, while 7 percent remain undecided.  Hagan’s strongest support is among women and those likely voters under 30, and she maintains an edge among true independents.  The live-caller, dual frame (landline and cell phone) survey of 687 likely voters was conducted Oct. 21-25, 2014, and has a margin of error of 3.74 percentage points.