News from the Campaign Trail: Tillis, Hagan continue sparring; Judicial campaigns under radar; Rand Paul in NC; Lee, Redenbaugh begin ad campaigns

Scales of JusticeStatewide Judicial Campaigns Flying Under Radar

An article from NC Lawyers Weekly highlights a recent poll by PPP which shows that very few voters are tuned in to North Carolina’s statewide Judicial races.  At least two-thirds of the electorate remains undecided in these races.  Click here for the article.


Rand Paul to Campaign with Tillis

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will make a campaign appearance with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Big Ed’s City City Market in Raleigh.


Tillis ad:  Hagan has been “Quiet” on ISIS

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments to Coal Ash Management Commission

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has announced his appointments to the newly formed Coal Ash Management Commission.

Earlier this month, Governor McCrory announced he would let the Coal Ash Management Act, which established the commission, become law without his signature. He said that while the bill continued the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue, constitutional, operational and funding concerns with the bill prevented him from giving the bill a full endorsement.

  • Michael T. Jacobs (Orange County) – Jacobs will serve as chair of the commission. He is a professor of finance at UNC-Chapel Hill and the founder of Jacobs Capital. Jacobs is in the seat requiring experience in economic development.

NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata’s Statement on Recent Accidents Involving Students

TonyTataRALEIGH, N.C. — NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata issued the following statement after recent traffic accidents which claimed the lives of several North Carolina students:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of three young lives and the students injured in accidents on Wake County roads in the past two weeks. Our traffic and safety inspection teams will work with local officials to review possible safety improvements at these accident locations. Our DMV team will also work closely with the Department of Public Instruction and driving schools to review drivers education and safety messages. One life lost is too many and we will do all we can to help prevent future tragedies throughout the state. On behalf of the Governor and the entire North Carolina Department of Transportation our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and school communities of all involved.”

Court: Rezoning Changes More Than A Formality

MichaelLowreyby Michael Lowrey

RALEIGH — Rezoning petitions can become quite controversial, with losing parties often turning to the courts to challenge decisions made by local governments. A recent ruling by the state’s second-highest court highlights a crucial detail that cities and towns must include in their rezoning decisions before they can withstand judicial review.

Queens University is located in Charlotte’s prestigious Myers Park neighborhood. Several years ago, the university announced plans for two new buildings building on its campus, a five-story parking deck topped by a two-story dormitory, and a new athletics facility, including a 2,500-seat basketball arena.

Opinion: All Quiet on the Warming Front

RoyCordatoby Dr. Roy Cordato

The Watts Up With That blog reports that the no-global-warming trend now stands at 17 years, 11 months. This is in spite of the fact that carbon dioxide emissions and atmospheric concentrations have continued to increase throughout this period.

When A is theorized to cause B, and repeatedly when A occurs and B does not, a scientist who is not driven by something other than the discovery of truth will either reject his theory or significantly revise it. In the field of climate science, unfortunately, we are seeing too many individuals who have ceased being scientists.

Wildlife Commission’s State Fair Exhibit Features Fur, Feathers, Fins and Fun

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — Learn about the many outdoor opportunities the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers the public by visiting the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh from Oct. 16-26.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open from 3-8 p.m. on Oct. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 17-26.

New displays for the fair this year are a tundra swan exhibit that showcases the seasonal abundance of swans in the coastal region, and an elk display, complete with a bull elk mount and antlers, which highlights the growing and popular elk herd in western North Carolina.

FBI: Help Us Catch the AK-47 Bandit

During what authorities believe was his first bank robbery nearly three years ago in Chino, California, the AK-47 Bandit—so named because he carries an assault rifle during takeover-style robberies—shot and seriously wounded a police officer while making his escape. Since then, he has robbed or attempted to rob five more banks, most recently in August, when he hit a rural bank in Nebraska.

Reward in the AK-47 Bandit Case The reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the AK-47 Bandit is being offered collectively by multiple entities, including the FBI ($50,000); the city of Chino, California ($20,000); the East Idaho Credit Union, City of Rexburg, Idaho ($20,000); and the California Bank & Trust in Chino ($10,000).

Duke Energy submits plans for groundwater assessment at coal ash facilities

DENRRALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy has provided state officials with its plans for assessing groundwater quality at the utility’s 14 coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources required Duke Energy to submit Groundwater Assessment Plans as part of the effort to cleanup or mitigate groundwater contamination at the utility’s coal ash storage ponds. The company met Friday’s deadline for submitting the plans to the state agency.

The plans include proposed site assessment activities and a schedule for implementation, completion and submission of a comprehensive site assessment report for each of the facilities. The reports are required to provide information concerning:

News from the Trail: Polls in State Senate races; Updates on US Senate Race

vote buttonDemocrat leads in Republican-held Senate District

According to a recent poll from the Civitas Institute, Democrat Thomas Bradshaw leads Republican John Alexander 49%-39% in the race for NC Senate District 15.  The seat is currently held by Republican Neal Hunt, who is not seeking re-election.  Former State Rep. Jim Fulghum had filed for the seat, but was forced to withdraw due to a battle with cancer, which he lost earlier this year.  Click here for more.


Meredith leads Richardson in Senate District 19

Charlotte Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for His Role in a Mortgage Fraud Scheme

CHARLOTTE, NC—Former NFL football player Jimmy Hitchcock was sentenced on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, to serve 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for his role in a multi-million mortgage fraud conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, Thomas J. Holloman III, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI).