WASHINGTON, D.C. — FBI Director James B. Comey named Robert Anderson, Jr. as the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at FBI Headquarters. In this role, he will be responsible for all criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, as well as international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He succeeds Richard A. McFeely, who is retiring from the FBI in April.
“Bob has the leadership qualities I believe are essential. He is smart and dedicated and cares about the agents and professional staff who fulfill the FBI’s mission,” said Director Comey. “He has the depth and breadth of casework that will help lead CCRSB and achieve strategic results that benefit the FBI and the American public.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory has nominated Charlton L. Allen of Iredell County as a commissioner with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.
Allen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his juris doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He was admitted by the North Carolina State Bar in 1997. He practices with the Law Offices of Charlton Allen, PLLC in Mooresville, North Carolina and has previously practiced law in the communities of Statesville, Concord and Wilmington. Allen has prior experience in the field of workers’ compensation law, among other areas of law.
If North Carolina Democrats were to gain some legislative seats this year, state and national pundits would probably spill gobs of ink — or at least fill gobs of pixels — with elaborate explanations of how the party began to recover its footing in a state it once dominated.
Based on North Carolina’s modern political history, however, what would really be surprising is if Republicans didn’t lose seats in the General Assembly in 2014. Since Republican Jim Holhouser’s breakout victory in the 1972 gubernatorial race, which signaled the arrival of true two-party competition in state-level politics, every newly elected governor has seen his or her party lose legislative seats in the next midterm election cycle.
There comes a moment in every economic development bubble when reality hits a community like a two-by-four smack to the head. That happened Feb. 3 in Charlotte, when the Charlotte Observer reported that the merger between US Airways and American Airlines will result in US Airways early next year dropping its flight between Charlotte and Rio De Janeiro.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Charlotte Douglas International Airport wasn’t supposed to lose a prestigious international route when the two major carriers merged. No sir, the airlines’ management had said that Charlotte would see more flights after the merger.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee will meet by conference call to get updates on the budget, contract activities and the evaluation process for Cycle VII grant applicants.
The call is set for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. The public may listen to the conference call in the Hall of Fame Room at the Agriculture Building, 2 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.
The committee advises the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the prioritization and allocation of trust funds, the development of criteria for awarding funds, program planning, and other areas for the growth and development of family farms in North Carolina.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A number of potential Republican presidential candidates spoke at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Below are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s remarks: