Civitas Flash Poll: In GOP, Tillis Just Below 40%

ThomTillisRALEIGH – A new Civitas Institute Flash Poll of likely Republican primary voters shows state House Speaker Thom Tillis nearing the 40 percent level needed to avoid a runoff vote.

Tillis was the choice of 39 percent of the respondents. Twenty percent picked Cary physician Greg Brannon, and 15 percent chose Mark Harris, pastor of a Charlotte church. Other candidates polled in the single digits.

“As voters start to tune in to the May primary election, Speaker Tillis is gaining traction,” said Civitas President Francis X. De Luca. “However, in nonpresidential years, primary contests are notoriously fluid. The stretch run should be interesting. We do see increasing recognition levels for Harris and Brannon.”

Governor McCrory Touts Rehabilitation Programs Designed to Create Jobs and Preserve North Carolina History

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced his support today for economic development programs designed to rehabilitate buildings all across North Carolina.

The governor said his budget will include matching grant funds for the Main Street Solutions Fund which funds rehabilitation efforts in smaller North Carolina towns. He also announced his support for legislation to replace the sun setting Historic Tax Credit.

Governor McCrory held his announcement in front of the former Pickett Cotton Mill that is soon to be the new home of BuzziSpace, a Belgium company known for its high-quality, green office furniture.

N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season

NC AgricultureRALEIGH – Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are still expecting a strong season that will last into the first part of June.

“It’s been a challenging winter season for strawberry growers, including a record freeze in early January and a late cold snap in April,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Fortunately, growers used a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve the crop with minimal loss, and we are set for an outstanding season.”

Several growers in the southeastern part of the state started harvesting in mid-April, but the peak of the season should arrive around the second week of May, said Dexter Hill, marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Governor Meets with Medal of Honor Nominee Sgt. Kyle J. White

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory met with Medal of Honor nominee Sergeant Kyle J. White in Charlotte today. The Army veteran has been nominated for his extraordinary bravery during a battle in Aranas, Afghanistan in 2007.

“Sgt. White is a true American hero and we are forever indebted for his service to our nation,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “It was an honor to meet Kyle today in Charlotte and I look forward to building a lasting relationship with them as we continue North Carolina’s tradition of supporting our military and the men and women who serve in our armed forces.”

Global Biotechnology Company Novozymes to Expand in Wake County

NCCommerceRALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Novozymes will expand its North Carolina presence by adding a new bioagriculture research and development facility in Wake County. The company plans to create 100 new jobs and invest more than $36 million over the next three years in Cary.

“The research and development jobs Novozymes will create will further strengthen our hi-tech hub and be an example of the strong talent pool and attractive quality of life that characterizes Wake County, the Research Triangle and the state,” said Governor McCrory.

Governor McCrory Announces Appointment to Ethics Commission

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the Honorable George Wainwright Jr. of Carteret County has been appointed to the State Ethics Commission.

Justice Wainwright is a former associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He served for eight years and distinguished himself as being the only person to have served on both the district and superior court levels and the supreme court. Justice Wainwright is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a longstanding member of the N.C. Bar Association.

May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

BattleshipNCWILMINGTON, NC – The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for May, 2014.
Showboat—Systems & Design
May 17, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40 per person.  $35 for Friends members or active military.
As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder.  A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.
The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera!  Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 15th. Tour is $40/$35 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.
49th Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 26, 2014
Time: 5:45 pm
On Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. Governor Pat McCrory will take part in the observance and will speak to the importance of military members and their contribution to North Carolina and North Carolina’s economy. This year we are also proud to have guest of honor and key note speaker Brigadier General Robert F. Castellvi, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations, East/Commander, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
An emotional ceremony, preceding and concluding with military musical arrangements provided by the 440th NC Army National Guard Band, and a 21-gun salute, the Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.
Summer Hours
Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014, going through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit or follow us on and for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (


Rep. Roger Younts Named “Champion of the Family” Award Winner by the North Carolina Values Coalition

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Rep. Roger Younts (R-80) recently announced that he had received the “Champion of the Family” award from the North Carolina Values Coalition.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the North Carolina Values Coalition,” Rep. Younts said. “I fully support the wonderful work this organization does to defend our traditional conservative values. I was proud to stand with them to support the marriage amendment in 2012, and I’m proud to stand with them as a member of the North Carolina House.”

Expert: Renewables Add Billions to N.C. Energy Costs

Dan Way Carolina Journalby Dan Way

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers would have saved $4.2 billion since 2007 if mandates on electric power utilities to purchase expensive renewable energy had not driven costs well above the U.S. average, said a nationally recognized energy and environmental policy analyst.

James Taylor, senior fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of the monthly publication Environment & Climate News, added that the limited potential for a North Carolina commercial wind and solar industry does not justify the exorbitant costs of renewable subsidies.

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Office of Governor Pat McCrory recently announced the following appointments:


State Community Corrections Advisory Board

  • Phillip Redmond (Iredell County) – Redmond is the sheriff of Iredell County.
  • Scott Cunningham (Forsyth County) – Dr. Cunningham is the chief of the Kernersville Police Department.
  • Robert Clinkscales (Perquimans County) – Clinkscales is the director of Barnabas House of North Carolina.
  • George O’Briant (Wake County) – O’Briant is a case management director for the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center.
  • Linwood Britton (Chowan County) – Britton is the vice president of plant operations with Jimbo’s Jumbo Peanuts in Edenton. Governor McCrory pardoned him in December 2013.