Linda Pearsall Receives Prestigious Wildlife Conservation Award

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — Linda Pearsall, a lifelong conservationist and architect of partnerships benefitting wildlife, on Aug. 28 received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission presents the award annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation.

Pearsall, of Raleigh, accepted the award, along with a framed print, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

2014-15 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website Sept. 1.

First Lady Ann McCrory Promotes “Text First. Talk Second.”

RALEIGH, N.C. — First Lady Ann McCrory joined the Safe America Foundation Friday to encourage North Carolinians to “Text First. Talk Second.”™ when letting those closest to them know they are okay after a disaster.

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed September as Emergency Preparedness Month, which coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation is made each September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies.

In neighboring South Carolina, Haley holds comfortable lead over challenger

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In neighboring South Carolina, incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley remains comfortably ahead of Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in her bid for re-election.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely South Carolina Voters finds Haley with 51% support to Sheheen’s 36%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.  This is virtually unchanged from the 52%-37% lead Haley held in a Rasmussen poll in April.

Opinion: Party Labels Don’t Register

John Hood

John Hood

by John Hood

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people recommend or discount political predictions by citing party registration. Reacting to a voter survey, for example, they compare the party-identification data in the poll to the party registration data in their states in order to evaluate the validity of the poll.

Highway Historical Marker Honors State Treasurer and Renaissance Man Sept. 4

LAURINBURG, N.C. — For 27 years Edwin Gill was North Carolina’s state treasurer. During his tenure from 1954 to 1977, state spending increased from $132 million to 3 billion dollars. He took pride in maintaining the state’s highest credit rating and was nicknamed “Mr. Integrity.” A N.C. Highway Historical Marker honoring Gill will be dedicated Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. in Laurinburg.

Before becoming state treasurer, Gill had served as commissioner of revenue. He was elected to the legislature where he drafted the Local Government Act and also a bill to transfer responsibility for roads from counties to the state. In addition, Gill served as private secretary for Gov. O. Max Gardner for two years.

Opinion: Time for North Carolina to stop taxing capital gains

RoyCordatoby Dr. Roy Cordato

In 2013 North Carolina instituted sweeping tax reform and began the process of making its tax system more efficient and more consistent with liberty. It created a single rate system, bringing both the top rate of 7.75 percent and the bottom rate of 6 percent down to a flat rate of 5.75 percent. In addition, the base was broadened, eliminating many special privileges in the code, and the corporate income tax was reduced. Furthermore, the tax reform process was used to reduce the overall tax burden on NC citizens, allowing average citizens from all income groups to keep more of what was rightfully theirs in the first place.

President of Boggs Paving Inc. Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. Government and Money Laundering Conspiracy in Connection with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud

CHARLOTTE, NC—The president and part-owner of Boggs Paving, Inc. (Boggs Paving) pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to federal charges stemming from a criminal investigation into the illegal use of a disadvantaged business enterprise to obtain governmentfunded construction contracts, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Carl Andrew Boggs, III, 50, of Waxhaw, N.C. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and one count of money laundering conspiracy. Marlies T. Gonzalez, Regional Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG), Region IV; John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division; and Thomas J. Holloman III, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), join U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making Friday’s announcement.

Civitas Calls on Tillis to Drop Debate

CivitasRALEIGH, N.C. – Civitas President Francis X. De Luca is urging Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis to withdraw from a U.S. Senate debate co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, which has two active lawsuits against the state and is part of a left-wing organization known for its controversial call to “eviscerate” and “cripple” the state’s political leadership.

“It is outrageous that the Speaker of the North Carolina House and current candidate for the Senate is involved with a group which is also suing the state to block good legislation — and which apparently condones undemocratic tactics,” De Luca said.

Tillis campaign launches new ad entitled “Math”

RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ campaign unveiled a new television ad today entitled “Math.” The ad will begin airing next Tuesday.

According to a release from Tillis’ campaign:

The ad highlights Thom’s leadership in providing North Carolina teachers with a historic pay raise while contrasting his record of results with Kay Hagan’s record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s failed policies.

Under Thom’s leadership as Speaker, education funding has increased every year. This summer, he played an instrumental role in achieving a compromise budget that fulfilled his promise to give teachers a much-deserved salary increase. The average 7 percent pay raise instantly makes North Carolina among the most competitive states in the region for teacher compensation.