Pat McCrory

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Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory will give the annual State of the State address. This is, of course, an annual event. But this speech could have more influence on North Carolina politics than in years past.

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A liberal advocacy group in North Carolina has filed a formal ethics complaint against Governor Pat McCrory. Progress NC is accusing the governor of failing to disclose financial ties to corporations. It’s the latest, and most formal, in a series of accusations from the group.


McCrory Clashes With Associated Press

Dec 18, 2014
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Governor Pat McCrory’s frosty relationship with the media got a little frostier this week. An Associated Press story on Tuesday accused McCrory of shady dealings with online mortgage company Tree.com. It alleges the governor received a payment while in office and took action that could benefit the company. McCrory’s office fired back against the story and the reporters.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the back-and-forth.


2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

Nov 5, 2014
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Less than 12 hours after the 2014 elections ended in North Carolina, attacks have already begun for 2016’s marquee match-up.

11:24 p.m.: The Associated Press called the North Carolina Senate race at 11:24 p.m.

9:47 a.m.: The North Carolina Republican Party sends out an e-mail blast attacking state attorney general Roy Cooper.

It’s the first official shot in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Cooper is the presumptive Democratic nominee, expected to take on Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

Michael Tomsic

 A software company founded in Charlotte is expanding to create about 600 jobs. AvidXchange will also build a new headquarters at the Music Factory.

AvidXchange's first office was in an old fire station on the corner of Ninth and Brevard in uptown Charlotte. When Michael Praeger co-founded the company in 2000, he said that office consisted of five desks in what looked like a small, brick warehouse.

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says insurance fraud complaints in the state have reached a historic high, with more than 1,200 last year. Wilson’s office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud. The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defendants sought payment from a health insurance company claiming they each had all four limbs amputated. None of the defendants had lost their limbs and one was convicted and sent to prison for 18 months. The report notes that since 1995, almost 14,000 insurance fraud complaints have been received by the state Attorney General's office.

Governor Pat McCrory has appointed an acting director of the State Bureau of Investigation. B.W. Collier is a 26-year veteran of the bureau, during which time he has served in a variety of roles, including drug investigator, pilot, and bomb squad commander. He was appointed director of Alcohol Law Enforcement last year.

The state budget signed by Gov. McCrory today transfers the SBI from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public Safety, where it will operate as an independent agency. 

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Art Pope, perhaps the most controversial member of Governor McCrory’s administration, is leaving his job as state budget director. Governor McCrory made the announcement Wednesday and also introduced Pope’s replacement.


Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.

If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.

But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…

So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?

Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.

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North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.


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