Politics

Local News
4:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Cut To State Income Tax Costing Far More Than Expected

Chart showing the updated cost to North Carolina due to last year's income tax rate change.
Credit Fiscal Research Division

Last year’s cut of the personal income tax rate is costing North Carolina far more than originally projected.  This according to new figures released by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.

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Charlotte Observer
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff

Cotham
Credit N.C. General Assembly

Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.

In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.

“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.

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WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session

The entrance to Salisbury's City Hall building in Rowan County.
Tasnim Shamma

The city of Salisbury now has an interim city manager. That's because two weeks ago, city council members effectively fired former city manager Doug Paris.

The city's communications director resigned the next day.

  

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet?

Credit NC General Assembly

Today is July 1. The 182nd day of 2014. To most of us, it’s just another Tuesday. But to those North Carolinians more in tune with a fiscal calendar than a Gregorian one – state lawmakers, for example – today is also the first day of 2015. And that means the budget is passed and the short legislative session is over. Right?

Not so fast.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.


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Politics
9:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate

Jeff Jackson was elected as state senator for North Carolina District 37 by Democratic Party leaders who live in the district. Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.

Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election

There are four candidates running: ADA Jeff Jackson, former CMS board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.
Tasnim Shamma

When Dan Clodfelter was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.

There are four candidates in the running: assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, former Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.

They all participated in a public forum Tuesday night at the Asian Library near uptown.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff

Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

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Local News
11:04 am
Mon April 28, 2014

'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme

Former mayor Patrick Cannon, left, with Mohammad Jenatian in February at a gala of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance.
Charlotte Observer

There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:

Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.

"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."

What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:

"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."

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