Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

In case you missed her …

Becki Gray’s latest appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” featured a discussion of Gov. Pat McCrory’s first television ad in his 2016 re-election bid.

Report From Nader Group Calls I-77 Project ‘Boondoggle’

(Cross-posted at, a website on urban policy published by The Atlantic Monthly, reports that the High-Occupancy Tolling project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte won a dubious honor, making the list of 12 “highway boondoggles” identified by U.S. PIRG, a group founded by Ralph Nader. In its report Highway Boondoggles 2: More WastedContinue Reading

N.C. Supreme Court backs McCrory in fight with legislature over appointments

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 6-1, in favor of Gov. Pat McCrory in his fight with the General Assembly over appointments to state boards. Only Justice Paul Newby dissented from the majority opinion that legislative appointments of the majority of members of boards operating in the executive branch represents a violation of the separationContinue Reading

Pay and teacher moonlighting are not related

Recently, Progress NC and WNCT produced very similar stories about public school teachers who take second jobs outside of the school system (moonlighting).  They contend that Republican leaders have failed to raise teacher compensation enough to allow educators to cover basic needs on a single source of income. A closer look at the teacher moonlightingContinue Reading

WNCT story appears to borrow language from Progress NC op-ed

The WNCT story did not mention Logan Smith, Communications Director for Progress North Carolina, or his Huffington Post opinion piece, “In North Carolina, Teachers Work Second Jobs to Make Ends Meet.”  But there were plenty of similarities between the WNCT report and the piece published by HuffPost in December. For example, WNCT says, According toContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Pat McCrory’s new budget director and Revenue secretary. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal warns taxpayers to be wary as the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team ponders its future.

State Budget Director leaves, and Revenue Secretary moves to new area of state government

This news was released today.  See this information from a News and Observer article: North Carolina Budget Director Lee Roberts is leaving his position, Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters at the Executive Mansion on Thursday afternoon. Roberts had considered running for state treasurer this year, but decided against it. He will be moving to theContinue Reading

Dan Forest right again

At the NC State Board of Education meeting yesterday, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest pointed out that the NC Department of Public Instruction’s annual charter school report “did not have a lot of positive things to say.”  He predicted that the report would become “the fuel the media uses for the next year to criticize whateverContinue Reading