Under the Dome Blog
Posted by John Frank on December 12, 2013
Welcome to the Law & Order edition. The North Carolina political battle continues to enter the courtroom, with critics of the Republican legislature using lawsuits to challenge an agenda they can’t stop.
The newest lawsuit fights the private school voucher law. The “Moral Monday” trials continue. And attorneys are in federal court today pressing their case to block the state’s new election law.
On the other side, a Democratic lawmaker is arrested on felony tax charges and resigns. And the hearing for a Republican lawmaker convicted on federal charges is postponed.
Posted by Renee Schoof on December 12, 2013
U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, said Wednesday that the bipartisan budget deal reached in Washington will ‘allow Congress to finally write and pass appropriations bills that set investment priorities and hold executive branch agencies accountable for spending taxpayer dollars.’
Posted by Craig Jarvis on December 11, 2013
State Rep. Deb McManus, a first-term Democrat and former longtime member of the Chatham County school board, was arrested on felony tax charges Wednesday. McManus, 56, of Siler City, resigned from her House seat several hours after posting a $150,000 bond.
Posted by Lynn Bonner on December 11, 2013
The state charter school office received 71 applications to open new charter schools in 2015. The applications will be vetted by a charter advisory committee, and its recommendations will be passed on to the State Board of Education for a vote.
Posted by Colin Campbell on December 11, 2013
During a Q&A at a meeting of the Midtown Raleigh Alliance, the governor bemoaned the windowless buildings, missing sidewalks and lack of first-floor retail in state government buildings.
Posted by David Bracken on December 11, 2013
Andrew Silton, a former chief investment adviser for the North Carolina state pension fund and the author of a blog called Meditations on Money Management, says the state public employees organization’s recent criticism of the pension fund’s performance is misguided.
Posted by Renee Schoof on December 11, 2013
The federal government will investigate the flawed launch of the online shopping site for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on Wednesday, saying action must be taken to prevent the same problems in the future. Her announcement comes as new figures show enrollment quadrupled in November.