Gov. Pat McCrory had a tough few days in the headlines. The Republican candidate for Charlotte mayor suggested McCrory may have cost him votes. The governor’s controversial approach to speaking and governing drew front-page stories. And McCrory had to read in the New York Times about a handful of governors who are doing it right and being considered for higher office.
From this morning’s paper: Gov. Pat McCrory’s improvisational style is putting him in hot water and critics are questioning his credibility. At least a dozen times in his first 10 months as governor, McCrory’s remarks have sparked controversies.
Michael Munger, a Duke University political analyst who considers himself a McCrory fan, said the governor’s aw-shucks style honed as Charlotte mayor is leading to embarrassing mistakes. “He seems to have been blindsided,” Munger said, comparing McCrory to George W. Bush’s transition from Texas governor to president. “There is a narrative that he’s sort of a bumbler.”
Does this spell trouble ahead? Read more from the article – A1 in Raleigh and Charlotte – and see a list of some of his controversial statements.
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Peacock said McCrory, the Republican governor and former Charlotte mayor, often came up when he talked to voters – and usually, not in a positive way. “What they would ask me is, ‘Are you going to be another Pat McCrory?’” Peacock said. “I do think it was a contributory factor. This was the anti- McCrory, anti-legislature sentiment.”
“These governors are, at least by comparison to lawmakers in Washington, capable and popular leaders, pushing through major legislation and trying to figure out ways, with mixed success, to avoid the partisan wrangling that has come to symbolize Washington.”
You have to wonder, if things had gone differently this year, very differently, whether North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory might enter this picture. Read the full article here.
That's what Guilford County Republican Party Chairman Michael Picarellis says, according to The Greensboro News & Record. Some people have been waiting for this chance for a decade, he said.
But once the primary is settled, the GOP isn't counting on an easy victory lap. Redrawn boundaries have made the 6th Congressional District a little less conservative, in order to bolster Republican chances in neighboring districts. It now extends into parts of Durham and Orange counties.
"As a result of redistricting, the district is now a more Democratic district. That’s bad news for Republicans," Coble said upon announcing his intentions on Thursday, the newspaper reported. "I think the right Democrat could win."
Those were galvanizing words for the only declared Democratic candidate so far: Laura Fjeld, a former UNC system official. Her campaign was quick to spread Coble's words far and wide.
The awards celebration began in 1982, and since 1985 in odd-numbered years the state party honors someone from each congressional district. There will also be three statewide awards.
"We’re excited to host the Hall of Fame Awards Celebration and thank the volunteers whose contributions helped lead to the NCGOP’s great success in recent years," said North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope in a news release. "Last year, North Carolina elected the first Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor in 20 years, increased majorities in the state House and Senate, and Republicans picked up three seats in North Carolina’s Congressional delegation. These successes would have never been possible without the help of the thousands of dedicated and hardworking NCGOP volunteers across the state."
The Washington Post’s state political blog, Govbeat, posted the map late last week, and it took off across the borderless nation of the Internet. North Carolina? Not surprisingly, it’s a bit of “Tidewater” from the Triangle to the northeast, a bit of “Greater Appalachia” to the west, with some “Deep South” thrown in more or less down east.
Here’s a little of Woodard’s analysis, which appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Tufts University’s alumni magazine:
"At a meeting with the President, I expressed the deep frustration that I and many North Carolinians have with being unable to access the online exchanges and shop for a new plan, and I told him that the level of transparency and accountability in the concrete steps they are taking to fix this problem must improve. I've always said that this law would require fixes and everyone needs to be on board with making this law work so that we can get people affordable health insurance that doesn't discriminate based on pre-existing conditions or kick you to the curb when you get sick. The Administration needs to step up and fix these problems if we are to accomplish that goal."
Per its policy, the board and its staff kept the investigation under seal for eight months after the death of Thoits. ...
Investigators worked on the case from November through June, collecting records and conducting interviews. During that time, the dentist was free to continue administering the same moderate-sedation drug that had turned a tooth extraction lethal under her supervision. The board’s public records don’t show whether she did so. “Legally, yes,” she was allowed to, according to Bobby White, chief operations officer for the dental board. “Whether it’s wise to do it, though, or not ...” he said, trailing off. Read more here.
The new economy, writes N.C. State University economist Michael Walden, created winners and losers. The losers included high school dropouts, workers with only a high school education, blue-collar workers, Hispanics and workers in the construction industry and in entertainment.
“The rising tide,” Walden writes in his book “North Carolina in the Connected Age,” did not lift all boats. “Some floundered.”
It will be difficult for leaders in Raleigh – whether they be Democrat or Republican – to quickly turn around what looks to be structural poverty. Read more here.
More than four years after his August 2009 death, the N.C. Industrial Commission this week award Harbin’s parents $527,946 in damages, including medical and funeral expenses. ... R. J. Blackley is run by the state Department of Health and Human Services. Read more here.
But the court’s narrow decision didn’t answer the larger question about how far the state will go to extend early childhood education to needy children.
Friday’s ruling was the latest legal twist in a long-running case about the state’s commitment to education in its poorest counties. Read more here.