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Friday News: "Hit the road, Mac" edition

State elections board removes official who made racist posts (AP) — North Carolina's elections board, on a 3-2 vote, dumped Rowan County Elections Chairman Malcolm "Mac" Butner, who made racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting that blacks who protested against Republican policies weren't "productive good citizens" with jobs.

NC elections board removes Rowan official over 'intemperate' remarks (WRAL-TV) -- Malcolm "Mac" Butner was appointed to the Rowan County Board of Elections after "a clerical error." Members of the State Board of Elections said his social media postings called into question his impartiality and judgment.

Thursday News: Crushed by the Karmic Wheel edition


Department of Public Safety reorganization appears rooted in budget spat (WRAL-TV) -- In a bid to keep a top lieutenant, Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry has reorganized his department, apparently firing the wife of a chief legislative budget writer in the process.

Shake-up at North Carolina's public safety agency (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The N.C. Department of Public Safety’s law enforcement commissioner Gregory Baker – whose position was eliminated in the recent state budget – has landed a newly created job in the agency, while the chief operating officer Lorrie Dollar, whose husband state Rep. Nelson Dollar is a key budget writer in the legislature, has been removed.

Wednesday News: DOL is DOA edition


With just one missed check, workers’ lives can be derailed (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The N.C. Labor Department routinely fails to help the workers who turn to it to collect the money they earned. An analysis of more than 1,000 cases from fiscal year 2014 in which labor investigators found that employers owed their workers money. All told, investigators failed to collect $1 million for workers that year,

Tuesday News: Coop launches edition


N.C. Atty. Gen Cooper kicks off run for governor (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper began his long-planned bid to become governor Monday evening, telling a crowd of supporters the state has traveled down a path of income inequality and poorly-funded public education under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's leadership and it's time to turn things around.

Monday News: Navassa is suffering edition

N.C. town plagued by 40-year-old contamination (Forbes) -- The town of Navassa, N.C. is still being plagued by contamination from a wood treatment plant that closed more than 40 years ago. The plant, operated by Oklahoma energy company Kerr-McGee, was open from 1936 to 1974. The factory made use of creosote preservatives, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has listed as a probable human carcinogen. According to the EPA, the factory disposed of its creosote wastewater in ponds.

Sunday News: Stop Cherie Berry's paycheck edition


At N.C. Dept. of Labor, little help for unpaid workers (Raleigh News & Observer) - -North Carolina has a simple requirement of employers: Pay your workers what you promise. When bosses don’t, Republican State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s team has the duty under state law to step in and try to make it right. But for years, Berry’s Labor Department has rarely pushed uncooperative companies to settle debts to their employees. The Labor Department left hundreds of workers hanging in 2014. For some, like Hendricks, investigators closed the books on the case the moment they discovered the business had shuttered. Berry’s agency broke its own rules by not considering litigation in cases where workers weren’t paid in 2014.

Saturday News: Department of Homeland Fidelity edition

Homeland Security employee reports GOP Reps McCarthy and Ellmers having an affair (Ring of Fire Radio) -- A Department of Homeland Security employee is under investigation for posting to WikiPedia that House Majority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy and Republican Representative Renee Ellmers are having an affair. Both are married. The Homeland Security employee is not being investigated for lying, but for using a government computer to edit the WikiPedia page, and possibly revealing confidential information.

Friday News: GOP "jobs" plan edition


Atlanta startup could have been creating jobs in NC (WRAL-TV) -- rented.com, founded in 2012 as VacationFutures and nurtured in the Triangle-based Startup Factory, has raised several rounds of capital and would be a North Carolina company if a state agency had not pushed them out.

NC fails to take up crowdfunding exemption bill (WRAL-TV) - - Unfortunately, the NC JOBS/PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption bill (S481) has once again failed to make it through the NC legislature. Mark Easlely Sr. says its a missed opportunity for the state.

Thursday News: The Burr in NC's side edition


Dems set sights on Senate majority (The Hill) -- With the field of Senate contenders coming into focus, Democrats see 2016 as a prime opportunity to regain a majority in the upper chamber. Here’s a look at the state of the Senate races based on interviews with insiders from both parties. -- NO-SHOWS: North Carolina and Colorado: Democrats looking to take out Republican Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina should see him as vulnerable but the list of Democrats who have passed on the race is log, leaving the Democrats relying on untested or obscure candidates. Former Sen. Kay Hagan will not be making a comeback, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also has declined to run, leaving Democrats to plumb the depths of their second tier. Democrats similarly argue that it’s too early to panic, pointing to former Sen. Hagan’s late entrance into the 2008 Senate race, when she defeated former Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

Wednesday News: Nancy and Jennifer edition


Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Wins Her Third Term (TWCN-TV) -- Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane has won her third term. She beat Chiropractor Dr. Bob Weltzin.

Next up for Jennifer Roberts in mayor’s race: Edwin Peacock on offense (Charlotte Observer) - -Voters took to her positive, if unspecific, message


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