Gov.-elect Pat McCrory remains guarded about what he intends to do after Gov. Bev Perdue's decision to set up a state-federal health exchange. In a statement Thursday, he said Perdue's decision gives him flexibility. Other Republican leaders blasted Perdue's decision.
McCrory said he would talk to other Republican governors Friday. His campaign buddy S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley rejected a state exchange Thursday. More details here.
More political headlines:
--Erskine Bowles is reportedly saying -- again -- he would turn down any offer to become the next U.S. Treasury secretary, according to at least two media reports Thursday.
--An audit released Thursday discovered that state officials failed to adequately monitor $80 million that lawmakers earmarked in the fiscal year 2011 budget for economic development projects.
--Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor who is still battling Republican Dan Forest for votes, plans to file two lawsuits Friday in Wake County that could further her cause.
--Federal officials are scaling back a program that enlists the aid of local police and sheriff’s offices to identify people who are in the country illegally, in favor of a national program that uses fingerprints collected by the FBI.