Duke Energy’s most recent move to delay filing a rate case with the N.C. Utilities Commission will avoid the Charlotte utility having two complex cases before the commission simultaneously. But some advocacy groups say Duke may be buying time for the state’s new governor to alter the makeup of the commission.
Republican Pat McCrory has emerged as the gubernatorial front-runner. McCrory is a former mayor of Charlotte and also a 29-year veteran employee of Duke Energy, who could fill three of the seven spots and a chairman with 8 months of this election. Full story here.
More political headlines:
--With the general election less than two weeks away, officials are warning people to beware of fraudulent messages advising them they can vote by phone, and Mecklenburg election workers are recalibrating touch-screen voting machines that allegedly recorded the wrong vote.
--An estimated 20,000 people, including a long line of hand-shaking, brochure-circulating political candidates, ventured into north Charlotte on Thursday for the 83rd annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. As always, the attraction was the food.
--Most residents in Wake County will find only one candidate for Superior Court judge on their ballot – incumbents seeking another term. But in a new judicial district, there’s a contested race for a seat on the Superior Court bench.