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Morning Roundup: McCrory keeps ties to private firms amid transition

A month after his election, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory remains employed at a law firm that lobbies state government even as he establishes his administration and controls a $660,000 pot of taxpayer money.

His dual role creates a potential conflict that makes government watchdogs uncomfortable. Another ethical move McCrory should consider, they suggest, is putting his assets in a blind trust. Read full story here.

More political headlines:

--Legislators seeking to eliminate $2.4 billion the state of North Carolina owes the federal government to help pay jobless benefits are prepared to unveil a proposal they also say would put the state unemployment insurance program on firmer financial footing.

--Charlotte Republican Robert Pittenger didn’t wait until he was elected to make his mark on the new Congress. His Free Market political action committee gave out $132,000 to GOP congressional candidates from New Hampshire to California. That included $19,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

--Cary police have closed the investigation they had reopened into the burglary that former GOP state auditor candidate Debra Goldman had reported at her home in 2010 without making any arrests.

--State officials have suspended the superintendent of a Sampson County prison where inmates claim they were forced to drink hot sauce and rub it on their genitals.

--The vision for a major urban park on the edge of downtown achieved a long-sought breakthrough Tuesday when the state and city approved an agreement to preserve 300 acres at the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus.


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