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.
--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.