• Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • reddit
Federal Government
Former Senator Fletcher Hartsell Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Filing False Tax Returns PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 17 February 2017 14:59
WBTV reports that former North Carolina Senator Fletcher Hartsell has pleaded guilty to two fedeeral counts of filing false tax returns and one count of mail fraud.
Hartsell has been accused of using campaign funds to pay personal expenses.The plea agreement was filed on Friday afternoon, five months after the first of two federal indictments were handed down. Hartsell faced a total of 28 federal charges; the result of two different indictments from a grand jury.
Cooper Submits Shovel Ready Projects For Federal Consideration PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:42
Governor Roy Cooper has submitted several ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects to be considered by the federal government.
Cooper’s administration provided the list of projects at the request of the National Governors Association.
“Moving ahead with shovel ready projects like these will create good paying jobs and provide a shot in the arm to our state’s economy,” said Governor Cooper. “Improving highways and mass transit will make North Carolina an even better place to live and do business.”
Projects submitted to the NGA include:
  • Completing I-295 Fayetteville outer loop in Cumberland and Robeson Counties. The 39-mile outer loop would provide interstate connectivity for the region and provide Fort Bragg direct connections to I-95. 
  • Completing the Winston-Salem northern beltway. The 34.2-mile Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is split into eastern and western sections. The eastern section is part of the future I-74 corridor, and is divided into eight sections for construction purposes. The western part is split into 10 sections between U.S. 52 and U.S. 158.
  • Improving the I-40 and I-77 interchange in Iredell County. The first section under construction includes widening I-40 to three lanes in each direction.
  • The second section calls for building two bridges, ramp upgrades for the I-40/77 interchange, additional lanes for I-40 West, a ramp to U.S. 21, and upgrading an I-40 exit.
  • Widening 22.2 miles of I-26 in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. In addition to widening I-26, work will also involve replacing the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge.
  • Improving I-95 Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Johnston, Harnett, Cumberland, and Robeson Counties. The improvements include a series of pavement rehabilitation projects along much of the 182 miles of the interstate in N.C., interchange additions, and upgrades. It also includes bridge rehabilitation safety projects to raise the clearance heights and the construction of new bridges over the interstate.
  • Completing the Durham-Orange light rail transit project led by the GoTriangle transit agency. The project is a 17.7-mile light rail project that will connect Chapel Hill and Durham and serve 18 stations in areas that have been identified for future compact development and growth. 
  • Widening US 74 in Mecklenburg County. The project would widen Independence Boulevard to three general purpose lanes in each direction, construct one or two express toll lanes in the median in each direction, and convert highway to an expressway.
  • Widening I-485 in Mecklenburg County. The proposal would add one express toll lane in each direction along I-485 from I-77 to U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) in Mecklenburg County.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:49
President's Travel Ban Earns Cooper's Wrath PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 30 January 2017 10:54
Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement opposing President Donald Trump's Executive Order temporarily banning visitors from seven nations identified as having terrorism ties:  
"The executive order issued by the President will make our homeland and our troops serving overseas less safe. Our vetting process has to be tough and thorough, but we should not impose a religious test to enter the country. It's especially troubling that individuals who risked their lives to protect our troops and served alongside them are now being turned away. We can secure the safety of our country without separating families, hurting our businesses, and turning away good people who need our help." 
Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 13:58
Feds Now Oppose Cooper's Bid To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 05:54
Governor Roy Cooper has lost a key ally in his attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 
The Carolina Journal reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has sided with Senate President Pro tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore in a federal lawsuit to block Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid. 
Cooper  petitioned the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for expansion in the waning days of the administration of President Barack Obama. Berger and Moore responded with a lawsuit to block the expansion and on January 14, U.S. District court judge Louise Flanagan issued a 14-day stay. 
Another obstacle to Cooper's expansion when the new administration of Donald Trump froze new or un-implemented regulations, rules and rulings in addition to to executive order which many see as the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act. 
Those actions may have been on Flanagan's mind when she canceled a hearing on January 28 and granted a 60-day injunction, a request Berger and Moore requested "to allow time for incoming officials in the new administration to evaluate the issues in this case.”
Cooper's administration opposed the injunction arguing Medicaid expansion is an executive action and that Berger and Moore don't have the authority to sue on behalf of the General Assembly.

Page 1 of 5
Copyright 2011 - All Rights Reserved
3012 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27604
Telephone: (919) 790-9392