2015 Election Results

NEWS & OBSERVER: Local bond votes signal support for statewide bond in March 

Voters in five towns across the state showed strong support Tuesday for borrowing with bond financing, and backers of a $2 billion statewide bond issue say the results show voters are willing to support that type of investment.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Charlotte Mayor-elect Jennifer Roberts played ‘outside game’ to win 

Back in March, as the field of Charlotte’s mayoral candidates continued to grow, a lot of people considered Democrat Jennifer Roberts a long shot.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson wins 2nd term 

Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson narrowly won a second term Tuesday night over Democratic challenger Val Applewhite.

NEWS & RECORD: Mayor Nancy Vaughan wins second term in a landslide 

Mayor Nancy Vaughan on Tuesday became the city's first two-term mayor since Keith Holliday stepped down in 2007.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Huntersville elections a ‘referendum’ on I-77 toll lanes 

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain and two town commissioners were booted from office in this week’s elections because of residents’ anger about the state’s plans to widen Interstate 77 with toll lanes, people on both sides agreed Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Voters say ‘no’ to 4-year terms for Mecklenburg County commissioners 

Voters on Tuesday rejected doubling the length of time Mecklenburg County commissioners can serve on the nine-member board.

2016 Election

WECT: Rep. Ken Waddell won't run for re-election

Rep. Ken Waddell says he won't seek a third term in the North Carolina House.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: State Sen. Bob Rucho says this term will be his last 

Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews, a major architect of everything from North Carolina’s tax policy to its voting districts, announced Thursday that he won’t seek a new term.

WWAY: Rick Catlin won't seek re-election to NC House, Tammy Covil to seek seat 

A New Hanover County Republican has told colleagues he will not seek re-election next year to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

WRAL: Lawmakers take themselves out of running

Lawmakers have to decide before Christmas whether they will seek re-election, and a growing number say this term will be their last. ​

Alcohol

NEWS & OBSERVER: Looser alcohol laws benefit NC distilleries, retailers 

For the first time since Prohibition, liquor bottles are being sold outside of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system.

Deaths

NEWS & RECORD: Howard Coble funeral set for Tuesday 

Former U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, the longest-serving Republican congressman in North Carolina history, died late Tuesday — Election Day. He was 84.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Dorothy ‘Dot’ Helms, widow of late Sen. Jesse Helms, dies at 96 

Dorothy “Dot” Coble Helms, widow of the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, died Friday at the age of 96.

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: Leeway for struggling charter schools proposed

The State Board of Education is considering a new policy that would allow struggling charter schools to stay open.

THE TIMES-NEWS: McCrory hails Alamance, Guilford apprenticeship programs

If North Carolina doesn’t fill the skilled worker gap that the state’s manufacturing sector faces, new industries will refuse to locate here, and existing ones will leave, Gov. Pat McCrory told business and education leaders Thursday.

Energy & Environment

STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: McCrory environment agency confronts critics, pushes policy 

For years, North Carolina's environmental agency usually stayed out of the public discourse, quietly carrying out the will of the General Assembly and the mandates of states and federal policymakers and the current gubernatorial administration.