Wednesday Wrap: Hell no, I won't go

Posted July 15, 2015

— A State Board of Elections investigation into campaign donations from the video sweepstakes industry found no wrongdoing, but Gov. Pat McCrory wants a board member to step down because of his actions in the case.

Paul Foley refused to resign, even though questions arose about his involvement with the investigation at a time when his law firm represented a major target in the probe. McCrory plans to seek a way to force Foley off the board, but Foley said it would be improper for the governor to remove someone from a board that oversees his political activities.

In the legislature Wednesday, a House committee passed a bill that would prevent anyone from removing a state-owned monument without the permission of the General Assembly. The proposal comes amid the controversy over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols linked to the Civil War.

The full House gave final legislative approval to a repeal of the protest petition, a tool used by residents to challenge nearby developments, and the Senate approved three bills that give some counties the ability to get around standard bidding processes when buying food for local prisons.


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