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Gov. McCrory Joins Lawsuit Challenging President Obama’s Expansion Of Presidential Power PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has joined the Texas Attorney General and other governors and attorneys general in a lawsuit that challenges President Barack Obama’s expansion of presidential power by unilaterally changing immigration law through executive action.

The suit relates to the president's November action regarding illegal immigrants. The president bypassed Congress and legalized the presence of approximately five million immigrants who entered the United States illegally. This is approximately 40 percent of the estimated undocumented immigrant population in the United States.  
“The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and his unilateral expansion of power must be challenged,” said Gov. McCrory in announcing his decision. “In North Carolina, the 10th most populous state, the president’s actions are likely to put even more financial strain on our state's government services.  It’s disappointing that the president has shown little regard for states which must shoulder the costs of his actions.”   
The legal challenge asserts the president violated the Take Care Clause (Article II, Section 3, Clause 5) of the U.S. Constitution which states the president must take care that the laws passed by Congress are faithfully executed.  The lawsuit maintains President Obama rewrote immigration law under the guise of executive discretion. The lawsuit also notes that the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 4) gives Congress - not the President - the power to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization. 

Six Boards and Commissions Receive New Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has announced appointments to a variety of state boards and commissions. The appointments are of varying lengths and subject areas. They are:

North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners
Murchison “Bo” Biggs (Robeson County) – Biggs serves as chief financial officer, comptroller and secretary-treasurer of K.M. Biggs, Inc. (farming and retail sales of farm equipment) in Lumberton.

The board is responsible for granting and annually renewing certificates of qualification to CPAs and CPA firms who meet the legal requirements. The term length is three years.  

North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council
Hunter Robinson (Wake County) – Robinson is the chief information officer for the N.C. Office of the State Auditor. This is a reappointment to the council.  

The council develops policies regarding the utilization of geographic information, GIS systems and other related technologies. The term length is three years.
North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board
Waverly Sawyer (Camden County) – Sawyer is the president of Sawyer & Associates Realty and Construction. This is a reappointment to the board.

The board's purpose is to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare and to protect the public from being harmed by unqualified persons. The title “Licensed Home Inspector” is regulated by providing for the licensure and regulation of those who perform home inspections. The term length is four years.
Structural Pest Control Committee
Phillip Clegg (Durham County) – Clegg is the president of Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control LLC.

The committee approves applications for structural pest control licenses, holds public hearings for the purpose of adopting new and/or amendments to rules and regulations, denies, revokes or suspends structural pest control licenses, certifies applicators' cards or registered technicians' cards and assesses civil penalties. The term length is four years.  

North Carolina Inmate Grievance Resolution Board
James Foster (Cabarrus County) – Foster is the Judicial District 19-A state bar councilor.
The board investigates matters involving grievances or complaints that are filed by prison inmates. The term length is four years.
North Carolina Global TransPark Authority
Mark Lesnau (Wayne County) – Lesnau is the president and CEO of North Carolina Community Federal Credit Union in Goldsboro.

The board is an independent state agency that was created to plan, develop and operate the North Carolina Global TransPark. The term length is four years.

Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Tuesday, December 2, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 05:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Tuesday, December 2, 2014, as released by his office.

9 a.m.
Council of State
Department of Administration
Fifth floor commission boardroom     
116 W. Jones Street   
Open to Press   
10 a.m.
Press Conference
State Capitol
Old House Chambers
1 E. Edenton Street
OPEN to credentialed press only.

11 a.m.
Christmas Tree & Wreath Presentation
State Capitol
1 E. Edenton Street

Adrian O’Neal Promoted To Chief Of Operations For State Parks System PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 05:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A veteran of two decades of working in as a park ranger has abeen promoted to chief of operations for the state parks system. James Adriain O'Neal succeeds Mike Lambert, who resigned earlier this year to assume a similar position in Connecticut, according to a statement from the parks agency.

O’Neal will be responsible for park operations, resource management, environmental education programming, law enforcement, safety and facility maintenance for the state’s system of 36 state parks, four state recreation areas and 20 state natural areas, as well as other system units covering more than 218,000 acres.

“As a ranger and administrator, Adrian has demonstrated leadership and enthusiasm that reflects the commitment he has to the mission of North Carolina’s state parks,” said Michael Murphy, state parks director, in a statement. “The state parks system and its field staff will rely on his experience and skills as we continue to develop conservation initiatives, innovative recreation opportunities and environmental education for our 14 million visitors each year.”

 O’Neal is a native of Dunn and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. He began his career with the state parks system in 1993 as a ranger at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and later served at Carolina Beach State Park.


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