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The Source: Remembering governor’s radio days

Recalling the radio days of the governor

In a ceremony Friday dedicating a historical marker to WBT’s old home on South Tryon Street, former Channel 3 anchor Doug Mayes made reference to the days when then-Mayor Pat McCrory had a Sunday morning radio show.

He told the crowd – McCrory a part of it – that WBTV’s general manager Nick Simonette had uncovered research showing that sales of radios soared in Charlotte during the years of McCrory’s show.

“And I know that’s true,” said Mayes, 91. “Nick sold his, I sold mine. … ” Mark Washburn

N.C. state treasurer to speak in Charlotte

N.C. State Treasurer Janet Cowell will speak to Charlotte’s Uptown Democratic Forum Wednesday.

The group meets at noon at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. Lunch is $10. To register, contact Pat Cotham at 704-506-3056. Jim Morrill

Congressional committee heading to Gastonia

Congress is coming to Gastonia this week.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Cherryville, announced that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a public field hearing on the Affordable Care Act Friday at 10 a.m. at the Gaston County Courthouse, 325 N. Marietta St., Gastonia.

The title of the hearing is “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased Premiums for Health Care Coverage.”

McHenry’s office said the hearing will examine the impact of “Obamacare’s” implementation on the price of insurance premiums in North Carolina. McHenry is a member of the oversight committee. Observer staff reports

Pro-McCrory donor event comes under criticism

Several members of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration attended an event in Greensboro for pro-McCrory donors last week, and a Democratic group thinks they should reimburse the state for the cost.

Progress NC Action asked for reimbursement for McCrory and his staff who attended the meeting Thursday at the Grandover Resort for Renew North Carolina, a group that has been financing TV ads touting the governor’s accomplishments.

Brian Nick, a spokesman for Renew North Carolina, said that would not be appropriate because members of the governor’s administration frequently talk to groups across the state about policy. He compared it to administration officials talking to a Rotary Club, the NFIB or groups that are involved in advocacy.

Nick said four administration members participated in two panel discussions. An economic development panel included adviser Tony Almeida and Dale Folwell, assistant secretary for employment.

The (Raleigh) News & Observer

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