Politics & Government

N.C. House candidate still has outstanding fines

N.C. House candidate still has outstanding fines

Democrat Robin Bradford, who just kicked off her second campaign for the state House, still has outstanding fines from her last one.

It was a year ago that the state elections board notified her that she owes $750 for a missing finance report from her 2012 campaign. The amount could grow because of missing reports from 2013, election officials said.

Bradford lost to Republican Charles Jeter in House District 92 in west Mecklenburg. Last month she filed to run for the seat again.

Bradford said she wasn’t aware of the fine and blamed her treasurer, who disputes the election board findings. She said she filed the missing documents.

Bradford may not be the only one in her family with delinquent reports.

He husband, Democrat Keith Bradford, lost a race for Mecklenburg commissioner in 2012. County records show he has at least two missing finance reports from the race. Jim Morrill

Democrats lacking headquarters in Meck

Don’t go looking for a Democratic Party headquarters in Mecklenburg County. There isn’t one. The party had to move out of its office last year and still doesn’t have the money to get one.

Party chair Robin Bradford said the party is still trying to get on solid financial footing. As of Dec. 31, it reported just under $3,400 in the bank. Bradford said that’s now up to about $7,000.

By contrast, the Mecklenburg GOP, which has a headquarters, reported nearly $12,500 in the bank.

Bradford said a headquarters isn’t that important, even in a busy election year. “We were in an election last year without an office,” she said. “We were very successful.” Jim Morrill

Kissell coves lots of ground – by bicycle

When Democrat Larry Kissell was in Congress, he had a lot of ground to cover in an 8th District that stretched from Charlotte to Fayetteville.

Now he’s going even farther.

Last week the 63-year-old former teacher began a 3,100-mile bike ride across the country, from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla. A longtime biking aficionado, he plans to blog about his adventures along the way.

The name of the blog? “From C (Congress) to shining CC (Cross Country).” Jim Morrill

Friendly crowd greets the governor

Gov. Pat McCrory was in politically friendly territory at an education Q & A in Mooresville on Thursday night. He got a standing ovation from the 550 students, parents and local business and government leaders in attendance.

“Charlotte’s different from Mooresville,” State Rep. Robert Brawley, R-Mooresville, told the Observer with a laugh moments before McCrory took to the stage at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.

Brawley was referring to Charlotte’s strong Democratic base and Iredell County’s overwhelmingly conservative one, and the fact that no protesters greeted the Republican governor. In 2012 Iredell voted 72 percent for McCrory. “If anybody’s protesting tonight, it’ll be over trying to find a parking space,” Brawley said.

On stage, Mooresville Superintendent Mark Edwards asked McCrory several questions about education in the state.

“I should be asking you the questions,” McCrory quipped to the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year.

McCrory was invited by the Career Bridge Advisory Council, a local business-schools partnership. Joe Marusak

Cash for Brannon

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was scheduled to host a fundraiser last week for Republican Senate candidate Greg Brannon of Cary.

Paul was headlining the fundraiser at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks in suburban Washington. Tickets cost up to $500.

Brannon is one of eight GOP candidates vying for the nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Jim Morrill