Easley’s ex in-law may lose her job

August 12, 2009


RALEIGH – The former sister-in-law of former Gov. Mike Easley could soon be out of her state job.

Judy Easley, who was married to the former governor’s brother and has remained close to the Easley family, said in an interview that she has been notified by letter that her position could be cut by the end of the month.

“According to the letter, it’s in response to the budget crisis,” she said.

Asked whether her position was targeted because of her ties to the former governor, who is the subject of state and federal investigations, Judy Easley said she hoped not.
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NCSU to probe Mary Easley’s job

July 15, 2009

NCSU to probe Mary Easley’s job
BY JAY PRICE, Staff Writer

In their first meeting since publicly announcing that Chancellor James Oblinger had quit and former state first lady Mary Easley would be fired, N.C. State University’s board of trustees named a committee to investigate the scandal over Easley’s hiring.

The Easley controversy also cost former Provost Larry Nielsen and former trustees Chairman McQueen Campbell their posts.

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Subpoena seeks more on Mary Easley, e-mail

July 10, 2009

Subpoena seeks more on Mary Easley, e-mail
A new subpoena issued to N.C. State University seeks more documents about Mary Easley’s jobs at N.C. State University and shows that investigators want to know more about deleted e-mail messages from former Chancellor James Oblinger’s high-priority account.

The subpoena was received this week, according to NCSU Chancellor James Woodward.

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Mary Easley is advised to resign

May 18, 2009

Leaders in the state’s university system moved publicly Monday to force the resignation of Mary Easley, the former first lady criticized over a $170,000-per-year position she holds at N.C. State University.

The chairwoman of the UNC Board of Governors, the president of the UNC system and the chancellor at N.C. State University all said Easley should give up her job.

They all gave the same reason: for the good of N.C. State.


GOP leader: Give Easley special prosecutor

May 15, 2009

The Senate’s Republican leader wants a special prosecutor to look into former Gov. Mike Easley’s dealings.

Sen. Phil Berger, a Rockingham County Republican, called for an investigator to look into recent reports in The N&O that Easley took at least 25flights on private jets, apparently violating state campaign finance laws, and that his family drove cars owned by dealers.

Berger said an independent investigator was needed because of what he called a lack of action by Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is widely considered to be considering a run for U.S. Senate.http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1528049.html

Bowles wants NCSU chairman out

May 15, 2009

The president of the University of North Carolina system has asked McQueen Campbell, chairman of the N.C. State University board, to resign immediately after learning this week that Campbell played a role in hiring former first lady Mary Easley.

Erskine Bowles told The News & Observer on Thursday that Campbell phoned him earlier this week and “went through a whole mea culpa,” then recounted telling Chancellor James Oblinger that Easley was looking to change jobs before N.C. State hired her in 2005.

“He said, ‘I did tell Jim Oblinger in passing that Mary Easley was going to change jobs and he may not even remember that.'” Bowles said. “And I said, ‘What?’ That was about the end of the conversation. I was surprised.”


Trooper: Visit with Easley was personal

May 13, 2009

State Highway Patrol Capt. Alan Melvin headed the special protection detail for Gov. Mike Easley for years but is now assigned to an information technology job at the patrol.

That’s why a reporter was curious to see Melvin show up earlier this year at the Raleigh home of Easley.

The date was Feb. 18, a Wednesday, and Melvin pulled up about 2 p.m. He carried a package to the door. He left without it 






Easley’s quiet way meant mixed results

January 9, 2009

RALEIGH — There was a day when Gov. Mike Easley’s style seemed quirky but effective. His aversion to public appearances drew quips about the groundhog or Howard Hughes, but voters liked the low-key governor with a common touch, and Easley got virtually everything he wanted out of the state legislature.

“Where’s the ‘Waldo’ of American politics?” first lady Mary Easley joked during a Democratic Party breakfast in 2001 when her husband was in the back of the room instead of the front.