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McCrory administration official alleges bullying

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and a key House leader are fighting over a three-member commission that serves as the final benefits arbiter within North Carolina's unemployment insurance office.

Office head Dale Folwell accused some legislators in a committee Wednesday of bullying his agency over the Board of Review. He's also said fellow Republicans have threatened to throw out McCrory's commissioners and let legislators pick two of the three.

Folwell's comments were directed largely at committee chairwoman Julia Howard of Mocksville. She says she's never heard an agency address lawmakers so disrespectfully.

Folwell and McCrory press secretary Josh Ellis also say Howard and others approached the administration about appointing Howard to the board. She says she filed a government application necessary for appointments but never specifically applied for a board post.

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