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Oct 23, 2017

NC Politics in the News


WAVY-NEWS: NC unemployment rate unmoved at 4.1 percent in September

North Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in September for the third straight month, staying at 4.1 percent.

WRAL-NEWS: Job promises miss the mark, but come in under budget

In the wake of the 2008 recession, about four of every 10 of the jobs state officials hoped to lure to North Carolina with the promise of millions in taxpayer money failed to materialize, new Commerce Department data show.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Transportation is a key to desegregating charters, legislators say

Lack of transportation is an impediment to charter schools becoming more diverse, state legislators said last week.

THE ROBESONIAN: County, schools join in ISD opposition

A plan was devised Monday to express joint opposition to Southside-Ashpole Elementary School being included in the state's Innovative School District and information about the construction of a new school district central office complex was exchanged during a meeting of Robeson County Commissioners and school board.


WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: NC to expand testing for toxic GenX

State regulators will test drinking water at three schools and other locations near the Fayetteville Works after finding GenX at levels exceeding the N.C. health advisory in a third of 105 private wells tested so far near the sprawling chemical plant.

Health Care & Insurance

SOUTH PINES PILOT: State Treasurer talks of reining in costs

N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to turn the tide on rising costs for health care and pension premiums for state employees.

In the Courts

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: CFPUA wants heads up before NC action against Chemours

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wants a Bladen County judge to order the state to let it -- and the public -- know 30 days in advance about any settlement with Chemours over allegations related to contamination by GenX and related chemicals.

WRAL-NEWS: Trial on partisan gerrymandering concludes in North Carolina

Attorneys for election advocacy groups and Democrats urged federal judges Thursday to throw out North Carolina's congressional districts for excessive partisanship, but lawyers for the Republicans who drew them say it's best the judiciary avoid trying to evaluate an inherently political process.

WRAL-NEWS: GOP leaders decry North Carolina governor’s LGBT rights deal

North Carolina's Republican leaders said Thursday that a federal court should reject a deal by the Democratic governor that would affirm the rights of transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

WRAL-NEWS: NC Supreme Court grants temporary stay in state board, superintendent lawsuit

It is business as usual for the State Board of Education after the state Supreme Court announced a temporary stay in the Board's lawsuit against Superintendent Mark Johnson.

Judicial Reforms

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: CFPUA wants heads up before NC action against Chemours

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wants a Bladen County judge to order the

Municipal Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: In Raleigh Elections, big money doesn’t always mean a win

Bonner Gaylord, who has served eight years on the Raleigh City Council and is well-known in the local business community, spent more than three times as much money as his newcomer opponent in a bid to keep his seat this fall.

October Special Session, Part Two

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper veto overturned; 2018 judicial primaries canceled

House Republicans, joined by a pair of Democrats, overturned Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of an election bill Tuesday morning, canceling North Carolina's judicial primaries next year.

WUNC-NEWS: NC lawmakers propose constitutional amendment to reduce all judicial terms

State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment to reduce all judicial terms to two years.