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Nov 13, 2017

NC Politics in the News


NEWS & OBSERVER: Virtual charter schools were an experiment in NC. Should they continue to stay open?

North Carolina's two online charter schools are both considered low performing by the state, but the leaders of the schools say they should be allowed to stay open on a more permanent basis.


Energy & Environment

WRAL-NEWS: Testing reveals month-old GenX spill in Cape Fear River

Environmental regulators say they're investigating possible enforcement action after discovering that Chemours spilled a GenX precursor into the Cape Fear River in early October.

WRAL-NEWS: Forest, energy council talk EMPs, power grid

State leaders met Thursday to talk about potential threats to the state's power grid and how emergency responders and utilities are preparing to deal with them.


Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC seeks input on Medicaid from providers and insurers in reform initiative

State health officials are taking another step toward reform of the N.C. Medicaid program, this time addressing requirements for physical managed care organizations.


In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper loses another round in separation of powers fight

North Carolina lawmakers have the power to give themselves the last word on confirming Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries, a state appeals court agreed Tuesday.


Judicial Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: Senators plan full debate on N Carolina judicial proposals

Senate Republicans on Wednesday promised full but brisk debate with outside input on potentially dramatic changes to North Carolina's judiciary, including new election districts or eliminating head-to-head races for judgeships.


Municipal Elections

WRAL-NEWS: North Carolina man leaps from protests into politics

In 2016, Braxton Winston stood shirtless with fist raised in front of riot police, defiantly protesting a black man's fatal shooting by a North Carolina officer.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Democrats score big in Tuesday’s election – and say NC is next

In Fayetteville, a Democrat unseated an incumbent Republican mayor who scrutinized his legal troubles.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Edwards: Asheville district vote a ‘sham,’ ignores law

Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a referendum question asking if they wanted to impose a district election system on the city, but a state senator pushing the move says the vote was "a sham."

NEWS & OBSERVER: Six LGBTQ candidates win in North Carolina – one in Trump country

Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are celebrating Tuesday's election as seven openly LGBTQ candidates won races across North Carolina while other candidates made history in elections around the country.

MORGANTON NEWS HERALD: Voters undo ‘dry’ county status

Burke County voters overwhelmingly decided to leave prohibition behind on Tuesday.

WTVD-NEWS: Raleigh Mayor Nany McFarlane re-elected

With all the precincts counted, Raleigh voters have chosen Nancy McFarlane to lead the city for another term.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Democrat Vi Lyles makes history in Charlotte mayoral win

Casting herself as a unifier after two years of tumult, Democrat Vi Lyles easily defeated Republican Kenny Smith on Tuesday to become Charlotte's first African-American female mayor.



COASTAL REVIEW: Wilmington Port seek state help on rail fix

Last year when the House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long-Term Funding Solutions took a trip to the coast, members scouted the clogged New River Inlet on shallow-draft shrimp trawlers.