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Dec 18, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.

Publication of NC Politics in the News will resume in the new year. The team at McGuireWoods Consulting wishes you a happy holiday season!

2018 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Democrats announce new candidates, and they’re almost all women

State Democrats spent Monday announcing nine new candidates -- including six women -- in their 2018 effort to break Republicans' veto-proof majority in the state legislature.

 

Energy & Environment

COASTAL REVIEW: GenX bills expected during January session

Legislators are sorting through a list of potential environmental provisions ahead of the General Assembly's return in early January, moving up the timetable for further state response to GenX and other emerging contaminants.

 

Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: UNC free speech policy passed by Board of Governors

The UNC Board of Governors approved a new free speech policy that could lead to punishment --warnings, suspensions or expulsions for protesters who disrupt others at the state's public universities.

NEWS & OBSERVER: The way your child’s NC public school gets money to educate students could be changing

State lawmakers could overhaul the way $9.4 billion in public school dollars are spent annually, affecting the way that North Carolina's 1.6 million public school students are educated.

THE ROBESONIAN: Rowland yells no to school closure

Speaker after speaker implored Robeson County Board of Education members on Tuesday to keep Southside-Ashpole Elementary School open during a public hearing at the school.

 

Health Care

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: New Cardinal board has three members from old one

New board members of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare said Friday they hope to restore public trust in the beleaguered organization, though one lawmaker called the reappointment of three former members "bad optics."

FAYETTEVILLE OVSERVER: New Hanover County sues opioid makers, distributors

New Hanover County government has officially filed a lawsuit against makers and distributors of opioids, claiming they "aggressively pushed" their product, leading to the region's opioid epidemic.

 

In the Courts

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Voters: ‘Time is of the essence’ in adopting redistricting recommendations

The North Carolina General Assembly is not entitled to another shot at fixing any remaining racial flaws in its most recent redistricting efforts, voting rights lawyers contend in newly filed court papers.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Democrats sue to try to restore 2018 judicial primaries

North Carolina's Democrats have gone to court to try to prevent the enforcement of a Republican-approved state law that would eliminate primaries for judicial elections next spring.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Judge denies legislators’ early hearing request in NC racial gerrymandering case

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles has refused a request to hold a crucial hearing in North Carolina's racial gerrymandering case two weeks sooner than scheduled.

 

Judicial Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: House leader: Judicial deal may not be ready in January

A key North Carolina legislator says chances may be fading for approving dramatic changes to how judges are selected in the state when the General Assembly reconvenes in a few weeks.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Democrats walk out in protest after Republicans snub Roy Cooper

As North Carolina lawmakers debate whether to change how judges are picked, all the Democrats on a key committee protested Wednesday by walking out of a meeting they said was unfair and not very transparent.

 

Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: Local case pokes loophole in domestic violence gun prohibition

North Carolina may be the only state in the nation where a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction doesn't trigger a lifetime federal ban on owning a gun.

ELIZABETH CITIY DAILY ADVANCE: Steinburg: Prison managers conceal dangers

Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, is blasting North Carolina's prison administrators "from the top down," citing claims from correctional officers that prison managers are allowing and concealing dangerous conditions, including threats and violence from inmates.