Oct 3, 2016

NC Politics in the News

2016 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: Candidates clash on key issues in rematch for NC lieutenant governor
Four years ago no statewide race was closer than that between Republican Dan Forest and Democrat Linda Coleman for lieutenant governor.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC treasurer candidates clash over HB 2, potential conflicts
North Carolina's two candidates for state treasurer engaged in a feisty debate Tuesday night over membership on corporate boards, campaign contributions and even House Bill 2.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NC Democrats aim to narrow GOP legislative majority
North Carolina voters who've soured on contentious laws addressing gay rights, voter ID and abortion might muster enough political muscle to replace Republican Gov. Pat McCrory with a Democrat in November.


WRAL-NEWS: 53 apply to be superintendent of NC’s new Achievement School District
Fifty-three people from across the country have applied to be superintendent of North Carolina's newest school system, known as the Achievement School District, which will serve students in some of the state's lowest-performing schools.

Health Care

THE NEWS TRIBUNE: Burr says North Carolinians facing Obamacare price jumps
Based on rate increases proposed to North Carolina's Department of Insurance, state residents who have signed up for Obamacare could face a 19 percent to 25 percent jump in the cost of their health coverage for 2017, Republican Sen. Richard Burr says.

In the Courts

WILMINGTON STAR-NEWS: Motion seeks to modify early voting ruling in North Carolina
A group of voters represented by Hillary Clinton's campaign counsel filed an emergency request in a North Carolina federal court over the weekend asking a judge to require the state Board of Elections to modify early voting plans in Mecklenburg, Guilford, Forsyth, Nash and New Hanover counties.

WRAL-NEWS: Sen. Hartsell faces federal charges over campaign spending
State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, faces charges of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with his campaign spending under a federal indictment handed down Tuesday.

Justice & Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings
The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte is only the latest shooting to raise questions about how the department uses body cameras.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Charlotte Mayor Roberts call for law’s repeal brings sharp response
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts Wednesday urged lawmakers to repeal a new law on police videos -- prompting a blistering response from the Senate's top Republican as well as a lawmaker from her own party.

State & Local Government

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Asheville looks to slow hotel growth, other development
In a move to slow the number of new hotels and large projects being built downtown and possibly planned for other parts of the city, the Asheville City Council is looking to put more restrictions on new big buildings and lodging developments of nearly every size, including small- and medium-sized ones.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: House leader: Deal may not have led to full HB2 repeal
The North Carolina House leader says a state law restricting LGBT anti-discrimination rules may not have been fully repealed even if Charlotte leaders had agreed this month to pull back their city ordinance that led to House Bill 2.


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