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.
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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
NEWS & OBSERVER: UNC free speech policy passed by Board of
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.
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,
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
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.
NEWS & OBSERVER: House leader: Judicial deal may not be ready in
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
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
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.