Feb 27, 2017

NC Politics in the News


WFAE-NEWS: Governor Proposes Average 5 Percent Pay Increase For Teachers For Next Two Years

Gov. Roy Cooper proposed average pay raises of 5 percent for teachers this year and next year in his upcoming budget.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: General Assembly sends UNC board reduction bill to Cooper

The Republican-controlled General Assembly on Monday sent its first bill of the year to new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper -- legislation reducing membership on the board overseeing the University of North Carolina system's 17 campuses.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Bill would enhance school sports safety awareness, protocols, data collection

A House bill would require the State Board of Education and local boards to put more focus on addressing and documenting serious sports injuries among middle- and high-school students.


SHELBY STAR: GOP wants party labels on judges

The N.C. House voted 65-51 Wednesday to make elections for District Court and Superior Court judges partisan.

HB 2

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Bipartisan HB2 repeal bill filed – but does it have the votes to pass?

Two Republicans and two Democrats have teamed up on a new proposal to repeal House Bill 2 that also would prohibit cities and counties from regulating bathroom access in private facilities.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper, Stein move to end voting rights case

Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have taken steps to withdraw North Carolina's appeal of a controversial voting rights lawsuit, essentially ending the state's defense of its voter ID law and related election laws passed in 2013.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Here’s where NC’s political clashes stand in court

A month into North Carolina's General Assembly session, major battles are being waged not in the legislature but in courtrooms from Raleigh to Washington.

Justice & Public Safety

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: NC bill would prohibit racial profiling by law enforcement officers

Four Democratic legislators filed a bill this past week in the N.C. House that would prohibit law enforcement officers from racially profiling people and would require law enforcement agencies to collect homicide statistics, including data about people killed by their officers.

Local Government

WITN-NEWS: NC bill to punish local governments for ‘sanctuary’ policies heard

North Carolina lawmakers are again considering whether to punish local governments if they don't comply with federal immigration law or have policies discouraging police from collecting information about the immigration status of suspects and others.

State Government

WRAL-NEWS: North Carolina: Power struggle intensifies with governor

The tug of war over whether North Carolina's GOP-led legislature can subject the new Democratic governor's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation intensified Thursday when senators agreed to subpoena a department head who repeatedly failed to appear before a committee