Mar 20, 2017

NC Politics in the News


WLOS NEWS: Senate confirms Cooper choices for DOT, public safety agency

Three members of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet have now been confirmed by the state Senate after strong support in the chamber for department heads overseeing transportation and public safety.


DURHAM HERALD-SUN: State senate promotes NCCU trustee Darrell Allison to UNC system Board of Governors

One of NC. Central University’s trustees is getting a promotion, and will be joining the UNC system’s Board of Governors as of Monday.

NEWS & OBSERVER: 14 House nominees up for UNC Board of Governors

Fourteen people have been nominated in the House for six seats on the UNC Board of Governors.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Schools scramble to meet N.C.’s new class size rule

For months North Carolina's superintendents have begged legislators to walk back a requirement to cut class sizes in the lower grades. With time running out, local school districts are bracing for the worst-case scenario -- pulling millions of dollars worth of teachers, classrooms and supplies practically out of thin air.

WRAL NEWS: NC Superintendent: State board ‘will not budget’ over power struggle

As the State Board of Education and state superintendent continue to disagree over who should have more power over North Carolina’s public school system, it’s unclear whether they will be able to settle their differences outside of a courtroom.


ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: Republicans roll out tax plans, led by Senate’s $1B offer

Republicans at the North Carolina legislature have started rolling out their tax cut ideas, and Senate finance chiefs offered more income tax rate reductions and other breaks they estimate would save the public about $1 billion over two years.

NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Senate passes bill to let voters decide whether to cap state income tax

N.C. Senate lawmakers passed a constitutional amendment Wednesday that caps the amount that the state can raise income taxes.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: New state health leader Mandy Cohen makes opioid treatment a priority

Dr. Mandy Cohen, the new state Department of Health and Human Services secretary, has made tackling opioid addiction in the state a top priority for the department.

WRAL NEWS: Doctors, nurses face off over supervision requirement

An effort to free some advanced practice nurses from physician oversight is being roundly criticized by North Carolina doctors groups.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: GOP angles for more Republican judges in urban areas

Hoping to improve their chances of electing Republican judges in a liberal part of the state, two Mecklenburg County state senators introduced a bill Thursday that would split a judicial district in that county into three.

WRAL NEWS: Cooper rejects bill to make NC judicial elections partisan

Gov. Roy Cooper has used his veto for the first time to reject a bill that would make races for Superior Court and District Court judgeships partisan.

WTVD NEWS: Judges give partial wins to GOP, Gov. Cooper in power struggle

North Carolina judges issued partial victories Friday to both Republican legislators and new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over laws designed to undercut his powers.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: Deregulation bill resurrected from last session

This year’s version of last year’s deregulation bill is moving through the state legislature.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC craft brewers could produce more beer under a bill sponsored by Forsyth legislator

North Carolina’s craft beer brewers could produce more than four times as much beer if a bill introduced this week in the state Senate becomes law.