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
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
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.
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
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
North Carolina judges issued partial victories Friday to both Republican
legislators and new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over laws designed to
undercut his powers.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Deregulation bill resurrected from last session
This year’s version of last year’s deregulation bill is moving through the
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.