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Mar 27, 2017

NC Politics in the News


WINSTON- SALEM JOURNAL: State jobless rate falls slightly in February

North Carolina's unemployment rate for February has dropped to 5.1 percent.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: New Hanover legislators propose big increase in NC film grant program

The state's film grant program would nearly double to $55 million annually under companion bills filed Thursday by New Hanover County Republicans Sen. Michael Lee and Rep. Holly Grange.

DURHAM HERALD SUN: NC House votes to cut ties to any companies that boycott Israel

The N.C. House voted 88-21 Thursday to cut any business ties North Carolina might have with companies that boycott Israel.


BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: More standardized final exams would go away in House bill

Some North Carolina legislators are advancing a bill that would eliminate more standardized exams for public school students, many of them in high school.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Former lawmakers, former Raleigh mayor among nominees for UNC board

Ten people have been nominated in the Senate for six seats on the UNC Board of Governors.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: State GOP tries to slow wind farms in NC

North Carolina Republican lawmakers whose districts include U.S. military bases are again seeking to slow down wind energy development in the state.

HB 2

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Local LGBT protections would still be banned under draft HB2 replacement bill

Local governments wouldn't be allowed to pass nondiscrimination ordinances that specifically protect LGBT people under a draft proposal for replacement of House Bill 2.

Health Care

WRAL-NEWS: House set to vote on cancer donation bill

State House lawmakers will vote Monday night on a new way for people to donate to cancer prevention -- on their income tax form.

WRAL-EWS: Ophthalmologists say patient safety at risk if optometrists perform eye surgery

North Carolina ophthalmologists are fighting back against a proposal to allow optometrists to perform some types of eye surgery in the state.

In the Courts

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Veto override means voters will know judges’ party affiliations

Voters casting ballots for judges next year will know the political parties of the candidates.

Justice & Public Safety

WITN-NEWS: Partial rewrite of criminal gang law clears House

The state House has agreed to a partial rewrite of North Carolina's criminal gang law that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute gang members and those who are directing violence.

State & Local Government

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cooper restores state worker association access

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has essentially reversed an order by his Republican predecessor that scaled back benefits for North Carolina's chief state employee union.

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Cabinet pick advances through turbulent confirmation hearing

Former state legislator Susi Hamilton became the first Cabinet secretary to run into turbulence in a confirmation hearing Thursday, when a Senate committee recommended her nomination on a split vote.

CAROLINA JOURNAL: Sanders confirmed unanimously to run Department of Administration

A Senate committee clearly impressed with the governor's choice of Machelle Sanders as a Cabinet secretary on Tuesday unanimously recommended her nomination be confirmed.


NEWS & OBSERVER: NC regulators reject proposed auto insurance hike

New state insurance commissioner, same old result.

WRAL-NEWS: House votes to remove helmet requirement for autocycles

Members of the state House have voted to allow drivers of three-wheeled autocycles to hit the road without wearing a helmet, even if the vehicle has no roof.

WNCN-NEWS: NC Senate advances school bus cameras to catch dangerous drivers

The idea of catching drivers passing school buses unlawfully with cameras and issuing monetary penalties based on photos or video is advancing again at the North Carolina General Assembly.