May 1, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WRAL-NEWS: Former WRAL reported Mark Binker dies
Insider Editor Mark Binker died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: With closet cleaned at NC General Assembly, issues
The Republican-controlled General Assembly just pushed past its biennial
"crossover" deadline, as more than 200 bills cleared either the House or
the Senate during the week.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislative road kill: Some bills start to cross,
but don’t make it
Hundreds of ideas die a quiet death in the legislature.
WILKES JOURNAL-PATRIOT: Compromise is reaches on class size
The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill designed to ensure
new class-size requirements don't put art, music and physical education
specialists out of a job.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC may change what is labeled a low-performing
Hundreds of schools each year would avoid the stigma of being labeled by
the state as low-performing under a bill unanimously approved by the state
House on Wednesday.
WILSON TIMES: Campus free-speech bill passed NC House
North Carolina House members on Wednesday passed House Bill 527,
Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, but not without some partisan sparring
over the necessity of the legislation.
Environment & Natural Resources
TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: After one bill fails, NC lawmakers file
another to regulate wind energy development
As one wind-regulating measure failed in a North Carolina House committee,
another bill has been filed to take its place.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Who can do eye surgery? Lawmakers back off from
The months-long debate over whether optometrists can perform certain eye
surgeries ended -- at least for the moment -- after the state House turned
HB 36 into a study bill.
In the Courts
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Panel of NC judges backs Cooper over election
North Carolina judges on Friday put a temporary brake on renewed efforts by
Republican state lawmakers to curtail the new Democratic governor's control
over state and local elections.
Justice & Public Safety
RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL: NC House hides police video from elected
officials and public
An amendment to House Bill 797 stripped the ability of city and town
councils to view footage of police recordings without a court order.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Drivers who hit protesters blocking roads could be
protected under NC House bill
Drivers who hit a protester who's blocking the road couldn't be sued for
injuries if they "exercise due care," under a bill that passed the N.C.
House on Thursday.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Crime victims’ rights could be constitutional
Crime victims and their families would be guaranteed certain rights in the
state Constitution, if voters approve, under a bill that cleared the House
NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper appoints Democrat to fill NC appeals court
seat after GOP judge makes surprise early retirement
Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday appointed John Arrowood to fill a seat on the
state Court of Appeals vacated the same day by Doug McCullough, a
Republican who reaches the mandatory retirement age next month.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Brunch bill to change Sunday drinking laws is
still alive, sponsor says
Supporters of North Carolina's "brunch bill" may have felt a mimosa-sized
hole in their hearts Thursday night when a key legislative deadline passed
without the proposal advancing.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Votes keep Durham-Orange light rail, bus plans on
track to engineering phase
GoTriangle got the final two votes needed Friday to keep the Durham-Orange
Light-Rail Transit project moving through the Federal Transit
Administration's grant process.
WTVD-NEWS: General Assembly overrides Cooper’s elections board veto
Republicans in the North Carolina House and Senate have completed their
override of Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to
combine the state elections board and ethics commission.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Republicans override Cooper’s veto in latest
Republican lawmakers have voted to override new Democratic Gov. Roy
Cooper’s veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections,
the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away at
executive branch power.