Jun 5, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WRAL-NEWS: Expansion of vouchers sparks debate
House and Senate Republican leaders are planning to expand the state's
school voucher program by nearly one-third next year, but Democrats say the
money should be spent on reducing class sizes in public schools instead.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Elementary and middle school math set to change
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will learn math according to
revised state standards beginning in 2018.
WRAL-NEWS: Hurricane, vote challenged prompt push for changes to NC
Events from last fall might wind up being felt for years to come during
North Carolina elections.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House votes 80-31 to approve budget, with
support from a few Democrats
The N.C. House voted 80-31 to approve its budget proposal shortly after
NEWS & OBSERVER: A McCrory jobs initiative survived a rocky start
and may get money to expand its reach
Republican budget writers are pleased enough with the state's experiment in
a public-private venture to attract new jobs that they propose to spend an
additional $5 million on it in the next two years.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC House moves to shift road funding to new
charter school bus grant
A proposal to move money from road maintenance to a new grant program for
charter schools divided the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday.
SALISBURY POST: NC House’s budget plan doesn’t make tax cuts as deep as
North Carolina House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a tax plan for the
next two years that’s more modest than the Senate’s proposal from earlier
this month, offering a small income tax break to individuals and targeting
key industries they want to grow.
In the Courts
NEWS & OBSERVER: US Supreme Court affirms NC legislative districts
as racial gerrymanders
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from state lawmakers to
review a lower court’s ruling that struck down the 2011 state legislative
districts, but sent the case back for reconsideration of whether elections
should be held in 2017 as the lower court ordered.
WRAL-NEWS: Judges dismiss Cooper challenge to elections board overhaul
A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that a law combining oversight of
elections and ethics complaints under one board could move forward.
WNCN NEWS: NC ‘Brunch Bill’ heads to House for possible approval
The so-called “Brunch Bill” passed the North Carolina Senate last week and
is now on its way to the House.
WNCN NEWS: NC bill would allow concealed guns without a permit
North Carolina lawmakers are considering eliminating the requirement that
people must have a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Faster 5G wireless networks would get green light
under NC House bill – but some fear health effects
Legislation that passed the N.C. House Tuesday would smooth the way for
wireless providers to upgrade to faster 5G service, but the bill prompted
concerns that it strips local governments of control and could pose health
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: ‘Megaproject’ bill killed by NC Senate
A bill that would have established a funding mechanism for large
transportation projects beyond established state funding limits -- like the
long-discussed plan to build a new Wilmington bridge over the Cape Fear
River -- was killed by the State Senate Thursday afternoon.