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Jul 10, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture & Natural Resources

NEWS & OBSERVER: Two proposed wind farms threatening to pull out of NC if moratorium becomes law

Two proposed wind farms will pull out of eastern North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law, company officials say.

Economic Development

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC lawmakers push for end to loophole that benefits foreign workers

North Carolina lawmakers are taking aim at a loophole allowing companies that receive state job-creation grants to fill those positions with workers brought to the U.S. on visas.

WRAL-NEWS: NC’s strong bond ratings confirmed

The three major bond rating agencies have re-affirmed North Carolina's triple-A bond rating, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced Friday.


WFAE-NEWS: NC Attorney General joins lawsuit against US Education Department

North Carolina’s attorney general and 18 other AGs are suing the U.S. Department of Education for indefinitely delaying enforcement of rules that would give protections to students who attend for-profit colleges.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Some struggling NC schools will be turned over to charter school operators in 2018

North Carolina families and teachers will find out in the next two months which low-performing elementary schools could be turned over to charter school operators in 2018.

Elections & Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC lawmakers: More than 65% of districts could change to correct racial gerrymanders

North Carolina lawmakers say they might have to change 116 of the state's 170 state legislative districts to correct the illegal racially gerrymandered districts used to elect General Assembly members for the past six years.

NEWS & OBSERVER: With elections board vacant, Cooper wants NC Supreme Court to block board designed by GOP

North Carolina's election oversight board has been vacant for more than a month, but the N.C. Supreme Court is poised to decide if Gov. Roy Cooper must make appointments to the new board designed by Republicans.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Legislative leaders urge court to avoid NC special elections

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are re-affirming opposition to a special election this fall or winter for General Assembly seats, but say they're prepared to redraw districts for the scheduled November 2018 election.

MOUNTAIN X-PRESS: Candidate filing for local elections begins Friday, July 7

Candidate filing for local elections across North Carolina begins at noon Friday (July 7) and runs through noon Friday, July 21.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Mental health agency says it can’t open crisis center in Raleigh due to funding cut

Leaders of a regional mental health agency say the state's new spending plan leaves them without enough money to open a crisis center in Raleigh.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: From Surf City to Hendersonville, towns rush to allow 10 am brunch booze

Raleigh and Carrboro weren't the only communities allowing 10 a.m. alcohol sales on Sunday: Several towns from the mountains to the coast also passed new ordinances under the state's "brunch bill."