Jul 17, 2017
NC Politics in the News
CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Here’s how NC stacks up among US states for
North Carolina improved in this year ranking of states' "fiscal condition"
produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
THE ROBESONIAN: Analysis: New budget creates a 1B shortfall
The newly approved North Carolina budget with its tax cut plan could
contribute to a $1 billion-plus annual gap between revenues and projected
government expenses by 2020, according to an analysis by the General
Assembly's nonpartisan staff.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: In energy bill, Cooper faces renewable dilemma
Energy legislation on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's desk presents him
with a decision that could force him to choose between buttressing the
state's bright solar industry and nurturing its nascent wind power
WRAL-NEWS: State to form science board to review chromium standards
State environmental officials announced Wednesday night they plan to
convene a science advisory board to specifically examine health and safety
standards for contaminants like chromium associated with private wells near
coal ash ponds.
From the Governor’s Desk
WRAL-NEWS: Cooper vetoes casino night bill, signs traffic stop
Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation meant to legalize charitable casino
nights, saying he fears the bill would open another door for a video poker
industry the state has worked to stamp out for years.
THE ROBESONIAN: Britny’s Law toughens penalties for domestic murder
Previously convicted domestic violence offenders who are accused of killing
their victims could more easily be found guilty of first-degree murder and
possibly face the ultimate punishment under a new law in North Carolina.
NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘Revenge Porn’ protections expanded
North Carolina has expanded protections against "revenge porn" in a law
Gov. Roy Cooper signed on Tuesday. In 2015, the state made it illegal to
post nude photos online without the consent of the victim after a personal
In the Courts
RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL: Judges side with new law, superintendent
over school powers
A panel of judges has upheld a new North Carolina law shifting many powers
to run the public schools away from the State Board of Education to the
elected superintendent, saying it stayed within the division of education
responsibilities set in the state Constitution.
WITN-NEWS: Hearing on redistricting schedule, election set for July 27
A federal court has called a hearing for this month as its judges determine
when new North Carolina legislative districts should be redrawn by the
General Assembly and whether a special election under altered boundaries is
WNCT-NEWS: New Bern nixes alcohol sales before Sunday at noon
Sunday brunch will stay the same in New Bern after the City Council failed
to give the go-ahead to the brunch bill ordinance, leaving alcohol sales to
begin at noon on Sunday.