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Jul 24, 2017

NC Politics in the News


ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: State unemployment rate reaches 11-year low in June

The state's unemployment rate reached an 11-year low of 4.2 percent in June, with individuals continuing to drop out of the labor force contributing to the decrease as much as employer hiring.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Fewer of us will be paying NC income taxes in 2019

Income tax cuts and changes approved by legislative Republicans since 2013 will mean an estimated 230,000 fewer people will be paying income taxes in 2019, according to a legislative fiscal analysis memo released Tuesday.


Elections & Redistricting

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Lawmakers drawing General Assembly lines gather next week

General Assembly members tasked with soon drawing North Carolina's legislative districts after courts found some boundaries were drawn with unlawful racial bias will hold their first meeting next week.



WNCT-NEWS: Gov. Roy Cooper: No drilling off NC coast; ‘not worth it’

Gov. Roy Cooper emphatically stated offshore drilling has no place off North Carolina’s coast during a statement at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach Thursday.


From the Governor’s Desk

ABC-11 NEWS: Cooper signs bills protecting National Guard members

Gov. Roy Cooper signed three bills into law Friday morning in front of members of the North Carolina National Guard.

WRAL-NEWS: Hurricane aid, zip line insurance bills signed by Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how $100 million in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get minimum levels of liability insurance.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Cooper vetoes controversial bill that could force community newspapers out of business

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation Monday that targeted Guilford County newspapers for a loss of government advertising revenue.


In the Courts

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC elections and oversight is frozen between old and new, with local votes approaching

The state Supreme Court froze any further action in the revamp of the state elections board and ethics commission while a lawsuit challenging the merger awaits a hearing before the justices.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC legislators drop lawsuit challenging Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under Obamacare

North Carolina's legislative leaders have dropped their lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper's attempt to expand the state's Medicaid program in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency.

WRAL-NEWS: State education board to appeal court ruling in favor of NC superintendent

The State Board of Education decided Wednesday to appeal a court's Friday decision in its case against State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the state over control of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the state's public schools.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC law replacing HB2 is still a bathroom bill that discriminates, challengers claim

North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 has been off the books for three months, but organizations that filed suit against the so-called "bathroom bill" say the law that replaced it leaves transgender people in this state unprotected from discrimination after they were put in the middle of a highly publicized political debate.