Jul 24, 2017
NC Politics in the News
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: State unemployment rate reaches 11-year low in
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
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
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
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.