Jul 31, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Elections & Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: Vacant, reduced elections boards reroute challenges

Several legal challenges involving this year's municipal election filing process will likely go directly to the N.C. Court of Appeals because the state's election board is vacant, and a number of county election boards don't have enough members to take action.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: GOP mapmaker behind NC’s 2011 maps returns to drawing table

Republican map makers will use the same nationally known GOP consultant to redraw North Carolina's legislative maps as they used in the 2011 drawing that produced maps later found unconstitutional, leadership confirmed Wednesday.

WRAL-NEWS: Burr: If I’d told judges, they would have fought redistricting

Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, said Wednesday that his push to redraw North Carolina judicial districts is "still in the works."

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TMES: Asheville residents to vote on dividing city into districts

Residents will get to vote Nov. 7 on whether to divide the City Council into districts -- or if the governing body should stay as it is, with council members elected by all city residents.

NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘You don’t seem serious,’ federal judge tells NC legislative leaders about redistricting efforts

Two federal judges said Thursday they are concerned that North Carolina legislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election maps since they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don't appear to be taking their duty seriously.


Energy & the Environment

WILMINGTON START NEWS: Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours' permission to discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials ask the N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cuts previously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday morning.


From the Governor’s Desk

NEWS & OBSERVER: Bills on bus safety, Sunday hunting, drones, more signed into law

Gov. Roy Cooper signed 12 bills Tuesday -- on topics ranging from school bus safety to Sunday hunting to drones -- leaving just 12 more bills still awaiting action by the end of the month.

GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Cooper creates education commission

Gov. Roy Cooper created a new commission to identify the resources needed to improve North Carolina public schools and to end a 23-year-old legal case.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper signs solar energy bill despite controversial wind project moratorium

Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on Thursday legislation promoting solar energy in the state and issued an executive order encouraging wind-power development despite an 18-month moratorium on wind projects included in the bill.

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper vetoes credit insurance measure, signs other bills

Gov. Roy Cooper issued his ninth veto of the year on Thursday, sending a proposal on credit insurance back to lawmakers.


In the Courts

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Long-running debate over NC school funding may be headed to ‘independent expert’

Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, the two sides in the landmark Leandro case on Monday requested an independent consultant to suggest additional steps to the state to improve education for all children in North Carolina.