Jul 31, 2017
NC Politics in the News
Elections & Redistricting
NEWS & OBSERVER: Vacant, reduced elections boards reroute
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
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
WRAL-NEWS: Burr: If I’d told judges, they would have fought
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
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
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
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
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.