Aug 14, 2017

NC Politics in the News

Elections & Redistricting

WUNC: Here’s what you need to know about redistricting in NC

Last Friday, lawmakers released the county groupings that will be used to draw new maps.

WRAL-NEWS: Redistricting criteria call for partisan maps, no consideration of race

Map makers can use election data to achieve political goals as they redraw North Carolina's legislative districts, but they're forbidden from considering voters' race under criteria approved Thursday by the House and Senate committees overseeing the process.


WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Senators ask Cooper to prove GenX request

Republican state senators, including the region's two members, questioned the necessity of Gov. Roy Cooper's request for nearly $2.6 million to respond to the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River.

DURHAM HERALD SUN: NC poised to test what critics call a ‘snowblower blowing garbage juice’

Three North Carolina landfills have the green light to collect liquid that leaks from trash and spray it into the air.

From the Governor’s Desk

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Cooper signs worker misclassification, tax bills into law

Gov. Roy Cooper says legislation he signed will help North Carolina workers when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and other benefits.

Health Care

THE NEWS HERALD: North Carolina leaders put more meat on Medicaid proposal

Gov. Roy Cooper's administration wants the state's pending Medicaid overhaul to integrate physical and mental health treatment more quickly and expand coverage to more of the working poor in North Carolina, according to its plan unveiled Tuesday.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper: Parts of NC’s budget for education, environment are unconstitutional

After his veto of the new state budget was thwarted, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has now told a court that parts of that budget are unconstitutional.


WBTV-NEWS: Public anger of I-77 toll lanes could be reason to kill contract, DOT consultant says

An N.C. Department of Transportation consultant said Thursday that opposition to the Interstate 77 toll lane project is so intense that it would be a "potential justification" for canceling the project entirely.