Sep 18, 2017
NC Politics in the News
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: State jobless rate remains at 17-year low of 4.1
percent in August
North Carolina's unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 4.1 percent,
still the lowest jobless rate in almost 17 years.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Kenny Smith planned to run against Roberts. Will
his strategy work against Lyles?
For more than a year, Republican City Council member Kenny Smith has
planned to run against Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a polarizing figure whom
Smith believed would be vulnerable, even in a heavily Democratic city.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: City Council incumbents Kinsey, Fallon lose
Two City Council incumbents were defeated in their re-election bids in the
Democratic primary Tuesday.
NEWS & OBSERVER: 3 candidates for Raleigh mayor differ on how best
to spend your money
The three candidates for mayor of Raleigh are hitting the campaign trail
with different ideas about how Raleigh should spend taxpayers' money and
set priorities such as parks and affordable housing.
NEWS & OBSERVER: When it comes to voter registration, Republicans
are no longer in NC’s top 2
Unaffiliated voters now make up the second-largest group of voter
registrations in North Carolina, with more registrations in that category
than registered Republicans.
Energy & the Environment
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Answers elusive for residents concerned about
Residents who live near the Chemours plant in Bladen County got some of
their questions answered Thursday about potentially harmful chemicals found
in groundwater at the facility, but state officials acknowledged that not a
lot is known about the compounds.
NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina regulators take more time for
Environmental regulators in North Carolina say they need more information
and more time to evaluate the water quality implications of the Atlantic
In the Courts
BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Lawyers: 12 NC legislative districts remain
Illegal and unconstitutional boundaries remain within North Carolina's new
state legislative districts, lawyers who sued successfully over the old
maps told federal judges Friday while asking for another redraw.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Judges delay giving NC superintendent control over
the education department
State Superintendent Mark Johnson will have to wait at least a month before
gaining more control over the running of North Carolina's public schools, a
three-judge panel ruled Thursday.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC partisan gerrymandering trial date set in
A trial on whether North Carolina Republican legislators used illegal,
excessive partisanship last year in drawing congressional districts that
favored the GOP is scheduled for next month.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Are NC lawmakers moving toward abandoning election
of judges and overhauling courts?
Two and a half months after his surprise release of a plan to redraw
districts used to elect North Carolina judges and district attorneys, state
Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, opened a meeting related to his proposal on
Tuesday with more discussion about changing how judges are chosen than
about the first sweeping overhaul of the judicial maps in 62 years.