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 re-election bids

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 chemicals

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 pipeline review

Environmental regulators in North Carolina say they need more information and more time to evaluate the water quality implications of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

In the Courts

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Lawyers: 12 NC legislative districts remain illegal

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 Greensboro

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.

Judicial Redistricting

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.