Jan 8, 2018
NC Politics in the News
Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
NEWS & OBSERVER: As NC courts Amazon and Toyota, conservatives
chide Cooper over ‘corporate giveaways’
Gov. Roy Cooper ended his first year in office with a flurry of job
announcements in December that featured at least 10 projects, including
what he touted as the largest investment by a manufacturer ever in rural
SALISBURY POST: November unemployment rates increased
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North
Carolina's counties in November and decreased in one.
WRAL-NEWS: Opioid prescription limits take effect Jan. 1
As part of North Carolina's battle against opioid abuse, new rules for how
doctors prescribe painkillers took effect Monday, Jan. 1.
In the Courts
GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Legislators argue special master relied
on race to redraw districts
An expert for the legislative defendants in North Carolina's racial
gerrymandering lawsuit has leveled sharp criticism at recently proposed
election maps because he said they likely stem from another consultant's
use of forbidden racial quotas.
WFAE-NEWS: Redistricting Special Master testifies about redrawn maps
Lawyers for Republican legislative leaders and for voters tried Friday to
shape an upcoming decision by three federal judges about whether North
Carolina legislative districts redrawn by a court-appointed expert should
be used in this year's elections.
January Special Session
NEWS & OBSERVER: Changes to the NC constitution have been rare
lately, but that might change this month
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger have dropped a few
hints about what to expect during the legislative session that begins Jan.
WRAL-NEWS: House will take up short-term Gen-X measures this week
A House committee formed in the wake of GenX contamination in the Cape Fear
River greenlighted a series of "short-term measures" Thursday that would
require state regulators to study and share data on emerging contaminants.
WRAL-NEWS: Senators roll out judicial appointments proposal
A proposal to appoint judges in North Carolina, with voters deciding later
on full terms, emerged at the statehouse Wednesday, but a lack of consensus
left unclear whether the General Assembly can approve any judicial branch
changes during a special session slated to begin next week.
WRAL-NEWS: Speaker: Joint judiciary review a go; judicial redistricting
should be as well
The House will go along with a Senate request to name a new joint committee
to study judiciary reforms, but House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said
Thursday that he also expects the General Assembly to move this month on
Justice & Public Safety
WRAL-NEWS: After prison worker deaths, DPS toughens penalties for
Inmates in North Carolina prisons will face tougher penalties for offenses
committed behind bars, starting this week, officials said Friday.
New Laws in Effect
NEWS & OBSERVER: New NC laws take effect Monday. What the changes
mean to you.
All or portions of roughly 20 state laws took effect Monday in North
Carolina, with some changing how judges are elected or how doctors
prescribe powerful pain medications.