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 North Carolina.

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.

Health Care

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. 10.

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.

Judicial Redistricting

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 judicial redistricting.

Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: After prison worker deaths, DPS toughens penalties for inmate infractions

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.