Jan 22, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina slips in national ranking on public education

Issues with school funding and student achievement dropped North Carolina to 40th in the country in a new report card on public education, continuing a downward trend in the rankings for the Tar Heel state.


WRAL-NEWS: Cooper talks to Interior Secretary about offshore drilling

Gov. Roy Cooper has made a pitch to a Trump administration official about why Atlantic waters off the state's coast should be removed from the federal government's list of offshore drilling locations.

NC COASTAL REVIEW: Stalemate on GenX: Senate says no urgency

In recent sessions, there have been few House and Senate differences on environmental policy as stark as last week's failure to pass a proposed short-term response to GenX and other emerging contaminants.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC secretary of health chief pleased with changes at Cardinal Innovations, the mental health agency criticized for excessive executive compensation

A new board of directors for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions is expected to take over within the next few weeks, N.C. Secretary of Health Mandy Cohen told state legislators Tuesday.

In the Courts

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Supreme Court puts order to redraw NC maps on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

WRAL-NEWS: Court: Use our maps, not the GOP legislature’s, in 2018 General Assembly races

A three-judge panel again set aside Republican-drawn maps on Friday, decreeing that General Assembly districts drawn by a Stanford University professor should be used instead for North Carolina's 2018 legislative races.