Jan 29, 2018
NC Politics in the News
Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
WECT-NEWS: NC unemployment rate rose in December to worst in 7 months
North Carolina's unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in December, its
highest level in seven months and well above the national average of 4.1
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: North Carolina revenues not far off midpoint
North Carolina government revenues halfway through the fiscal year are
basically in line with what lawmakers projected was needed to implement the
state budget passed last summer.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Public school supporters say NC school choice
programs need more accountability
As school choice supporters celebrate their success in North Carolina,
supporters of traditional public schools say state leaders should demand
more information about how taxpayer money is being used in charter schools
and private schools.
Energy & Environment
ASHEBORO COURIER-TRIBUNE: NC approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit
through 8 counties
A key state permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was approved by state
regulators Friday, clearing a major hurdle for the interstate natural gas
project to move ahead in North Carolina.
WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Questions raised about UNCW’s GenX tests
Researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are rechecking
their work to quantify levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River and drinking
water after releasing results that appear, at least in part, to drastically
contradict those from the state and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC agency lacks equipment to find water pollution.
Could it just borrow some?
When Senate leader Phil Berger blasted the House's GenX funding bill this
month, he said it "authorizes the purchase of expensive equipment that the
state can already access for free."
In the Courts
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Court: Lawmakers grabbed NC governor’s power on
North Carolina's highest court stepped in Friday to limit the
Republican-dominated legislature's efforts to minimize Democratic Gov. Roy
Cooper's ability to pursue his goals, declaring unconstitutional a law
devising a state elections board that hinted at deadlock.
WXII-NEWS: Federal judge hears arguments over NC Judicial primary
North Carolina Democrats go to federal court asking for a temporary
injunction to stop law cancelling this year's judicial primaries.
NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina GOP again asks Supreme Court to
North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme
Court again this month to halt a lower-court redistricting order that went
against them, this time on changes to state House and Senate districts.
Justice & Public Safety
WRAL-NEWS: Inadequate staffing, ‘meaner’ inmates make NC prisons more
dangerous, officials say
North Carolina's prison system is taking an array of steps to increase
safety and security following the deaths of five corrections workers last
year, Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks and his staff told lawmakers
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: The state’s I-77 toll advisory group meets in
secret. Did it violate state law?
A N.C. Department of Transportation advisory group created to study the
Interstate 77 toll lane project met for the first time Wednesday, but the
public and media were not allowed to attend.