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 percent.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: North Carolina revenues not far off midpoint target

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 elections

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 intervene

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 Thursday.


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.