Feb 12, 2018
NC Politics in the News
Your weekly North Carolina political news report.
BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Campaign filing begins today despite NC
Elections board offices are awaiting the first batch of candidates in North
Carolina this November for Congress, the legislature, district attorneys
and county positions.
NEWS & OBSERVER: The battleground keeps shifting under NC
candidates. Here’s how that play outs.
Voters in some of the state's biggest counties, including Wake and
Mecklenburg, will see some unfamiliar names on their ballots come November.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Mecklenburg voters get new legislative districts –
and more competition
From Ballantyne to Davidson and a lot of Charlotte neighborhoods in
between, Mecklenburg voters can expect to see more competitive legislative
races in 2018 than they have in years.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Class-size fix, loaded with other changes, OK’d by
Republican legislation phasing in smaller class sizes in North Carolina
passed the Senate on Friday in a measure that most Democrats begrudgingly
voted for even as they complained it contained other unrelated provisions
that could hurt the Democratic governor.
NC HEALTH NEWS: School nurses’ new roles reflect complex health needs
of NC’s students
Across North Carolina, most local school districts are unable to have a
nurse in every school.
WRAL-NEWS: Cooper: Business must use clout to push for education
spending over tax cuts
Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina business leaders to speak up for
public education funding by telling the Republican-controlled legislature
to block additional income tax cuts set to take effect next year
Energy & Environment
NEWS & OBSERVER: Republicans made changes to their GenX plan –
here’s why they weren’t enough for Democrats
Responding to concerns of Democrats, the North Carolina Senate amended an
anti-pollution bill Friday, giving more spending flexibility to
environmental regulators and expanding their duties.
WILMINGTON STARNEWS: Could 140 ppt limit for GenX increase?
The state's GenX safety level could change substantially in coming months,
depending on the outcome of deliberations by scientists advising
NC HEALTH NEWS: Telemedicine holds promise for expanding rural areas
These days, no one discusses rural health without talking about
In the Courts
NEWS & OBSERVER: NC judicial primary ruling blocked temporarily by
Primary elections for statewide judicial races in North Carolina are
canceled again after an appeals court granted a request on Friday from
Republican lawmakers to temporarily halt a federal judge's ruling.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Supreme Court temporarily blocks Stanford
professor’s election districts for Wake and Mecklenburg
The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Stanford University law
professor's election districts for state General Assembly seats in Wake and
Mecklenburg counties while leaving his maps in place in six other counties
while lawmakers appeal a three-judge panel's ruling.
DURHAM HERALD SUN: Wake County does the Durham-Orange Light Rail plan a
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel is feeling confident about the Durham-Orange
Light Rail project.