Feb 12, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.

2018 Elections

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Campaign filing begins today despite NC legislation, litigation

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 Senate

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 regulators.

Health Care

NC HEALTH NEWS: Telemedicine holds promise for expanding rural areas

These days, no one discusses rural health without talking about telemedicine.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC judicial primary ruling blocked temporarily by 4th Circuit

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 big favor

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel is feeling confident about the Durham-Orange Light Rail project.