Mar 12, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: North Carolina revenues surged with new year, but does it last?

Tax money stuffed North Carolina’s coffers as the calendar turned to 2018, but that alone doesn’t mean the state will have a significant surplus when the fiscal year ends in June.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Visit NC unveils 'Firsts that Last' campaign to attract new visitors to the state

The state tourism industry has set its sights on attracting first-time visitors to popular North Carolina sites.

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Revived N.C. film grant program lacking takers despite $65 million in funding

The North Carolina Film Office ran small ads on three consecutive pages in the Hollywood Reporter during Oscars week.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Why North Carolina thinks $200 per K-3 teacher will help all kids learn to read

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced a $4.8 million plan to buy books, digital subscriptions and other reading aids for 479,000 K-3 students across North Carolina.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC charter school leader: Public schools ‘milking’ federal school lunch program

A charter school advocate who helps North Carolina pick which new charter schools should be approved is charging that traditional public schools are serving subsidized meals to students who don’t need them – such as children of doctors and lawyers.

DURHAM HERALD SUN: North Carolina education board vice chairman leaving panel

The vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education is resigning because he's now running for his county commission back home.

Energy & Environment

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Regulator: Pipeline permits have no link to Cooper agreement

A North Carolina environmental regulator said Tuesday a separate monetary agreement reached by Gov. Roy Cooper's office with developers of a multistate natural gas pipeline had nothing to do with her department's decisions on key project permits.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Resolutions call on DEQ to force Fayetteville Works to cease production of emerging contaminants like toxic GenX

Wilmington and New Hanover County officials are asking that the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) shut down operations that result in the production of chemicals like GenX, which have been discharged into the Cape Fear River and discovered in Wilmington-area drinking water systems.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC is still not providing many children a sound basic education, judge says

A judge has refused to drop the State Board of Education from a long-running public school lawsuit because he says hundreds of thousands of North Carolina students still aren't getting their constitutional right to a sound basic education.

NEWS & OBSERVER: GOP’s 8-member elections-ethics board struck down. Is a third lawsuit on the horizon?

A three-judge panel threw a new wrinkle into the oversight of elections and ethics complaints on Monday in a long-running power struggle between Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Gov. Cooper: Judges got it wrong on elections board ruling

A three-judge panel should strike down in its entirety a law that combines North Carolina state elections and ethics duties into one agency, attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

Justice & Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: It's now up to judges to release police body cam footage. Here's how that's going.

Since October 2016, anyone who wants police body camera footage released has had to petition a court — and many of them have succeeded.