State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

North Carolina legislative building
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Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation directing how $100 million in additional Hurricane Matthew relief funds must be spent and requiring zip line and aerial ropes course owners to get minimum levels of liability insurance.

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State lawmakers are considering another voter ID bill that would be brought to voters as a constitutional amendment. In 2013 lawmakers passed a voter ID measure that was deemed unconstitutional last year by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals . 

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a trip down memory lane with longtime North Carolina journalist Paul T. O'Connor.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in state politics, Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation that would make casino nights and some raffles already run by nonprofits officially legitimate; a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion beginning in 2020; and public financing for private sports entities. Also, is the brunch bill getting too much attention in the media?

a man sitting at a video poker machine
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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation Wednesday that would make casino nights and some raffles already run by nonprofits officially legitimate, citing worries it could cause "unintended problems" by giving a foothold to otherwise illegal video poker.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
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In July 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Voter Information Verification Act – known more commonly as voter ID.  It’s a controversial law that was ultimately struck down in federal court for being unconstitutional. Nearly four years later, state legislators are now working on another voter ID bill that would be taken to voters as a constitutional amendment, according to sources.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in state politics, an overview of the first half of 2017, the heightened nature of partisan politics in North Carolina and the fighting between Governor Roy Cooper and state Legislature.

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a farewell chat with Reporter Jess Clark, who departs WUNC for an education reporting position at WWNO in New Orleans.

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the end of the 2017 Legislative session, which wrapped up early Friday morning after five and a half months.

NC Legislature
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State lawmakers are heading home until August. After reaching a state budget deal, lawmakers passed a flurry of bills this week and departed early this morning. House speaker Tim Moore told reporters the legislature will be "in and out for the rest of the year," which is uncommon, but not unprecedented.

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Buying alcohol on Sunday mornings could soon be reality in some North Carolina locales now that the General Assembly has approved legislation laying out how cities and counties could move up sales times for beer, wine or mixed drinks.

North Carolina State Legislative Office Building.
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State lawmakers are rushing to tackle a large number of bills in an effort to wrap up their legislative session for summer break. One of the top priorities for Republican legislators was to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget bill. That override passed through the House with a 76-43 vote on Wednesday. 

NC Legislature
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The latest on work performed by the North Carolina legislature as lawmakers attempt to adjourn by this weekend (all times local).

A Republican bill could move the country a step forward towards changing the U.S. Constitution.
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A bill is moving through the North Carolina legislature that could push the country a step closer towards rewriting its founding document.

Elaine Marshall
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House Republicans have opened the door for the chamber to investigate North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall based on a lawmaker's allegations she issued notary public commissions to people who live in the U.S. illegally.

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Updated 3:03 p.m., June 28, 2017

North Carolina Republicans completed Wednesday their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

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Lawmakers have tabled a plan at the General Assembly to redraw judicial boundaries. The policy about-face followed a day of contentious debate and halts a measure that had initially appeared fast-tracked at the legislature, possibly destined for legal challenges.

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A committee in the state house will consider a bill to revamp judicial districts. Critics say the plan is aimed at giving the North Carolina judiciary a Republican bent.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has officially vetoed the $23 billion state budget bill approved by legislative Republicans.

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the state budget, journalism and accusations of being a jihadist. Following spending proposals from the Governor, House, and Senate over the past few months, lawmakers passed a budget compromise this week. The $23 billion fiscal blueprint includes a $530 million tax cut, an average 3.3-percent raise for teachers, and a 1-percent pension bump for state retirees. Naturally Republicans are hailing the plan, while most Democrats contend the budget document doesn’t do enough for middle-class families and education.

House and Senate Republicans detailed parts of their compromise spending plan on Monday, June 19, 2017.
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Yesterday evening, the North Carolina Senate and House leaders reached an agreement over how to spend and raise state funds. The compromise deal lays out a 3.3 percent increase in teacher pay for the coming year, and raises pay for most other state employees by $1,000. 


House and Senate Republicans detailed parts of their compromise spending plan on Monday, June 19, 2017.
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Republican state lawmakers are touting their final budget plan, which they say cuts taxes, provides teacher raises, and grows government spending by about 3 percent. Critics, including Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, say the plan fails to keep up with the growth of population and inflation.

Gerrymandered districts have given Republicans an edge in recent years
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The United States Supreme Court will decide if states may draw voting districts to gain a partisan advantage.

The ruling is not expected until next year but will greatly impact North Carolina's voting districts, which are among the most severely gerrymandered in the country.

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about redistricting and gerrymandering.

North Carolina State Legislature
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This week in state politics, a discussion about redistricting, liquor sales on Sunday mornings, and driving too slow in the left lane.

Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC's Jeff Tiberii to discuss the week's news.

Rep. Chaz Beasely (D-Mecklenburg) is one of the co-chairs of the North Carolina Future Caucus, which include members up to age 47.
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It's being called a political crisis: Partisanship is the worst it's been in decades. Now, a few North Carolina legislators think they might have a solution: Building a political coalition based on their shared youth. Charlotte Democratic Representative Chaz Beasley is 31 years old, and one of the chairs of the new North Carolina Future Caucus.

Newspaper, image enhanced to highlight word, 'truth'
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Most fact-checkers aim to stay out of politics. But the way in which partisan news sites use fact-checking is a different story. A study from the Duke Reporter’s Lab says there is a partisan divide over how fact-checking is referenced in liberal and conservative news sites. 

NC Lawmakers could hammer out a budget this weekend.
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It appears those interested in a state spending bill will need to wait another day or two.

How 'Raise The Age' Would Help This Teen

Jun 15, 2017
Iisha Brown, left, and her daughter, Olivia Brown, 17. Because Olivia Brown lives in North Carolina, she was charged as an adult for a school fight last year, and now worries that with a criminal record, her chance at a successful life is ruined.
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State Senator Phil Berger
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There could be term limits for the leaders of the state House and Senate under a bill moving through the legislature.

The bill could limit terms for the Speaker of the House and the Senate Leader to four consecutive two-year terms.

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