State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about new legislative maps passed by the North Carolina General Assembly; a plastic bag ban repeal; and money to monitor and study GenX.

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The Republican-dominated North Carolina legislature Wednesday overrode two more vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and tentatively agreed to fund more regional efforts — rather than state regulators — to treat and research a little-studied chemical in a river.

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The Republican-led General Assembly has given final approval to new political boundaries in largely party-line votes.

Governor Roy Cooper
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The Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly has delayed votes on several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's recent vetoes, and it's unclear if any overrides will occur before their summer work session ends this week.

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W Edward Callis III

North Carolina House and Senate members are sticking with tradition by declining to interfere with the other chamber's proposed district boundaries.

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The North Carolina House and Senate have approved new plans for dozens of district boundaries. 

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North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly has approved a set of legislative district maps to replace the 2011 plans thrown out by the courts for being illegal racial gerrymanders. The problem, many critics say, is the new maps are just as bad.

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Updated 3:15 p.m., August 20, 2017

The North Carolina House has approved a redrawing of dozens of district boundaries in response to federal court rulings throwing out nearly 20 districts approved in 2011 as unlawfully relying too heavily on race.

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Updated 2:30 p.m., August 25, 2017

The North Carolina legislature has taken significant steps toward passing reworked boundaries for dozens of House and Senate districts in light of court rulings declaring that Republicans relied too heavily on race.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
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A court settlement over election districts in a rural North Carolina county should help black candidates get on the local governing board after an absence of two decades.

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North Carolina lawmakers released new voting maps last weekend. The freshly-drawn district lines come after 28 House and Senate districts were found by the U.S. Supreme Court to be illegally gerrymandered along racial lines. 

Public hearings in 7 locations statewide on new maps to replace illegal racial gerrymanders from 2011
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Scores of North Carolina residents turned out Tuesday evening to address members of the state House and Senate redistricting committees.

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W Edward Callis III

Map-makers are proposing new districts for members of the North Carolina Senate, a move forced after a federal court ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative groupings.

North Carolina House lawmakers released a map on Saturday, August 19, 2017 of new proposed legislative districts.
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Mapmakers are proposing new districts for most members of the North Carolina House, a move forced after federal judges ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative voting lines.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville; a Confederate statues comes down in Durham; and anti-white supremacists hold vigils across the Triangle. Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper calls for the removal of all Confederate statues across the state.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville, Va., the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham and President Donald Trump's response to recent events.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with Jeremy Loeb, Morning Edition Host and reporter at Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Jeremy joins Jeff on this politics podcast to discuss redistricting, the powerful U.S. House members from Western North Carolina, craft beer, and what he misses most about WUNC - where he used to work.

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This week in North Carolina politics, a committee of state lawmakers approved criteria to use to draw state legislative maps; Sen. Thom Tillis' introduced a proposal to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe; and heightened rhetoric between Washington and North Korea.

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State lawmakers have approved a set of guidelines from which they will draw new political maps.

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State lawmakers have started the process of implementing new political boundaries for the 2018 election, after federal judges invalidated 28 legislative districts for illegally gerrymandering black voters.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the process, history, and political gamesmanship of redistricting.

People listen in as the joint redistricting committee meets in Raleigh on August 4, 2017.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Democrats in the State Senate are pushing for what they call fair redistricting. The legislature meets this month to redraw district maps.

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This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about redistricting, prosecutor layoffs, and a possible litigation ban at the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

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North Carolina's Democratic attorney general on Thursday responded to budget cuts imposed by Republican lawmakers by laying off about 9 percent of his agency's attorneys and telling local prosecutors they'll have to take over more courtroom tasks.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Thursday from a five-week hiatus, but don't expect them to consider overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes, their mandated reason for coming back to Raleigh for at least one day.

Workers installing solar panels
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A panel of three federal judges has set a deadline for lawmakers to redraw 28 legislative districts that were found to be racially gerrymandered. The judges have also determined that North Carolina will not have special elections this year. Meanwhile Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill that will boost solar energy in the state, but the new law also includes a moratorium on wind development through December 2018.

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W Edward Callis III

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cleaned off from his desk the last remaining bills the General Assembly sent him in June by letting them become law without his signature.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Federal judges on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina voters who sued over General Assembly district boundaries to hold special elections next March in new districts once lines are redrawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in state politics, what's the right amount of time for North Carolina legislators to redraw legislative maps; a bill that loosens solar restrictions but puts temporary restrictions on wind farms; and the General Assembly's special session scheduled to begin next week.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a transgender tweetstorm, softening solar regulations and tales from overseas.

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