State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

school bus
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A bi-partisan bill would make it easier for charter schools in North Carolina to get disadvantaged students to class.

North Carolina legislative building
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A statewide non-profit and 10 North Carolina citizens are suing the Republican-led Legislature over a special session held last year to pass laws that eroded the governor's power.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in state politics, a conversation about a number of high-profile, yet long-shot proposals at the General Assembly.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Policymakers in Raleigh filed some symbolic proposals this week that are not expected to advance. One seeks to ban same-sex marriage, while another would require the University of North Carolina and N.C. State to leave the ACC Conference for its boycott over House Bill 2.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about go-nowhere bills, crossover and other proposals at the state legislature with Western Carolina University Political Science Professor Chris Cooper.

photo of North Carolina State Capitol Building
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Two weeks after the repeal of House Bill 2, several new proposals are working their way through the General Assembly. A group of House Republicans filed a bill that aims to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina. The bill claims the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage is “null and void in the state of North Carolina.”

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Following last week's compromise on a repeal of House Bill 2, lawmakers turned their attention to a number of other notable issues including tax cuts, environmental regulations, executive authority, board of governor's elections, state courts and school calendars. 

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about state, national and international politics with Dan Boylan, former reporter for the NC Insider.

Max Cooper Photography

Thirty years ago Chapel Hill Town Council member Joe Herzenberg made history when he became the first openly gay elected official in the South. Today there are 13 openly-LGBTQ individuals serving in elected office in North Carolina. The social and political climate in the state has evolved dramatically in three decades, but many argue that the heated debate around House Bill 2 shows that LGBTQ issues are still politically divisive.

Durty Bull Brewing Company just north of downtown Durham
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

The king of beers is, well, still the king of beers. But the hundreds of small breweries, including many in North Carolina, are quickly gaining steam.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Time to review what was a chaotic week. Legislators passed a measure that repealed House Bill 2, the controversial state law that limited protections for LGBT people.

North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh.
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The replacement bill for House Bill 2 has been signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper called House Bill 142 a compromise between state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. 

North Caorlina lawmakers debate a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 on March 30, 2017.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Updated 6:48 p.m. 3/30/2017

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed a compromise measure to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial law that limits protections for LGBT people.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Roy Cooper are again pointing fingers over efforts to repeal House Bill 2.

a glass of beer from Durty Bull Brewing Company in Durham.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

A group of bipartisan state lawmakers is touting a bill they say would loosen alcohol laws and help the craft beer industry.  

Rep. Mark Meadows
United States Congress

President Donald Trump's defeat may be U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows's victory. The North Carolina Republican is enjoying an outpouring of support from conservatives in his home district.

Meadows represents the 11th Congressional District in western North Carolina. He is also head of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative bloc in Congress that scuttled the president's plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

North Carolina legislative building
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

This week in state politics, Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss efforts to change HB2 on the occasion of its first anniversary. They also discuss the first override of a Governor Cooper veto- judicial elections in North Carolina will once again be partisan contests.

Tim Moore
Joseph Kyzer (Speaker's Office)

On this edition of the podcast, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore speaks with Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii. Moore (R-Cleveland) is in his 8th term of the House and his 2nd term as speaker. A day earlier in his office, Moore held a news conference to talk about House Bill 2, one year to the day after its passage. The Speaker said the bathroom provision will not be changed under his watch. He also indicated that a proposal to change the bill is being worked on, along with Senate leader Phil Berger, and could be introduced next week.

Photo: North Carolina Supreme Court
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The N.C. General Assembly overrode Gov. Cooper's first veto.

So, in coming elections, voters will again see party affiliations next to the names of judges.

a bathroom sign at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham
Gerry Broome / AP

A year ago, state legislators passed House Bill 2, a controversial law that almost immediately set off a national debate about public safety, common sense, and government authority. 

HB2's Impact: Politics

Mar 23, 2017
A composite photo of former Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and current Gov. Roy Cooper (right).
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

One year ago, House Bill 2 moved through the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. A frenzied political day amplified partisan bickering, triggered unintended consequences, and established a divisive law that remains on the books.


A young soccer fan poses for a photo in front of a giant inflatable soccer ball outside of WakeMed Soccer Park prior to the NCAA Women's College Cup final between Penn State and Duke in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Ben McKeown / AP

Legislators have spent much of the past year - even the last few weeks - posturing on House Bill 2's pros and cons, without any action. But perhaps the most tangible impact of the law has been on the business front.


HB2's Impact: Legal

Mar 23, 2017
In this photo taken Thursday, May 5, 2016 Joaquin Carcano is shown at his home in Carrboro, N.C. Carcano, a 27-year-old transgender man, works for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After HB2 passed, he found himself in a difficult position
Gerry Broome / AP

Politically, and economically, the question swirling around HB2 is when. When—or will—the legislature reach consensus and repeal the controversial law? Legally, however, the question is: what now?


HB2's Impact: Schools

Mar 23, 2017
Hunter Schafer and her parents Katy and Mac
Allen G. Breed / AP

At the heart of the HB2 court case is the question of which bathroom and locker room transgender students are allowed to use in public schools. For one of the plaintiffs in the case, HB2 has made life much more complicated.


In this photo taken Thursday, May 5, 2016 Payton McGarry is reflected in the entrance at his workplace, Replacements Ltd. in McLeansville, N.C.
Gerry Broome / AP

After state legislators passed House Bill 2 last year, transgender rights took center stage in North Carolina - and across the United States.


All Our HB2 Coverage

Mar 23, 2017
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House Bill 2 has had a significant impact on North Carolina's image and economy. WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio has covered the story since the law passed on March 23, 2016. 

 

Inside the General Assembly
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly appear poised to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s first veto.

The North Carolina House of Representatives voted Wednesday to override the governor, who last week vetoed a bill that would reinstate partisan judicial elections.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

At least three Republicans in North Carolina's Congressional delegation are not satisfied with the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

A profile of a smiling Bakari Sellers, CNN political analyst, lawyer, and former South Carolina State Representative.
Courtesy Bakari Sellers

In 2006, Bakari Sellers became the youngest elected state representative in South Carolina. At one point he was also the youngest black elected official in the United States.
 

In conversation with guest host Phoebe Judge, he reflects on his father’s civil rights legacy and his own political career.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Three Wake County Superior Court Judges have issued mixed rulings in the power struggle between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.

The three-judge panel threw out a new law limiting Cooper's authority in carrying out elections. But a majority of the panel also upheld the new law subjecting Cooper's cabinet secretaries to Senate confirmation.

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