State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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.

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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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North Carolina's Republican lawmakers have told the U.S. Supreme Court there's not enough time to hold a special election this fall with new General Assembly districts. 

They furthermore add that it could be an "enormously misguided" remedy if judges were to order one.

Man holding hand gun
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with a lower court ruling stating that 28 legislative districts in North Carolina are gerrymandered along racial lines. A three-judge panel is now contemplating the next steps, including when and how the state can rectify these unconstitutional districts.

Budget talks will resume this week.
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Coming off a week that included a gun bill, an energy bill, and a re-mapping session, this week is likely to be a bit quitter on Jones Street.

That could leave time to work on the budget.

North Carolina legislative building
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This week in state politics, a conversation about a special session that wasn't and two bills making their way through the Legislature.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina this week refused to hold a special session demanded by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to redraw General Assembly districts. Also, there's a proposed gun bill making its way through the Legislature and lawmakers are quickly advancing another bill that would overhaul the state's regulations on solar energy production.

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The House passed a controversial gun bill this week, but it's not clear the measure has enough support to become law.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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On this episode of the WUNC  Politics Podcast, Joshua Johnson, host of NPR's 1A, sits down to talk about bubbles, echo chambers, his passion for the craft of journalism, and how he nearly became a doctor.

North Carolina State Legislature
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Republican legislators in North Carolina have refused to hold a special session demanded by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to redraw General Assembly districts, saying his proclamation is faulty and unconstitutional.

North Carolina State Legislature
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Governor Roy Cooper is calling state lawmakers into a special session to redraw election maps. The unexpected announcement comes with the political boundaries having been struck down in the courts as illegal racial gerrymanders.

One of Progress Energy's solar energy farms.
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State lawmakers are quickly advancing a bill that would overhaul North Carolina's regulations on solar energy production. 

North Carolina State Legislature
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A bill to move up future primary elections for president and statewide offices in North Carolina could wind up on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk this week if one last hurdle is cleared.

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down 28 state House and Senate districts in North Carolina because they violated the rights of black voters. But the justices rejected the court's order to redraw the districts and hold a special election.

North Carolina legislative building
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This week in state politics, a conversation about the state House budget, which lawmakers passed early Friday morning. The House plan would cut taxes, fund pay increases for some teachers, and give an across-the-board $1,000 raise to state employees. It would also add $260 million  to the state's 'rainy day' fund.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the House budget with Associated Press Statehouse Reporter Gary Robertson.

North Carolina State Legislature
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The state House passed its budget just after midnight last night. The House plan would cut taxes, fund pay increases for some teachers, and give an across-the-board $1,000 raise to state employees. It would also add $260 million  to the state's 'rainy day' fund.

North Carolina legislative building
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Legislators in the North Carolina House are expected to approve their budget plan this evening. Under this spending proposal, teachers would receive a 3.3 percent raise, on average; retired state employees would get a modest cost of living adjustment; and taxes would be cut by an estimated $350 million.

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Updated 10:26 a.m., June 2, 2017

A bill that would eliminate the need for a permit to carry a concealed handgun has inched forward in the state House.

North Carolina State Legislature
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The North Carolina House outlined a $22.9 billion spending plan that calls for about $350 million in tax cuts. It allots funding for pension adjustments for state retirees and $181 million for teacher raises. 

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
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North Carolinians could vote earlier than usual in future primary elections for president and statewide offices.

North Carolina legislative building
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House Republicans are taking a turn in the budget spotlight as they detail their spending plan for the state. The $22.9 billion spending plan calls for about $350 million in tax cuts, provides teacher raises and more for state retirees. This budget is closer to the plan passed by the Republican-led state Senate, than the vision laid out by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.

North Carolina State Legislature
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The latest on the North Carolina House rolling out more portions of its state budget proposal (all times local):

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast, a conversation about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down two congressional districts in North Carolina; an analysis of state laws that end up in court; and a review of what we know about the House budget proposal.

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