State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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
Giant Sloth / Flickr

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
The LEAF Project / Flickr/ Creative Commons

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.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in state politics,  an analysis of Gov. Roy Cooper's first State of the State address. Cooper used the phrase "common ground" 13 different times, called again for a repeal of the controversial House Bill 2 and touted the largely-symbolic budget plan as a vehicle to invest in education and  teachers.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about what's at the heart of all politics, the most effective legislators in American history, and challenges with the proposed American Health Care Act.  

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Senate Republicans rolled out their latest proposal for tax policy changes Thursday morning, days after House Representatives introduced their Tax Reduction Act of 2017.

photo of the NC legislature
Wikimedia

A new bill in the North Carolina Legislature proposes changing the juvenile penal system to raise the age of adult prosecution for most offenses. The state is currently one of only two in the nation where 16 and 17 year olds are routinely charged as adults.

Roy Cooper
Brian Batista / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper says the future of the state is promising. The Democrat delivered his first "State of the State" address during a joint session of the General Assembly Monday night.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, special elections, reporting in Washington, and cracking curses.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in state politics, Republican lawmakers advanced three bills that would strip the Democratic Governor of judicial appointment powers.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

State lawmakers have advanced a measure that would remove some judicial appointment powers from Gov. Roy Cooper.

They also continued touting a bill that would change opiate prescription guidelines and proposed, yet again, to send 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds who are alleged to have committed nonviolent crimes to juvenile courts instead of being tried as adults.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this week’s activity at the legislature.

Drew Gintis and his dog
Photo Courtesy of Marsha Gintis

Drew Gintis was a teenager when he started wrestling at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

And he loved it, even though he lost every match his freshman year, said his mother, Marsha Gintis.

“[He] worked so hard and by his junior year he had a 21 and 2 record,” she said. “His dream was to go to states.”

Michael Regan (left) is introduced by Governor Roy Cooper as his nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Michael Regan developed a love of the environment as a child. He grew up in Goldsboro, but spent a lot of time on a family farm down east in Bladen County.

"Hunting and fishing and bonding with my father and grandfather," Regan said.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper introduced his budget proposal. It recommends 5.1 percent growth in state spending; raises for teachers, principals and state employees; and calls on the Legislature to expand Medicaid.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Governor Roy Cooper's budget proposal, a bright red coat, more HB2 bluster and a surprise visit to the press room at the State Legislature.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Gov. Roy Cooper has rolled out his budget proposal for the next two years. The governor emphasized setting aside money for teacher salary increases, expanding Medicaid, and investments in economic development. The recommendation is largely a symbolic gesture as Republican majorities in the legislature will ultimately approve the state budget. Meanwhile, a bipartisan effort to repeal House Bill 2 has stalled because of opposition from both parties.

 

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