NC Politics in the News

September 26, 2016

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2016 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: Elon poll: McCrory up, HB 2 unpopular

A new Elon University poll out on Monday shows incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory with a three-point lead over Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper.

FOX-8 NEWS: Attorney general candidates debate in Asheboro

Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein faced off on the debate stage in Asheboro Tuesday night.

FOX-8 NEWS: No debates in 13th Congressional District

First-time political candidate Ted Budd won’t be debating his Democratic opponent for the new, 13th Congressional District seat in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election.

Economic Development

FOX-WILMINGTON: Local area included in expanded foreign trade zone

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, making the region more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and increasing the region’s competitiveness in global trade.


NEWS & OBSERVER: 38 NC charter school applicants for 2018

The North Carolina charter school office received 38 applications for new schools that would open in 2018.

Energy & Environmental Resources

NEWS & OBSERVER: Developer for wind farm off Kitty Hawk to be picked in early 2017

Federal officials expect to select a developer in the first half of next year to build an offshore wind farm off Kitty Hawk, a major step in the long process of vetting and erecting giant spinning turbines in the Atlantic Ocean.

Health Care

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Blue Cross plans to offer ACA plans in all 100 NC counties in 2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, North Carolina’s largest health insurer, said Thursday morning that it plans to continue offering individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act in all 100 counties of the state in 2017.

In the Courts

WITN-NEWS: Appeals court rejects magistrates’ gay marriage lawsuit

North Carolina’s Court of Appeals has rejected two former magistrates’ claim that their rights were violated by state guidance that they could lose their jobs if they refused to perform gay marriages.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Rate Bureau appeals homeowner’s rate increase request to state Supreme Court

The N.C. Rate Bureau has appealed to the state Supreme Court its pursuit of a nearly three-year-old request for a sharp increase in homeowner’s insurance rates.

WTVD-NEWS: New legal challenge filed against North Carolina’s congressional map

Another legal challenge was filed Thursday to boundaries for North Carolina’s congressional seats drawn by Republicans who control the state legislature, with the plaintiffs again arguing politics played too great a role in drawing the lines.

Justice & Public Safety

NEWS & OBSERVER: Politics, new study prompt call for crime lab review

A Republican legislator on Wednesday called on the General Assembly and the N.C. Department of Justice to conduct a sweeping review of the State Crime Lab, in light of a new federal report that found pervasive weaknesses in forensic science across the country.

State & Local Government

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Mayor Roberts: Charlotte City Council won’t consider LGBT ordinance repeal this week

Despite pressure from business leaders, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Monday that at least for now, repealing the ordinance that led to House Bill 2 is off the table.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Durham-Orange light rail plan may add stop at NCCU

Regional transportation officials are exploring extending the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project three-fifths of a mile to add an 18th stop near N.C. Central University’s campus.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Pipeline fixed, gas supply to return to normal in coming days

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that repairs to the Colonial Pipeline leak in Alabama that led to gas shortages and higher prices are complete.


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