NC Politics in the News

November 28, 2016

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Leadership Announcements

House GOP Leadership Named:

Speaker: Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland)

Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry, Wilkes)

Majority Leader: Rep. John R. Bell (R-Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne) 

Deputy Majority Leader: Rep. Stephen Ross (R-Alamance)

Whip: Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford)

Conference Chair: Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland)

Freshman Leader: Rep-elect Destin Hall (R-Caldwell)

Freshman Whip: Rep-elect Brenden Jones (R-Bladen, Columbus, Robeson)

Correction: Please note that in a previously issued edition of NC Politics in the News we incorrectly named Rep. John Bell as Speaker Pro Tempore. Rep. Sarah Stevens was elected to serve in this position and and Rep. John Bell will serve as Majority Leader.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cooper names NC governor transition team

Democrat Roy Cooper on Monday took steps to demonstrate he’s the winner of the still-unresolved race for North Carolina’s governor, unveiling key members of his transition team and turning up the pressure on incumbent Republican Pat McCrory to concede.

WRAL-NEWS: Moore to keep top spot in NC House

North Carolina House Republicans tapped Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, to serve another two years as House speaker, the chamber’s top job, during a meeting in Raleigh Monday.

2016 Elections

NEWS & OBSERVER: Republicans claim 43 voters are ineligible felones. Many of them aren’t.

Larry Smith got an odd phone call last week: Someone had filed to throw out his vote, claiming he was a felon serving an active sentence.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Legislature could revisit election laws in wake of McCrory complaints, Moore says

House Speaker Tim Moore said Monday that the legislature could revisit voter ID requirements and other election laws in the wake of complaints filed with help from Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: McCrory requests recount of contested NC election

Incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has formally requested a recount of votes in his close race with Democrat Roy Cooper.

WSOC-NEWS: Recount request, lawsuit add uncertainty in governor’s race

North Carolina’s still-undecided governor’s race could be drawn out further by a lawsuit that contends the state can’t finish counting votes until it verifies the residency of thousands who used same-day registration.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Rep. Marilyn Avila seeks recount, Evans hasn’t decided yet in close NC legislative races

Trailing by just 390 votes in the latest count, Rep. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, said Tuesday that she has called for a recount.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NC board could consider governor’s race ballot appeal this week

North Carolina’s election board could formally consider later this week a Republican attorney’s demand for a manual recount of Durham County ballots that could affect the yet-resolved race for governor.


WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL NOW: North Carolina health regulators seeks applicants for behavioral health projects

State health regulators are attempting to flesh out the next wave of recommendations by a task force on behavioral health appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

In the Courts

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Residents who asked to defend council redistricting suit now want out

Once again, no one wants to mount a defense in the federal lawsuit over City Council voting district lines.


WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: State audit finds more improvements needed on workers’ comp oversight

A state audit of the N.C. Industrial Commission has determined that while the agency has improved its oversight of workers’ compensation claims, it still is not meeting identification and investigative targets.


NEWS & OBSERVER: GoTriangle fills in details of plan to meet light-rail shortfall

GoTriangle officials clarified last week how they are combining projected rising sales tax revenues, local dollars, and public and private resources to meet an increased local share of the $1.87 billion Durham-Orange light rail plan.