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December 12, 2016

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2016 Elections

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Republican Newton conceded to Democrat Stein in NC attorney general race

Republican Buck Newton on Monday conceded his loss in North Carolina’s attorney general race to Josh Stein, keeping the office in Democratic hands.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Republican Stuber concedes NC auditor race to Wood

Republican Chuck Stuber on Friday conceded the razor-close election for North Carolina state auditor to Democratic incumbent Beth Wood.

Economic Development

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Impact of new governor uncertain for film industry

Gov. Pat McCrory’s concession in the 2016 gubernatorial race Monday likely came as a relief to those within the local film industry, which suffered a string of setbacks under the governor’s term.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC panel wants 2nd chance for rejected charter school applicants

Charter school advocates want to push up the timetable for approving charter schools and give rejected applicants a second chance at getting state approval without having to wait as long as a year to reapply.


WFAE CHARLOTTE: Why Obamacare premiums in NC are rising faster than most states

Newly issued federal data shows that North Carolina has among the highest health insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act by a growing number of measures.

Hurricane Relief

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: McCrory calls disaster relief session with catchall language

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is calling legislators back to Raleigh this week to authorize disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew and mountain wildfires, but some statewide elected officials criticized the proclamation’s’ language for opening the door for all kinds of other topics to come up.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NC to get $300M in Matthew recovery assistance  

North Carolina is getting more than $300 million to help portions of the state recover from damages caused by Hurricane Matthew, thanks to passage by Congress of a stop-gap spending bill that averted a U.S. government shutdown.

In the Courts

WRAL-NEWS: Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting case

Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC court committee to legislators: Forgo NC Court expansion plan

A committee of a commission that North Carolina’s Supreme Court chief justice set up in 2015 to do a thorough review of the courts has issued a resolution urging the General Assembly to “tie the number of judges and justices on a given court to the workload of the relevant court.”

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC Supreme Court justice call-back rule rescinded

The rule that would have allowed the N.C. Supreme Court’s chief justice to call back retired justices to serve on a case-by-case basis to avoid potential deadlocks has been rescinded.

WITN-NEWS: NC court backs decision against home insurance rate increase

North Carolina’s Supreme Court is rejecting efforts by insurance companies to raise homeowners’ premiums.

Leadership Changes

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper is North Carolina’s next governor, but GOP controls legislature. What will change?

For those who voted to make Democrat Roy Cooper the next governor of North Carolina, there’s good news and bad news.

NEWS & OBSERVER: How will Gov. Pat McCrory’s term be remembered?

North Carolina saw major changes in the last four years under Gov. Pat McCrory, but many of those changes had their start in the legislature.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Could a spot in the Trump administration be next for Pat McCrory?

Now that he’s conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat Roy Cooper, what’s the next career stop for Gov. Pat McCrory?

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Sen. Bill Rabon to head Senate Rules Committee

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger announced Tuesday that he has named Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport to the powerful post of Rules Committee chairman.

WITN-NEWS: Cooper picks Jan. 1 swearing-in as North Carolina governor

Roy Cooper wants to formally begin his term as governor as soon as the North Carolina Constitution grants it. Cooper said Wednesday he would take his oath Jan. 1 and not wait for the public inauguration scheduled six days later for the initial swearing-in.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Roy Cooper names his administration’s first-hires

Two days after Gov. Pat McCrory conceded defeat, Governor-elect Roy Cooper named three of his administration’s first hires.

WRAL-NEWS: More political appointees could mean more turnover in state government

Now that the governor’s race has been decided, hundreds of Gov. Pat McCrory’s political appointees are busy updating their resumes and references because their jobs aren’t guaranteed once Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office.

State Boundary Settled

NEWS & OBSERVER: The border between North and South Carolina is officially settled

Nearly three centuries after surveyors began delineating the two Carolinas, the governments of North and South Carolina have agreed on a boundary between the two states.