NC Politics in the News

July 10, 2017

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Agriculture & Natural Resources

NEWS & OBSERVER: Two proposed wind farms threatening to pull out ofNC if moratorium becomes law

Two proposed wind farms will pull out of eastern North Carolina if an18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law, companyofficials say.

Economic Development

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC lawmakers push for end to loophole that benefitsforeign workers

North Carolina lawmakers are taking aim at a loophole allowing companiesthat receive state job-creation grants to fill those positions with workersbrought to the U.S. on visas.

WRAL-NEWS: NC’s strong bond ratings confirmed

The three major bond rating agencies have re-affirmed North Carolina’striple-A bond rating, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced Friday.


WFAE-NEWS: NC Attorney General joins lawsuit against US EducationDepartment

North Carolina’s attorney general and 18 other AGs are suing the U.S.Department of Education for indefinitely delaying enforcement of rules thatwould give protections to students who attend for-profit colleges.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Some struggling NC schools will be turned over tocharter school operators in 2018

North Carolina families and teachers will find out in the next two monthswhich low-performing elementary schools could be turned over to charterschool operators in 2018.

Elections & Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC lawmakers: More than 65% of districts couldchange to correct racial gerrymanders

North Carolina lawmakers say they might have to change 116 of the state’s170 state legislative districts to correct the illegal raciallygerrymandered districts used to elect General Assembly members for the pastsix years.

NEWS & OBSERVER: With elections board vacant, Cooper wants NCSupreme Court to block board designed by GOP

North Carolina’s election oversight board has been vacant for more than amonth, but the N.C. Supreme Court is poised to decide if Gov. Roy Coopermust make appointments to the new board designed by Republicans.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Legislative leaders urge court to avoid NCspecial elections

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are re-affirming oppositionto a special election this fall or winter for General Assembly seats, butsay they’re prepared to redraw districts for the scheduled November 2018election.

MOUNTAIN X-PRESS: Candidate filing for local elections begins Friday,July 7

Candidate filing for local elections across North Carolina begins at noonFriday (July 7) and runs through noon Friday, July 21.

Health Care

NEWS & OBSERVER: Mental health agency says it can’t open crisiscenter in Raleigh due to funding cut

Leaders of a regional mental health agency say the state’s new spendingplan leaves them without enough money to open a crisis center in Raleigh.

Regulatory Reform

NEWS & OBSERVER: From Surf City to Hendersonville, towns rush toallow 10 am brunch booze

Raleigh and Carrboro weren’t the only communities allowing 10 a.m. alcoholsales on Sunday: Several towns from the mountains to the coast also passednew ordinances under the state’s “brunch bill.”