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July 31, 2017

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Elections & Redistricting

NEWS & OBSERVER: Vacant, reduced elections boards reroutechallenges

Several legal challenges involving this year’s municipal election filingprocess will likely go directly to the N.C. Court of Appeals because thestate’s election board is vacant, and a number of county election boardsdon’t have enough members to take action.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: GOP mapmaker behind NC’s 2011 maps returns todrawing table

Republican map makers will use the same nationally known GOP consultant toredraw North Carolina’s legislative maps as they used in the 2011 drawingthat produced maps later found unconstitutional, leadership confirmedWednesday.

WRAL-NEWS: Burr: If I’d told judges, they would have foughtredistricting

Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, said Wednesday that his push to redraw NorthCarolina judicial districts is “still in the works.”

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TMES: Asheville residents to vote on dividing cityinto districts

Residents will get to vote Nov. 7 on whether to divide the City Councilinto districts — or if the governing body should stay as it is, withcouncil members elected by all city residents.

NEWS & OBSERVER: ‘You don’t seem serious,’ federal judge tells NClegislative leaders about redistricting efforts

Two federal judges said Thursday they are concerned that North Carolinalegislative leaders have taken few if any steps to draw new election mapssince they were struck down last year, and one judge suggested they don’tappear to be taking their duty seriously.


Energy & the Environment

WILMINGTON START NEWS: Cooper: NC taking steps to deal with toxic GenX

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permissionto discharge any GenX into the Cape Fear River while state officials askthe N.C. General Assembly to restore some of the funding and staffing cutspreviously made to state environmental programs, Gov. Roy Cooper saidMonday morning.


From the Governor’s Desk

NEWS & OBSERVER: Bills on bus safety, Sunday hunting, drones, moresigned into law

Gov. Roy Cooper signed 12 bills Tuesday — on topics ranging from schoolbus safety to Sunday hunting to drones — leaving just 12 more bills stillawaiting action by the end of the month.

GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Cooper creates education commission

Gov. Roy Cooper created a new commission to identify the resources neededto improve North Carolina public schools and to end a 23-year-old legalcase.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper signs solar energy bill despitecontroversial wind project moratorium

Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on Thursday legislation promoting solarenergy in the state and issued an executive order encouraging wind-powerdevelopment despite an 18-month moratorium on wind projects included in thebill.

WRAL-NEWS: Cooper vetoes credit insurance measure, signs other bills

Gov. Roy Cooper issued his ninth veto of the year on Thursday, sending aproposal on credit insurance back to lawmakers.


In the Courts

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Long-running debate over NC school funding may beheaded to ‘independent expert’

Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, the two sidesin the landmark Leandro case on Monday requested an independent consultantto suggest additional steps to the state to improve education for allchildren in North Carolina.