NC Politics in the News

January 22, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina slips in national ranking on publiceducation

Issues with school funding and student achievement dropped North Carolinato 40th in the country in a new report card on public education, continuinga downward trend in the rankings for the Tar Heel state.


WRAL-NEWS: Cooper talks to Interior Secretary about offshore drilling

Gov. Roy Cooper has made a pitch to a Trump administration official aboutwhy Atlantic waters off the state’s coast should be removed from thefederal government’s list of offshore drilling locations.

NC COASTAL REVIEW: Stalemate on GenX: Senate says no urgency

In recent sessions, there have been few House and Senate differences onenvironmental policy as stark as last week’s failure to pass a proposedshort-term response to GenX and other emerging contaminants.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC secretary of health chief pleased withchanges at Cardinal Innovations, the mental health agency criticizedfor excessive executive compensation

A new board of directors for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions isexpected to take over within the next few weeks, N.C. Secretary of HealthMandy Cohen told state legislators Tuesday.

In the Courts

BURLINGTON TIMES NEWS: Supreme Court puts order to redraw NC maps onhold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that wouldhave forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state’scongressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias incurrent lines.

WRAL-NEWS: Court: Use our maps, not the GOP legislature’s, in 2018General Assembly races

A three-judge panel again set aside Republican-drawn maps on Friday,decreeing that General Assembly districts drawn by a Stanford Universityprofessor should be used instead for North Carolina’s 2018 legislativeraces.