NC Politics in the News

January 29, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WECT-NEWS: NC unemployment rate rose in December to worst in 7 months

North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in December, itshighest level in seven months and well above the national average of 4.1percent.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: North Carolina revenues not far off midpointtarget

North Carolina government revenues halfway through the fiscal year arebasically in line with what lawmakers projected was needed to implement thestate budget passed last summer.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Public school supporters say NC school choiceprograms need more accountability

As school choice supporters celebrate their success in North Carolina,supporters of traditional public schools say state leaders should demandmore information about how taxpayer money is being used in charter schoolsand private schools.

Energy & Environment

ASHEBORO COURIER-TRIBUNE: NC approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline permitthrough 8 counties

A key state permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was approved by stateregulators Friday, clearing a major hurdle for the interstate natural gasproject to move ahead in North Carolina.

WILMINGTON STAR NEWS: Questions raised about UNCW’s GenX tests

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are recheckingtheir work to quantify levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River and drinkingwater after releasing results that appear, at least in part, to drasticallycontradict those from the state and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC agency lacks equipment to find water pollution.Could it just borrow some?

When Senate leader Phil Berger blasted the House’s GenX funding bill thismonth, he said it “authorizes the purchase of expensive equipment that thestate can already access for free.”

In the Courts

DURHAM HERALD SUN: Court: Lawmakers grabbed NC governor’s power onelections

North Carolina’s highest court stepped in Friday to limit theRepublican-dominated legislature’s efforts to minimize Democratic Gov. RoyCooper’s ability to pursue his goals, declaring unconstitutional a lawdevising a state elections board that hinted at deadlock.

WXII-NEWS: Federal judge hears arguments over NC Judicial primary

North Carolina Democrats go to federal court asking for a temporaryinjunction to stop law cancelling this year’s judicial primaries.

NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina GOP again asks Supreme Court tointervene

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are asking the U.S. SupremeCourt again this month to halt a lower-court redistricting order that wentagainst them, this time on changes to state House and Senate districts.

Justice & Public Safety

WRAL-NEWS: Inadequate staffing, ‘meaner’ inmates make NC prisons moredangerous, officials say

North Carolina’s prison system is taking an array of steps to increasesafety and security following the deaths of five corrections workers lastyear, Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks and his staff told lawmakersThursday.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: The state’s I-77 toll advisory group meets insecret. Did it violate state law?

A N.C. Department of Transportation advisory group created to study theInterstate 77 toll lane project met for the first time Wednesday, but thepublic and media were not allowed to attend.