NC Politics in the News

July 9, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WRAL NEWS: Strife between state board, Superintendent Mark Johnson continues
Bill Cobey, chair of the State Board of Education, reacted Monday to a relatively unnoticed provision in House Bill 374.

Economic Development

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Layoff notices reveal impact of Kroger’s Triangle exit
Kroger’s impending exit from the Triangle market pushes North Carolina’s layoff total to more than 7,000 for the year.

THE COURIER TRIBUNE: Conference to explore rural prosperity
Local economic developers and civic leaders from more than 65 counties in North Carolina will be gathering Thursday-Friday, July 12-13, to discuss approaches to supporting five building blocks necessary for rural communities to capitalize on the state’s economic momentum.

SPECTRUM NEWS: NC readies for business announcements
State lawmakers have headed home from their so-called short session. But they say they laid the groundwork for a big name company to locate in the state.


THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: How a small change in the law could have a big impact on NC’s Supreme Court race
A little-noticed bill passed by lawmakers last month could have a big impact on the race for North Carolina’s Supreme Court.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Triangle Expressway ‘the epitome of bad policy,’ lawsuit says
The environmental groups suing to stop construction of the Triangle Expressway across southern Wake County have expanded their lawsuit to include additional state and federal agencies and new claims for why the groups believe the highway should not be built.

General Government

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Democrats may reject Republican convention in Charlotte
Some members of Charlotte’s Democratic dominated City Council are suggesting they should turn down the 2020 Republican National Convention if the party chooses the North Carolina city later this month.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: 4 Cooper nominees rejected by Republican lawmakers
Four of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s nominees to state positions were rejected Thursday by the Republican-dominated General Assembly, including two choices to the State Board of Education he announced over a year ago.


NC HEALTHCARE NEWS: Legislators Get Help Understanding Health Policy from Colleagues Across the Aisle
Sixteen members of the General Assembly put aside partisan politics to tackle a complicated issue impacting the lives of North Carolinians every day — health care.

In the Courts

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Transgender rights battle returns to North Carolina courts
More than a year after North Carolina undid its “bathroom bill,” a legal battle now is simmering over a law that replaced it.

Justice & Public Safety

NC HEALTHCARE NEWS: Three N.C. Prisoners Sue the State for Hepatitis C Treatment
Three state prisoners sued the N.C. Department of Public Safety this month arguing that they were denied treatment for their Hepatitis C virus (HCV).