NC Politics in the News

August 6, 2018

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


WRAL NEWS: ‘It’s time for me to move on’: State Board of Educationchairman resigns

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey submitted his resignationThursday, saying it’s time for him to move on and spend more time withfamily.

Economic Development

SPECTRUM NEWS: NC Port growth good for the economy

According to North Carolina Ports, Wilmington container growth is up 38percent and general cargo is up 18 percent for the 2018 fiscal year.

TRIAD BUSINESS JOURNAL: Layoff notices: 550 NC workers impacted in July

The state received layoff notices impacting about 550 North Carolinians inJuly.


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: N. C. elections board back in court in powerstruggle

The repeatedly altered composition of North Carolina’s elections boardreturned to court as a proxy for the lengthy power struggle betweenDemocratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature.

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: 2 vetoes of North Carolina ballot languagebills overridden

The North Carolina legislature on Saturday swiftly overrode Democratic Gov.Roy Cooper’s vetoes of two bills Republicans approved that instructed somewording voters will see on November ballots atop constitution amendmentsand in a key judicial race.


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: NC’s Blue Cross Cutting ‘Obamacare’ PricesDespite Changes

NorthCarolina’s largest health insurer said Tuesday it’s cutting some individualpremiums for the first time in over a quarter century, but next year’ssavings on subsidized “Obamacare” coverage would have been much larger ifWashington had left the law alone.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: Roy Cooper will take the legislature to court overproposed amendments

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will sue state legislative leaders over twoproposed constitutional amendments that he wants to keep off the ballot inthis November’s elections.

U.S. Congress

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: How the local N.C. delegation to Congressvoted last week

Along with roll call votes this week, the Senate also passed the AnimalDrug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments to reauthorize user feeprograms relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs; andpassed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act to require the FederalCommunications Commission to study the feasibility of using a simple,easy-to-remember dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mentalhealth crisis hotline system.