The Fayetteville Observer says North Carolina should turn redistricting over to an impartial panel and make the voter, not political power, the most important principle.
The Senators should work on passing a House bill that offers relief to North Carolina residents whose retirement accounts are taken by ill-gotten means says the Burlington Times-News.
The Charlotte Observer says that House leaders should not accept the Senate’s additional demand that the teacher assistant money be used exclusively for teacher assistants.
Rob Christensen writes that it’s probably fair to say that Donald Trump has replaced Jesse Helms as “the icon of Mexico bashing.”
Patrick Gannon says that the last week brought an optimistic tone to lingering budget negotiations on Jones Street, but plenty of important issues remain undecided.
The notion of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has given way, even among journalists, to a multicultural fetish against offending anyone who is not Western, or who is among a media-anointed "victim class.
Those who read, watch, and listen to the news lose when media outlets decide to ignore the “wrong” side.
A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.
September 03, 2015, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — Lawmakers could be moving all of next year’s North Carolina’s primaries to March 15. The state House on Wednesday rejected a Senate-approved plan to hold only the presidential preference primary on March 15, 2016. Under that plan, the other North Carolina primaries — including those for U.S. Senate, governor, Council of State, state legislative races, and hundreds of local races — would have taken place May 3.
RALEIGH — Lawmakers in the state House on Wednesday put on hold a bill that would have set up two primaries this spring – one on March 15 for presidential candidates and a second, in May, for other statewide offices. Now, legislators are considering combining the primaries into the March date as a cost-saving measure.
RALEIGH — House and Senate budget negotiators said they’ll be working through Labor Day weekend to reach a final agreement by next week. “Those who are working on the budget should plan to see what Raleigh’s like on the weekend,” House Speaker Tim Moore said as Wednesday’s session wrapped up.
RALEIGH — Fewer schools met North Carolina’s overall targets for academic improvement in the most recent year, according to new test results, even as the high school graduation rate jumped to what state officials called a historic high. The data released Wednesday also show that student performance on the state standardized tests has remained largely static from a year ago.
CHARLOTTE — A newly unsealed lawsuit alleges that Carolinas Medical Center and N.C. Baptist Hospital have fraudulently obtained tens of millions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid through an arrangement that artificially inflated their expenses. The federal suit, filed by Forsyth County whistleblower Joe Vincoli, contends that the two hospitals overstated their costs – and thereby extracted more money from Medicare – by using a company that they own to provide health benefits to their employees.
RALEIGH — North Carolina would allow more terminal groins – jetties that protect barrier islands from erosion – if state senators get their way in the state budget. The move would be controversial, with some advocates saying the structures are costly and environmentally harmful. But senators insist that protecting barrier islands would save money in the long run.
WILMINGTON — As the Figure Eight Island homeowners association continues its years-long push to bring a terminal groin to the island, other locals are shoving back. At a public hearing on the project’s future Wednesday, speakers rose one by one to oppose it. The proposed terminal groin — a low-slung structure that extends into the ocean to trap sand and build up the beach — would sit on the north end of the island next to Rich Inlet.
DURHAM — Environmental scientists at Duke University published research Wednesday showing that coal ash might contain harmful levels of radioactive material. The research could open a whole new avenue in the debate over the coal waste emitted by power plants and its potential impact on human health, said Avner Vengosh, a Duke Univeristy professor of geochemistry and water quality who co-wrote the new paper.
RALEIGH — State House lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban the use of GPS devices to track people in most cases. Senate Bill 238 would add GPS tracking to the definition of “cyberstalking,” which is a Class 2 misdemeanor under state law. Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, the House manager of the bill, said it makes exceptions for law enforcement, rental or fleet vehicle owners, creditors and car manufacturers in some cases.
RALEIGH — As a renewed debate over the Confederate battle flag smoldered across the South this summer, Helen Anderson got online and – for the first time in her life – sent a message to the governor. Hours earlier, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office told reporters that the “time is right” for the Division of Motor Vehicles to stop offering specialty license plates bearing the insignia of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina on Wednesday formally approved the payment of $750,000 each to Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half-brothers who spent more than 30 years in prison for a murder they did not commit. The action came exactly one year after a Superior Court judge declared the two men innocent of the 1983 murder of an 11-year-old girl in Robeson County.