Archive: CJ Exclusives

  • Did solar company obtain land for Terra Ceia farm legally? 

    Gertrude Respess claims Wilkinson Solar, and its parent company Invenergy Solar Development, last year took advantage of her dying husband Rhonda to obtain farmland for a large solar installation in Beaufort County. Gertrude’s attorney Mario Perez also says a notarized statement filed with the Beaufort County Register of Deeds…

  • Von Spakovsky: N.C. ‘ground zero’ in redistricting battles nationally

    “North Carolina has become ground zero in the redistricting battles about how much and how little race can be used in the redistricting process.” That’s the view of Hans Von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation who studies election law. He is a former member of the Federal…

  • Cooper, legislators offer wildly divergent views of same budget

    Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders seemed to be discussing two different documents when they spoke to reporters this week about the General Assembly’s budget conference report. Cooper lashed out at legislative Republicans on Tuesday, calling their compromise $23 billion spending plan possibly “the most fiscally irresponsible budget I…

  • McCrory sounds like he’s ready for a rematch with Cooper

    Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says Roy Cooper, his Democratic successor, is repaying his trial lawyer campaign contributors by hiring them for expensive, politically motivated lawsuits against the GOP-led General Assembly. In a wide-ranging interview with Carolina Journal, McCrory also accused Cooper of massive firings of people hired during McCrory’s…

  • Medicaid reform measure moves forward in Senate committee

    A Senate panel passed legislation Thursday to accelerate mental health Medicaid reform and free up nearly $1 billion in frozen assets to provide more behavioral health services. Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, a co-chairman of the Senate Health Care Committee, presented an amended version of House Bill 403 that…

  • Senate committee sets Thursday vote for opioid prevention bill

    A jarring supply of opioids is flooding North Carolina. Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond, said if all of the opioid pills prescribed in the past 12 months were counted, “every man woman and child would have a bottle of 100 in their hand. This is an excessive amount of these very,…