Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Robeson County school board fuzzy about transparency rules

    PEMBROKE — The Robeson County school board is apparently confused about its own transparency policies and the North Carolina Open Meetings Law. The board violated a court order when it voted, 6-4, on Jan. 10 to fire former Superintendent Tommy Lowry and hire Dr. Thomas Graves, an education…

  • BOE increases amount of money people can give to candidates

    RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections has increased the maximum amount individuals can give to a candidate from $5,100 to $5,200. The change comes as a result of broad election and campaign legislation passed in 2013. It instructs the state board to index the contribution limit based…

  • Cooper chooses secretaries for commerce, administration

    RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has selected Tony Copeland for secretary of commerce and Machelle Sanders for secretary of administration. Copeland has experience in both the public and private sectors, according to a news release from Cooper’s office. As assistant secretary of commerce, Copeland helped recruit nearly…

  • AFP-NC pushing fiscal responsibility, economic growth

    Americans for Prosperity–North Carolina, a conservative grass-roots organization, on Wednesday released a 2017 legislative agenda that puts state spending limits atop the project list. AFP asked the legislature to consider a Taxpayer Protection Act and to push tax reforms allowing North Carolinians…

  • SCOTUS temporarily blocks 2017 legislative elections

    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court’s order requiring the General Assembly to redraw legislative districts by March 15 and holding special legislative elections this year. The order blocks a ruling from the U.S. Middle District Court until the Supreme Court acts on the appeal. The justices could choose…

  • Bill by McHenry would keep feds away from race cars

    U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th District, wants to keep Washington regulators from getting under the hoods of race cars. McHenry introduce the RPM Act, designed to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating cars used in motorsports. “Automobile racing plays an important role in our state, both as…

  • Atkinson, in interview, takes aim at school choice

    June Atkinson is taking an open stand against Republican legislators and their school-choice agenda. Atkinson worked hard for 12 years to keep a nonpartisan image during her time as North Carolina’s superintendent of schools. Now that her office at the Department of Public Instruction belongs to…

  • Cooper outlines Medicaid expansion plans

    In a press release issued late Friday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper rolled out his request to federal officials to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Even though legislative leaders charge the plan as illegal, Cooper says a 2013 state law barring any state agency or official…