Category: CJ Quick Take

  • House Bill 17 expands superintendent’s authority (and more)

    One of the most far-reaching of the 21 bills filed by House members during the special legislative session that convened today is House Bill 17, sponsored by House Rules Committee Chairman David Lewis, R-Harnett, among others. The bill undertakes a serious reshuffling of state government in several departments, led…

  • Matthew relief session ends; new one gavels in

    (Updated, 3:19 p.m.) Lawmakers on Wednesday put their final touches on a $200.9 million relief package for Hurricane Matthew and for recovery efforts associated with the western North Carolina wildfires, but they’re far from done. The House passed an amended version of the disaster relief legislation just after 1 p.m.

  • Forest picked to help lead GOP lieutenant governors’ group

    Fresh off a successful re-election race at home, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has won another election on a national platform. He was chosen by his GOP peers as 2017 vice chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. Results of the RLGA leadership team elections based on votes by membership were…

  • Tillis, Cooper offer thoughts, prayers to Hagan family

    U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and N.C. Gov.-elect Roy Cooper are among those who have sent public thoughts and prayers to the family of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who was hospitalized Thursday within an undisclosed illness. A family member said doctors have ruled out a heart attack and stroke,…

  • Audit: DPS workers used state vehicles for personal commutes

    Two workers in the Department of Public Safety violated rules for state vehicles which cost taxpayers more than $7,000, a new report by state Auditor Beth Wood’s office says. The report recommends disciplinary action for the employees and that DPS seek reimbursement. The director of DPS’ Private Protective Services operation…

  • Studies: Charter school parents satisfied with children’s education

    RALEIGH — Public charter school parents are more satisfied with their children’s education than are traditional public district-school parents, according to two new studies from Education Next, a journal from Stanford University and the Harvard Kennedy School. Private school parents outrank both other categories as the most satisfied of all…

  • Gov. McCrory concedes, urges working with Cooper

    In a video message released at noon Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the 2016 election to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. McCrory said “being the 74th governor of North Carolina has been a privilege and an honor,” but he respects “the outcome of the closest governor’s race in modern history.” “I…

  • Incoming transportation secretary backs sharing economy

    Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and other companies within the sharing economy could see friendly regulatory reform from President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, based on remarks Chao made at a meeting last year to the American Action Forum. Airbnb and Uber, which in North Carolina have faced pushback…

  • Elections board OKs machine recount of disputed Durham ballots

    In a 3-2 party-line vote, the State Board of Elections on Wednesday ordered a machine recount of more than 90,000 ballots that were reported late on election night. Durham County election officials blamed the delay on the inability of their voting machines to have enough memory to handle the volume of…

  • New web app can help parents find schooling options

    RALEIGH — North Carolina families should have an easier time finding K-12 education options thanks to a new web application launched by Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, an organization that supports expansion of school choice across the state. The PEFNC database, “NC Schools Around Me,” is a…