Category: CJ Quick Take

  • Back to the drawing board for NCGA districts, court says

    State lawmakers will once again have the task of redrawing districts — this time, their own — if a three-judge ruling released Thursday stands. The opinion, written by U.S. 4th Circuit Judge James Wynn and joined by U.S. District Judges Thomas Schroeder and Catherine Eagles, found that race was…

  • Wake school board filing opens Thursday

    The filing period for all nine Wake County school board seats opens at noon Thursday and ends at noon Wednesday, Aug. 17. The State Board of Elections approved the filing period during an emergency meeting on Wednesday held by teleconference. The meeting was called after Gary Sims, director of elections…

  • Voter ID appeal headed to Supreme Court

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused on Thursday to put a hold on its order striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law and related election reforms while the opinion is on appeal. State Republican leaders have appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. State GOP Executive Director Dallas…

  • NCGA lawyers file new maps for Wake County elections

    Attorneys for legislative leaders have filed new maps with the U.S. District Court and are urging the judge handling the case to approve the maps for the 2016 election for Wake County commissioners and school board members. The maps divide Wake County into seven districts and two…

  • Growing tax collections trigger corporate rate cut

    By collecting $21.3 billion in General Fund revenues during the 2015-16 fiscal year, the corporate income tax rate will drop to 3 percent in January. That trigger was included in the budget that was adopted in September 2015. “Even in an environment of historic tax cuts saving taxpayers more than…

  • 4th Circuit ruling may cut back early voting options

    The decision on Friday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down North Carolina’s 2013 election law reforms could result in fewer early voting sites. And those sites could be open for fewer hours. “There’s no longer an hours-matching requirement,” said Josh Lawson, legal counsel for the State…

  • Senators double down ‘web of denial’ allegations vs. JLF

    A letter dated July 22, sent by nine Democratic U.S. senators to John Locke Foundation President and CEO Kory Swanson and the heads of 21 other free-market public-policy organizations, restated accusations that the groups are part of a “web of denial” about the role of human activity in climate change and…

  • NCAA will ask other cities about ‘bathroom laws’

    On July 22, the day after the National Basketball Association announced it would remove Charlotte as the host for its 2017 All-Star Game, the NCAA revealed a plan requiring all future host sites for NCAA-sponsored intercollegiate athletics to verify whether they are subject to “bathroom laws” that allegedly discriminate…

  • Full 4th Circuit declines Wake County district appeal

    The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to rehear the challenge to the Wake County commission and school board redistricting case. The defendant in the case, the Wake County Board of Elections, had asked for an “en banc” hearing by the full 15-member appeals court. The primaries…

  • New community college system president will hit the road

    The North Carolina Community College System’s new president, James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, says that his first 90 days in office will be filled with homework and field trips as he learns about interests and needs of the NCCCS. Williamson, who took office on July 1, plans to visit all 58…