Category: CJ Quick Take

  • 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…

  • GOP platform urges Congress to adopt “Right to Try”

    The platform adopted at this week’s Republican National Convention includes a provision urging Congress to enact “Right to Try” legislation, which allows terminally ill patients the opportunity to use drugs or devices that have yet to gain federal Food and Drug Administration approval. The RNC platform, adopted in Cleveland, commends…

  • Octogenarian makes first airplane jump for Trump

    Eighty-two-year-old U.S. Army veteran Joe Muldoon made his first jump from an airplane Saturday afternoon with his 21-year-old grandson Mason. Joe, a Cleveland-area resident, said he wanted to do something special to coincide with the likely nomination of Donald Trump at this week’s Republican National Convention. On Friday, this reporter…

  • Foxx-sponsored higher-ed transparency bill passes House

    A federal bill that would require colleges and universities to provide applicants information about the costs and returns of higher education was approved on Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives. House Resolution 3178, the “Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act,” is designed to help college students understand their prospects…

  • Democratic U.S. senators target JLF, other ‘climate deniers’

    U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and 18 other Democratic senators have taken to the Senate floor to push a “concurrent resolution” denouncing the John Locke Foundation and a host of other free-market organizations and advocacy groups that have expressed skepticism over apocalyptic claims of the role of human activity regarding…

  • McCrory Signs College Transparency Act

    A bill to increase college transparency in North Carolina was signed into law on Thursday by Gov. McCrory. Senate Bill 536, “Students Know Before You Go & Central Residency,” directs the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to build a website that will give college applicants access to information…

  • House passes $22.34 billion General Fund budget

    By a 91-22 margin, the state House early Friday afternoon passed the General Fund budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which opened today. The House vote followed the Senate’s approval earlier in the week — largely by party-line vote — of the budget conference report earlier in the week.

  • Coal ash cleanup bill heads to governor

    The state House on Thursday approved a compromise coal ash cleanup bill, agreeing with a measure passed earlier in the week by the Senate. The coal ash legislation is in response to a 2014 spill into the Dan River near Eden. The General Assembly created a coal ash commission to…

  • Senate plans to adjourn Friday

    The Senate is poised to adjourn on Friday, leaving the House behind to finish up with any unfinished business it chooses to take up. “They took a vote today that they were going to come back next week. We don’t have any intention of being here next week,” said Sen.