Category: Government Reform

  • The General Assembly needs a to-do list, and here it is

    The General Assembly reconvenes Friday for another special session, primarily designated for redistricting business. There will be proposed legislative maps, public hearings, lots of debate and, I predict, an almost straight party-line vote on newly drawn —  per court order — legislative districts. These maps and the expected discussion will take up most…

  • There’s no such thing as a universal right to health care

    The power to grant a right to health care is the right to deny it. Anyone who doubts the universal truth of this statement need look no further than the case of 11-month-old British citizen Charlie Gard, who had been on life support with a rare brain disease and recently passed. In November,…

  • Race won’t be a factor in new legislative maps, Republicans say

    Lawmakers won’t consider race when they redraw legislative maps to meet a Sept. 1 federal court deadline. Republicans on the House and Senate redistricting committee made that clear as they swatted down repeated objections from Democrats in a Thursday committee meeting. The decision not to use…

  • DHHS Medicaid proposal goes to skeptical legislature

    The state Department of Health and Human Services proposes to expand Medicaid and restructure the state’s controversial mental health provider networks, Secretary Mandy Cohen said Tuesday. Cohen spent several months on a “listening tour” getting information from medical providers, patients, and other members of the public.

  • Redrawing judicial districts: Make sure we get it right

    Kudos to Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, for filing House Bill 717, Revise Judicial Districts. With all the talk — and court cases — around redistricting, focused primarily on the legislative and congressional maps, raising awareness of the judicial districts is an important issue. Although there have been minor…