Category: North Carolina

  • House redistricting plan ‘double-bunks’ members in three districts

    Six members of the state House either will face challenges from incumbents or will need to run for election in new legislative districts. Proposed maps for the 2018 election cycle came out Saturday afternoon from the office of Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, who heads the House redistricting committee. Additional information, including…

  • 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…

  • Energy policy changes get mixed reviews at state council meeting

    Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don’t. Green energy leaders had differing levels of enthusiasm for House Bill 589 Wednesday during a North Carolina Energy Policy Council…

  • Bond refinancing saving state millions, N.C. treasurer says

      A third round of bond refinancing ratcheted state savings up to more than $133 million, a news release from state Treasurer Dale Folwell says. In the latest round, more than $243 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles bonds were refunded. Almost $225 million in new,…

  • Cooper calls for removal of Confederate monuments

    In a post on the Medium.com website, on Tuesday Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper called for the removal or relocation of monuments honoring Confederates from state property. Cooper also asked the General Assembly to repeal a 2015 law barring local governments from removing those statues or monuments without the legislature’s…

  • Company-sponsored apprenticeships help solve labor shortages

    DURHAM — A traditional four-year college degree isn’t the only path to a successful career. Simon Mitchell would know. Mitchell, who is 20, is an apprentice at Cary-based Buhler Aeroglide, a European manufacturing company. In 2014, Mitchell joined Mason Hurlbut and Luke Fouts to participate in Buhler’s apprenticeship pilot…

  • Federal Right to Try bill could bypass FDA bottleneck

    Right to Try is gaining momentum across the country, yet states worry a cumbersome federal approval process will continue to inhibit patients’ access to experimental drugs. The Food and Drug Administration allows health-care providers access to experimental drugs and procedures but the process can take months, which frustrates…