Category: North Carolina

  • Behind the numbers of National School Choice Week

    This week marks the single largest celebration of school choice in U.S. history. Educators and families across the country are celebrating National School Choice Week with 21,392 events that began Sunday and will end Saturday. North Carolina alone will hold…

  • Look for more tax reform in 2017

    As legislative Republicans return to Raleigh, additional tax reforms will be on their agenda. The 2017 session opens in earnest Wednesday, and the leaders of the House and Senate have said they want to continue the pace of tax reform, including lowering personal income taxes and spreading the sales tax…

  • Trump’s first-day actions make Medicaid expansion less likely

    An executive order by President Donald Trump along with a regulatory freeze announced by his chief of staff place new barriers between Gov. Roy Cooper and his plan to expand Medicaid in North Carolina, experts say. A restraining order issued in federal court is blocking Gov. Roy Cooper’s $6 billion…

  • Special elections ‘almost certainly off the table,’ insiders say

    Attorneys close to legislative Republicans told Carolina Journal special legislative elections in 2017 “are almost certainly off the table.” The attorneys think the U.S. Supreme Court won’t lift a stay issued Jan. 10 in the so-called Covington case on legislative redistricting. The court is in “a wait-and-see mode right now,…

  • Millis: Cooper choosing Hamilton is ‘par for the course’

    RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s selection of Rep. Susi Hamilton as secretary of natural and cultural resources is emblematic of the philosophical contrast between Cooper and the GOP legislative majority, state Rep. Chris Millis said. “It’s par for the course for a Cooper appointment to…

  • Confirmation of Cooper’s appointees likely to follow familiar process

    The way the General Assembly confirms Cabinet appointees, by invoking the Senate’s constitutional authority, will mirror methods used in other states. The Senate unanimously adopted a framework for its advice-and-consent confirmation process for Cabinet secretaries as part of the rules for the session on the opening day of the 2017 legislative…

  • Can lawmakers, governor find common ground?

    Opening day of the 2017-18 General Assembly was filled with warm greetings, friendly exchanges, and promises of compromise. After a short break, lawmakers have returned to get down to the real work of the session. It’s time to govern. But can lawmakers find common ground? Some areas of common interest…

  • Robeson County school board fuzzy about transparency rules

    PEMBROKE — The Robeson County school board is apparently confused about its own transparency policies and the North Carolina Open Meetings Law. The board violated a court order when it voted, 6-4, on Jan. 10 to fire former Superintendent Tommy Lowry and hire Dr. Thomas Graves, an education…

  • Dollar: Trump HHS likely to kill Cooper’s Medicaid expansion

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to expand Medicaid is likely to die soon after Donald Trump takes office, a key state lawmaker says. State House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, said President Trump will place “a new group in charge” unlikely to support Medicaid expansion in the way the outgoing…