Category: North Carolina

  • Expert: Virginia Redistricting Ruling Could Foreshadow N.C. Outcome

    A Virginia congressional redistricting case expected to be argued March 21 before the U.S. Supreme Court could suggest the eventual outcome of North Carolina’s similar congressional redistricting dispute, a nationally recognized election law expert says. Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California-Irvine School of Law, has been following…

  • N.C. Attorneys Say Redistricting Lawsuit Puts State in Double Jeopardy

    Attorneys representing the state of North Carolina in the Harris v. McCrory lawsuit — in which earlier this month a three-judge federal district court panel threw out the congressional districts drawn in 2011, resulting in a delay in the state’s  congressional primary — claim in court documents that the plaintiffs who filed…

  • Craft Breweries Want More Freedom To Distribute

    Some North Carolina craft breweries plan to ask the General Assembly next year to change a state law they say is stunting their growth, but there’s little indication the association representing large beer wholesalers will cede any of their control over the state’s beer distribution. The law places a limit…

  • A Short Legislative Session Can Be An Effective One

    The 2016 legislative short session begins April 25. While continued uncertainty over congressional (and even legislative) district maps could cut into the General Assembly’s calendar, there are a number of moves our elected officials could make this year to highlight economic growth — fairer taxes, fewer barriers to building businesses,…

  • UNC Foundations Operate Outside Transparency Rules

    The UNC system operates several foundations that raise money for their associated universities, and national researchers who have looked at these types of organizations have called them “slush funds” and “shadow corporations” that too often operate in secrecy, even though they spend taxpayers’ money. In North Carolina, these foundations buy…

  • North Carolina’s long history as a ‘battleground’ state

    RALEIGH — Pundits have labeled North Carolina a “battleground” state in recent election cycles. But the state’s role as a key player in national debates and controversies goes back to the nation’s founding. That was a key theme from Dr. Troy Kickler, founding director of the N.C. History Project, during…

  • Academics: North Carolina Voters Lose In Redistricting Battle

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and the resulting 4-4 philosophical divide among the remaining justices, likely swung Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision not to issue a stay in North Carolina’s congressional redistricting case, say several political science professors who follow the electoral process. The General Assembly’s decision substituting…

  • Mapmakers Removing Race From New Congressional Districts

    Members of the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting sparred for 4 ½ hours Tuesday in a meeting featuring mostly party-line votes and intense reactions from stunned Democrats after Republican leaders declared they would omit any and all racial considerations when redrawing congressional districts. Passions rose when Republicans said their…

  • Legislators Get An Earful At Redistricting Hearings

    Voters, candidates, and political partisans exchanged sharply divided views and occasional vitriol Monday in a marathon public hearing about North Carolina congressional redistricting in the wake of a federal court decision placing the scheduled March 15 primary in jeopardy. Members of the General Assembly’s Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting…

  • Concierge Practice Gives Doc More Time With Patients

    Dr. Octavian Belcea thinks of himself as a medical throwback, the friendly family doctor who practices old-fashioned, comprehensive treatment of his patients and their families. He’s doing so using advanced medical technology in the state’s first-of-its-kind hybrid “concierge” Wakefield Family Medicine practice in north Raleigh. Just over a month ago…