Category: North Carolina

  • State-Owned Railroad Won’t Share Records

    The state-owned North Carolina Railroad Company, which has become a major financial player in the evolving Greensboro-Randolph Megasite in Randolph County, has refused numerous requests from Carolina Journal to turn over records that might reveal where it obtained millions of dollars to complete recent land purchases. CJ first asked on…

  • Proposed Amendment Would Allow Younger Officeholders

    Younger North Carolinians would be able to run for office under a proposed constitutional amendment filed in the state House. Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanley, has proposed an amendment to the N.C. Constitution lowering the eligibility age for many elected offices from 21 to 18. House Bill 990, if passed…

  • Syrian Refugees in N.C. Still Cannot Be Tracked

    The federal government relocated more Syrian refugees to North Carolina in the last six months than it did the previous 22 months, even as Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th District, continue to warn that the screening process for admission to the United States remains broken, posing potential…

  • Election Official: Overturning Voter ID Decision Will Be Tough

    Several parties on the losing side of the Monday’s federal court decision upholding North Carolina’s 2013 election reforms wasted little time filing an appeal to the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder. The North Carolina NAACP announced Tuesday that it would appeal the decision by Schroeder, who dismissed all claims…

  • Judges, Academics Tackle Redistricting Reform

    North Carolina’s constantly shifting population and demographics, and the sour taste both Democrats and Republicans have experienced as a minority party with no meaningful role in the legislative redistricting process, could offer strong incentives to transform redistricting to a nonpartisan, independent commission model, a group of academics, analysts, and retired…

  • Analysts: United Healthcare’s Exit From N.C. Obamacare Exchange Ominous

    Concerns about a potential Obamacare death spiral and rapidly escalating insurance premium costs reignited with Tuesday’s announcement by UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurance company, that in 2017 it would pull out of most of the nation’s health exchanges — including North Carolina’s. Since Blue Cross and Blue Shield…

  • Charlotte’s 145th Airlift Wing Transitioning to C-17s

    If you live near Charlotte, you’ve probably heard and seen the big, gray-painted military cargo planes rumbling low overhead. They are the N.C. Air National Guard’s C-130s, and they have been a familiar sight over the Queen City for more than four decades. That could change soon, though, as part…

  • Managed-Care Group Calls for Medicaid Expansion

    The continuing calls to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act have a seemingly unlikely ally — Medicaid Health Plans of America, the trade association representing a number of top Medicaid managed care organizations. Some MHPA members likely will compete for contracts under the Medicaid reforms approved last year by…

  • Campaign dispatch, April 19, 2016: Elon Poll edition

    • A new Elon University Poll  of registered N.C. voters defies the conventional wisdom (and the media narrative) about House Bill 2: A near-majority (49 percent) said the state should not allow cities to mandate “ungendered” (my term) bathrooms, changing facilities, etc. 39 percent were OK with the…

  • Student BOG Member: Vulgar, Unfocused Protests Will Backfire

    As student protesters continue to wreak havoc at public meetings and expand their list of complaints against the University of North Carolina system’s leadership, they will do nothing but hurt their chances of being taken seriously, said student Zack King, outgoing president of UNC’s Association of Student Governments and ex-officio…