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Common Cause rejects request for new N.C. Supreme Court redistricting hearing as ‘frivolous’

Left-of-center activist group Common Cause is urging the N.C. Supreme Court to reject a new hearing in the Harper v. Hall redistricting case. In paperwork filed Monday, Common Cause labels the request from Republican state legislative leaders a “frivolous petition.”

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Carolina Journal’s Donna King analyzes debate over Leandro education funding

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the debate over funding the Leandro education spending plan in North Carolina. King offered these comments during the Jan. 27, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

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Legislative Democrats file abortion bills; some House Dems have not signed on

On Thursday morning, North Carolina Democrats held a press conference introducing legislation to codify abortion protections into state law. The legislation is based on two U.S. Supreme Court cases that were overturned, Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).

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Hall introduces bill forcing sheriffs to cooperate with ICE

On Wednesday, Rep. Destin Hall, R-Caldwell, introduced a bill to require N.C. sheriffs to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) if they cannot confirm the citizenship status of someone in their custody accused of serious felonies and violent crimes.

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Legalizing medical marijuana is first bill filed in NC Senate

Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, has filed the NC Compassionate Care Act (S. B. 3), a bill that legalizes medical marijuana. It was the first bill filed in North Carolina’s state Senate on Wednesday, the first day of bill filing. Sens. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, and Paul Lowe, D-Forsyth are also primary sponsors. Earlier this year,...

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State legislature to return for business on Wednesday

After November's midterm elections, Republicans in the Senate have a supermajority, and in the House, Republicans are one vote shy of a supermajority. The partisan make up means that a careful attendance numbers game will likely play a prominent role in this session.

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