News Reports

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • A.G.’s top deputy supported legislative slush funds

    N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s selection for chief deputy attorney general wrote a legal memo supporting “contingency funds” that were outside legislative oversight in an opinion that seemed to be at odds with his boss at the time, Roy Cooper, who now is North Carolina’s governor. More than a…

  • BOE increases amount of money people can give to candidates

    RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections has increased the maximum amount individuals can give to a candidate from $5,100 to $5,200. The change comes as a result of broad election and campaign legislation passed in 2013. It instructs the state board to index the contribution limit based…