News Reports (Page 7)

  • State election/ethics board stays put, for now

    A legal battle between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders in the General Assembly over the creation of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is bypassing the Court of Appeals. The next stop is the N.C. Supreme Court. An order…

  • Folwell: State pension fund sets records

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell said Thursday the state pension fund grew over the second quarter of the year as its exposure to risk shrank. Pension fund assets were valued at a record $93.9 billion after all fees and expenses. That is up from $92.2 billion…

  • State education board appeals DPI ruling

    The State Board of Education isn’t finished fighting N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson in court. A three-judge Superior Court panel ruled last week in favor of Johnson, but the board is appealing that decision. In a special session last year, a…

  • N.C. Democrats, Cooper take the offensive

    Gov. Roy Cooper is determined to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, and he’s trying to raise as much money as possible to do it. A new initiative and a partnership with the state Democratic Party, Break the Majority, aims to…

  • U.S. steps up use of civil asset forfeiture, which is illegal in N.C.

    It soon will be easier for the feds to take your property, even if you’re not convicted of a crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that federal law officials will expand civil asset forfeiture, meaning they can more easily take your property without pressing criminal charges or following state laws. Civil asset forfeiture laws are the…

  • Many fights, few wins in Cooper’s first legislative session

    When Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina, he faced an uphill battle to fulfill any of his campaign promises. Republicans held a supermajority in the General Assembly, essentially taking away Cooper’s veto power — his main form of leverage. Then in a special session before Cooper was inaugurated, legislators passed several measures further limiting Cooper’s power. They removed the governor’s ability…

  • Cooper vetoes bill that newspaper industry has called a job killer

    Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would change the way local governments issue public notices and referred to the measure as an attack on newspapers. It was Cooper’s eighth veto this year. In his veto message, Cooper, a Democrat, said the Republican-led General Assembly “used the levers of big government to…

  • JLF: Special interest effect drives up cost of government

    Government is bigger and more expensive than it needs to be, thanks to an economic concept called the “special interest effect.” A recent John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains how the concept drives energy policy, health insurance mandates, and sugar subsidies. The report also suggests ways to fight negative consequences tied to…

  • Voucher supporters fire back at Duke Law School’s criticisms

    Backers of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income students continue to challenge a report from Duke University claiming the program doesn’t help scholarship recipients learn. A recent white paper from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a nonprofit that backs opportunity scholarships, charter schools and other forms of…