News Reports (Page 9)

  • Senate finalizes two more veto overrides

    The N.C. Senate voted to override two of Gov. Roy Cooper’s remaining vetoes during a Wednesday evening session. With total debate time of less than 20 minutes and party-line votes of 30-9, both measures became law. Cooper had objected to House Bill 140‘s expansion of permitted credit insurance. “It…

  • Will Obamacare collapse, or will feds put it on life support?

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Health policy experts disagree whether significant free-market reforms can supplant Obamacare despite the program’s rocky decline. During a panel discussion Monday at the State Policy Network annual convention, they agreed congressional Republicans are unlikely to honor seven years of promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care…

  • Senate redistricting plan squeaks through House committee

    State House and Senate election maps cleared additional committees today, though the Senate map faced a close split in the House Redistricting Committee. That map heads next to the House floor, while the full Senate will consider the House election map. The House committee approved the Senate map, 18-15, after…

  • House, Senate pass redistricting plans

    New redistricting maps passed the House and Senate during a special session, but both chambers postponed voting on veto overrides. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the General Assembly to redraw legislative district maps after ruling nine Senate districts and 19 House districts were racially gerrymandered. A three-judge U.S.

  • Should a light shine on donors to nonprofits?

    Paul Gessing wanted to pop the top on the soda tax in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That was all.  The president of the libertarian Rio Grande Foundation never planned to file a lawsuit against the city. But when Santa Fe elected officials accused him of violating a campaign finance ordinance…

  • Ignoring race in redistricting could backfire on GOP, scholar says

    Republicans chose to shun race as a consideration in remapping 28 legislative districts federal courts have deemed racial gerrymanders. Relying so heavily on that strategy might backfire as the case moves forward, a constitutional scholar says. While the GOP’s eventual goal is to maintain its supermajority…

  • Johnson: N.C. public education must embrace innovation

    North Carolina’s education system is outdated, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says. Johnson, a Republican and former member of the Winston Salem/Forsyth County school board, in November ousted incumbent Democratic Superintendent June Atkinson.   North Carolina is stuck in the past, and…