Archives: CJ Staff

  • Press release signals GOP arguments in gerrymandering trial

    Before mounting a defense in the Common Cause v. Lewis partisan gerrymandering trial, one lawmaker has issued a news release hinting at arguments he and fellow defendants are likely to make. “Dem ‘Expert’ Reports Are Sociological Gobbledygook,” reads the headline of the release from Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell. Hise…

  • Tucker team cites major gains on Tillis in new poll

    Republican U.S. Senate challenger Garland Tucker has made double-digit gains on incumbent Thom Tillis, according to new polling data from the Tucker camp. Tucker’s team is presenting the data in a series of private presentations to Republican donors. Two months after officially announcing his challenge of the first-term incumbent, Tucker…

  • Republican state Rep. Grange announces bid for governor

    State Rep. Holly Grange, a New Hanover County Republican, made it official. She’s running in 2020 for governor. Grange announced her bid Thursday, July 18, in a news release and video. Grange, who has served in the General Assembly since 2016, is a West Point graduate and served…

  • Roanoke Rapids might raise taxes to pay off theater debt

    Residents of Roanoke Rapids could vote soon to raise their local sales tax by a full percentage point. Money raised from the 1-cent tax increase would help pay off debt linked to the infamous Randy Parton Theatre. The N.C. House voted 98-17 on Wednesday, July 10, to approve…

  • Governor signs alcohol-related bills into law

    Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday, June 26, signed of pair of alcohol-related bills into law. House Bill 389 opens the way for universities to sell beer and wine at college sporting events.  Senate Bill 11 strengthens permitting rules…

  • Cooper again rebuffs legislature’s budget priorities

    UPDATED, 4:10 p.m., with a statement from Republican legislative leaders. In a news release issued Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper’s spokesman made it clear: Medicaid expansion must be part of any General Fund budget he signs. Cooper also rejected “corporate tax cuts, corporate tax cuts, unaccountable school vouchers, and the SCIF…

  • CJ’s Travis honored by The Fund for American Studies

    Carolina Journal Associate Editor Kari Travis was named one of two outstanding young alumna by The Fund for American Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based free-market educational nonprofit. A news release announcing the award said, “The Young Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/a who is 30 years of…

  • House fails to override Cooper’s veto of ‘born alive’ bill

    The N.C. House fell short Wednesday in its attempt to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 359, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act. The 67-53 tally was short of the 60-percent margin needed to reverse the governor. The Senate had voted in May to override Cooper. Two Democrats…