Archives: CJ Staff

  • New national poll shows support for school choice growing

    More than two-thirds of likely voters back letting parent use tax dollars to send children to the public or private school which best fits their needs, a new poll shows. The 67-percent support level is 4 percentage points higher than a similar poll taken a year ago. The…

  • U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear N.C., Maryland gerrymandering cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court finally may choose to decide how much partisan advantage is too much when a political party draws congressional districts. The justices agreed Friday to hear arguments in lawsuits involving the congressional maps in North Carolina and Maryland. Districts in both states had been declared unconstitutional by…

  • 9th Congressional District: latest developments

    Carolina Journal will post the most recent developments in the continuing dispute over the outcome of the 2018 race for North Carolina’s 9th U.S. Congressional District between Republican Rev. Mark Harris, Democrat Dan McCready, and Libertarian Jeff Scott. This story will be updated frequently. For CJ’s full coverage of the…

  • Cooper vetoes elections board and technical corrections bills

    As expected, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the General Assembly’s most recent attempt to restructure the state’s elections and ethics enforcement agencies. He also vetoed a “technical corrections” measure, rejecting two provisions in the catch-all legislation. The vetoes extend Cooper’s record. He has vetoed 28 bills since taking office…

  • House overrides Cooper veto; voter ID legislation becomes law

    The N.C. House voted 72-40 Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 824, legislation implementing a constitutional amendment mandating voters present approved state-approved photo identification. The Senate’s vote Tuesday was 32-13, so the measure will become law. Debate in the House broke along partisan lines. Republicans…

  • State elections board hearing on 9th Congressional District: Jan. 11

    The Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement announced Friday it plans to hold an evidentiary hearing Jan. 11, 2019, on alleged ballot irregularities in the race for an open seat in 9th Congressional District. In the announcement, Board Chairman Joshua Malcolm said details about location and…

  • Cooper vetoes voter ID bill; fate of elections board bill uncertain

    As expected, Gov. Roy Cooper Friday vetoed Senate Bill 824, a measure implementing the voter identification requirement enacted in November by voters in a constitutional referendum. In his veto message, Cooper called the measure “sinister and cynical.” “It was designed to suppress the rights of minority, poor and…

  • Senate sends bill implementing voter ID amendment to governor

    With little debate, the N.C. Senate Thursday morning sent Senate Bill 854, the measure implementing the constitutional amendment requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls, to Gov. Roy Cooper. The vote to concur with the amended House version of the bill was 25-7. Unlike the House debate…