Archives: Dan Way

  • Judicial expert says partisan elections the best way to choose judges

    A special legislative committee studying constitutional changes to the way North Carolina selects judges would be wise to leave things alone. That’s the view of a national expert on judicial selection methods who spoke at a Tuesday teleconference for reporters and judicial analysts. Chris Bonneau says…

  • Frustration crosses party lines over DHHS failure to create watchdog

    Legislative Republicans and Democrats bristled at excuses Department of Health and Human Services officials gave Tuesday over their failure to create a mandated watchdog program. “Do you understand how frustrating this is for the members of the General Assembly? Three years now we have required the…

  • Judicial reform committee meeting dominated by cross-talk

    Couples therapy might be dissolving into irreconcilable differences after Thursday’s bumpy initial meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting. During more than three hours of presentations and questioning, Democrats and Republicans often seemed to talk past one another, unlike the more collegial…

  • House passes GenX bill, but Senate willing to wait before acting

    House Republicans beat back several attempts Wednesday by Democrats to expand the regulatory scope of a bill dealing with the GenX contaminant dumped into the lower Cape Fear River region, as the measure passed 116-0. But a more formidable challenge to House Bill…

  • Lawmakers: Acupuncture board’s actions could be illegal restraint of trade

    A pair of North Carolina occupational licensing boards warring over who may lawfully use acupuncture needles for treatment and therapy could thrust the state into another constitutional embarrassment, state Sen. Andy Wells said Tuesday. The N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board and the N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners have taken turns…

  • N.C. sees ‘surge’ in retirement plan earnings, treasurer says

    President Trump has been urging Americans to check their 401(k) retirement plans for gains, but individuals aren’t alone in benefiting from the strong economy. State Treasurer Dale Folwell says the state is “seeing a surge” in retirement plan investment earnings for 2017. “We’re looking at a…

  • Stein, Saine announce measures targeting identity theft

    State Attorney General Josh Stein, already a leader of the national investigation involving the Equifax security breach, on Monday announced a probe of a widescale Uber data breach. Stein, a Democrat, made the announcement at a joint press conference with state…

  • Court ruling on legislative maps could come soon

    GREENSBORO — The three-judge federal panel handling the Covington v. North Carolina redistricting lawsuit did not say Friday which of the three legislative maps under consideration they preferred, or hint when they might issue an order. But they suggested the ruling could come soon. After hearing…

  • Analysts question whether voters would end judicial elections

    The Republican-led Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting on Wednesday rolled out a skeleton proposal for a constitutional amendment to switch from electing judges to a multistep appointment process. But political observers are skeptical the public would surrender the right to elect judges and pass a required referendum…