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  • Regular session complete, lawmakers head back to Raleigh in August

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 739: North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned their regular “long” session, but that doesn’t mean they have finished work for the year. They plan to return to Raleigh in early August and again in September. Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, explains why lawmakers have…

  • Cooper, legislators offer wildly divergent views of same budget

    Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders seemed to be discussing two different documents when they spoke to reporters this week about the General Assembly’s budget conference report. Cooper lashed out at legislative Republicans on Tuesday, calling their compromise $23 billion spending plan possibly “the most fiscally irresponsible budget I…

  • SCOTUS temporarily blocks 2017 legislative elections

    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court’s order requiring the General Assembly to redraw legislative districts by March 15 and holding special legislative elections this year. The order blocks a ruling from the U.S. Middle District Court until the Supreme Court acts on the appeal. The justices could choose…

  • Turnout will suffer in 2017 NCGA election, court admits

    Low voter turnout is one of several challenges resulting from a court order setting a deadline to redraw legislative districts and establish special legislative elections next year. Judge James Wynn Jr., who sits on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote the opinion throwing out the current legislative districts…

  • Governor’s race undecided in otherwise big GOP night

    A stunning election night ended with several election races — including the contest for governor — unresolved, even as Republicans Donald Trump and Richard Burr scored significant victories and the GOP retained its supermajority status in the General Assembly. In the race for governor, Democratic Attorney…

  • Hedrick, Potts fight for open Davidson County House seat

    Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 — a lot more registered Republicans. That’s the situation his Democratic challenger Andy Hedrick seeks to overcome Tuesday. Potts and Hedrick are battling to replace retired state Rep. Rayne Brown,…

  • Education central issue in competitive Senate District 18

    For Democrats to reduce the Republicans’ dominance of the General Assembly, they’re going to have to pick up districts such as Senate 18 in Franklin and eastern Wake counties. The district features an incumbent Republican senator in Chad Barefoot, who faces locally known Democrat Gil Johnson. The two candidates make…

  • Education policy key issue in House District 88

    The race for North Carolina’s House District 88 is a hotly contested showdown between two-term Republican Rep. Rob Bryan and Democratic newcomer Mary Belk, a Charlotte native who says Bryan’s policy decisions are disconnected from the district’s needs. Bryan is a commercial real estate attorney and former Teach for America…