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  • ‘Nonpartisan’ district maps draw lawmakers’ ire

    A new unofficial congressional district map released Monday by a bipartisan panel of former state judges was not received warmly by the members of the General Assembly who have the legal authority to set election district lines. The proposal, a result of a joint project between Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy…

  • Appeals Court: Magistrates don’t have same guarantees as teachers

    At times, state law has granted pay raises to some classes of employees after they’ve been in a job for a certain amount of time. Can the General Assembly abolish such automatic raises proactively? The answer, according to the state’s second highest court, is “yes.” Magistrates’ pay is defined by statute. Under…

  • Surgeon: CON laws cost State Health Plan $250 million yearly

    A Durham orthopedic surgeon argues that the State Health Plan for public employees wastes a quarter-billion dollars annually because North Carolina’s certificate-of-need laws force patients to use hospital-based facilities instead of physician-operated outpatient surgery clinics. Dr. Richard Bruch, who is on the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association executive committee, issued that…

  • House Committee Backs Bill Boosting College Transparency

    A House committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would require the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to inform college applicants about the possible outcomes of a degree at any of the state’s public or private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 536, “Students Know Before You Go &…

  • Achievement School District Measure Passes House, Heads To Senate

    By a 60-49 vote, the state House on Thursday passed a bill that would temporarily remove five of North Carolina’s lowest-performing public schools from their districts, placing them instead under the supervision of an Achievement School District that would allow charter-like flexibility and management. House Bill 1080, which was…

  • McCrory Sues Justice Department; DOJ Responds In Kind

    Gov. Pat McCrory sued U.S. and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday, and within hours she countersued him, placing the state at the epicenter of the Obama administration’s national transgender rights agenda. McCrory is seeking an injunction and federal court order declaring North Carolina is not discriminating against the transgender…

  • Academics: DOJ Claims of H.B. 2 Discrimination A Legal Stretch

    The Obama administration is treading on thin legal ice in its effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory and the UNC system to eliminate the bathroom privacy provisions spelled out in House Bill 2, a Campbell University law professor says. On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to state…

  • Proposal To Expand Rural Mental Health Services Faces Obstacles

    McCrory administration officials say a plan to convert vacant beds at struggling rural hospitals into mental health and substance abuse crisis facilities would use money from the sale of the state’s Dorothea Dix property to alleviate a growing public health need. But even if the proposal is approved, it’s unclear…

  • House, Senate Budget Writers Agree On Spending Cap

    The General Assembly’s so-called short session may be brief indeed, as legislative budget writers have announced an agreement on a total General Fund spending level before either body has put its budget together. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, and Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, announced on Wednesday that they plan to hold…

  • House GOP Official: Presidential Race Will Drive Turnout

    Donald Trump is likely to win the Republican presidential nomination at or before the Cleveland nominating convention, and even though voters have soured on the candidates, the presidential race will drive turnout, a state Republican official says. “The mood is negative nationally. The mood is negative in the state,” Jim…