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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. June 7, 2021. Editorial: Coach K’s legacy Of all the commercials that have made cheeky pitches for light beer over the years, this one is a classic: A man hitches a limo ride in an airport lobby — and he...

NC Republicans finally agree on next year's spending total

Jun. 08, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in the North Carolina legislature have finally agreed on how much they want to spend on state government next year, loosening a fiscal knot that delayed House and Senate budget work for weeks. GOP leaders in the two chambers have set...

Appeals court: GOP lawmakers can't join NC voter ID lawsuit

Jun. 07, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge didn't step over the line when she refused to let North Carolina's legislative leaders formally defend the state's latest photo identification voting law with other state government attorneys, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. A...

NC House votes to do away with extra jobless benefits early

Jun. 03, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina would do away with the $300-per-week supplemental benefits for the unemployed provided by the federal government during the pandemic in legislation approved Thursday by the state House. The roughly 245,000 people in North Carolina...

NC Republicans threaten different avenues on framing budget

Jun. 03, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House and Senate Republicans still unable to settle on a dollar figure for spending threatened on Thursday to go their separate ways on how to develop a state government budget. GOP leaders in the two chambers remain well apart on a...

Senate Republicans ready to block Cooper environment chief

Jun. 02, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's pick to lead the state's environmental agency appears doomed in the state Senate, where Republicans on a key committee formally opposed the Democrat's choice on Wednesday. The Senate Agriculture, Energy and...

State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

May. 29, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teachers and professors in Idaho will be prevented from “indoctrinating” students on race. Oklahoma teachers will be prohibited from saying certain people are inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Tennessee schools will risk losing...

Budget impasse among NC Republicans breeds impatience

May. 27, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — House and Senate Republican leaders are growing impatient as bargaining over an early milestone in the budget process has slowed work at the North Carolina General Assembly. GOP negotiators in both chambers said this week that they remained ...

With most work done, NC legislative deadline passes quietly

May. 13, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina General Assembly parliamentary deadline designed to pare down what bills will be considered through 2022 passed quietly Thursday without the last-day clamor of previous biennial sessions. The Senate debated and voted on fewer than...

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

May. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago. But right now...