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NC Sen. Newton new majority leader; Berger gets nod again

Nov. 28, 2022 22:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incoming and returning Republicans to the North Carolina Senate chose on Monday a key lawmaker on tax, voting and energy issues to become the chamber's majority leader for the next two years. The Senate Republican Caucus, meeting privately, elected Sen. Paul...

NC Democrats' parity in Congress delegation may be fleeting

Nov. 28, 2022 11:31 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrats celebrated winning what was billed as North Carolina's lone toss-up race for the U.S. House this month, as state Sen. Wiley Nickel’s narrow victory over Republican Bo Hines in the 13th Congressional District helped weaken any national GOP midterm wave. ...

Anti-transgender legislation resonates on Day of Remembrance

Nov. 20, 2022 20:26 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Persistent efforts by North Carolina's legislature to restrict transgender lives cast a shadow over Callum Bradford as he grew up in Chapel Hill, following him through his journey of self-discovery, coming out and obtaining the gender-affirming health care the 16-year-old...

Tim Moore poised to win record 5th term as NC House speaker

Nov. 18, 2022 17:16 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Speaker Tim Moore is again the choice of North Carolina state House Republicans to lead the chamber for the next two years after an internal vote Friday that should bring him history-making longevity at the top. Reelected or new Republican winners of House...

Cooper veto power still intact as NC GOP gains limited

Nov. 09, 2022 18:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans appeared to fall just short of gaining a large enough majority in the state's General Assembly elections to override Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on their own. But, their seat gains eroded further the Democrats' ability to block bills on abortion and...

NC legislators: Medicaid expansion efforts pushed to 2023

Nov. 09, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday that they're shuttling the idea of Medicaid expansion to 2023, rather than attempting to negotiate a bill that could be voted on before the General Assembly's current two-year edition ends in December. ...

Republicans retake control of North Carolina Supreme Court

Nov. 09, 2022 12:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two Republicans running for seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court beat their Democratic opponents Tuesday, flipping the partisan makeup of the high court in Republicans’ favor for the first time since 2016. Republicans now hold a 5-2 majority on the panel. ...

North Carolina high court backs move forcing school spending

Nov. 04, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A local North Carolina judge had the power to transfer large amounts of taxpayer dollars from government coffers to state agencies to carry out a plan to address longstanding education inequities, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. In another landmark...

Cooper ends suit challenging powerful NC rules panel

Nov. 01, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has quietly ended his litigation challenging the constitutionality of a powerful state commission that scrutinizes state agency rules, days before it was heading to court. Cooper's private attorneys filed paperwork last Friday...

NC governor wants changes to how UNC governing boards chosen

Nov. 01, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced a new commission tasked with making recommendations on changing how the boards guiding the University of North Carolina system and its 17 member schools are chosen, bidding to broaden their membership by political leanings, race and...