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North Carolina lawmakers go home, next return in January

Nov. 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has ended its brief return visit to Raleigh. The Senate and House adjourned on Friday, two days after reconvening. The Senate finalized a replacement map for the state’s congressional districts and elected Greensboro construction firm owner...

Congressional remap tops reconvened NC legislative session

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to redraw a new congressional district map for the 2020 elections after state judges determined the current U.S. House lines can’t be used because they’re likely unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Settling on a new...

Governor vetoes teacher pay bills, seeks higher raises

Nov. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, describing the increases as "paltry" and asking Republican legislators to work with him for higher salaries for teachers. The state shouldn't accept the inadequate raises approved last week by the GOP-controlled...

North Carolina Senate leader says lease transactions lawful

Nov. 6, 2019 2:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A powerful North Carolina legislator has been spending campaign money toward leasing a house he and his wife own in Raleigh, but state election officials have told Senate leader Phil Berger such transactions are lawful. A Berger campaign spokesman provided emails supporting the...

North Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The (Wilmington) StarNews on the Environmental Protection Agency rolling back federal rules on coal ash: Britain's Guardian newspaper reported not long ago on a speech by a petrochemical executive. He remarked that Donald Trump was one of the most...

North Carolina redistricting cases could offer map to others

Nov. 2, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina. Within four months, state judges hearing two...

NC legislature goes home, still without budget resolution

Oct. 31, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly went home on Thursday for a brief respite from Raleigh, still without the Republicans' original two-year budget bill enacted and an uncertain path forward on Medicaid after nine months of legislating this year. The House and Senate adjourned its...

NC Republicans offer educator pay carrots for veto override

Oct. 30, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators offered fresh carrots Wednesday for Democrats to join them in ending a four-month budget stalemate through even higher raises for public educators and staff should Gov. Roy Cooper's budget bill veto get overridden. House Speaker Tim Moore and...

North Carolina judges block current congressional map

Oct. 28, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain. The panel of three Superior...

N Carolina Senate leader: Democrats need to decide on budget

Oct. 28, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aiming to end a four-month budget stalemate without Gov. Roy Cooper, the North Carolina Senate's top Republican said Monday that now is the time Democratic colleagues must stand up and decide what "they're for and what they're against." Senate GOP members used a parliamentary procedure...