Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

NC Republicans write backing Virginia gun "sanctuary" effort

Jan. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing solidarity with local governments in Virginia that have spoken out formally in recent months for gun rights. About 50 members of the state House Republican Caucus -- including Speaker Tim Moore — signed a...

N Carolina Medicaid expansion advocates 'mad' as bill idles

Jan. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea. The General Assembly met Tuesday for a session in which...

Impasse continues over state budget, pay after brief session

Jan. 14, 2020 5:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly fell short on Tuesday trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget, ensuring their spending impasse will extend into spring and perhaps longer. On a party-line vote, the Senate failed to...

Budget override tops North Carolina Senate GOP wish list

Jan. 13, 2020 12:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returns to Raleigh briefly on Tuesday with a short to-do list, topped by another Republican attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget more than six months ago. Senate GOP leaders announced on Monday they'll again put...

Retired Rep. Michaux joining North Carolina Senate briefly

Jan. 13, 2020 12:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Retired state Rep. Mickey Michaux, whose service in the North Carolina House covered more than 45 years, was appointed on Monday to the state Senate to serve in Tuesday's legislative session. Gov. Roy Cooper's appointment of Michaux could give Senate Democrats more security in their...

N Carolina GOP legislators make late pitch to keep photo ID

Jan. 10, 2020 2:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers made a last-minute plea on Friday to a federal judge as they seek to save a photo identification requirement to vote that had been set to begin with the March primary. The GOP legislative leaders already have been turned away by U.S. District Judge...

Sen. McKissick resigns to take NC Utilities Commission post

Jan. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A veteran North Carolina legislator has resigned from the state Senate more than two months after the General Assembly confirmed his appointment to the Utilities Commission. Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr. of Durham tendered his Senate resignation — effective Tuesday afternoon...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2001, file frame from video provided by C-SPAN, Thomas Hofeller speaks during an event at the Republican National Committee in Washington. Thousands of formerly confidential documents and emails that influenced the outcome of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit have been made public. A judge has yet to decide whether others should stay confidential. (C-SPAN via AP, File)

Daughter of late redistricting guru reveals more of his work

Jan. 6, 2020 6:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of formerly confidential documents and emails that influenced the outcome of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit have been made public. A judge has yet to decide whether others should stay confidential. The documents and emails belonging to the late Thomas Hofeller were placed...

In this Sept. 7, 2019 photo, Kevin Cherry, deputy director of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, guides visitors through an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, at the State Capitol in Raleigh, NC. The exhibit titled,

Exhibit highlights NC's discomfort with 19th Amendment

Dec. 25, 2019 9:03 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has a less-than-friendly history with the 19th Amendment, as a small exhibit traveling the state to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage makes clear. The exhibit includes the jacket of the first suffrage bill filed in 1897, indicating it was sent to a...

North Carolina House budget-writer Johnson won't run again

Dec. 19, 2019 2:18 PM EST

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state Rep. Linda Johnson, one of the House's chief budget-writers, announced Thursday she wouldn't seek reelection next year and endorsed an aide to succeed her. Johnson, a Republican first elected to the House in 2000, rose through the chamber's ranks and became a...