Latest Phil Berger News

University leaders plead for NC budget stalemate to end

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina campuses -- including students and employees -- could suffer if the extended state budget impasse isn't resolved soon, system President Bill Roper said Friday. A two-year budget that was supposed to take effect last July 1 has never been enacted....

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...

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...

Federal judge to halt latest North Carolina voter ID mandate

Dec. 27, 2019 6:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican attempts to require photo identification to vote in North Carolina are being thwarted again by judges hearing arguments that the mandate is tainted by bias that would deter black and Latino residents. A federal court announced that next week U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper responds during an interview at the Governor's mansion in Raleigh, N.C. Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. During a year-end interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Cooper cited successes in recruiting companies and jobs to the state, reducing the number of opioid deaths and moving the state toward cleaner energy during the third year of his term. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

N Carolina governor's vetoes may be remembered most in '19

Dec. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. During a year-end interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Cooper cited successes in recruiting companies and jobs to the...

Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

NC Senate majority leader Brown won’t seek 9th term

Nov. 27, 2019 4:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The majority leader of the North Carolina State Senate says he will not seek re-election. A letter from Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office on Wednesday says Onslow County Republican Sen. Harry Brown announced on a radio show this week that he felt it’s the appropriate...

FILE -In this Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Rep. John Bell, left, and Rep. Jason Saine confer as the N.C. General Assembly reconvenes for a special session in Raleigh, N.C. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican leaders battled to a draw as the North Carolina legislature ended the second-longest annual session in state history this month without a conventional state budget on the books. Now it may take the 2020 elections to help break their partisan deadlock. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Stalemate still on as N Carolina legislature ends this year

Nov. 26, 2019 11:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked. It may take the November 2020...