Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo, Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore, left, and Sen. Phil Berger hold a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. The two powerful state lawmakers  want President Donald Trump and Joe Biden to have an extra presidential debate. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Top state lawmakers want a presidential debate in N.C.

Aug. 7, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — At a time when many voters are growing weary of the contentious campaign ads that have flooded the airwaves, North Carolina’s top legislative leaders want even more political drama in the swing state. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore wrote in a joint letter...

N.C. Rep. Destin Hall named to share duties on rules panel

Aug. 3, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A second-term North Carolina Republican legislator is moving up the state House leadership ladder by taking some of the reins of the powerful House Rules Committee. Speaker Tim Moore announced on Monday that Rep. Destin Hall of Caldwell County will co-chair the committee with veteran...

TV stations pull attack ad in North Carolina Senate race

Aug. 1, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina television stations have pulled a Republican attack ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham off the air after his campaign said the ad wasn't truthful. The Charlotte Observer reports the National Republican Senatorial Committee paid for the ad. It...

Departing N.C. Rep. McGrady is transportation board choice

Jul. 31, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another North Carolina legislator is resigning before the two-year General Assembly term ends. Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County is one of House Speaker Tim Moore's appointments to a reconfigured state Board of Transportation. Moore announced on Friday that he was...

FILE - The Rev. Billy Graham speaks during the Mission Metroplex at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, in a Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002 file photo. A North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday, July 30, 2020 approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to represent the state in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Panel approves model of Billy Graham statue for US Capitol

Jul. 30, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislative committee has approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to replace one of a former governor and white supremacist who currently represents the state in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall. The Legislature’s Statuary Hall...

North Carolina state Rep. Conrad to resign this week

Jul. 29, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Four-term North Carolina state Rep. Deborah Conrad will resign her seat this week, with the possibility of returning to Raleigh soon as a lobbyist. Conrad, a Forsyth County Republican, wrote Speaker Tim Moore on Tuesday about her decision to step down on Friday. Conrad announced...

Cooper-Suggs to succeed Farmer-Butterfield in N.C. House

Jul. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A retired educator and county Democratic Party chairwoman will serve out the term of former North Carolina state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and seek her own two-year term in the fall. Democratic activists in Wilson County meeting on Saturday selected Linda Cooper-Suggs to fill the...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Rep. David Lewis speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Republican lawmaker who played a prominent role in North Carolina’s redistricting process announced on Friday, July 24, 2020, he will not seek reelection this fall and will instead retire from his post at the end of the year. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Republican who had prominent role in redistricting to retire

Jul. 24, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who played a prominent role in North Carolina’s redistricting process announced Friday that he will not seek reelection this fall and will instead retire from his post at the end of the year. Citing a “great personal sacrifice and loss of valuable...

Lieutenant governor primary runner-up to leave Senate early

Jul. 20, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state Sen. Andy Wells, who finished second in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in March, announced on Monday he's leaving his legislative seat before his term expires. Wells, 65, served in the House for one term before getting elected to the Senate in 2014....

Craven appointed to fill out Tillman's term in N.C. Senate

Jul. 17, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A banking executive was appointed on Friday to the North Carolina Senate, succeeding the retired Sen. Jerry Tillman. Gov. Roy Cooper formally named Dave Craven to fill out the seat that Tillman vacated on June 30. He'll serve out the remainder of Tillman's term through Dec. 31. State...