Latest Phil Berger News

Already delayed, N. Carolina primary could now move to June

Jan. 17, 2022 18:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators on Monday announced plans to attempt to further delay the already postponed state primary, responding to worries about timing should the state Supreme Court strike down recent redistricting plans. The legislature will...

Recusals sought as remapping case moves to NC Supreme Court

Jan. 12, 2022 22:42 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The legal fight over North Carolina's redistricting plans shifted quickly to the state Supreme Court the day after trial judges refused to throw out the new maps. By Wednesday, nearly half of the justices had been asked by lawyers to stay out of upcoming deliberations because...

After recusal delays, NC court hears amendments case Feb. 14

Jan. 10, 2022 16:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court has rescheduled oral arguments for next month in a case over whether two amendments to the state constitution should be voided because legislators who approved the ballot referendums were elected from racially biased districts. ...

2 N. Carolina justices won't step away from voter ID case

Jan. 07, 2022 20:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina Supreme Court justices — the son of a powerful legislator among them — said on Friday they won't step away from hearing a case that challenges a pair of constitutional amendments, one of which mandates photo voter identification. ...

Little time to rule as N. Carolina remapping trial begins

Jan. 03, 2022 18:13 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A fast-moving redistricting trial began Monday, designed to determine whether North Carolina's new congressional and legislative maps contain unlawful gerrymanders that must be redrawn or otherwise can be used in this year's elections. Three state trial judges...

NC voter ID trial delayed as US Supreme Court examines case

Dec. 31, 2021 14:17 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal trial set for January on litigation challenging North Carolina's voter photo identification law has been delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether legislative leaders should be permitted to help defend the law in court. The Supreme...

Lower taxes, police mental health focus begin in NC in 2022

Dec. 31, 2021 13:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lower state income taxes and stronger mandates addressing the mental health of law enforcement officers in North Carolina take effect with the new year. Among the roughly 20 laws going into effect in whole or in part starting Saturday are the start of a...

Recusal order means NC voter ID case should soon resume

Dec. 30, 2021 18:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court has declared there are two paths that an individual justice can take when weighing a request to be removed from hearing a case due to an alleged conflict of interest. The order, filed last week by the state Supreme Court but...

Top NC senator backing bill requiring appeals court votes

Dec. 30, 2021 15:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers could advance legislation soon that would require state appellate judges to disclose publicly how they voted privately on orders issued by their courts, the state Senate's top leader said Thursday. The proposal follows a...

After impasse, N. Carolina politicians make big deals in '21

Dec. 29, 2021 09:40 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the year draws to a close in politically divided North Carolina, hostilities have eased somewhat between the Democratic governor and majority-Republican lawmakers, both of whom recently agreed on a comprehensive budget more than three years after the last...