Government

Budget update: Senators walk out, House drops lottery proposal

July 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Members of the N.C. Senate walked out of budget negotiations Wednesday morning after discovering House members had invited non-legislators − school superintendents and teachers − to speak during the meeting. Later in the day, the House agreed to drop its plan to raise money by increasing the advertising budget for the state lottery.

NC Senate drops plan that ties teacher raises to tenure

July 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

State Senate negotiators agreed to drop a proposal that would require teachers to give up tenure to receive pay raises. The state House and Senate still have not agreed on the size of teacher pay raises or how to pay for them.

Support for Libertartian nominee could influence Senate race

July 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Polls show Sean Haugh, North Carolina's Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, could draw eight to 11% of votes. While not enough to win the race, support for Haugh could affect the outcome of the race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis.

Legal battle over NC voting law begins

July 8, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Challengers to North Carolina's new voting law brought their legal fight to a U.S. district court judge in Winston-Salem on Monday. The law ends same-day voter registration, reduces the number of early voting days and requires that all voters show a photo ID.

College students join NAACP in challenge to voter ID law

July 7, 2014

(The New York Times)

Seven college students will join the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department in a challenge to North Carolina's voter ID law passed last year. The law tightens restrictions for voting, requires that voters show photo identification and eliminates the use of student ID cards as an acceptable form of photo ID. A hearing today could decide whether to delay the law until a judge determines if it is constitutional. 

State Medicaid office still troubled

July 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory's efforts to fix North Carolina's broken Medicaid program have fallen short, as the understaffed agency has dealt with troubled computer software programs that provide unreliable data. 

House, Senate move closer to budget compromise

July 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

N.C. House and Senate budget writers reached a compromise on Medicaid spending but remain deadlocked over how to improve teacher pay. The House plan gives teachers an average 5% pay increase and maintains teacher tenure while the Senate plan proposes an 11% pay increase and ends tenure.

Senate blocks McCrory's "Carolina Comeback"

July 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Pat McCrory's attempt to rebound from a tough first year in office has been stymied by the N.C. Senate.

Rucho pushes for a veto override

July 2, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho is pushing for lawmakers to override Gov. McCrory's veto of of a bill on unemployment insurance. The bill, among other things, would require benefit recipients to report more job searches and show photo ID.

Senate rejects budget without a vote

July 1, 2014

(News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a rare legislative maneuver, the N.C. Senate rejected the House's education-focused budget on Monday without even holding a vote.