Is N.C. House District 119 an exception to the rule?

The electoral winds are blowing behind the Republican Party in 2022. Thanks to high inflation, an economy that isn’t serving all sectors of society, and the inevitable losses faced by the party of the president in a midterm, this will almost certainly be a good year for Republicans running for the N.C. General Assembly. All else being equal, districts with even the slightest red hue are expected to land safely into Republican hands in 2022. But, what about the districts where all else isn’t necessarily equal?

Health Care

Hemp entrepreneur looks ahead after legalization legislation

Tribune and Business North Carolina magazine publisher Ben Kinney interviewed Louis Rubio, co-founder and CEO of Hemp Generation, a Cary-based hemp brand and retailer.

Medicaid expansion prospects grow dim

A few weeks ago, Gov. Roy Cooper voiced optimism that a compromise to expand Medicaid could be reached by the end of July.

Last COVID executive order from Cooper?

Not that long ago, every new COVID-19 executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper would be accompanied by a press conference and lots of news coverage. Cooper’s latest such order – and possibly his last – was issued quietly on Friday without even a news release.

Budget & Taxes

Budget Spotlight: Bridge namings

There’s two ways to get a state-maintained bridge named in someone’s honor. One involves getting a resolution passed by the State Board of Transportation, which routinely approves bridge and highway namings.

Big grants for rural utility needs

Gov. Roy Cooper announced $789.4 million in new water and sewer infrastructure funding for 385 projects across the state, and the price tags on some of the smallest projects are eye-popping.

Budget earmarks for Democrats make for smoother passage

With the new budget signed into law, photos are popping up on social media of legislators traipsing through their districts with oversized checks, not unlike the Publishers Clearing House prize patrol.

Education

Chamber disputes "business leaders" effort

The NC Chamber says it shouldn’t be linked as a supporter of transferring $785 million to fund North Carolina’s Leandro education-funding plan. An amicus brief last week listed the group’s chair, Sepi Saidi, among more than 50 business leaders who want the N.C. Supreme Court to require the transfer, which is opposed by the state’s Republican political leadership.

Business leaders weigh in on Leandro

A group of more than 50 business leaders filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the Leandro education funding lawsuit, urging the N.C. Supreme Court to uphold a lower court’s decision to order the transfer of $785 million from the state’s treasury to fund the remedial plan in the case to fund a “sound basic education.”

UNC System leader gets a big bonus

While the state’s community college system board reportedly encouraged President Thomas Stith to resign this week, the UNC System Board of Governors seems to be quite happy with its leader.

Elections

Racist literacy test still stuck in constitution

Another legislative session is over. Sure, the legislature will come back once a month or so to tie up loose ends, but the lion’s share of legislative action is complete. And, any notion of a constitutional amendment on the 2022 ballot is, for all intents and purposes, over.

Is N.C. House District 119 an exception to the rule?

The electoral winds are blowing behind the Republican Party in 2022. Thanks to high inflation, an economy that isn’t serving all sectors of society, and the inevitable losses faced by the party of the president in a midterm, this will almost certainly be a good year for Republicans running for the N.C. General Assembly. All else being equal, districts with even the slightest red hue are expected to land safely into Republican hands in 2022. But, what about the districts where all else isn’t necessarily equal?

Follow The Money: Legislative leaders

Legislative leaders are typically some of the biggest campaign fundraisers, using their prominence to raise cash that can be distributed to the most competitive campaigns.