We’re only a few weeks out from the 2022 election, but there’s already a poll evaluating possible candidates for the 2024 governor’s race.
Several of North Carolina’s best-known political scientists released a new report Monday digging into the available data on the state’s unaffiliated voters.
Sen. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, is getting a promotion next year as his Republican colleagues elected him to serve as Senate majority leader.
Five counties across North Carolina had the worst political timing this year: They asked voters to raise local sales tax rates amid sky-high inflation.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced his appointments for his new Governor's Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina – and it’s a bipartisan group.
A long-running legal dispute over who qualified for solar tax credits seemed to be nearing its conclusion last year when the N.C. Department of Revenue reversed its position in a lawsuit with Integon National Insurance, a subsidiary of Allstate that used the tax credits.
Several of the Legislative Building’s most heavily used committee rooms are getting a long-overdue face lift ahead of the 2023 long session.
Rep. John Autry, D-Mecklenburg, is in his third term representing a section of Charlotte east of the city center. He’s known for sponsoring legislation on clean energy and other environmental issues as well as affordable housing.
Attorney General Josh Stein reached out Tuesday to five companies involved in financing home solar systems provided by the now-bankrupt Pink Energy. He urged them to suspend loan payments and interest for customers who never got a working solar power system from Pink Energy.
Progress Residential is among the national companies in the headlines for buying up single-family homes to convert to rental properties, driving up home prices and making it harder for first-time homebuyers to buy property.
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican from Lincoln County, could become one of the most influential members of Congress on cryptocurrency issues heading into next year.
While the outcome of the U.S. Senate race this year wasn’t all that different from 2020, three counties flipped from blue to red. Back then, Democrat Cal Cunningham won the most votes in Wilson, Nash and Anson counties – where Republican Ted Budd came out on top this year.
The Rules Review Commission will meet today to review regulations proposed by the State Board of Elections that would add restrictions on access to proprietary information about voting systems.
Speaking of budget shortfalls, the head of the N.C. Industrial Commission told lawmakers this week that it’s struggling to cover employee salaries from fee revenue alone.
For Wilson County’s new legislator, the second time was the charm.
The Office of Administrative Hearings has added a new satellite office in Onslow County to better handle cases in Eastern North Carolina. The expansion was funded by the state budget.
Needing just one vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes next year, House Speaker Tim Moore voiced optimism last week that he’ll have enough support from the minority party when he needs it.
In recent years, the N.C. Local Government Commission has acted frequently to take financial control of struggling small towns and local governments. Now it’s handing the car keys back to one town that will once again drive its own finances.
As the legislature opened yet another brief no-vote session Tuesday, House Speaker Tim Moore wants to see lawmakers show up to the final such session in December.
One of the most active interim legislative committees this year has been the House Select Committee on An Education System for North Carolina's Future. It’s held hearings all over the state and heard presentations on a broad range of education issues.
Abortion will clearly be one of the most contentious – and hardest to predict – issue that the legislature will tackle next year.
North Carolina will get a $17.6 million share from a $391.5 million multi-state settlement with Google over its locating tracking practices.
As negotiations over Certificate of Need regulations continue to tie up Medicaid expansion, the conservative Americans For Prosperity Foundation issued a report Monday criticizing the CON process for expanding health care infrastructure.
As election results nationally are increasingly a much better picture for Democrats that most everyone expected, North Carolina’s “Red Wave” results in legislative races seem like a mysterious outlier.
Another N.C. House candidate where the vote tallies are close said Thursday that he’s not yet ready to concede defeat.
Secretary of Public Safety Eddie Buffaloe sounded the alarm Thursday on major staffing vacancies facing the state’s juvenile detention facilities and law enforcement agencies.
I had a chance to chat more with Tillis after Thursday’s event. He told me last week’s election results were about what he’d expected, and while Washington will likely soon be facing a divided government again, “I’m still optimistic that we’ll get stuff done.”
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says he’s working on bipartisan immigration legislation that could help address the labor shortage by raising caps on guest worker programs.
This year’s election didn’t change the demographics of the legislature much, although Democrats did add to the number of women in their caucuses in both chambers.
Now that I’ve had some sleep and lots more caffeine after the election results came in, here’s some thoughts on the lessons we can learn from this year:
Will House Republicans be able to override vetoes from Gov. Roy Cooper next year even though they fell short of a supermajority? It depends who you talk to.
Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters on Wednesday that they don’t expect to hold any votes during the brief scheduled legislative sessions later this month and in December. Moore, who’d previously floated the idea of a December session for action on redistricting and/or Medicaid expansion, said “I don’t want to interfere with Christmas.”
There will be a lot of new legislators in January, and because many of them weren’t in competitive districts, odds are you haven’t heard much about them.
It’s safe to say North Carolina saw the expected “Red Wave” in Tuesday’s election. But it was the sort of wave that’s strong enough to knock someone down, but not quite strong enough to drag them completely underwater.
The UNC School of Law unveiled a portrait Friday that gives long some-overdue recognition to the school’s first Black female graduate, Sylvia X. Allen.
New mailers in a close Wilson House race claim that Republican candidate Ken Fontenot “took cash” from “out-of-state billionaires” who own Wilson Medical Center, which has been under investigation for patient care issues.
Just days before the midterm election, PBS North Carolina’s new leader has canceled the station’s only remaining political talk show.
Corporate restructuring can’t be a get out of jail free card for Chemours, the company responsible for PFAS contamination in the Cape Fear River, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled Friday.
One of the weirdest legislative races this year has been Guilford County’s House District 59, where redistricting put House Majority Whip Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, into a redrawn district where President Joe Biden got about 500 more votes than President Donald Trump.
Democrats running in highly competitive suburban races this year are going to great lengths to paint themselves as moderates.
House Majority Leader John Bell has agreed to serve on Gov. Roy Cooper’s new commission exploring possible changes to UNC System governance.
North Carolina will get about $1 million of $53.4 million grants announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor air quality.
Yesterday we reported on the N.C. Republican Party’s third-quarter fundraising and spending. As of Thursday, we have the N.C. Democratic Party’s numbers for comparison.
Which N.C. Senate districts will be the most competitive on Tuesday? For an idea, we can look to how the N.C. Senate Majority Fund is spending the $7.47 million it’s raised this cycle.
I’ll admit this district wasn’t on my list of competitive seats until I started seeing campaign ads in recent weeks.
Ahead of a scheduled hearing in Wake County Superior Court, Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration is dropping a lawsuit that challenged the composition of the N.C. Rules Review Commission.
Ever since the legislature created a board to oversee the state’s university system in the 1970s, it has given itself the power to appoint every single member of the UNC Board of Governors.
As state transportation officials consider their options for increasing revenue to fund roads and other projects, a State Board of Transportation subcommittee heard results Wednesday from a public opinion survey conducted by the N.C. State University Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
The N.C. Democratic Leadership Committee (the fundraising committee for Democrats on the Council of State) spent $2.18 million in the second quarter, almost all of it funneled to Gov. Roy Cooper’s campaign committee.
The latest round of campaign finance reports were due Tuesday, and they’ve been trickling into the State Board of Elections’ online database – giving us a better sense for the most expensive races as Election Day looms.