Poll Watch: 2024 hypothetical primaries for governor

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.

New report looks at unaffiliated voters

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.

2023 Senate leadership posts announced

Sen. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, is getting a promotion next year as his Republican colleagues elected him to serve as Senate majority leader.

Sales tax hikes voted down in five NC counties

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.

Cooper announces picks for new UNC commission

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.

More wrangling in solar tax credit legal dispute

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.

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Legislative committee rooms get facelift

Several of the Legislative Building’s most heavily used committee rooms are getting a long-overdue face lift ahead of the 2023 long session.

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Get to know N.C. Rep. John Autry

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.

Stein wants lenders to help Pink Energy customers

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.

Groups criticize NC pension fund's ties to corporate landlord

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.

Starring role for NC's McHenry in crypto hearings

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.

Three counties that flipped blue to red in 2022 election

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.

New election equipment rules could be rejected

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.

Revenue challenges at N.C. Industrial Commission

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.

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Get to know Rep.-elect Ken Fontenot

For Wilson County’s new legislator, the second time was the charm.

OAH expands to open Onslow County location

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.

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Moore says four Democrats might vote with GOP

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.

Pikeville could come off Folwell's naughty list

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.

Sine die ceremony could be coming in December

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.

House panel looks to change school calendars

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.

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Berger floats possibility of an abortion compromise next year

Abortion will clearly be one of the most contentious – and hardest to predict – issue that the legislature will tackle next year.

Stein involved in massive Google privacy settlement

North Carolina will get a $17.6 million share from a $391.5 million multi-state settlement with Google over its locating tracking practices.

New report critical of Certificate of Need law

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.

Democrats' setbacks contributed to losses in two key districts

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.

No concession yet in key House race

Another N.C. House candidate where the vote tallies are close said Thursday that he’s not yet ready to concede defeat.

DPS says it's facing major staffing shortages

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.

Tillis talks inflation solutions, 2024 plans

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.”

Tillis negotiating with Democrats on immigration bill

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.

A look at the demographics of the 2023 legislature

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.

Five takeaways from Tuesday's election results

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:

GOP confident it can get a Democrat on vetoes

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.

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Legislative leaders discuss possible action on tax cuts, redistricting, abortion

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.”

Meet your other new state legislators

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.

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What the legislature's new power dynamic means for 2023

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.

N.C. History: Trailblazing attorney honored

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.

Ad Watch: Business issues surface in attacks

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.

PBS NC axes popular political talk show

Just days before the midterm election, PBS North Carolina’s new leader has canceled the station’s only remaining political talk show.

Supreme Court says Chemours lawsuit can continue

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.

NC's strangest legislative race

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.

Ad Watch: Is Sen. Sydney Batch an 'independent'?

Democrats running in highly competitive suburban races this year are going to great lengths to paint themselves as moderates.

Bell to join Cooper's UNC commission

House Majority Leader John Bell has agreed to serve on Gov. Roy Cooper’s new commission exploring possible changes to UNC System governance.

EPA awards funding for air quality monitoring

North Carolina will get about $1 million of $53.4 million grants announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor air quality.

Democrats post $11 million fundraising haul

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.

Ranking N.C. Senate races by the money spent

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.

Campaign Spotlight: District 18

I’ll admit this district wasn’t on my list of competitive seats until I started seeing campaign ads in recent weeks.

Cooper drops Rules Review Commission lawsuit

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.

Cooper creates commission to consider UNC board changes

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.

Surveying views on transportation revenue

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.

Cooper's big role in fundraising

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.

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State parties bankrolling million-dollar legislative campaigns

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.

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