Legislature

Rep. Jeff McNeely

Two NC House Republicans resign leadership positions in the wake of derogatory remarks

BY: - May 25, 2023

North Carolina House Republicans Jeff McNeely and Keith Kidwell have resigned leadership positions within their caucus in the wake of controversial statements each representative made last week. The resignations were first reported by Raleigh’s News & Observer. Republican House Majority Leader John Bell announced the resignations during a House session Thursday morning, the paper reported. […]

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Legislators advance bills giving more powers to prosecutors

BY: - May 25, 2023

Members of the Senate Rules Committee advanced two bills Thursday that would allow district attorneys to file a petition to modify a person’s probation and permit prosecutors to appoint at least one special investigator. House Bill 116 would allow district attorneys to recuse themselves from cases for “good cause” and permit each prosecutorial district across […]

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Proposal to authorize video gambling machines draws mixed reviews in state House committee

BY: - May 24, 2023

Representative Harry Warren (R-Rowan) has been trying for more than a decade to address the proliferation of video gambling machines that can be found in bars, restaurants and “sweepstakes parlors” across the state. Warren hopes this year with House Bill 512, he’s found a winner. The “Forgivable Loans/HBCU Supplemental Funding” bill, first discussed Tuesday in […]

Rep. Abe Jones on the House floor

State lawmaker was angered by colleague’s racist comments, but chose to forgive

BY: - May 24, 2023

A white, Republican colleague’s question about whether Rep. Abe Jones was admitted to Harvard University in 1970 because he was a minority and a track athlete was only the second time the Wake County Democrat had experienced such an encounter. The first incident occurred several years ago during a party at UNC Chapel Hill when […]

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NC Republicans prohibit the state joining an organization meant to keep voter rolls clean

BY: - May 18, 2023

State House and Senate Republicans agree that North Carolina will not join a multi-state effort to maintain accurate voter rolls.  Both chambers included provisions in their budget proposals that prohibit the state from participating in the Electronic Registration Information Center and eliminate what was to be next year’s $35,000 membership fee.  Republican states started abandoning […]

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NC Senate budget proposal receives bipartisan support, though Democrats’ amendments are sidelined

BY: - May 18, 2023

The Senate on Wednesday took a crucial 36-13 vote to pass its version of the next state budget, with seven Democrats joining Republicans in pushing the spending plan to its next phase.  After another vote scheduled for today, Senate and House negotiators will write a compromise version of the budget that the legislature will pass […]

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NC legislature overrides governor’s veto of abortion ban to make new restrictions law

BY: - May 16, 2023

Republican state legislators overturned Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a 12-week abortion ban Tuesday as hundreds of spectators packed the chamber galleries or watched from the hallway. Cooper’s veto was canceled in party-line votes in both the House and Senate. The GOP has veto-proof majorities in both chambers. Cooper dramatically vetoed Senate Bill 20 […]

DEQ again draws short straw in Senate version of budget

BY: - May 16, 2023

The NC Department of Environmental Quality would take an $8 million hit in the Senate version of the state budget, released yesterday, compared with proposed appropriations in the House version.  And the 38 additional full-time positions recommended by the House would be cut to just eight by the Senate. DEQ budget Senate       […]

Republican senators

NC Senate proposed budget has smaller employee raises, would have legislators appoint some judges

BY: - May 15, 2023

The $29.7 billion proposed state budget Senate Republican leaders released Monday afternoon has smaller raises for teachers and state employees than the House wanted.  The Senate budget proposes average teacher raises of 4.5% over two years, and 5% raises for state employees over two years. Beginning teacher salaries would go from $37,000 to $39,000 starting […]

Photo gallery: Veto rally draws big crowds as NC’s governor vows to fight Republican-backed abortion restrictions

BY: - May 13, 2023

Thousands gathered on Raleigh’s Bicentennial Mall Saturday cheering as Gov. Roy Cooper made good on his promise to veto Senate Bill 20, the restrictive abortion ban rushed through the Republican-controlled legislature with little public input and zero amendments. The governor will need at least one Republican to rethink their position in order to sustain his […]

Gov. Roy Cooper

Crowd cheers Gov. Roy Cooper as he vetoes abortion ban

BY: - May 13, 2023

A crowd cheered Gov. Roy Cooper as he vetoed a Republican-authored abortion ban in an unusual rally that capped off a week of attempts to pressure a small group of GOP legislators into letting the veto stand.  Some bills are signed in public ceremonies, but bill vetoes don’t usually draw enthusiastic audiences. For Senate Bill […]

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Black state senators: An abortion ban will worsen Black maternal mortality rates in NC

BY: - May 11, 2023

Black women face high rates of pregnancy-related death and will likely feel the brunt of an abortion ban in North Carolina.  Yet, none of the Black women elected to the state legislature, all of whom are Democrats, had any input into the Republican-authored bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks. “We were not invited to […]