Judges block law that strips governor’s power to make Elections Board appointments
A three-judge panel on Thursday unanimously blocked Republicans’ efforts to strip Gov. Roy Cooper’s power to make appointments to the State Board of Elections. The preliminary injunction temporarily blocks one of Republicans’ attempts to overhaul elections ahead of the 2024 election, in which voters will choose a new governor and help determine which party wins […]
Monopoly men: GOP legislative leaders continue to extend their power in all directions
Is there any aspect of life in modern North Carolina for which the Republican majority of the General Assembly doesn’t see itself as the font of all wisdom and rightful final arbiter? That’s not a facetious question. GOP pols and their pals on the religious right and in the business and gun lobbies love to […]
The Medicaid expansion celebrations are premature
North Carolina has witnessed a spate of glowing and upbeat news reports and commentaries in recent days in the aftermath of last week’s announcement by Republican legislative leaders that they had reached an agreement to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
Highlights and lowlights from the General Assembly as lawmakers pass 2021 “crossover deadline”
The state legislature marked “crossover” last week, the point at which most bills must pass at least one chamber to have a chance of becoming law this session. House members had filed 969 bills by the end of last week, and senators had filed 721. The House passed 351 bills by the crossover deadline, and the Senate passed 173. About two dozen have already become law.