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With no discussion and little opposition the North Carolina Senate quickly passed S.B 154 that would allow sports and off-track betting at the Cherokee and Murphy casinos owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pushed legislation through their chamber Wednesday requiring all county sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents, particularly by complying with written requests to hold criminal defendants.

But the party-line 63-51 vote to force sheriffs to fulfill Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests signals that GOP lawmakers could find themselves short in overcoming any potential veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The measure now goes to the Senate.

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Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer says the city’s response has been delayed to a 2018 General Assembly measure forcing election districts to be created for future city council elections because Asheville did not have a city attorney for several months.  Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Manheimer says that all should change now that Brad Branham will take over as city attorney April 8th.

The North Carolina General Assembly has been in session since January.  May 9th was 'crossover day', a self-imposed deadline that separates legislation that has support to pass from that which does not.  Bills that have not passed at least one chamber by May 9th are likely dead through the end of 2020, though there are exceptions.

The North Carolina Democratic Party is calling on Western North Carolina Republican Rep. Cody Henson to resign after a criminal summons was issued against him this week by the Transylvania County's Sheriff's Office.

2019 is only two months old, but the year has packed a lot in so far in North Carolina politics.  This week Governor Roy Cooper gave his 'State of the State' address, just days after a Wake County judge struck down two constitutional amendments approved by voters last fall that mandate photo ID to vote in North Carolina and lower the cap on the state's income tax rate.  Amendments to the state constitution could be in front of voters again in 2020, specifically one that would require redistricting to be non-partisan in North Carolina.  There's also two open Congressional seats in the state

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to share his agenda to a North Carolina legislature that became more Democratic after November election results and to the public.

Cooper is delivering the biennial State of the State address on Monday evening to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Legislative Building.

Republicans still hold a majority in both the House and Senate but no longer have veto-proof control after Democrats picked up 16 additional seats. Cooper contributed to that improvement by raising millions of campaign dollars.

Henderson County Republican state representative Chuck McGrady is introducing a second bill in the General Assembly for this session that would create non-partisan redistricting in North Carolina.  This newest measure would leave the decision of whether changes are needed to redrawing of congressional and legislative election maps to voters via a proposed amendment to the state constitution.  If approved, it would be on the 2020 ballot.  Last week McGrady and supporters introduced a bill that would create an independent commission to handle redrawing of districts every ten years.  


For almost 15 years, North Carolina’s rigid school calendar law has led to complaints about its lack of flexibility.  Haywood County leaders are asking for change, but aren’t sure they’ll get it. 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature is weighing anew whether changing how liquor sales have been regulated for decades is worth boosting the number of retail outlets selling spirits with what critics call the risks of increased alcohol consumption.

The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened Wednesday in Raleigh, and bills for the coming session began to be introduced.  The power dynamic in Raleigh is much different this year, as Democrats were able to break Republican supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly in the 2018 legislative elections.  That means the GOP will not be able to override vetoes from Democratic Governor Roy Cooper along party line votes, as they had done numerous times during Cooper's first two years in office. 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Following a short break from the pomp of swearings-in, the North Carolina General Assembly returns to work in earnest Wednesday for a budget-writing session that traditionally lasts until early summer.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Democratic legislator is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.

State Sen. Erica Smith, from Northampton County in the northeast, announced her 2020 bid to unseat Tillis on Saturday through social media and at a Democratic Party gathering in Charlotte. Smith is a math instructor and ordained minister first elected to the legislature in 2014.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller also announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination last week. Primaries are in March 2020.

Legalization Conversations Happening In North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019

Recreational marijuana is now legal for more than 72 million Americans in 10 states. North Carolina isn’t one of those states - but that doesn’t mean the conversation around legalization is quiet here.  

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Democratic Party says it spent over $16 million during the past two-year election cycle — millions more than its Republican counterpart — on the way to picking up more General Assembly and statewide court seats.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly opened a new two-year session Wednesday with Republicans still in charge but acknowledging Gov. Roy Cooper and other Democrats now have more pull thanks to their November election gains.

The House and Senate gaveled in at midday for one-day ceremonial and organizational meetings. Lawmakers will return in three weeks to begin the session in earnest.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The first half of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's term was confrontational even before it began, as Republican legislators rammed through laws swiping away some of his powers even before he got sworn in. He sued over those laws, issued a record number of vetoes — most of them overridden — and exchanged sharp rejoinders with the GOP.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Litigation challenging North Carolina legislative districts on arguments they excessively favor Republicans to the point of violating the state constitution will remain in state court.

A federal judge Wednesday ordered the case stay in Wake County Superior Court, where Democrats and election reform advocates filed their partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in November. U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan wrote she'd explain her reasoning later.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized legislation implementing the voter photo identification mandate approved in a statewide referendum last month.

The Senate voted 25-7 on Thursday to accept House changes to the measure and sent it to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, a voter ID opponent. Republicans in charge of the legislature can override a Cooper veto if they stay united.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A voter photo identification bill won state House approval Wednesday, a proposal now also altered to try to improve absentee ballot security in North Carolina in light of fraud allegations in a congressional district.

The House version of legislation detailing how a new constitutional amendment mandating photo ID to vote in person is carried out starting in mid-2019 also directs the state elections board next year to figure out how people requesting mail-in absentee ballots also must offer ID.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation designed to carry out a new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is closing in on another key General Assembly vote.

The House scheduled floor debate Wednesday for the measure, which describes the types of ID cards that would qualify, along with a host of exceptions. The Senate approved a somewhat narrower version last week.

(UPDATE 10:57 a.m. Thursday) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Photo identification requirements to vote in person in North Carolina have cleared one legislative chamber.

The Senate gave its final approval Thursday to the measure detailing qualifying IDs and exceptions. The measure received initial Senate approval Wednesday and now goes to the House, where it's likely to be debated next week in the ongoing lame-duck session.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator's political committee will pay $4,500 while ending a campaign finance investigation stemming from a complaint filed by a Democratic activist against the Republican senator.

The state elections board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the agreement offered by the campaign committee of four-term Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County. The committee must give up $500 and reimburse the board $4,000 for investigation expenses.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened Tuesday, with Republicans advancing their chief objective during the lame-duck session of passing a voter identification law to carry out a new constitutional amendment mandating photo ID.

The Senate and House gaveled in the session three weeks since Democrats won more than 15 additional legislative seats and broke the Republicans' veto-proof majorities come January.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers on Monday began examining the details of the latest voter photo identification proposal, a day before they return to work to fulfill a photo ID mandate that voters agreed this month to put in the state constitution.

A legislative committee reviewed draft legislation to implement the new voter ID constitutional amendment and heard comments from the public. The General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday for an expected two-week session, with the voter ID law expected to be the chief focus.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic challengers have expanded vote advantages in some tight North Carolina state Senate races. That's putting the party on the verge of eliminating the Republicans' veto-proof majority in the chamber.

County election boards tallied final vote totals Friday to include late absentee and provisional ballots. Trailing candidates where margins are 1 percentage point or less can request recounts by early next week.


A ban on handheld cell phone use by drivers will be one of the first bills lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly will be take up next year.  


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans.

Common Cause North Carolina, the state Democratic Party and more than 20 Democratic and unaffiliated voters sued GOP mapmakers Tuesday in Wake County court. They allege the lines are illegal partisan gerrymanders that make it virtually impossible for Democrats to win majorities in the House or Senate.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked state legislators Wednesday for $750 million toward a proposed long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery effort, with an early focus on housing, farms, business and schools.

The Democratic governor unveiled his request while providing new estimates for the scope of last month's storm, which dumped more than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain in some areas of southeastern North Carolina and contributed to 40 deaths in the state.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the replacement for North Carolina's "bathroom bill" is moving forward, with a judge finding evidence that transgender plaintiffs are being harmed by a prohibition on new local antidiscrimination laws.

Federal Judge Thomas Schroeder, however, rejected another key argument: that uncertainty created by the current law effectively discriminates against transgender people.