NC politics

After Democrat Roy Cooper defeated Republican Governor Pat McCrory a year ago, state environmental secretary Donald van der Vaart gave up his office. After all, he was a McCrory appointee. But he didn't leave the agency. Instead he demoted himself and the department's No. 2 official, John Evans, to staff positions. The two men have since spoken out on policy issues, sometimes at odds with state policy. Now the Department of Environmental Quality has put the van der Vaart and Evans on paid  "investigatory leave."  WFAE's David Boraks joins "All Things Considered" host Mark Rumsey to talk about the situation.

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate will be in session for a vote tonight. The House will do the same Tuesday morning. The purpose is to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that makes significant changes to election law.

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The fate of North Carolina's new legislative maps is now in the hands of a federal court. A ruling could come at any time.

But in a new twist in this long-running case, the judges signaled they may be willing to do something the plaintiffs explicitly did not ask for and state lawmakers do not want.

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A panel of federal judges again heard arguments about race, redistricting and North Carolina’s legislative maps on Thursday.

But this time, not the old maps, but the new ones drawn up by the General Assembly in September. All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey talks with WFAE’s Tom Bullock who was at the hearing.

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On Thursday, a panel of federal judges will convene in Greensboro to hear the latest round of arguments in a redistricting case which has already worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court and back.

North Carolina General Assembly

There were a lot of surprises in a marathon special session by the General Assembly last night.

Closed-door meetings led to significant changes in election law, the budget and more.

Some things lawmakers said they would fix were not. Another thing surfaced which could make you wonder if clam is the new pork.

Morning Edition host Marshall Terry and WFAE reporter Tom Bullock discuss just what happened Thursday night in Raleigh.

North Carolina General Assembly

The General Assembly gaveled in a special session Wednesday. Their first order of business: Overriding a veto of a bill which changes more than a dozen state environmental laws.

When he vetoed the bill, Governor Roy Cooper said the measure weakened protections from river pollutants and landfills.

"I have to disagree with the Governor's points," stated Republican Representative Larry Yarborough, who championed the override effort.

And truthfully there wasn’t much debate.

North Carolina General Assembly

On Wednesday, state lawmakers will reconvene in Raleigh for yet another special legislative session.

If you're thinking these special sessions aren’t as special as they use to be, you're right. This is the third special session since lawmakers officially ended their regular session a few months ago.

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Republican leaders of the General Assembly have just one more week to finish and approve new district maps for the state. This by order of a federal court.  

North Carolina Legislative building
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When you are carving up the state into new political districts, you don't do it willy-nilly. Especially when you have 28 state legislative seats ruled illegal racial gerrymanders and a federal court watching what you do.

Thursday, we learned just what criteria state lawmakers are going to use in this court ordered round of redistricting.

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