When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that 28 state legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders they made one thing clear, North Carolina's political maps must be redrawn. What they didn't say is when. They've kicked that decision back to a lower court.
It also kicked off the latest power struggle between Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
On Thursday, the North Carolina House is scheduled to take a final vote on a bill which would all but end the need for concealed-carry permits for handguns. Yesterday, the House gave its tentative approval for the measure but by a slim margin. The bill is controversial and even before debate began yesterday groups both for and against the proposal took to unusual tactics to get their message across.
Wednesday afternoon, the North Carolina House is scheduled to debate a bill which would, in part, nearly end the need for concealed-carry permits for handguns. Ahead of that debate a group supporting the measure saw fit to publicly release the names, phone numbers and other information of four individuals trying to stop the gun bill.
Audio of WFAE's David Boraks interviewing U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is used to fielding a lot of questions. It goes with the job. But many questions in the last two weeks have concerned his health since he passed out during a road race in Washington, D.C.
"I ran the fastest 2.5 mile race of my life. Unfortunately, it was a 3-mile race," he quips.
As you can tell, Tillis says he’s fine. He says he just didn’t hydrate properly.
Of course, Tillis still gets asked about President Trump, Russia, health care, and immigration - all topics he addressed with WFAE’s David Boraks.
For the second time in a seven-day span, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an act of North Carolina's General Assembly.
On May 15th, it was the state's voter laws.
On Monday, in a 5-3 decision, the court upheld a ruling that two congressional districts were illegal racial gerrymanders. And this opinion may have implications for other North Carolina cases working their way through the courts.
At a debate in northwest Charlotte Thursday night, the city's three Democratic mayoral candidates faced an audition of sorts - for an endorsement by the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Filing isn’t even open yet for the Sept. 12 primary. But the group plans to make an unusual early endorsement in the coming days.
A former state senator from Concord has received an eight-month federal prison sentence on charges related to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal use. Republican Fletcher Hartsell was sentenced Tuesday in Winston-Salem.
Updated 1:25 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal seeking to reinstate North Carolina's controversial 2013 overhaul of voting laws, including voter ID. The decision lets stand a 2016 appeals court ruling that invalidated the law, saying it targeted African Americans. Meanwhile, legislative Republicans are vowing to find another way revive an ID requirement for voting.