City of Greensboro

A federal judge has blocked a law redrawing the electoral map of the Greensboro City Council. 

Earlier this month, the General Assembly passed a law redistricting the council. It also makes Greensboro the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts or form of government in the future. The city council, along with a group of citizens, immediately challenged that law in federal court, saying it violated both state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

City of Greensboro

Earlier this year the General Assembly passed a law redistricting Greensboro’s city council. Thursday, a federal judge will hear arguments on the constitutionality of that law. It’s expected to be a one sided affair.

Under the new law, Greensboro is the only city in North Carolina barred from altering its own electoral districts. Lawyers representing the city and a group of residents will argue this violates state statues and U.S. Constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

The defense is expected to make no arguments at all. That’s because no one has stepped forward to represent the state. The Guilford County Board of Elections has said it would be inappropriate to take a side in the case. North Carolina’s attorney general has said they will not defend the law either. The General Assembly can pay for a private attorney to argue the case, but so far has not.

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Thursdays are usually busy days for lawmakers in Raleigh. It’s the day they wrap up their work for the week and head back to their districts. Today, though, the legislature will be very quiet.

North Carolina Voting Laws On Trial

Jul 22, 2015
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Changes in North Carolina’s voting laws have resulted in a court case – a federal trial in Winston-Salem which is drawing national attention because the outcome could potentially affect voting laws in other states. The plaintiffs say North Carolina’s voting law changes violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We look at the arguments in the case, the history of voting rights here and the possible outcomes of the trial. 

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North Carolina’s unemployment rate once again ticked up slightly in June, the fourth straight month of rising unemployment. The rate now stands at 5.8 percent, up from May’s 5.7 percent and February’s 5.3 percent rates. It’s also 0.5 percent above the national average.

Confederate Monument 1 Mecklenburg
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The North Carolina House has passed a bill banning the removal of Confederate monuments on state property unless the General Assembly passes a bill giving their ok. The measure now waits for a signature or veto from Governor Pat McCrory.  

NC General Assembly

We’re now roughly halfway through the overtime period that North Carolina’s General Assembly gave itself to hash out the state’s budget. And while the Senate and House have yet to formally start negotiating, they have picked their teams. And this year’s conference committee is, well, huge.

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The State Board of Elections has ruled no laws were broken when an Oklahoma man with ties to illegal gambling gave $270,000 to the campaigns of leading North Carolina politicians.

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Governor Pat McCrory stopped in Charlotte Wednesday—ostensibly to announce a financial company will bring new, high-paying jobs to the city. But the governor also used the opportunity to stump for an expansion the tax breaks used to lure the business.

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Charlotte has a new police chief. Long-time CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the oath of office before the city council Monday.