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Jun 18, 2018

Gov. Cooper vetoes judicial district, election bills

RALEIGH (AP) Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes add more uncertainty to already unusual state elections this fall for judges and in races where new political parties want to field candidates. Cooper announced June 15 – less than three hours before a 10-day state constitutional deadline – his decision to block a pair of measures. One adjusts […]

Jun 13, 2018

Legislature considering change on US Senate vacancies

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina legislators believe political parties should have more say over whom the governor picks to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy. The Senate voted June 12 for a measure that would require the governor to appoint someone from a list of three people recommended by the executive committee of the party with which the […]

Jun 13, 2018

House completes veto override on North Carolina budget bill

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina General Assembly Republicans completed the override June 12 of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of their state budget legislation for the second year in a row. The House secured the override with a nearly party-line 73-44 vote after floor debate. The Senate voted to override last week, the day after Cooper issued […]

Jun 7, 2018

Cooper vetoes Republican budget changes

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the state budget bill June 6 for the second year in a row, blaming legislative Republicans for a spending plan he says doesn’t do enough for teacher pay, school safety and the environment. The GOP-controlled General Assembly approved last week its $23.9 billion proposal, which adjusts the […]

Jun 6, 2018

Judicial remap in 2 largest North Carolina counties approved

RALEIGH (AP) A judicial remapping plan in which District Court judges in North Carolina’s two most-populated counties will no longer be elected by all county residents has quickly passed the General Assembly and is heading to Gov. Roy Cooper. The Senate agreed 28-14 June 5 to House changes to a bill that allocated District Court seats […]

Jun 1, 2018

GOP’s budget recipe about complete before going to Cooper

RALEIGH (AP) The North Carolina legislature’s budget recipe for next year is almost complete and headed for Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. One more affirmative vote at the General Assembly is required before the nearly $24 billion plan receives final legislative approval. That’s scheduled for the House on June 1. The Senate already finished its debate […]

May 31, 2018

Republican budget on course to soon reach Gov. Cooper

RALEIGH (AP) Republican adjustments to next year’s North Carolina state budget remain on course to wind up on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk as soon as the end of the week. Both the House and Senate scheduled debate and votes May 31 on the nearly $24 billion plan altering the second year of the two-year budget approved last year. […]

May 30, 2018

NC legislative session challenge rejected by judges

RALEIGH (AP) A panel of North Carolina trial court judges has rejected arguments by a government reform group and local residents that a special session of the General Assembly violated the state constitution. The case centers on a December 2016 session in which Republicans passed laws tilting the balance of power toward the legislative branch […]

May 24, 2018

Cooper appoints 6 to fill judicial vacancies

Gov. Roy Cooper announced six judicial appointments May 18 to fill vacancies left when judges retired or left to fill other court vacancies. Cooper appointed Judge William Wood to fill an opening in the Guilford County Superior Court, along with five new district court judges: Keith Mason, Sophia Gatewood Crawford, Marcus Shields, Faith Fickling and […]

Apr 27, 2018

Gov appoints 2 new judges

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed a criminal defense lawyer and a district court judge to fill two seats on the Superior Court bench. David Phillips will join the District 27A bench in Gaston County, where he’s had an eponymous criminal defense practice for more than 20 years. He will fill a vacant seat on the […]

Apr 11, 2018

Cooper says court rulings favoring Republican need appeals

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t giving up following new court rulings favoring Republican legislative leaders and the laws they passed. Cooper’s lawyers are expected to appeal judicial decisions upholding laws that reduced the number of Court of Appeals judges and directed the governor to include increased funding for taxpayer-funded private school tuition […]

Mar 22, 2018

Cooper fills out elections board with nonprofit leader

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on March 21 chose the leader of a nonprofit foundation to fill out the new state elections and ethics board. Cooper appointed Damon Circosta, executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, to become the board’s ninth and final member. The Democratic governor late last week appointed eight of […]

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