Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Dropped lawsuit: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has dropped his lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper over the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders. Josh Stein, N.C attorney general, tweeted the news Thursday, Aug. 13.…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — President Trump promised fast approval of a COVID-19 vaccine when he came to North Carolina to talk about the progress of a potential vaccine candidate. Trump visited the Triangle on Monday, July 27, to see the production of a possible coronavirus vaccine at Japanese drug…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Tuesday to the Governor’s announcement that K-12 school systems in North Carolina will not operate on a statewide comprehensive plan to return students to the classroom, and will instead rotate students periodically or remain closed with virtual-only learning.Speaker Moore issued the following statement:  “Instead of…

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6:26 p.m.: we’re signing off, but the convention is being live-streamed here: 6:20 p.m.: N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, who is running for Chief Justice, addresses the convention: 6:18 p.m.: The alternate elector slate has been approved. 6:06 p.m.: the elector slate was approved; now voting on alternate electors. The slate is comprised of…

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by Kari Travis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — During a 2020 legislative session immersed in financial doubt and civil unrest, Republican lawmakers flailed against Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power, fighting executive orders they say hurt North Carolina. It’s a political game, much like the 2019 standoff over the General Assembly’s $24 billion budget bill,…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Thursday to Governor Cooper’s veto of legislation requiring agreement from a majority of the Council of State for business closures and bills allowing thousands of small businesses to safely operate. Senate Bill 105 would require Governor Cooper to obtain concurrence from a majority of the…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislation requiring Governor Roy Cooper to obtain Council of State approval before imposing additional restrictions and prohibitions on North Carolinians passed the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 105: Clarify Emergency Powers strengthens the Emergency Management Act requiring approval from a majority of the Council of State for emergency actions taken by…

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