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Unusual Appeals Court ruling could bring Supreme Court into election battle

October 22, 2020
Rick Henderson

By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s deadline for accepting mail-in absentee ballots in this year’s election finally may be settled at the venue state conservative leaders wanted: the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a convoluted opinion the justices must reverse, state legislative leaders and dissenting appeals…

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Tillis Applauds President Trump for Supporting Lumbee Recognition Act

October 22, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Donald J. Trump for his support of the Lumbee Recognition Act, legislation co-introduced by Senator Tillis that would officially give the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition.    Watch the video here. “I want to thank President Trump for his support for the Lumbee Recognition Act, legislation…

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Attorney General Josh Stein Honors North Carolinians with 2020 Dogwood Awards

October 22, 2020
Josh Stein

Attorney General Josh Stein today awarded 27 North Carolinians with the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award. These awards are given annually to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy, and happy in their communities. Each of today’s 27 recipients has been working to address issues that make North Carolina safer and stronger,…

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October 22, 2020
NCDHSS

NCDHHS Adds New Clusters Report toCOVID-19 Dashboard; Releases Guidance for Private Gatherings  In the past two weeks, North Carolina has seen an increase in COVID-19 clusters from social events and other gatherings such as parties, family gatherings, weddings and funerals according to a new weekly report the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added today…

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Reminder: Public Hearing Scheduled For Proposed Removal of Swamp Classification in the Lower Cape Fear River

October 19, 2020

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct an online public hearing on October 20, 2020 to discuss the proposed removal of the supplemental Swamp (Sw) classification and a portion of a water quality management plan, for an area of the Cape Fear River located in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties (Cape…

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NCDA&CS announces specialty crop block grant recipients

October 16, 2020

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the recipients of over $1.25 million in funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The funding will be used for projects that enhance the quality of specialty crops grown in North Carolina. “North Carolina is one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the…

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Public Hearing on Draft Permit for Align Energy to be held October 20

October 16, 2020

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 on a draft permit for a biogas processing facility for Align RNG, LLC.  Members of the public are invited to attend online or by phone and provide their comments on the proposed permit.…

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DEQ Statement on Court Approval of Addendum to Consent Order

October 15, 2020

On October 12, Bladen County Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser approved the Addendum to the Consent Order requiring Chemours to take significant additional actions to reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River. The judge entered the Addendum in its entirety, which will mean expanded relief for downstream communities as the major pathways for PFAS pollution entering the…

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Tillis Applauds President Trump for Granting North Carolina’s Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Isaias

October 15, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for granting a disaster declaration for North Carolina and ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Isaias. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for…

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North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Convenes Third Public Comment Session

October 15, 2020
Josh Stein

Attorney General Josh Stein and North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls, co-chairs of the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, today encouraged participation in the Task Force’s third public comment session to hear from members of the public in North Carolina. The public comment session will be held Friday, October 16,…

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Opinion

North Carolina Leads in Jobs Lost

October 22, 2020

By JOHN HOOD There are about 300,000 fewer jobs in North Carolina today than there were in February, before the start of the COVID-19 recession. That’s a 7.5% drop in total employment — the biggest decline in the southern United States. Our labor market also compares poorly on other measures. Our September unemployment rate of…

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GOP says state’s top law officer flouting public records law

October 15, 2020

By Kari Travis and Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is hiding something, say Senate Republicans challenging a back-room, Democrat-led deal to rewrite state election laws. Stein — a Democrat who’s running for re-election and is the state’s top law enforcement officer — might learn something about government transparency from…

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COVID Shapes Debate on Worker Safety

October 14, 2020

By John Hood, Carolina Journal News Service For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state representative, Josh Dobson of McDowell County, is running to replace her. Dobson’s opponent is Democrat Jessica Holmes, a member and former chair of the Wake County…

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Opinion- Ticket-Splitting Still Shapes Elections

October 12, 2020

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does that really mean? Well, we know it doesn’t mean that all North Carolinians are so rigidly partisan they support only candidates of one major party or the other. Split-ticket voters do make…

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Election lawsuits head back to federal court

October 8, 2020
Rick Henderson

By Rick Henderson Carolina Journal News Service Two lawsuits challenging the N.C. State Board of Elections’ plans for handling absentee ballots this fall head before a federal judge Thursday, Oct. 8, in Greensboro. A hearing on both suits is scheduled less than one day after the same judge criticized the state elections board in a separate…

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Opinion: Take a Walk on the Sunny Side

October 8, 2020

By JOHN HOOD Carolina Journal RALEIGH — In this seemingly endless year of disease, destruction, dissension, and despair, what’s an optimist to do? This is no hypothetical question for me. I’m a naturally optimistic person. As one of my favorite songs goes, “Grab your coat and get your hat. Leave your worries on the doorstep.…

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Opinion: Candidates Clash on Reopening Schools

October 5, 2020

by John Hood When Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt first filed to run for state superintendent of public instruction, neither could have expected that the central issue of the 2020 race would be whether to allow public schools to provide in-person instruction to North Carolina children. No one would have seen it as…

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Opinion: Metro Areas Suffer Big Job Losses

September 30, 2020

by John Hood North Carolina’s economy, battered by COVID-19 itself as well as government’s costly attempts to contain its spread, is still struggling to recover. There were about 350,000 fewer jobs in August than in February. That’s a 7.6% decline in total employment — the worst in the Southeast. In the past, anyone discussing state…

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Opinion: Lieutenant Governor Rivals Differ Sharply

September 28, 2020

by John Hood The post of lieutenant governor is a constitutional office in North Carolina, and the only one empowered to exercise both legislative and executive powers. Those powers are rather limited, however — casting a vote in the state senate when there is a tie, “presiding” over that chamber in a titular (but rarely…

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Opinion: The confessions of a judiciary junkie

September 25, 2020

by Amy Cooke The 2016 presidential campaign turned me into a judiciary junkie. As Democrats force fed the American public an unhealthy diet of identity politics, voters like me quietly became champions of the judicial branch. While we didn’t know how Donald Trump would govern, we did know his judicial philosophy when he wisely released…

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