Articles by Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell: Opinion Shifting Fast on N.C. Confederate Monuments

RALEIGH — The days of North Carolina’s many Confederate monuments could be numbered after Gov. Roy Cooper declared war on them — just one day after he chastised protesters who toppled a monument in Durham. The governor’s announcement that the monuments “should come down” came as a surprise because a 2015 law bans Cooper and local governments from taking down…


Colin Campbell: Redistricting Could Boot Out Incumbents

RALEIGH — The jury’s still out on whether court-ordered redistricting will reduce Republicans’ power in the legislature after the 2018 election, but it’s becoming clear that the new districts could force out some incumbents from both parties — including a few African-American lawmakers. The legislature’s Redistricting Committee set criteria Aug. 10 to guide their mapmaking consultant, Tom Hofeller, and the…


Western N.C. Braces for Eclipse Tourism

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com The solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will bring up to 30,000 visitors to the 300-resident town of Hayesville, shutting down schools and potentially creating the worst traffic jam the quiet mountain town has ever seen. Hayesville — in Clay County nearly two hours west of Asheville — is among the Western North Carolina towns in the center…


Colin Campbell: Bills That Look Boring — But Aren’t

RALEIGH — The legislature’s one-day session on Aug. 3 was initially supposed to be about overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, but that’s not what happened during the 10-hour meeting. Cooper had issued a proclamation calling for the session after he vetoed four bills from the regular session. The Democrat’s proclamations don’t carry much weight around the General Assembly, so Republican…


Colin Campbell: Privatizing School Bus Safety

RALEIGH — Drivers who pass stopped school buses could get fined up to $1,000 under a bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed on July 25 — but the hefty fine isn’t why legislators from both parties opposed the measure. The technology is similar to red-light cameras: Systems operated by a private company automatically take photos of offenders’ cars, and the…


Mattamuskeet Lodge Slated for Repairs

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com A century-old hunting lodge on Lake Mattamuskeet will get some much-needed repairs in this year’s state budget, but it’s still unclear when the facility might reopen to the public. Located in a remote area of coastal Hyde County, the Mattamuskeet Lodge first opened as a pumping station in 1914 in an attempt to drain the lake and…


Colin Campbell: It’s Time to Raise Legislator Pay

RALEIGH — A fellow reporter and I tried recently to make a list of N.C. legislators who have traditional, 9-to-5 jobs. Our list was short. Few can balance the legislature’s grueling schedule with the demands of a boss and set hours. Imagine telling your supervisor that you won’t be available most weekdays for roughly half the year. You’d probably get…