The Week in Raleigh


The Week in Raleigh: Senate Approves State Budget Plan – Now it’s the House’s Turn

Insider State Government News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. Senate voted 32-15 early Friday along party lines to approve Republican leaders’ budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. Senators held an initial 34-15 vote Thursday evening, then returned at 12:05 a.m. Friday to take a final vote, because the chamber’s rules require that the two mandatory votes to pass the bill…


The Week in Raleigh: Tar Heels Honored by Governor, General Assembly

  Insider State Government News Service RALEIGH — A short, quiet week in Raleigh opened with a celebration of the national championship season of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team and closed with another veto by Gov. Roy Cooper. At the governor’s mansion, Cooper signed a proclamation recognizing UNC’s sixth NCAA title, a 71-65 win over Gonzaga last…


The Week in Raleigh: Deal Reached on Class-Size Requirements

RALEIGH — The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill designed to ensure new class-size requirements don’t put art, music and physical education specialists out of a job. The governor quickly signed the bill on Thursday. The measure will “put a one-year delay on the class-size restrictions that have been much discussed here and in the media,” said…


The Week in Raleigh: Vetoes Latest Chapter in Power Struggle

RALEIGH — The week in Raleigh closed with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoing two Republican bills — one that would cut the state appeals court by three members and another that would change the state elections board. The vetoes were received Friday by the General Assembly, where overrides appear likely. Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate and…


The Week in Raleigh: Lawmakers Press Prior to Easter Recess

RALEIGH — Before leaving town for a one-week Easter recess, lawmakers worked longer than typical days on Monday and Tuesday ahead of a looming deadline that will see most proposed legislation die without advancing. That self-imposed deadline — known as the “crossover date” — is the point by which bills not dealing with spending or raising money must pass one…


The Week in Raleigh: New, Smaller UNC Board of Governors Takes Shape

RALEIGH — The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina will have eight new members and four incumbents for 12 seats, following an election by the legislature that saw more turnover than usual. On Wednesday, the state House elected six members to the board, including two Republican former lawmakers. The next board will remain overwhelmingly Republican and male,…


The Week in Raleigh: Lawmakers Look Ahead to Post-HB2 Task List

RALEIGH — North Carolina ended a year of wrangling over bathrooms and LGBT rights this week in Raleigh as lawmakers passed, and Gov. Roy Cooper signed, a bill rolling back much of the controversial law known as House Bill 2. Although the measure isn’t a complete repeal — lawmakers described it as a “reset” to pre-HB2 times — passing the…


The Week in Raleigh: No Deal as HB-2 Finger-Pointing Continues

RALEIGH — The week in Raleigh saw the one-year anniversary of House Bill 2 come and go with no repeal but with plenty of discussion and a fair share of finger-pointing. House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters on Thursday that Republican leaders in the General Assembly are continuing to talk about the best way to repeal and replace House Bill…


The Week in Raleigh: High Hopes, Nitty-Gritty, and Cooper’s First Veto

RALEIGH, N.C. — The week in Raleigh opened with ceremonial pomp as Gov. Roy Cooper visited the General Assembly to lay out his vision for the state, but closed grounded in the nitty-gritty of competing Republican tax plans and Cooper’s first veto. Cooper on Thursday vetoed a measure that would re-establish partisan elections for local judges. “Judges make tough decisions…