Category: Analysis

Analyzing legislative and governmental issues

One More Snarl for District IX

The ongoing election tangle for North Carolina’s Congressional District IX may — may — be resolved by the newly appointed NC Board of Elections sometime within the coming month. The newly constituted board’s membership was announced by Gov. Roy Cooper is comprised of three Democrats, Stella Anderson of Boone, Jeff Caron of Durham, and Chairman Bob Cordell of Charlotte (elected chair by teleconference); and two Republicans, David Black of Concord and Ken Raymond of Winston-Salem. The board plans to convene next week and a hearing on the District…   Continue Reading »

Everything New Is Old Again — Almost

By Nelda Holder The 2019-2020 NC Legislature opened at noon on Wednesday, January 9, for a brief convening of its “long” session for organizational purposes such as election of officers and adoption of rules. The full body returns, by command of the General Statutes, on the “third Wednesday after the second Monday in January”—this year January 30, to get down to legislative business. But both the House and the Senate will have slightly different constituencies following the 2018 general election, when Republican supermajorities in both…   Continue Reading »

What Just Happened Here?

Here’s a morning-after analysis of the Election Day returns involving state government in North Carolina, first published in the Urban News.  by Nelda Holder     North Carolina rode out the hyperbolic midterm election season to wash up on a political shoreline that is at once familiar yet changed. Republican majorities still hold both the Senate and the House in Raleigh, but Democratic victories took away their veto-proof status in both chambers, creating a very different landscape in dealing with controversial legislation that Democratic Gov. Roy…   Continue Reading »

For-Profit Educational Experiment Set for Robeson County School

The NC State Board of Education has voted to hire a private, for-profit management company, Achievement For All Children, to take over at Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County, as reported by T. Keung Hui in Raleigh’s News & Observer. The 7-4 vote established the first such contract based on a new program called Innovative School District, established by state legislators. Former Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg County), who introduced the enabling bill, is a member of the board of directors of the management company.

On Cows and Things

                Editor’s Note: The following came to me as a letter from an old friend in Vermont — a former dairy farmer (and also former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture) who gave up cows for turkeys almost three decades ago, and who lately has added popcorn to his repertoire. I had written to ask him about the veracity of the many articles on dairy cows I was seeing, alluding to forced births in herds to enhance the milking schedule….   Continue Reading »

Finally, a State Board of Elections (and Ethics Enforcement) Put in Place

While not conceding his legal contention that the state’s new legislatively declared Board os Elections and Ethics Enforcement is unconstitutional, Gov. Roy Cooper has now appointed eight members (four Democrats, four Republicans; six men, two women) to the board in order to offer some semblance of order as primary elections get underway for 2018. The newly constituted board will appoint its ninth member, who must be neither a registered Democrat or Republican. In today’s News & Observer, Anne Blythe offers details on this latest shift in election…   Continue Reading »

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