The rules for North Carolina’s critical, court-ordered redistricting were announced yesterday with a promise by Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett County) that the process “will be an inherently political thing.” The rules include protecting incumbents, which Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake County) called “ridiculous,” noting that “We will protect the incumbents elected using unconstitutional maps. See the full News & Observer report by Will Doran.
The state of North Carolina is roughly 500 miles long and 150 miles wide. The well-known “Murphy to Manteo” description takes on new meaning if you drive it, but the political issues and attitudes that change along the way mean the depth of the state is gigantic. So while the Murphy slice of NC life is currently in the throes of preparing for an invasion of solar eclipse tourists on and near the 21st of August (invasion of the sun-snatchers?), in the middle of the… Continue Reading »
Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that the NC Department of Environmental Quality will deny a permit that would allow the discharge of the “GenX” chemical compound into the Cape Fear River. Cooper said the state will seek help from the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding risk determination involved. The river is the source of drinking water for more than 200,000 people in Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. A public forum is planned for tonight on the issue at… Continue Reading »
Family land, cultural heritage, energy plans, environmental decisions are embroiled in the pending decision regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed transmission line in Eastern NC. Reporter Sam Killenberg of the News & Observer spells it out in today’s business article: “Debate Rages as Atlantic Coast Pipeline Nears Construction.”
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court that would have a dramatic effect on election law in the state of North Carolina. According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, Carrboro lawyer Michael Crowell is challenging the new law that recently merged the Elections Board and Ethics Commission in the state (an action that is under additional legal challenge) because the newly constituted board has no provision for unaffiliated voter representation to its membership — in a state with over 2.6 million voters registered as unaffiliated. For… Continue Reading »
The North Carolina House of Representatives met yesterday in the historic chambers of a building I have a personal connection to: the State Capitol in Raleigh. My personal connection comes via a stone mason from Ireland named Lemuel Holder, who helped to construct that building and then construct a family lineage that traces down to me. It’s a proud heritage. Raleigh’s News & Observer reported on the “throwback” meeting, where the House met from 1840 to 1963. The legislators were honoring the 242nd anniversary of the… Continue Reading »