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Past articles by Gary:

North Carolina governor to veto abortion limits, launching override showdown

North Carolina’s Democratic governor plans to veto legislation that would ban nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy → Read More

NC lawmakers pass 12-week abortion ban; governor vows veto

The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has approved and sent to the governor a ban on nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy in response to last year’s overturning of Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court → Read More

North Carolina GOP closes in on transgender athlete ban

A prohibition on transgender girls playing on female sports teams in North Carolina schools has cleared a second legislative chamber → Read More

North Carolina Medicaid expansion consensus moves forward

Debate over whether North Carolina would accept Medicaid expansion provided through the Affordable Care Act lingered for the past decade, with most Republicans skeptical about the idea for most of that period. → Read More

NC governor talks prosperity, culture war warning in State of State address

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who is likely to run to attempt to succeed Cooper next year, gave the GOP response to his speech. → Read More

With 2 new justices, NC Supreme Court to revisit school funding in Leandro case

In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court blocked the controller from transferring money from North Carolina coffers to agencies without the General Assembly’s express approval. → Read More

Medicaid expansion breakthrough announced by NC legislators

North Carolina has been one of 11 states that has not adopted Medicaid expansion. → Read More

NC Senate backs legalizing pot for medical use

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, giving strong bipartisan support for the second year in a row to an idea that its supporters say would give relief to those with debilitating or life-ending illnesses. After little debate, the chamber voted 36-10 to give […] → Read More

NC GOP lawmakers seek to defend abortion pill restrictions

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders asked on Tuesday to participate in litigation to defend state restrictions on dispensing abortion pills because Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein has made clear he won't. → Read More

Medical marijuana advances in North Carolina Senate

Marijuana legalization in North Carolina for medical purposes is advancing again within the state Senate, less than a year after a very similar measure setting a structure for its sale and consumption passed the chamber by a wide margin. → Read More

North Carolina AG won’t defend abortion pill restrictions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein won’t defend state restrictions on dispensing abortion pills that are being challenged in a lawsuit and instead will argue the restrictions are preempted by federal regulations protecting access to the pills, Stein’s office said Monday. The decision by Stein, a Democrat, means Republican legislative leaders […] → Read More

North Carolina House GOP modifies rules on veto overrides again

North Carolina House Republicans are again proposing to modify their chamber's operating rules on veto overrides for the next two years.The GOP took flak from → Read More

Raleigh police release video of stun gun use before man dies

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina’s capital city released body and dashboard camera footage Friday that shows the arrest of a Black man who died after officers repeatedly used stun guns on him. Darryl Tyree Williams, 32, died at a hospital after being confronted and handcuffed by officers in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood […] → Read More

North Carolina Medicaid expansion measure back before House

The North Carolina House will hear and likely vote on a Medicaid expansion measure next week, a key legislator said. → Read More

North Carolina Supreme Court to rehear voter ID, redistricting

The new Republican majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rehear redistricting and voter identification cases less than two months after → Read More

Plenty of leftover issues expected in North Carolina’s General Assembly session

The legislative session that begins in earnest Wednesday should be chock full of familiar issues from 2022 — whether to approve Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana and sports gambling among them. → Read More

NC state auditor: I made 'serious mistake' leaving accident

North Carolina's elected state auditor apologized Monday for leaving the scene of an accident last month after she drove her state-owned vehicle into a parked car, calling it a “serious mistake.” → Read More

Larger GOP majorities seek impact at North Carolina Statehouse

The North Carolina General Assembly opened its two-year legislative session Wednesday with Republicans on the cusp of veto-proof control that will force Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to thread parliamentary needles to block abortion restrictions and other culture war issues he’s vowed to fight. → Read More

Outages during extreme cold in Carolinas caused by high demand, equipment failures, Duke Energy says

Duke Energy Corp. executives on Tuesday blamed a convergence of widespread extreme cold, higher than projected demand, malfunctioning plant equipment and the inability to buy power elsewhere for rolling blackouts on Christmas Eve — the first for the company in the Carolinas. → Read More

NC doesn’t pick Duke Energy electric mix to lower carbon levels

The NC regulator said power outages over Christmas weekend “particularly underscore the need for an orderly transition away from fossil fuels to low and zero-carbon dioxide emitting generating resources.” → Read More