Filing for North Carolina judicial offices opens Monday. Democrats and Republicans have already made their endorsements, and the state's judiciary is becoming as politicized as the other branches of government.
The North Carolina legislature included a provision in its budget allowing municipalities to use property tax to pay for public schools. It's a policy that is sure to create winners and losers, and to widen the gap between rich and poor and urban and rural.
North Carolina has one of the longest backlogs of untested rape kits in the nation. Attorney General Josh Stein wanted $2 million to start chipping away at the backlog. But the N.C. legislature's budget being passed this week included zero funding for the effort.
North Carolina Republican legislators are putting the proposed state budget in a conference report. That means no amendments or real input by Democrats or most rank-and-file legislators. It's an arrogant move designed in part to hide from votes on higher teacher pay.