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In major shift, NC Sheriffs' Association backs end to state's pistol permit system

In major shift, NC Sheriffs' Association backs end to state's pistol permit system

Published: 2021-04-20 10:25:00Updated: 2021-04-20 19:37:12@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — North Carolina would scrap its pistol permit system, which requires local sheriffs to sign off on handgun purchases, under a proposal unveiled Tuesday with support from the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association.Gun rights advocates have pressed for the change for years, but the sheriffs' association – a lobbying force at the General Assembly – always opposed it. Under the current system, anyone who doesn't already have a concealed carry permit must file with a sheriff to buy a...

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Apr 20
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Lt. Gov. Robinson: No US Senate run this time

Lt. Gov. Robinson: No US Senate run this time

Published: 2021-04-19 20:04:00Updated: 2021-04-19 20:13:36@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, whose popularity with his fellow Republicans had him eyeing a U.S. Senate run next year despite having spent just a few months in his first elected job, opted against that Senate run Monday night.The lieutenant governor made it official in a statement posted to social media, saying the race wasn't even on his radar until the last few weeks. Calls of encouragement, , made him "feel obligated to take an earnest look," Robinson said in his statement.The...

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Apr 20
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Transgender bill won't move this year in North Carolina, Senate leader says

Transgender bill won't move this year in North Carolina, Senate leader says

Published: 2021-04-20 11:44:00Updated: 2021-04-20 12:13:36@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — The most controversial bill at the North Carolina statehouse this year targeting transgender students won't move forward, a spokesman for top legislative leadership said Tuesday.Senate Bill 514 for transgender people under 21 and required teachers and other state employees to notify parents if their child displayed "gender nonconformity." It's one of several bills filed this year touching on transgender rights, and it had backing from key members of majority leadership,...

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Apr 20
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McCrory joins race for Burr's Senate seat

McCrory joins race for Burr's Senate seat

Published: 2021-04-12 16:53:00Updated: 2021-04-14 09:12:41@NCCapitolTags:By Matthew Burns, WRAL.com senior producer/politics editor, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Former Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday joined the scramble for the U.S. Senate seat that retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr will leave open next year."The U.S. Senate is split right down the middle – 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats – that puts Vice President Kamala Harris in charge, giving the left everything they want to radically change America for generations to come," McCrory said in a brief video announcing his...

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Apr 12
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Secret until now, records reveal clash over the Trump DOJ's demand for NC voter data

Secret until now, records reveal clash over the Trump DOJ's demand for NC voter data

Published: 2021-03-24 19:22:00Updated: 2021-03-25 11:47:57@NCCapitolTags:By Tyler Dukes, The News & Observer, and Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Federal prosecutors have announced an end to a sweeping, four-year-long investigation into voter fraud in North Carolina, peeling back a veil of secrecy from a probe that pitted state and federal officials against each other over a massive demand for data on every one of the state’s registered voters.The effort initiated by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District resulted in a range of charges related to immigration,...

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Mar 24
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New bill would protect natural gas in NC :: WRAL.com

New bill would protect natural gas in NC :: WRAL.com

Published: 2021-03-16 16:48:00Updated: 2021-03-16 21:18:36@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Local governments across North Carolina would be forbidden by the state from banning natural gas and other energy sources under legislation that moved forward Tuesday.House Bill 220 is patterned on measures moving in a number of states with backing from the natural gas industry.The bill's key provision is this one: "A city shall not adopt an ordinance that prohibits, or has the effect of prohibiting, the connection, reconnection, modification, or expansion of an energy service...

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Mar 16
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Quiet talks underway on potential major NC energy bill

Quiet talks underway on potential major NC energy bill

Published: 2021-03-10 06:00:00Updated: 2021-03-10 19:58:17@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Big players in the state’s energy sector are meeting behind closed doors, hammering out details for major energy legislation that may be revealed later this session.At least one attendee said the group has agreed not to speak about the process. Others involved largely declined comment or did not return calls, but the working group includes representatives from Duke Energy, clean energy lobbyists and lobbying groups for manufacturers and retailers, which are both big...

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Mar 10
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Senate leader: High hopes for bipartisan deal on school reopening

Senate leader: High hopes for bipartisan deal on school reopening

Published: 2021-03-09 14:32:00Updated: 2021-03-09 15:35:12@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — The Senate's top leader said Tuesday afternoon that he expects a compromise deal with the governor, perhaps within hours, to resolve a partisan fight over school reopenings across the state.Talks between Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Gov. Roy Cooper have been going for about a week, Berger said during a press conference."At this point, all I can say is that we seem to be very close in principle," Berger said, adding that there could be "a bill in the coming...

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Mar 9
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NC Senate will will take another swing on school reopening bill

NC Senate will will take another swing on school reopening bill

Published: 2021-03-02 18:58:00Updated: 2021-03-02 20:46:42@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — A bill to force more K-12 schools to open in-person classes will come back before the North Carolina Senate after an effort narrowly failed Monday to pass the bill over Gov. Roy Cooper's objections.Senate Bill 37 has been the most contentious measure of this young legislative session. Cooper , and on Monday, Republicans backing the bill of what they needed to advance a veto override.Perhaps not coincidentally, the measure's lone Democratic co-sponsor, Sen. Ben Clark, D-Hoke,...

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Mar 2
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Arrest mugshots shouldn't be public records, some NC lawmakers say

Arrest mugshots shouldn't be public records, some NC lawmakers say

Published: 2021-04-23 11:19:00Updated: 2021-04-23 11:45:11@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Mugshots wouldn't be a public record anymore in North Carolina under a bill moving at the statehouse.Under Senate Bill 660, media seeking mugshots would have to fill a sworn affidavit with the head of a law enforcement agency. Then, it would be up to law enforcement whether to release the booking photos, which would be treated more like a criminal investigation record than the readily available photographs they've been.The bill has been pitched as a crackdown on publications...

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Travis Fain
Apr 23
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