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Democrats Are Now The Majority On NC Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:38
The North Carolina Supreme Court now has a majority of justices who are registered Democrats after Wake County Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan against defeated Associate Justice Bob Edmunds who has served on the court since 2001. With Morgan's election, the court has four Democrats and three Republicans.
Morgan, who has been a judge since 1989, was endorsed by President Barack Obama. 
Republicans Sweep Court of Appeals Seats PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:33
Republicans swept the Court of Appeals seats up for grabs in Tuesday's election. 
Phil Berger Jr., son of the Senate leader Phil Berger defeated incumbent Linda Stephens. Berger won by fewer than 27,000 votes.
Hunter Murphy, a Republican, won the seat formerly held by Martha Geer, who stepped down in 2016 to practice law. Her term would have expired in 2018. Murphy also beat Margaret Eagles, the Democrat, and Independent Donald Ray Buie.
Incumbent Republican Bob Hunter defeated Democrat Abe Jones, 54 percent to 46 percent. Hunter was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Pat McCrory in 2014 to fill a temporary vacancy but he lost in that November’s election to current Justice Sam Ervin IV. McCrory then appointed Hunter to the Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy left by Ervin.
Richard Dietz, the Republican, defeated Vince Rozier, a Democrat. Dietz got 54 percent of the vote to Rozier’s 46 percent.
Republican incumbent Valerie Zachary, appointed by McCrory in 2015, beat Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, the Democrat, 54 percent to 46 percent.
The N.C. Court of Appeals is comprised of 15 judges who sit on three-judge rotating panels. The panels review errors in legal procedures or in judicial interpretation of the law. The court hears civil and criminal appeals from the lower courts and makes decision based on law, not fact. Judges serve eight-year terms. A 2015 state law added to the ballot party affiliation for candidates vying for a seat on the state’s appellate court.
McCrory Signs Executive Order To Deal With Potential Gasoline Shortages In Wake Of Pipeline Shutdown PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:10
Raleigh, N.C. - In wake of the Colonial Pipeline disruption in Alabama, Governor Pat McCrory has signed Executive Order 112 to help ensure that there will be adequate supplies of fuel across the state and to prevent price gouging.
“Our administration is taking all necessary precautions to reduce the impact of the pipeline disruption on North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “The Colonial Pipeline disruption is a transportation challenge, not a production challenge. With my executive order, we are waiving certain state requirements to facilitate truck transport of gasoline and to protect consumers from price gouging.”
Governor McCrory's latest executive order is an extension of Executive Order 108 from Hurricane Matthew. The order waives maximum hours of service for drivers and temporarily suspends vehicle size and weight restrictions to facilitate the trucking of gasoline. Extending the State of Emergency also extends price gouging laws to help protect North Carolinians from excessive gas prices at the pump. The governor took similar action during an earlier disruption to the pipeline in September.
An incident yesterday caused both lines from Colonial Pipeline to shut down. The governor announced that Colonial Pipeline confirmed that one line carrying diesel, jet fuel and other fuel was reopened and running at a reduced capacity. The pipeline fire is still burning and it will likely be 24 to 36 hours before Colonial crews can access the site to inspect the damage. The site of the incident is more accessible than the site of the September incident.
Governor McCrory emphasized that gasoline is still being produced, however the ability to transport product to North Carolina will be restricted. There is a limited amount of the product in the line now, and impacts on supply to North Carolina could be seen in some areas between Tuesday and Friday. Trucks will begin delivering gasoline on Wednesday to an expanded service area across North Carolina.
In an effort to conserve fuel, the governor has suspended non-essential travel for state employees. Governor McCrory also directed the Department of Environmental Quality to work with the Department of Agriculture to use different gasoline formulas to increase access to supplies from northern states.
Rep. Luebke of Durham Dies of Cancer PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 31 October 2016 15:25
Democratic state Rep. Paul Luebke, who represented Durham for 25 years, has died at 70.
Durham City Council member Steve Schewel said in a statement Sunday that Luebke died of cancer.
Luebke, who was running for re-election to a 14th term in the House, remains on the ballot. The Durham County Democratic Party from Luebke’s district must meet before Election Day to name a replacement candidate. 
Tributes to Luebke poured in Sunday from across the political spectrum.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement that Luebke “was a dedicated servant whose long career in education and in the General Assembly reflected his undeniable passion for serving his district and helping the people of North Carolina.”
Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, in a statement of his own, called Luebke “a friend and dedicated public servant.” Cooper and Luebke were in the General Assembly together for most of the 1990s.
“Paul never wavered from advocating for justice and fairness for the people of his district and North Carolina,” Cooper said.
Luebke was an associate professor of sociology at UNC-Greensboro.
He is survived by his son Theo Luebke; his father, Paul Luebke Sr.; a granddaughter, Adele Rose Derello-Luebke; a brother, Tim Wong; and his partner, Sherrie Cannoy.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 15:29

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