Raleigh, N.C. — Sen. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) released the following statement on the photo voter ID ruling:

“For all their talk about a secure democracy, the left, with an able assist from the judiciary, is doing their best to undermine it. Today, a partisan court blocked the will of a majority of North Carolinians who amended their Constitution to require photo voter ID.

“The North Carolina Constitution requires photo voter ID. Today, a court decided requiring photo voter ID violates that same Constitution.

“The court absurdly concluded that a law sponsored by an African American Democrat was designed to harm…


Holder’s outfit has been holding training sessions to plant public commenters at redistricting hearings because they can “be impactful during any future litigation

But the trainings aren’t going well: Holder’s state director complained publicly she’s “concerned that people are not making effective comments at public hearings”

Raleigh, N.C. — Eric Holder’s group “All on the Line” has been hosting training sessions to plant public commenters at redistricting hearings. Their goal, in their own words, is to get comments into the record because they can “be impactful during any future litigation.

Think about that: In preparation for Eric Holder’s redistricting lawsuit…


Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 324 today.

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, “It’s perplexing that Gov. Cooper would veto a bill that affirms the public school system’s role to teach students the full truth about our state’s sometimes ugly past. His invented excuse is so plainly refuted by the text of the bill that I question whether he even read it.”

Sen. Berger continued, “More broadly, Democrats’ choice to oppose a bill saying schools can’t force kids to believe one race is superior to another really shows how far off the rails the mainstream Democratic…


Bill requires program to accept applications from landlords on behalf of tenants, cover hotel costs with federal funds

Federal rules already allowed these options, but NC chose not to adopt them

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate today passed legislation to allow landlords to apply to the HOPE rental assistance program on behalf of tenants and to require the program to cover hotel costs for eligible families.

Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) said, “The changes in this bill will improve the program. …


Measure would require Council of State concurrence for emergency declaration to go beyond 7 days and legislative approval to extend beyond 45 days

Raleigh, N.C. — Today, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill reining in Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency powers.

No Democrat voted for the bill.

The measure, House Bill 264, would require the Council of State to approve a governor’s emergency declaration to allow it to last more than seven days. …


“Is it OK that black eighth graders aren’t proficient in math and reading?”

Raleigh, N.C. — The Wall Street Journal published a column this morning by William McGurn about the consistent failure of urban school districts to properly educate black students, despite ever more funding.

It’s worth your time. Below are excerpts:

For if ever there were a structure systemically keeping African-Americans from getting ahead, it would surely be America’s big city public-school systems. By any objective measure, these schools consistently fail to provide their African-American students with the basic education they will need to get ahead. …


AG Josh Stein refused to file appeal in the case, prompting legislators to fire him

Legislators’ new attorneys did what Stein refused to do, and won

Appeals court decision keeps in place most of 1973 law (passed by Democrats) outlining how felons can regain their right to vote

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Court of Appeals today blocked a lower court ruling in a case involving felon voter rights. The decision keeps in place most of a 1973 law, passed by Democrats, outlining how felons can regain their voting rights.

Attorney General Josh Stein is required by law to…


SCSJ, 2 pm: It’s unbelievable there’s no announcement of redistricting public hearings yet!

SCSJ, 5 pm: Can you believe they announced redistricting public hearings TODAY? They should’ve waited until after the long weekend!

Bottom line: SCSJ will find fault with everything because they’re going to a file lawsuit five minutes after new maps are drawn.

Raleigh, N.C. — Early yesterday afternoon, the left-wing litigation outfit Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) attacked the legislature for not yet announcing a redistricting public hearing schedule.

By late afternoon, SCSJ was attacking the legislature because it announced a redistricting public hearing schedule.


Thirteen hearings scheduled throughout the state for September

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate and House Redistricting Committees today announced thirteen public hearings over the next several weeks, in addition to one that already occurred in Wake County.

By the conclusion of the process, a public hearing will have occurred in each of the state’s current congressional districts.

Members of the public may share their opinions on redistricting matters in person at the hearings. They may also submit their comments online at any time on the legislature’s website.

The public hearing schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 8

Caldwell…


Measure would require Council of State concurrence with emergency declaration within 7 days and legislative approval within 45 days

Today, the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee heard the latest version of a bill reining in Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency powers.

The measure, House Bill 264, mirrors previous language passed by the Senate. It would require the Council of State to approve a governor’s emergency declaration within seven days. If the Council of State does not approve, then the emergency declaration expires, and the governor would not be able to issue an identical or substantially similar declaration.

The Council of State…

Senator Berger Press Shop

The official Medium account for N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger’s press office.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store