Bob Phillips Coverage
Editorial: Bipartisan House election bill will help voters
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 -- This legislation, the result of all-too-unique collaboration of Republicans and Democrats, will go a long way toward assuring as many registered voters as possible will be able to cast ballots in the November election.
Effort to take politics out of drawing voting maps should gain traction this year, backers say
Bills to end gerrymandering in North Carolina have been filed just about every session for decades but have rarely even gotten a hearing. This year, backers say, things could be different.
Watchdogs question donations to Berger's son's campaign
A veteran campaign finance watchdog filed a complaint Thursday with state elections officials about donations to Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger Jr.
NC legislature starts, slowly, on map redraws
Republican map makers will use the same nationally known GOP consultant to redraw North Carolina's legislative maps this year as they used for maps later found unconstitutional, leadership confirmed Wednesda
Loophole lets lawmakers take campaign cash with legislation still pending
Although state lawmakers are officially in recess until August, some are still negotiating bills to vote on when they come back, and the interim could prove to be a very profitable break for them.
Lawsuit contends General Assembly held illegal session
A lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges the legality of a one-day special session the General Assembly held in December and the two laws legislators passed during that session, parts of which have already been thrown out by the courts.
House plans go-slow approach for voter ID bill
Republican House leaders said Tuesday that legislation requiring voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot will undergo weeks of deliberation and review before being filed in late March.
Political caucuses keeps fundraising into session
North Carolina's newly earned status as a battleground state means political operations can't let up on fundraising. But watchdogs worry that disclosure rules for giving are not tight enough. And Democrats are also fundraising for their caucus operations.