In an unexpected move Thursday, June 21, 2018, a North Carolina House Democrat moved to kill her own bill that would have started the process to create a statewide universal health care system. Republicans had resurrected the bill.
North Carolina Republicans want legislative leaders to appoint all members of the state elections board, a power now held by the governor. Voters would consider the constitutional amendment referendum in November.
Advocacy groups have been urging North Carolina lawmakers to put a $1.9 billion statewide school construction bond referendum on the November 2018 ballot. Instead, legislators want to put constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Republicans support their bill to end family separations. Democrats back their version. Sens. Thom Tillis and Ted Cruz, both Republicans, and Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, Democrats, will meet Monday to try to find a compromise.
State Rep. Tim Moore, the Republican House speaker, says states with voter ID laws have seen “zero decrease” in participation. As legislators consider a referendum on the issue, PolitiFact checks Moore's claim.
Christian missionary and pastor Andrew Brunson of the Izmir Resurrection Church is imprisoned in Turkey over charges of ties to terrorist organizations since a coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have introduced a bill to keep families together at the border. Sen. Thom Tillis, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio are among the sponsors.
NC Gov. Roy Cooper recalled the NC National Guard from duty at the Mexican border. Cooper's order is in response to the Trump administration policy of separating children of immigrants from their parents at the border.
A judge on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, sided with lawmakers who canceled North Carolina's judicial primary election. The ruling comes as filing has started for judicial candidates in the general election and as lawmakers consider overrides of Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes.
The NC Democratic Party wants to question the state Republican Party's executive director under oath to find out what he knew and any communications he had with Republican legislative leaders about a law canceling judicial primaries.