Education

NEWS & OBSERVER: Five questions for departing community college leader 
Scott Ralls became president of the N.C. Community College System in 2008 at the dawn of the recession.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: With future uncertain, how useful is driver’s education? 
The future of driver’s education is still unclear as state lawmakers continue to haggle over a budget.

Elections

ROLL CALL: DSCC Talking to Potential Burr Challengers in North Carolina 
For much of this summer, North Carolina has been Democrats’ Colorado. Looking toward 2016, Democrats have a shot at unseating the incumbent senator but no candidate.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Roberts, Peacock lead Charlotte mayoral race 
Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock III hold solid leads in their mayoral primaries a week before the start of early voting, according to a Charlotte Observer Poll.

Economic Development

NEWS & RECORD: Senate's delay on economic development bill keeps recruiters on hold 
When the N.C. House threw a sales tax redistribution bill back in the N.C. Senate’s face last week, the state’s economic developers felt the sting.

NEWS & OBSERVER: House appoints opponents of sales tax shift to negotiate with Senate 
Bad news for supporters of a proposed shift in sales tax dollars that would benefit rural counties: The House has appointed opponents of the plan to negotiate with the Senate.

General Assembly

WRAL: Glazier leaves House 
After Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, announced this would be his last week as a member of the state House, his colleagues heaped praise on him for a legislative career marked by deep legal knowledge and civility.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Capitol Affairs: Richardson picked for Glazier House seat 
As long expected, Cumberland County Democrats voted Saturday morning to send Billy Richardson back to the state House after nearly two decades out of office.

In the Courts

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Fate of 2011 legislative, congressional maps back in court 
North Carolina’s boundaries for General Assembly and congressional seats were drawn four years ago by Republican legislators and have been used in the past two election cycles, helping bolster GOP electoral gains.

Regulatory Reform

INSURANCE JOURNAL: North Carolina Lawmakers Send Ridesharing Regulations to Governor 
The North Carolina legislature gave its final OK to state regulations August 27 for ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, a move supporters say will protect consumers and drivers of the mobile phone-based services and encourage competition.

State Budget

WRAL: Tempers shorten as budget deadline lengthens 
Fuses are getting shorter in the Senate these days, and that frustration was in sharp relief Thursday as lawmakers approved their third budget deadline extension.

CITIZEN-TIMES: NC budget agreement reached on worker pay, spending targets 
North Carolina budget negotiators said Wednesday they’ve reached big milestones on a state government spending plan that’s two months late, including a tentative agreement on state employee and teacher pay.

NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina could widen lottery’s reach 
Lawmakers in Raleigh are looking to place bets on the state lottery – once again – as a source of more money for education programs across North Carolina.