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North Carolina

Tar Heel State, Old North State

The English set up their first permanent settlement, the colony of Roanoke, in what is now North Carolina in 1585. Though the colony was lost, American schoolchildren are still taught about it in grade school. Now, the state is better known for its claim of being “first in flight,” as their license plates will tell you. This claim is debated with a few other states, but North Carolinians feel confident in their stake, as the Wright Brothers tested airplane prototypes in North Carolina. The outer bank beaches are the state’s most popular tourist attraction, but North Carolina also contains ranges of both the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains. With a Democratic Governor and a Republican senate and house, North Carolina is one of 14 states under divided government.

State capital

Raleigh

Population 2017

10273419

Largest city

Charlotte

Year entered union

1789

State flower

flowering dogwood

Motto

"Esse quam videri"

  • Dem

    Governor

  • 50 Total Seats

    State Senate

    • 29
    • 21
    • 0
    • 0
    120 Total Seats

    State Assembly

    • 65
    • 55
    • 0
    • 0

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Independent

    Vacancies

    Policies & Political Updates

    • State lawmakers give thumbs up to new 2020 Congressional maps; Dems likely to challenge in courts

      Federal elections

      19/11/2019

    • Attorney General Josh Stein leads on national fights

      Justice and the courts

      11/11/2019

    • Smokable hemp ban considered as demand increases

      Business and industrial policy, Drug policy

      4/07/2019

    • Republicans in court battle to keep secret redistricting files confidential

      Justice and the courts, Voting and electoral systems

      2/07/2019

    • New report: Cheaper to buy out beachfront property owners than protect homes from floods and erosion

      Climate Change, Housing

      1/07/2019

    • State Senate approves bill mandating sheriffs work with ICE

      Immigration, Justice and the courts

      24/06/2019

    • State bill would force sheriffs compliance with ICE

      Immigration, Justice and the courts

      19/06/2019

    • Officials: new election security measures may cause voter confusion in 2020

      Voting and electoral systems

      9/06/2019

    • State House fails to block Governor Cooper's veto on 'born alive' abortion measure

      Abortion

      5/06/2019

    • Raleigh moves to underground trash containers

      Urban regional and rural policy

      28/05/2019

    • State tax collections are on track to be $700 million higher than expected

      Taxation

      6/05/2019

    • Governor Cooper may veto state budget if it doesn't include Medicaid expansion

      Gubernatorial politics, Healthcare, Republican politics

      2/05/2019

    • State lawmakers moot school employee raise ahead of teacher protest

      Education

      30/04/2019

    • Henderson County Sheriff will renew cooperation with ICE

      Federal policy, Immigration

      27/04/2019

    • Governor Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' abortion legislation

      Abortion

      18/04/2019

    • Election irregularities in state's 9th Congressional district to be investigated by federal grand jury

      State elections

      17/04/2019

    • How Public Transit, Prosecutorial Action, and State Reform Can Counter the Harm of Driver’s License Suspensions

      Justice and the courts

      4/04/2019

    • State Republican Party Chairman and campaign donor indicted on charges of corruption and bribery

      State government

      3/04/2019

    • Federal court rules that state's 20 week abortion law is unconstitutional

      Abortion

      27/03/2019

    • State House votes to end corporal punishment in state's schools

      Education

      27/03/2019

    • NC Council of Churches argues for Medicaid expansion to help opioid crisis

      Healthcare

      25/03/2019

    • State's bid to bring urban and rural together

      Urban regional and rural policy

      20/03/2019

    • Governor Roy Cooper puts off voter ID requirement until late 2020

      Gubernatorial politics, Voting and electoral systems

      14/03/2019

    • State legislature looks at longer prison sentences as a solution to opioid crisis

      Drug policy, Justice and the courts

      13/03/2019

    • Another North Carolina Sheriff Restricts Cooperation with ICE

      Immigration, Justice and the courts

      28/02/2019

    • Governor Cooper outlines support for school bond and expansion of Medicaid

      Budgets and finance, Gubernatorial politics

      25/02/2019

    • State judge throws out voter ID and income tax constitutional amendments

      Taxation, Voting rights

      22/02/2019

    • Unfolding evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District shows the urgent need for reform of state election systems

      Federal elections, State elections

      20/02/2019

    • Republican candidate's son warned father of potential illegal activity in House election

      Federal elections

      20/02/2019

    • Head of state elections states that midterm election ballots handled illegally

      State elections

      19/02/2019

    State Facts and Figures

    • Governor

      • Governor
        Roy Cooper
      • Governor's Party
        Democrat
      • Running for re-election?
        TBD
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Open
      • Governor and Lieutenant Governor on same ticket
        No
    • Lieutenant Governor

      • Lieutenant Governor
        Dan Forest
      • Lieutenant Governor's Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Open
    • Attorney General

      • Attorney General
        Josh Stein
      • Attorney General Party
        Democrat
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
    • State Senate

      • Length of Term (Years)
        2
      • Term Limits
        None
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 10 - July 4
      • Total Members
        50
      • Number who are Democrats
        21
      • Number who are Republicans
        29
      • Number who are POC
        10
      • Percentage who are POC
        20%
      • Number who are men
        37
      • Percentage who are men
        74%
      • Number who are women
        12
      • Percentage who are women
        24%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 8 2018
    • State Assembly

      • Length of Term (Years)
        2
      • Term Limits
        None
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 10 - Jul 4
      • Total Members
        120
      • Number who are Democrats
        55
      • Number who are Republicans
        65
      • Number who are POC
        23
      • Percentage who are POC
        19%
      • Number who are men
        90
      • Percentage who are men
        75%
      • Number who are women
        30
      • Percentage who are women
        25%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 8 2018
    • Representation in Congress

      • Senior Senator
        Richard Burr
      • Party
        Republican
      • Next Election
        2022
      • Junior Senator
        Thom Tillis
      • Junior Senators Party
        Republican
      • Next Election Year
        2020
      • U.S. House Democrats
        3
      • U.S. House Republicans
        10
    • Demographics

      • Female, percent
        51.3%
      • White alone, percent
        70.8%
      • Black or African American alone, percent
        22.2%
      • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent
        1.6%
      • Asian alone, percent
        3.1%
      • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent
        0.1%
      • Two or More Races, percent
        2.2%
      • Hispanic or Latino, percent
        9.5%
      • Number of Veterans, 2012-2016
        683,221
      • Percentage of foreign born persons, 2012-2016
        7.7%
      • Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5+, 2012-2016
        11.3%
      • Number of Homeless
        8,962
      • Number of Kids in Foster Care, 2015
        10,324
      • Percentage in Foster Care for 5 or more years
        5%
      • Number in Foster Care per Thousand
        2
    • Economy

      • Minimum wage level in 2018 (Dollars per hour)
        7.25
      • Annual state budget in Dollars (2016)
        44,367,000,000
      • State Credit Rating as of 2017
        AAA
      • State Debt in Dollars (2014)
        17,463,787,000
      • Maximum State Income Tax Level, Percent
        5.75%
    • Top Export by value, 2017

      • Top 1
        Civilian aircraft engines and parts
      • Top 2
        Pharmaceutical products
      • Top 3
        Pharmaceutical products
    • Healthcare

      • Children's Uninsured Rate
        4.5%
      • Parents' Uninsured Rate
        15
      • Medicaid Expansion
        No
    • Policy

      • Capital punishment
        Yes
      • Legalization of cannabis
        Medicinal decriminalized, recreational illegal
      • Assisted dying and euthanasia
        No
      • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-2016
        24.1
      • Persons in Poverty, Percent
        15.4%
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