Oct. 22, 2021
There's no Medicaid expansion in the budget proposal legislative leaders sent Gov. Roy Cooper this week, House Speaker Tim Moore confirmed Wednesday. That's not a surprise – the Republican legislative majority has blocked Cooper's expansion plans for several years running. But, there have been indications lately that Senate Republicans, once the key block against expansion, have softened on the issue and that House Republicans, amenable in recent years to a compromise plan, are against including it in this months-overdue spending plan.
Longtime U.S. Rep. David Price announced his retirement Monday, potentially opening the door for new congressional candidates in a Democratic stronghold in the Triangle. The powerful lawmaker will not run for reelection in 2022. Price’s current 4th district includes Durham, Orange, Franklin and Granville counties (all or parts). Price served four terms from 1987 to 1995. He lost the seat in 1994 during the Republican Revolution that saw 34 House Democrats lose reelection, but regained it in the 1996 election. He's remained in Congress since.
Voters can expect a crowded field in the Democratic primary for U.S. Rep. David Price’s seat, after the longtime congressman announced he’ll retire instead of running again in the 2022 election. The primary is March 8th, and candidates will file for the office in December. State lawmakers haven’t yet drawn districts for the election, but Price’s 4th Congressional District is currently in the Triangle and leans heavily Democratic.
North Carolina lawmakers have begun posting draft versions of new congressional maps online, with the options so far indicating that GOP leaders are considering maps that could give their party a sizable advantage in future elections. Democrats have only a thin majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and if Republicans can flip control they can block Democratic President Joe Biden’s agenda. To do that, national GOP leaders may be looking to states like North Carolina for help in redistricting. The maps that Republican lawmakers here approve — likely within the next week or two — could be used not just in 2022 but in every election until 2032.
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