Tuesday News: Power-play politics

POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS IN COURT (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The power struggle between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the GOP-led General Assembly will be on display Tuesday as arguments about the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and what each side contends that means, are made in front of the third branch of government. A three-judge panel will preside over a hearing inside the Campbell University law school to consider whether the Republicans at the helm of the legislative branch unconstitutionally grabbed power from the new governor, shortly after he emerged victorious over Republican Pat McCrory.

BERGER AIDE TO DIRECT RESEARCH AT NEW UNC-CH PROJECT (WRAL-TV) -- A longtime aide to Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has been named research director for a new project at UNC-Chapel Hill created by legislative fiat in the 2016 state budget. Dr. Jeffrey Warren has served as science policy director to Berger since 2011. In that capacity, he helped craft the GOP leadership's loosening of environmental regulations and limits on local regulations stricter than state rules. He also helped push for SolarBees, the solar-powered agitators that failed to affect pollution in Jordan Lake. The creation of the Policy Collaboratory caused controversy among faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, who said it was not established under standard academic processes and could be subject to political pressure in its research areas and recommendations. However, a board led by university faculty will oversee the center's research.

INQUIRY OPENS INTO HOW 30,000 MARINES SHARED ILLICIT IMAGES OF FEMALE PEERS (New York Times) -- Some photographs show female Marines posing topless in their dress uniform slacks, or with their camouflage blouses open, in pictures they thought would forever be secret. Others show private moments swiped from their personal social media sites. In one photograph, surreptitiously taken in February, a female corporal from Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, is shown bent over from behind. The image, once posted online, was flooded with derogatory comments, including suggestions that she should be raped.

IRRATIONAL AND IRRESPONSIBLE LEGISLATURE (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- As many as 290 North Carolinians died in the last two months because the General Assembly has stubbornly refused to accept federal funding to provide health insurance to 500,000 people in the state. That is wrong. The people of North Carolina overwhelmingly agree. Meanwhile, federal taxes collected from North Carolinians are paying to expand health care insurance to people in other states, like Indiana, Washington, New York and California.

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