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The week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

#1 Governor appoints Joe John as head of Courts Commission after Duane Hall resigns

Rep. Duane Hall (D-Wake) quietly resigned as head of the North Carolina Courts Commission a month ago, shortly after NC Policy Watch detailed sexual harassment allegations against him.

Gov. Roy Cooper this week appointed Rep. Joe John (D-Wake) to take his place.
John said in a phone interview this week that he was honored by the Governor’s appointment. He is a first-term representative but had a 25-plus year career within the court system — he’s been a prosecutor, defense lawyer, district court judge, chief district court judge, superior court judge and court of appeals judge.

“I pretty well covered the waterfront and I have broad experience and overview as to how the court system operates,” John said. “I’m probably as familiar as anyone with the things that courts do well and the areas where probably there could be some improvement.”

The Commission, which has around 30 members, is tasked with evaluating changes to the state’s court system and making recommendations to the General Assembly.
The state court workload is one thing John hopes to address during his tenure. [Read more…]

Bonus reads in Courts & Law:
Judges: Wake legislative districts likely unconstitutional but election already underway
Pioneering women celebrate progress in the judiciary, make the case for more at Supreme Court ceremony

# 2 A second natural gas pipeline proposed for NC would run through Rockingham, Alamance counties | Read more

Bonus read in Environment:
DEQ, Duke agree on (small) penalty for illegal leaks from coal ash basins

#3 Controversial former charter principal’s involvement raises more concerns about takeover of Robeson County school | Read more

Bonus read in Education:
N.C. Supreme Court to hear arguments in pivotal Halifax County school case Monday

#4 Really? This is the best they can come up with?
After decades of propaganda and promises, the effort to privatize public schools in NC continues to fizzle | Read more

#5 Experts: We already know how to reform the state’s flawed cash bail system | Read more

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