- What could be next for NC House Speaker Tim Moore after 2024?
- Raleigh News & Observer
- After a record-breaking five terms, North Carolina Rep. Tim Moore will not be seeking another stint as speaker of the House in 2025. While he’s confirmed his decision to step back from House leadership, Moore has remained tight-lipped on what his next steps might be. His departure leaves one of three of the state’s highest elected offices up for grabs. This, as well an open seat for governor, will change the current power dynamic. Moore’s departure raises questions about what his next steps will be and what effect it will have on the state. What he chooses to do may shape North Carolina politics for years to come. Here’s a look at possible routes Moore may take.
RUNNING FOR CONGRESS?
Moore has repeatedly dodged reporters’ questions about his political future. Often he responds with humor, asking if they are trying to get rid of him. On Wednesday, Moore told The News & Observer that “while I will be looking at a number of options after my final term as Speaker, right now I am entirely focused on my job serving the people of North Carolina as Speaker of the House,” according to an email shared by Demi Dowdy, Moore’s spokesperson. Paul Shumaker, a political adviser for Moore, said the longtime legislator “has multiple options on the table, all of which could have a lot of appeal.” One of those options is a run for Congress, but that is not set in stone, Shumaker said. “We don’t know what the maps are going to look like. We have all this speculation. It’s all being driven by folks outside of Tim Moore’s world, quite frankly driven more by the personal agenda that others may have politically,” he said.
- North Carolina General Assembly: No veto overrides, no budget approval, no votes until mid-August
- Speaking only about veto overrides and the budget that hasn’t been passed, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) on Thursday delayed until Aug. 15 when his chamber would act on basically any matters. “We will push back the veto override votes for a week,” Moore said in a perfunctory meeting apparently attended by only one member of the House. The votes had been scheduled for Aug. 7, but after conferring about the calendar, he said it would be “Aug. 15.” His issue with having votes on veto overrides is simple math: Three-fifths of those in attendance in the session would have to approve a motion to override. Moore simply is taking a roll call and knowing when he can convene enough members to make that happen. He did say that the delay should not be “taken as a negative to the budget process. That’s moving right along.”
- US Rep. Dan Bishop Announces a Run for North Carolina Attorney General
- US News
- North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop, a vocal member of the Freedom Caucus that’s become a foil to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, announced on Thursday that he would run for state attorney general next year rather than seek to remain in Congress. The Republican lawyer revealed his decision in a radio interview in his hometown of Charlotte. Bishop joined Congress in 2019 by narrowly winning a special election, after raising his profile in state politics as a chief sponsor of the controversial 2016 “bathroom bill.” A former county commissioner and state legislator, Bishop said he misses practicing law more regularly, and sees the post as a way to counter an encroaching federal government and to buttress law enforcement during a time of increasing violence. “Over the course of many months we’ve decided this is the right thing for me to do, to come back to North Carolina,” Bishop told WBT radio, referencing his wife. “I think there’s an opportunity to use the influence of that office to restore law and order to our cities.”