A Ruling On Voter ID, A Coal Ash Settlement, 2020 Has Arrived By Jeff Tiberii • Jan 3, 2020 ShareTweetEmail Credit WUNC A judge put North Carolina's requirement that voters show photo ID on hold for now. Duke Energy agreed to excavate millions of tons residue from burning coal - which will cost billions. And it's officially 2020! Rob Schofield of the progressive NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray of the conservative John Locke Foundation catch up with the first big political stories of the new year. Listen Listening... / 15:02 Tags: WUNCPoliticsWeek In State PoliticsVoter IDCoal Ash2020 ElectionShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread. Related Content 2019 In State Politics From The Left And The Right By Jeff Tiberii • Dec 20, 2019 WUNC There was a flurry of political retirements (some spawned by redistricting), followed by a rush of candidate filings as the year came to a close in North Carolina. 2019 was busy for the General Assembly, though the number of bills that became law won't show it. Republican lawmakers lost their supermajorities and the governor's veto got teeth. As for the decade: Republicans took full control of the Legislature, North Carolina emerged as a swing state, and there were court battles, court battles, court battles... Rob Schofield of the progressive NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray of the conservative John Locke Foundation look back. Listen Listening... / 23:33 Duke Energy Agrees To Remove Coal Ash In NC By Associated Press • Jan 2, 2020 Duke Energy The state of North Carolina says it has secured an agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash at six facilities.