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Divided court means no retention elections in NC for now

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker and Matthew Burns, WRAL, May 6, 2016. The June 7 primary for a state Supreme Court seat will go on as planned after a divided court said Friday that a recent ruling disallowing a simple up-or-down vote on a sitting justice would stand. The General Assembly last year passed legislation allowing Supreme […]

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Appeals court to expedite Voter ID appeal case

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published on, April 29, 2016. A federal appeals court wants to examine swiftly a trial judge’s ruling this week upholding North Carolina’s voting law changes, which include a photo identification mandate to cast a ballot in person. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ordered Thursday an expedited […]

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Federal Judge upholds NC Voter ID law

| April 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 25, 2016. North Carolina’s voter ID law is constitutional and should remain in effect, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled late Monday. “Plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that Defendants have violated § 2 of the VRA or the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, or Twenty-Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” Schroeder ruled in […]

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Retired judges to try hand at nonpartisan redistricting

| April 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker and Laura Leslie, WRAL, April 21, 2016. Creating an independent redistricting commission might make intellectual sense. It might cut down on the partisan rancor that occasionally envelopes the state. It might help voters get more excited about more competitive elections. While none of that has persuaded North Carolina lawmakers over the past […]

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WRAL poll: HB2 could have an impact on elections

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 13, 2016. The conflict over House Bill 2, the recently passed measure setting statewide discrimination standards, could reverberate into the fall general election, likely voters told a WRAL News poll. Conducted by SurveyUSA exclusively for WRAL News, the poll found Republican Gov. Pat McCrory trailing Democratic challenger Roy Cooper 43 […]

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Congressional primary attracts stampede of candidates

| March 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, March 25, 2016. Seven members of the General Assembly want to move from Jones Street to Capitol Hill. The redrawn congressional districts created new opportunities in the 13th Congressional District and the 12th Congressional District for the June 7 primary and spurred more interest in other races as well. Seventy-six candidates […]

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More than 10 percent vote early

| March 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 13, 2016. Maybe it was the new, earlier primary date. Maybe all those Donald Trump rallies and presidential debates got voters fired up. Maybe Tar Heels were just looking for things to do between ACC tournament games. Whatever the reason, North Carolina voters came to the polls early in big […]

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Democratic Treasurer hopefuls hold different priorities

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Michael Lowery, Carolina Journal, March 9, 2016. The Democratic candidates for state treasurer both say the management and return on investment of North Carolina’s mammoth health and pension plans for public employees need improvement, but their priorities differ. Dan Blue III and Ron Elmer will meet in the March 15 primary, with the winner to […]

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Rubio, Cruz gang up on Trump in debate ploy

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Emily Stephenson, Reuters, published on Jones and Blount, February 26, 2016. U.S. Republican rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz ganged up on front-runner Donald Trump at a raucous debate on Thursday in a last-ditch bid to keep the billionaire from winning victories next week that could set him up to clinch the presidential nomination. […]

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Democrat Senate rivals differ on immigration, little else

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published in Statesville Record and Landmark, February 25, 2016. The four North Carolina Democrats running for U.S. Senate differed on immigration policy but generally agreed on other issues and largely avoided pointing at each other in their only scheduled televised debate Thursday night. Although former state Rep. Deborah Ross and Spring Lake […]

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