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Third parties call on NC to ease ballot access laws

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, November 17, 2015. Representatives of three smaller political parties are calling on state lawmakers to make it easier for them to put their candidates on the ballot in North Carolina. Spokespeople for the state’s Libertarian, Green and Socialist parties said at an event Tuesday that the state has the most restrictive […]

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Opponents file new complaint on photo ID law

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Michael Hewlett, Winston-Salem Journal, November 9, 2015. In new court filings, the N.C. NAACP and others said North Carolina’s photo ID requirement is still discriminatory, despite an amendment passed this summer that eased the restrictions. The filings come about two weeks after U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit […]

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Businessweek offers Dems good news in N.C. Senate elections

| November 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mitch Kokai, The Locker Room, November 9, 2015. The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek offers Democrats some encouraging news about the 2016 U.S. Senate race. The magazine suggests that North Carolina is similar to swing states Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Virginia in that voter registration growth has trended “liberal and Democratic.” The percentage in the graphic below represents […]

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N.C. has long history as battleground state

| November 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dr. Troy Kickler, Director, NC History Project, published on Carolina Journal, November 6, 2015. During the past several presidential elections, North Carolina has been described as a “purple” or battleground state. As more people move to The Old North State for work or retirement, pundits often are unsure if the state will lean to […]

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Cary CPA announces bid for state treasurer

| October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Drew Elliot, Jones and Blount, October 23, 2015. Ron Elmer, a certified public account and professional money manager from Cary, announced his campaign for state Treasurer Friday. Elmer, a Democrat, says he will focus on his professional resume and experience. “I’m not a politician. I don’t have a long political pedigree,” Elmer said in a […]

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Judge refuses to dismiss Voter ID lawsuit

| October 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Associated Press, published on, October 23, 2015. A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss portions of lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s upcoming voter identification requirement and told lawyers to prepare for a trial early next year. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder denied the motion from attorneys for the state during a court hearing […]

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First salvo fired in 2016 television ad campaign

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that the legislature has adjourned the focus turns to the 2016 election campaign and the first campaign ads have already started. Following Treasurer Janet Cowell’s surprising announcement she would not seek another term many names of candidates to replace her have emerged. Starting this week, Democrat Ron Elmer, launched what is believed to be […]

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Apodaca still mulling over re-election

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Bill Moss, Hendersonville Lightning, October 15, 2015. After years of political famine, Henderson County has feasted for two years on power. The county has an unusual supply of clout, thanks to the seniority and position of Sen. Tom Apodaca and the fast rise of state Rep. Chuck McGrady. State Rep. Chris Whitmire, an Air […]

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Will 2016 Senate race spending be a repeat of 2014?

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, October 15, 2015. The 2014 U.S. Senate race in which Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis toppled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan was one of the most expensive Senate races nationwide, and a race next year for North Carolina’s other U.S. Senate seat could rival it.  Former state Rep. Deborah Ross announced […]

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Advisory letter could permit bigger role for outside groups

| October 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 5, 2015. Recently published guidance will pave the way for advocacy groups to more closely work with official campaign committees of candidates running for office in North Carolina. An advisory letter issued by State Board of Elections Director Kim Strach says that her agency had no latitude to regulate organizations that mail, […]

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