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State Attorney: NAACP may try to disrupt elections

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, October 23, 2014. As early voting opens for the 2014 general election, an attorney representing the state in the lawsuit fighting state election law reforms is seeking further information regarding statements made earlier this month by the Rev. William Barber at the state NAACP convention. The statements, according to a […]

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Tillis-Hagan showdown could be nation’s most expensive Senate race ever

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 18, 2014. From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first $100 million contests. Outside groups continue to flood the state with ads and accusations, forcing Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan […]

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Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, posted on, October 17, 2014 The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to […]

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Candidates question impact of same-sex ruling

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis and Colin Campbell, News and Observer, October 11, 2014 Editor’s note: Story has been updated to clarify the candidates’ comments on the ruling. Read more here:   Appeals of several states’ bans on same-sex marriage that bounced around the federal judiciary last week culminated Friday with a judge legalizing same-sex unions […]

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Hagan, Tillis set their sights on reeling in female support

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Renee Schoof, News and Observer, October 9, 2014. The political gender gap is alive and well this year in the North Carolina Senate race. Polls show that Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has one of the biggest margins of support among women in any of the close contests that will determine which party controls […]

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Ellmers, Aiken trade barbs in lone debate

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, October 6, 2014. Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and her Democratic challenger, singer Clay Aiken, clashed Monday during an hour-long debate in Pinehurst, each accusing the other of being too closely bound to their party leadership. The debate, hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and Capitol Broadcasting Co., was […]

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What voters might learn from final Hagan-Tillis debates

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Renee Schoof and Jim Morrill, News and Observer, October 4, 2014. When Ralph McMillan, a lawyer and a Republican in Charlotte, watched the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan on Sept. 3, he already knew he was voting for Tillis. So why watch? “I wanted to see if Hagan […]

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Press release from NC General Assembly on 4th Circuit Ruling

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Published in The Locker Room, The John Locke Foundation’s Statewide Issues Blog, October 1, 2014. This press release was just sent from the North Carolina General Assembly.  If you want to contact someone about this, you can call Shelly Carver in Senate Pro Temp Berger’s office at 919-301-1744 or Anna Roberts in Speaker Tillis’ office […]

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US Court of Appeals blocks two provisions of NC elections law for November

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Anne Blythe, The News & Observer, October 1, 2014. RALEIGH — Hours after a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling brought clarity about which parts of a 2013 election law would apply to the coming election, Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders added a layer of uncertainty. The Republicans plan to appeal the […]

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Stop dwelling on the past

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal, October 2, 2014. ALEIGH — As incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis have battled to represent North Carolina for the next six years in Washington, their messages have focused on the past — Hagan’s tenure in the Senate, and Tillis’ leadership of the state House. But […]

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