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NC GOP chairman: Find your own way home

| July 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, July 22, 2016. When North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes asked fellow delegate Ted Hicks on Thursday what he thought of the convention speech by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Hicks was candid. “I thought it was a fine speech,” said Hicks, who’d flown to Cleveland aboard Hayes’ private Pilatus plane. […]

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NC photo ID, voting law challenges return to court

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Associated Press, published in Winston-Salem Journal, June 18, 2016. Far-reaching voting changes in North Carolina approved by Republicans three years ago and upheld by a federal judge now head to an appeals court that previously sided with those challenging the law on racial grounds. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments […]

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Pittenger hanging on by a thin margin

| June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jonathan Drew and Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published on, June 9, 2016.  The thinnest of margins was keeping Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger from losing his seat as his challenger pledged Wednesday to continue fighting in one of two congressional primaries that were too close to call. Pittenger led Mark Harris, the pastor […]

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Supreme Court, congressional primaries on ballot tomorrow

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 6, 2016. North Carolina voters will go to the polls Tuesday to settle primaries for state Supreme Court, 11 of 13 U.S. House districts and a handful of local races. The oddly timed election is the result of two different lawsuits and could have unpredictable outcomes. Polls will be open […]

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Judges let NC congressional map stand for next week’s primary

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published at, June 2, 2016. Federal judges declined Thursday to strike down the latest edition of North Carolina congressional district boundaries being used in next week’s primary elections. A three-judge panel denied the objections filed by attorneys for voters who initially sued in 2013 to challenge the majority-black 1st […]

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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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