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McCrory: Chamber helped write HB2

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 8, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday that a group of top business leaders helped to draft House Bill 2, something the North Carolina Chamber has denied for months. The statement appears to put the Republican, who is seeking re-election this fall, directly at odds with the state’s largest business lobby, […]

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Election officials tiptoe around court ruling

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, September 9, 2016 Members of the State Board of Elections seemed to switch between serving as referees, advisors, confidants and, in a few cases, exasperated parents of unruly local election officials as they slogged through a 12 hour meeting Thursday. “I would have liked for you all to have worked something […]

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Cluster of early voting plans leaves decision on dates to state

| August 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 25, 2016. Showdowns over when voters in Wake, Cumberland and Orange counties will be able to cast early in-person votes are getting ready to head to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. County boards of elections have had to scramble in recent weeks to revamp their early voting plans […]

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Despite decades in office Cooper, leaves faint email trail

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes,, August 14, 2016. For several years at the end of April, an email fired off from the account of Attorney General Roy Cooper to every one of his more than 800 workers in the North Carolina Department of Justice. It’s an email not atypical of a state agency boss praising his […]

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Pence stumps for Trump in Raleigh

| August 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, August 4, 2016. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stumped for his running mate, Republican nominee Donald Trump, at a town hall meeting in Raleigh Thursday – extolling his team’s plan to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes and pay down the growing national debt. Pence told a crowd of about 300 that, when […]

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Appeals court rejects request to postpone voter ID decision

| August 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Associated Presss, published on, August 4, 2016. An appeals court has quickly decided it won’t delay enforcement of its ruling striking down North Carolina’s photo identification requirement and other election restrictions, including reducing early in-person voting by seven days. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay Thursday, one day after […]

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Full 4th Circuit declines Wake County district appeal

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, July 26, 2016. The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to rehear the challenge to the Wake County commission and school board redistricting case. The defendant in the case, the Wake County Board of Elections, had asked for an “en banc” hearing by the full 15-member appeals court. […]

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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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