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Status of ethics, elections panels thrown in doubt after court ruling

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, March 2, 2017. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger made a rare visit to the media workspace at the legislature Thursday to highlight a ruling in the legal battle between legislative leaders and Gov. Roy Cooper. According to Berger, R-Rockingham, the latest twist leaves the state without an Ethics Commission or a State […]

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Judges refuse to delay court-ordered redistricting, legislative elections

| January 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, January 4, 2017. Three federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by state lawmakers to postpone their earlier order requiring new state House and state Senate districts be drawn and elections be held this year. The judges ruled last August that lawmakers had relied too heavily on race when they drew […]

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More political appointees could mean more turnover in state government

| December 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, December 8, 2016. Now that the governor’s race has been decided, hundreds of Gov. Pat McCrory’s political appointees are busy updating their resumes and references because their jobs aren’t guaranteed once Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office.  Any time the Executive Mansion changes hands, there are always changes among personnel who serve […]

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Split-ticket voting leads to mix of Democratic, Republican wins in NC

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, November 10, 2016. After months as a purple state, North Carolina tipped into the red column Tuesday night. While the numbers were close, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump pulled ahead with 50 percent of the vote, but those Trump supporters did not necessarily vote Republican down the ballot. Voters in North […]

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AG Lynch: NC Transgender law part of civil rights struggle

| May 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Erick Tucker and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press, published on WRAL.com, May 10, 2016. In suing the state where she was born and raised for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North […]

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Pat McCrory, Jennifer Roberts both getting blamed for HB2

| May 2, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, republished on WBTV.com, May 1, 2016 It has sparked a national firestorm, polarized left and right, and drawn the attention of the NBA, Bruce Springsteen and some of America’s biggest corporations. But last week the fight over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 seemed to get personal. And for Charlotteans, it […]

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NC Senate confirms appointments

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jeff Moore, Jones and Blount, April 27, 2016. After a delay extending back to the 2015 long session, the North Carolina Senate has begun confirming Governor’s appointments to various positions in the state. Lyons Gray, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue, was confirmed unanimously to the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Lyons […]

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Hayes, Pope top list of possible GOP replacement chairs

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Donna King, Jones and Blount, April 27, 2016. As the N.C.GOP plans for a meeting April 30 that may see the removal of current Chairman Hasan Harnett, several names are emerging as replacements.  Topping the list are former N.C.GOP chairs and high ranking elected officials.  Former Chairs Jim Hastings of Boone, congressman Robin Hayes and immediate past chair Claude Pope […]

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Sen. Apodaca suggests putting HB2 on ballot in November

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Krystyna Biassou, WLOS, April 26, 2016. The man in the senate who controls House Bill 2’s path once it crosses the aisle said state Republicans may leave the bill’s fate up to a vote of the people. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Buncombe/Henderson/Transylvania County) told News 13 that Republicans may leave HB2’s bathroom question up to […]

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Thousands of HB2 demonstrators descend on Opening Day of legislature

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Barrett, Asheville Citizen-Times, April 25, 2016. Thousands of demonstrators came to the capital Monday to either urge legislators coming to town for the first day of their regular session to stand firm in their support of HB2 or to throw it in the trash. About 200 people attended an event Monday morning to deliver to […]

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