NC politics

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Five former North Carolina governors criticized two amendments on the November ballot that they say would weaken the governor’s office and threaten the state’s constitution. The three Democrats and two Republicans accused state legislators of trying to take over the governor’s office at a press conference in Raleigh Monday.

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings Monday in two gerrymandering cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, that are being closely watched in North Carolina. But the rulings don't touch on the key issue, whether it's legal to redraw districts to give an unfair advantage to a political party.

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Charlotte man's lawsuit that challenged North Carolina's "winner-take-all" electoral vote system.  The court upheld a lower court's dismissal of the federal suit by retired Charlotte lawyer Ronald Calvin Williams. 

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North Carolina's primaries are just seven weeks away, but it's still not clear if they'll include votes for local judges. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Tuesday over whether those primaries can go forward this year.

Candidate filing closed at noon today in Mecklenburg County and around the state, setting the fields for spring primaries in local, state and federal races.  A key theme: incumbents facing challenges from within their own parties.  According to Michael Bitzer, a political analyst at Catawba College, that's true in races from Congress down to the county commission.

JOSH STEIN

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking for information on election security and possible tampering in North Carolina following last week's indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian businesses accused of interfering with the 2016 election.

Mazda Toyota

North Carolina has long been fishing for a major manufacturing center. But, last month, the state again reeled in the equivalent of an old boot when Toyota and Mazda picked Alabama for their new joint car plant.

Newly-released documents show what North Carolina used as bait - nearly $1.6 billion and some consultant mandated "love."

A three-judge panel has refused a request by North Carolina Republican lawmakers to block the use of new legislative district maps the judges approved for this year's elections.

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Lawmakers received a brief update about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Tuesday. One key point at issue - just when the state will return control of the organization to its newly picked board of directors.

North Carolina General Assembly

Democrats at the state legislature in Raleigh walked out of a committee meeting Wednesday that was looking at potential changes to judicial election districts and judge selection. The walkout happened after the Republican committee leader, Sen. Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County, would not allow testimony from a retired judge that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper sent to speak on his behalf.

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