Politics

Steve Harrison/WFAE

President Trump is scheduled to land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 11:45 a.m. Monday after leaving Washington, D.C.

CMS
Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

Two weeks ago, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools medical advisory group held a private meeting on how to reopen schools. The meeting violated the state’s open meetings law.

Steve Harrison / WFAE

The entry to the Westin hotel has a small patch of red carpet for delegates to take a photo in front of a Republican National Convention banner.


Julian Wright (left) and Kristie Puckett-Williams
North Carolina Bar Association/ ACLU North Carolina

Representatives of Carolinas-based organizations focused on police reform said some portions of the Democratic Party platform were necessary and relevant for Charlotte, while others may represent rhetoric more than action.

Steve Harrison/WFAE

Delegates are arriving at the Westin for two days of Republican National Committee meetings, followed by a one-day convention on Monday.

Republican Who Drew Lines Called Gerrymanders Faces Charges

Aug 20, 2020
@RepDavidRLewis / Twitter

RALEIGH — A Republican who played a prominent role in drawing North Carolina districts that were declared gerrymanders by courts resigned Thursday from the state House after being accused of federal fraud and tax violations.

NC Judge Won't Halt Use Of Touch-Screen Vote-Mark Machines

Aug 20, 2020
Douglas W. Jones / Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH — Certain touch-screen ballot-marking machines will remain in use in North Carolina this fall, a judge ruled in a case in which voters questioned the equipment's accuracy and health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tech Sgt. Shanda L. De Anda / U.S. Air Force

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says he will still join other attorneys general in a lawsuit that challenges operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service even though those changes have been postponed until after the election.

In the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina this fall, Democrat Cal Cunningham is challenging incumbent Republican Thom Tillis. In a new ad, the National Republican Senatorial Committee attacks Cunningham’s’ voting record when he was a state senator from 2001 to 2003. The ad says Cunningham voted for over $1 billion in new taxes covering sales, health care, alcohol and more. Joining us to assess those claims is WRAL’s Paul Specht.

Meet The DNC Delegates From Charlotte

Aug 18, 2020

Here is a look at some of the people from Charlotte who are delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates were chosen in one of several ways. Some were elected at a convention for the 12th Congressional District, which includes most of Mecklenburg County. Some were elected at a statewide convention held by the NC Democratic Party. Others were named delegates because they are party leaders or elected officials. 

WRAL

Next Monday, 336 delegates will nominate President Trump for a second term during a small and limited Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Charlotte City Attorney Patrick Baker told City Council Monday morning that he will hire an independent investigator to review an ethics complaint against Republican council member Tariq Bokhari.

Democrats In Conservative SC Now See Opportunity For Gains

Aug 16, 2020
Jaime Harrison/Facebook/U.S. Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There's an unusual feeling emerging among Democrats in South Carolina: energy.

Forest Abandons Lawsuit Challenging Cooper Executive Orders

Aug 13, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ended a testy legal battle with campaign rival and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday after a judge recently rejected Forest's demand to block Cooper from shuttering businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NC Candidate Defends Posts; Says He Despises Racism

Aug 12, 2020
madisoncawthorn.com

RALEIGH — A young Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina says suggestions from his rival and others that he has an affinity for white supremacist causes are ridiculous and based on a lack of historical knowledge.

Cooper Wins Key Ruling In COVID-19 Legal Fight With Forest

Aug 12, 2020
Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Safety

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won another legal victory defending his COVID-19 executive orders on Tuesday, this time when a judge rejected Lt. Gov. Dan Forest's demand that they be blocked by declaring his lawsuit is unlikely to succeed.

Aranami / flickr/CC BY 2.0

Since taking over the U.S. Postal Service in June, Greensboro businessman Louis DeJoy has made a number of changes, including a sweeping shake-up of top executives last week. And in an effort to make the organization more financially stable, he’s cut overtime and said late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. 

Erin Keever / WFAE

The Atrium and Novant health systems said Monday they will be testing and screening people attending and involved with the Republican National Convention that starts in Charlotte in less than two weeks.

Erin Keever / WFAE

North Carolina health officials will allow the small Republican National Convention to have more than 10 people gathered indoors at a time, an accommodation the state said it's making "in the spirit of accommodating the unique interests and needs of the convention."

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
LBJ Library photo by Robert Knudsen

Fifty-five years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. But a key part of that law was removed in 2013, in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder. That 5-4 decision removed section 4(b), which contained a formula to determine which states or counties needed federal approval before making changes to voting.

Forty North Carolina counties were covered under that formula. Its removal touched off a series of battles over voting in North Carolina that’s still unresolved today. 

The GOP says delegates will wear masks at the small business-only convention in Charlotte
WFAE

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday released its health plan for its upcoming business-only convention in Charlotte that starts in less than three weeks.

Trump Considering Giving Convention Speech From White House

Aug 5, 2020
Donald Trump
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll probably deliver his Republican convention acceptance speech from the White House now that plans to hold the event in two battleground states have been foiled by coronavirus concerns and restrictions.

GOP: Trump's Charlotte Renomination To Be Held In Private

Aug 2, 2020
Gage Skidmore / flickr/CC BY 2.0

WASHINGTON — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

Pence Urges In-Person School During Visit To North Carolina

Jul 29, 2020
Gage Skidmore / flickr/CC BY 2.0

APEX — Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday that schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning as he visited a classroom of masked fourth graders at a North Carolina private school.

Unsplash

An old comment from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis has been resurfacing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nicole Quick
Steve Harrison / WFAE

The last time redistricting was at stake, in 2010, Republicans flipped 20 state legislative chambers from blue to red nationwide, including both houses in North Carolina. They seized control of mapmaking after the census.

This time, Democrats are mobilizing.

In NC Visit, Trump Seeks Political Shot In The Arm In Vaccine Push

Jul 28, 2020
Gage Skidmore / flickr/CC BY 2.0

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic put his political fate in grave jeopardy. Now he’s hoping to get credit for his administration’s aggressive push for a vaccine -– and crossing his fingers that one gets approved before Election Day.

Republican Who Had Prominent Role In Redistricting To Retire

Jul 25, 2020
@RepDavidRLewis / Twitter

RALEIGH — A Republican lawmaker who played a prominent role in North Carolina’s redistricting process announced Friday that he will not seek reelection this fall and will instead retire from his post at the end of the year.

Erin Keever / WFAE

President Trump on Thursday called off the Jacksonville, Florida, portion of the Republican National Convention, saying, “it’s not the right time” for a large convention. The GOP last month moved most of the convention from Charlotte after Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn’t guarantee the Republicans a packed house at the Spectrum Center.

RALEIGH — A hearing has been scheduled for next month in litigation from Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest challenging several COVID-19 restrictions issued by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

Pages