Politics

There are six seats on the Matthews Board of Commissioners, not including mayor. Three incumbents are running for re-election. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has 13 candidates.

Bio information in italics is from WFAE's education reporter, Ann Doss Helms.

Charlotte City Council is a partisan race, and the field was narrowed down after a primary in September. Five candidates are running for four at-large seats. Districts 2, 4 and 6 are also contested.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis’s campaign said Tuesday he raised $1.2 million in the third quarter for what’s expected to be one of the nation’s closest Senate races. 

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After Thom Tillis defeated Kay Hagan five years ago to win his Senate seat, he said he would hold town halls in an effort to represent all North Carolinians.


Commentary: Voters Often Parrot The Party Line, Even When Polls Suggest Otherwise

Oct 13, 2019
A line of voters waits outside the Plaza Midwood Library in 2008.
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As the 2020 election approaches, voters will see a variety of polls. Many of them will be misleading.

Over time, political science has learned which types of questions are informative and which are not, based on models of public opinion. But many of the questions that polling organizations ask simply do not inform the public.

Mary-Ann Baldwin
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RALEIGH — A former council member in North Carolina's capital city will become its next mayor, as the second-place finisher in this week's election decided against seeking a runoff.

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has weighed in on President Donald Trump's decision this week to withdraw United States troops from northern Syria, which is controlled by the Kurds, saying the move will destabilize the region.

The 2016 North Carolina congressional district map.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina state judges soon will hear arguments on whether congressional districts challenged by voters who say the lines are tainted by excessive partisan bias shouldn't be used in the 2020 elections.

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Some North Carolina farmers say the trade war with China is costing them money, and one said the federal government’s $28 billion bailout hasn’t been enough. They met with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday.

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As Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish forces on its border with Syria on Wednesday, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis said he’s backing Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from the area. 


Joe Biden
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ROCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection.

Trey Gowdy
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Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has been tapped to serve as outside counsel to President Donald Trump as the House impeachment inquiry expands.

Gov. Roy Cooper (left) and Sen. Phil Berger
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Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame each other for the lack of North Carolina teacher raises.

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Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which says, starting in 2023, California universities and colleges can’t prohibit athletes from profiting from their likeness.

While California was moving forward with its legislation, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Walker had already introduced a bill in March that would do much the same thing.

Dena Diorio
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Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio has a buzzword when touting the quarter-cent sales tax: Transparency.

In a time-crunched, court-ordered process, the North Carolina General Assembly recently redrew the state's legislative district maps to be used in next year's elections. A Wake County Superior Court had found the Republican-controlled legislature had gerrymandered dozens of House and Senate districts for extreme partisan advantage. The redrawn maps are now under court review.

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North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Friday defended how they recently redrew state House districts after state judges ruled lines drawn two years ago were tainted by extreme partisan bias favoring the GOP.

Cal Cunningham
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North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham raised more than $1 million in the third quarter, and has $1.1 million cash on hand five months before the March 3 primary.

Robin Hayes
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Robin Hayes, the former chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one charge of lying to the FBI as part of one of the state’s largest corruption scandals. 


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President Trump campaigned for Republican Dan Bishop on the night before Election Day in the 9th Congressional District race on Sept. 10.

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Former vice president Joe Biden is far ahead of other South Carolina Democrats in a Winthrop University poll released Tuesday.

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After one of the most tumultuous weeks in American political history, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned Saturday evening at Clinton College in Rock Hill.

Robin Hayes
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The former chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party will plead guilty to lying to the FBI, according to newly-filed court documents by attorneys for former chairman Robin Hayes. 

NC Congressional Map Challenged Again On Partisan Bias

Sep 27, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Buoyed by a favorable ruling this month involving legislative districts, North Carolina voters sued again on Friday to overturn the state's congressional map, alleging Republican state lawmakers manipulated lines to maximize GOP seats.

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Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, criticized Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden Wednesday in Charlotte for his refusal to honor jail detainers from the federal government.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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RALEIGH — A Republican framework for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina is advancing again with bipartisan support in the state House. But it's unclear whether that will change feelings about the concept in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Dan Bishop speaks during Tuesday's Republican 9th Congressional District forum.
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Dan Bishop is now a member of Congress.

Bishop, who won a special election against Democrat Dan McCready last week, was sworn into the U.S. House Tuesday afternoon.

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To draw new state House and Senate maps, the legislature relied heavily on University of Michigan professor Jowei Chen, who testified on behalf of Common Cause and Democrats in their gerrymandering lawsuit earlier this year.

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RALEIGH — New electoral boundaries for North Carolina General Assembly seats demanded by state judges are on track to be finalized by this week's court deadline.

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