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Duval County, Fla., Sheriff Mike Williams on Monday said Jacksonville police are not currently able to provide security for the Republican National Convention, citing poor planning and a lack of funding for the last-minute event.

Cunningham's Big Cash Haul Signals Perilous Tillis Reelection Bid

Jul 16, 2020
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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina was outraised nearly 3-to-1 by his Democratic challenger in the last quarter, according to campaign reports that signal a more precarious reelection bid for the Republican in the presidential battleground state.

Trump's Grand GOP Convention Plans Shrink As Virus Surges

Jul 16, 2020
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President Donald Trump's plans for a grand convention keep shrinking.

The Republican National Committee announced Thursday that it is sharply restricting attendance on three of the four nights of its convention in Jacksonville, Florida, next month.

Unclear Path Forward For Photo ID In NC 2020 Elections

Jul 15, 2020
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North Carolina Republican legislators insisted that a photo ID provision be included in order to pass a badly needed bill to adjust some election laws and to fund additional election costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mark Harris Will Not Face Charges In 9th Congressional District Ballot Fraud

Jul 15, 2020
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A former North Carolina congressional candidate won't face state charges in an absentee ballot fraud investigation that's already led to indictments against his hired political operative and a new election, a local prosecutor said on Wednesday.

NC Senator Says He Tested Positive For COVID-19

Jul 10, 2020
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RALEIGH — A North Carolina state senator said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, marking the first known public case for a General Assembly member.

Several Veto Override Attempts At NC Legislature Fail

Jul 8, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners

Mecklenburg County commissioners on Tuesday night discussed shutting down the county again because of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed cases.

Steve Harrison / WFAE

ELIZABETHTOWN — The political operative at the center of a North Carolina absentee ballot fraud investigation has filed for reelection for a local elected position.

ltgov.nc.gov

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest over the weekend gave an interview with the Hendersonville Times-News in which he questioned Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s mandate that North Carolinians wear masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

Democrats, Biden Look To Accelerate Southern Political Shift

Jul 5, 2020
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ATLANTA — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.

Trump Backs Dan Forest In North Carolina Governor's Race

Jul 3, 2020
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President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican who is aiming to deny Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper another term.

Madison Cawthorn campaign

Last week, conservative Madison Cawthorn, who is 24, won a runoff election in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which is centered around Asheville.

Gyms are among the businesses that remain closed under North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's order. He said he's concerned heavy breathing associated with exercise accelerates the spread of the coronavirus. His opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, says Cooper is, "picking winners and losers." He tweeted last week, "Forty-six states have gyms/fitness centers open. North Carolina is one of four states that does not." WRAL's Paul Specht joins us to assess that last statement.

Lt. Gov. Forest: Lawsuit Against Rival Cooper Isn't Political

Jun 29, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said Monday his impeding lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper for unilaterally closing businesses and mandating face masks due to COVID-19 isn't politically motivated, despite their November election matchup.

City of Jacksonville

The Republican National Committee moved most of its convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida, in part because President Trump did not want delegates wearing masks.

But the city of Jacksonville announced on Monday that it's now requiring face coverings in all indoor and public spaces when social distancing isn't possible.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest informed Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper Thursday that he intends to sue over the way Cooper has imposed business restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cawthorn, 24, Defeats Trump's Pick In North Carolina GOP Primary

Jun 24, 2020
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A 24-year-old real estate investment CEO won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate for the nomination.

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Tuesday’s Republican primary in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District is taking place with fewer poll workers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The district covers 17 of North Carolina’s western counties. 

Once Reluctant, SC's Sen. Tim Scott Now Leads GOP On Race

Jun 23, 2020
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
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WASHINGTON — When he first ran for office in 1994, they scrawled the N-word on his lawn signs. By the time he came to Congress, he had to unplug the phone lines because callers brought the staff to tears. Even after he became a U.S. senator, the Capitol quickly became just another place where he would be stopped by the police.

Thom Tillis

A new TV and digital ad campaign for U.S. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis features one of the owners of Lancaster’s BBQ & Wings in Mooresville, which was sued by the federal government in 2018 over accusations that it “subjected a black employee to a racially hostile work environment.” 

NC Lawmakers Push Reopen Bills, Virus Liability Protection

Jun 16, 2020
N.C. Department of Public Safety

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators on Tuesday advanced measures to allow more types of businesses shuttered under Gov. Roy Cooper's COVID-19 executive order to reopen and to limit lawsuits by some who've contracted the virus.

GOP Candidates Balance Pros, Cons Of Running With Trump

Jun 15, 2020
North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is hitting the road again. And while a campaign event with a president who draws TV cameras and raucous crowds can be gold for down-ballot candidates, these days its value can be debatable.

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on Friday legislation providing money to help run North Carolina elections safely and securely during the COVID-19 pandemic and making it easier to cast mail-in absentee ballots this fall.

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The local host committee for Charlotte's 2020 Republican National Committee said Friday that its work has been met with "broken promises" and that "we need to stop pretending there's any part of the convention that will remain in Charlotte."

Bill Easing NC Absentee Ballot Access Goes To Cooper

Jun 11, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are sending Gov. Roy Cooper a bill making it easier for voters to access absentee ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic this fall while ensuring in-person voting sites are clean and safe.

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Charlotte -- long slated to host the 2020 Republican National Convention -- has now lost the convention's main event. 

Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The RNC's executive committee voted on Wednesday night to keep official convention business in Charlotte - but it sharply limited the number of delegates attending to 336, according to an RNC official.

Visit Jacksonville

The Republican National Committee has tentatively decided to move much of its political convention to Jacksonville, Florida, while leaving some of the business aspects of the convention in Charlotte, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Savannah, Georgia
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Top Republican officials toured Savannah, Georgia, on Monday as a possible site for much of the Republican National Convention.

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