Politics

Updated Aug. 31, 2018
Local officials around Mecklenburg County are strongly criticizing a school board vote Tuesday that would basically stop new school construction in Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill. 

State Board of Elections Halts Ballot Preparation

Aug 29, 2018
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The North Carolina Board of Elections said Wednesday it has stopped work on preparing ballots for the Nov. 6 general election after back-to-back judicial rulings this week questioned whether the election can proceed as planned.

Federal judges have affirmed their earlier decision striking North Carolina's congressional districts as unconstitutional because Republicans drew them with excessive partisanship, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the case be re-examined.

The North Carolina 9th Congressional District is seen here in green.
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For decades a Republican stronghold, North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District is in play this year. The district, which stretches from the affluent neighborhoods of southeast Charlotte's "wedge" across rural counties that reach east of Fayetteville over 140 miles away, supported President Trump by almost 12 points in 2016. But Democrat Dan McCready is garnering national attention as the candidate with a chance to end the district's streak of Republican control.  

Monument to the North Carolina women of the Confederacy in Union Square, Raleigh. One of the three statues at the Capitol Gov. Cooper proposed to move.
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The North Carolina Historical Commission voted 9-2 Wednesday against removing three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol Grounds.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a brief in a lawsuit to block the Federal Communication Commission’s reversal of net neutrality rules, which calls the changes “arbitrary and capricious.”

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to elevate a local judge to be a special Superior Court judge after the General Assembly rejected one of his recent choices.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
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The Charlotte City Council is in a midst of a summer break from regular weekly meetings but Mayor Vi Lyles has called a special meeting for Tuesday afternoon, including unspecified closed sessions, and people are wondering what it's all about.

A state Supreme Court candidate on Monday won permission for now from a judge to have his Republican affiliation listed on the November ballots.

A judge has declined to rule on a request to block some constitutional amendment questions approved by lawmakers from appearing on ballots this fall in North Carolina. 

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