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Bladen County's board of elections in Elizabethtown.
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The North Carolina State Board of Elections has admonished a county elections board in the latest example of improper social media posts by local elections officials.

NC Candidates Rush For Legislature, Meadows' Seat

Dec 20, 2019

RALEIGH — Candidate filing for the 2020 election cycle in North Carolina closed on Friday with a rush of electoral hopefuls seeking spots in the General Assembly and a congressional seat in the mountains.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has added two Republican presidential challengers to Donald Trump on the March 3 primary ballot, the organization said Friday.

McCrory Won't Run For NC Governor; Will Consider Senate Bid

Dec 19, 2019
Pat McCrory
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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday that he won’t try to recapture his old office in 2020, but will continue to consider a U.S. Senate bid in 2022.

Updated on 12/27/19: A federal court is expected to issue an order next week to block a new North Carolina voter ID law from going into effect for the  primary elections in March. The law requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot. A full trial is still needed to determine if the law should be permanently struck down.

State and county elections officials have been scrambling to educate voters as well as poll workers about the new photo ID law going into effect for 2020. A 12-page informational mailer put together by the North Carolina State Board of Elections will be printed and sent out to the more than four million households across the state.

NC Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, Top Trump Ally, Says He Won’t Run For Reelection

Dec 19, 2019
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Republican congressman Mark Meadows, a top ally to President Donald Trump, said Thursday that he won’t seek reelection.

NC Governor's Vetoes May Be Remembered Most In '19

Dec 18, 2019
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RALEIGH — Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented.

When it comes to the state budget stalemate, Republicans and Democrats have been blaming each other – especially when it comes to teacher pay. 

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget, saying, for one, it didn’t do enough for teachers. Democratic State Sen. Jeff Jackson of Charlotte waded into the subject this month, tweeting, "We need to raise North Carolina teacher pay to at least the national average – which is where it was back when I was in public school.”

NC Rep. Mark Walker Won't Run In 2020, Eyes Future Senate Bid

Dec 17, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives

RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced late Monday he won’t run for anything in 2020 — making him the second North Carolina Republican congressman standing aside because of recent redistricting.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s superintendent of public instruction is alleging that more than 70,000 third-grade students have been wrongly promoted since 2014 even though they did not meet mandated reading requirements.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening an office in Charlotte for his 2020 presidential campaign.

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RALEIGH — Several current elected officials in North Carolina have decided to try to move up the political ladder in 2020.

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Charlotte City Council members say that meeting in private about Major League Soccer helped them get the best deal for taxpayers.

Judge: South Carolina GOP Can Cancel Its 2020 Primary

Dec 11, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party’s decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has made a number of proposals that would cut the number of people who receive food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, a Democrat who represents the Charlotte area, drew attention last month to one of those proposals. 

Mark Walker
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North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tilllis for their party's nomination next year, or he may run against either of two other House Republicans in primaries. That's according to Walker spokesman Jack Minor. 

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North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina has new Congressional districts — and it was a process. When lawmakers went back to the drawing board last month, they had a lot to say. 

Congressional districts
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A panel of North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in elections next year.

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North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.

Former North Carolina state lawmaker Cal Cunningham is campaigning to be the Democratic nominee against Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, and he wants to send a message – that he won’t be a pawn of big businesses.

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