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Republican Senator Thom Tillis, left, faces challenges from former state Senator Cal Cunningham, Mecklenburg Commissioner Trevor Fuller and state Senator Erica Smith.
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Earlier this year, North Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis opposed President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall.  

Stalemate Still On As NC Legislature Ends This Year

Nov 26, 2019
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RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked.

Impeachment Story Illustrates News Industry Changes

Nov 23, 2019
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For readers of some prominent regional newspapers, following the impeachment inquiry is a far different experience depending on whether you seek out newsprint or go digital.

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Attorneys challenging Mecklenburg County’s new method of electing district court judges are asking a Wake County Court on Friday to delay the start of candidate filing that is set to begin in early December.

Congress Filing In North Carolina Delayed During Map Fight

Nov 21, 2019
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RALEIGH — North Carolina judges have officially delayed candidate filing for the state’s congressional seats while they sort out whether replacement districts approved by Republicans who lost another political gerrymandering case should be used for next year’s elections.

Investigators Question NC Governor’s Pipeline Fund Actions

Nov 20, 2019
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appears to have “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure natural gas pipeline builders to agree to a $57.8 million mitigation fund under his control, private investigators reported Wednesday.

As Expected, NC Medicaid Managed-Care Won't Begin On Time

Nov 19, 2019
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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Medicaid program won’t shift to managed-care benefits as scheduled early next year, the largest casualty to date of the monthslong budget stalemate between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers.

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The Democratic-led House of Representatives is pursuing an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Here is the key information you need in order to understand an increasingly complicated affair.

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Mecklenburg County Chief District Judge Regan Miller announced Monday morning in a one-sentence e-mail that he is retiring at the end of March.

North Carolina Lawmakers Redraw State’s Congressional Map

Nov 15, 2019
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North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year.

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The North Carolina House on Thursday approved a new Congressional map, two weeks after a three-judge panel said the state’s current map couldn’t be used in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Under the current map, the Republicans control 10 of 13 seats. The new map appears to give Democrats the inside track on picking up two more seats, making it an 8-to-5 map. Joining Lisa Worf to talk about the new map is WFAE’s political reporter, Steve Harrison.

A state budget standoff is now in its fifth month. While legislators returned to Raleigh Wednesday following a brief hiatus, a resolution to the fiscal fight is not on their agenda.

NC Congress Remap Proposal Threatens 2 GOP Incumbents

Nov 14, 2019
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RALEIGH — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit.

While rank-and-file members of the House Intelligence Committee will get their opportunity to question witnesses at the House impeachment inquiry, relatively anonymous staff attorneys are also playing a part in the questioning.

In an unusual but not unprecedented format for congressional hearings, Chairman Adam Schiff and ranking member Devin Nunes will each get 45 minutes to question the witnesses — and can cede any of that extended time to their respective staff counsels. Other lawmakers on the committee will get five-minute rounds.

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Harden, a Democrat who was elected last year as part of a local Blue Wave election, said Wednesday she will not run for reelection in 2020.

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A State Department staffer overheard President Trump asking a top diplomat about "investigations" he wanted Ukraine to pursue that he believed might help him in the 2020 election, another senior diplomat told Congress.

That staffer is expected to tell his story directly to House investigators at a closed-door deposition on Friday.

The new subplot about the overheard phone conversation was one of a small number of new details to emerge from Democrats' first open hearing in their impeachment inquiry into Trump on Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump and many Republicans have said that the whistleblower who launched the Democrats' impeachment inquiry should be revealed – and forced to testify.

Newly elected Republican Congressman Dan Bishop of Charlotte has gone a step further – naming the person whom he believes is the whistleblower. 

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More than 400 members of the media came to the Spectrum Center on Tuesday for a walkthrough for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

The Spectrum Center will host the RNC in August, just as the arena hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

But there will be some differences this time.

Jail Inmates Sue Over North Carolina County's Bail System

Nov 12, 2019
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RALEIGH — A group of North Carolina jail inmates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a county's cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home.

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CONCORD, N.H. — Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it impossible for his campaign to gain traction.

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