Politics

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senators will return to the Statehouse this week with a long, complex debate in front of them.

Democrats have seen a sharp drop in voter registration in North Carolina's seven westernmost counties over the past four years.  Republicans have seen a similar increase during the same timeframe, as well as those registering as unaffiliated in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.

Pete Buttigieg
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FLORENCE, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities, is trying to rearrange his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Tom Steyer has been spending a lot of time in North Carolina lately. The billionaire environmental activist and Democratic candidate running for president made campaign stops in Raleigh and Goldsboro last weekend. And this weekend, he has stops in Charlotte. And he joined All Things Considered on Friday. 

Senator Thom Tillis
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North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Wednesday proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring.

NC Medicaid Expansion Advocates 'Mad' As Bill Idles

Jan 15, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea.

A Peek At South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Lancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot.
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The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

Impasse Continues Over State Budget, Teacher Pay After Brief Session

Jan 14, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly fell short on Tuesday trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget, ensuring their spending impasse will extend into spring and perhaps longer.

Budget Override Tops North Carolina Senate GOP Wish List

Jan 13, 2020
The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly returns to Raleigh briefly on Tuesday with a short to-do list, topped by another Republican attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget more than six months ago.

2020 In The South Carolina Legislature A Lot Like 2019

Jan 11, 2020
South Carolina State Legislature Building
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers return to the State House on Tuesday facing most of the same big issues that were hovering around in 2019.

 

Education, the future of state-owned utility Santee Cooper and maybe even abortion will take up plenty of the Legislature's time as they typically meet three days a week until May 14.

NC GOP Legislators Make Late Pitch To Keep Photo ID

Jan 10, 2020
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North Carolina Republican lawmakers made a last-minute plea on Friday to a federal judge as they seek to save a photo identification requirement to vote that had been set to begin with the March primary.

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North Carolina will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks the state’s photo identification voting law but not before the March 3 primary, the state Department of Justice said Thursday.

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The federal judge who blocked the newest version of North Carolina's voter identification law cited the state's "sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression" as she ordered officials not to enforce the law in 2020.

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A federal district court said  Thursday it will issue a preliminary injunction next week that would prohibit North Carolina from requiring a photo ID to vote in the state’s March 3 primary.

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.

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