Politics

Mayor Vi Lyles addresses the crowd after a ribbon cutting Friday at the new 9th Street Station.
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The leaders of several local groups aligned with the Democratic Party are speaking out against the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.  They're planning a press conference at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Monday afternoon just before the City Council considers whether to support the bid.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
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Charlotte city council members will hold a special meeting Monday afternoon to “consider taking action” regarding hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention.

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The Republican who is arguably North Carolina's most powerful politician could yet face a Democratic challenger after the state elections board decided Thursday that Jennifer Mangrum did enough to establish her residence in the district now represented by state Sen. Phil Berger.

Charlotte City Councilors Tariq Bokhari and Braxton Winston in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.
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Charlotte's city councilors are continuing to weigh whether to support the city's bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.

City council member Lawana Mayfield talked to reporters Wednesday about her opposition to Charlotte's bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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The City Council could vote as early as Monday on contracts required to host the Republican National Convention in 2020.  The action comes amid reports that Charlotte is the favorite to be nominated for the event, and as council members debate whether hosting it is a good idea.

Kavanaugh and his family watch President Trump sign his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Members of North Carolina and South Carolina's congressional delegation responded to President Donald J. Trump's nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court with praise and alarm. On Monday night, the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, to fill the position that Associate Justice Kennedy will vacate upon retirement. 

President Donald Trump addressed the crowd at Airport High School in West Columbia.
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A debate is intensifying over whether Charlotte should host the 2020 Republican National Convention if it's chosen at the end of this month. The matter could come down to a city council vote this summer. 

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Judicial elections in North Carolina are all but set for November with the candidate filing period over for trial and appeals courts.

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A North Carolina Senate committee Thursday will debate adding a photo ID requirement for voting to the state's constitution.  The proposal has already passed the House.  It must also pass the Senate before it appears as a referendum on this November’s ballot.   

The early-voting period in North Carolina will end on the Friday before Election Day instead of Saturday.  The House Wednesday completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that shifts the in-person, early voting period back a day.  That Saturday has been a popular day for early voting, especially among African-Americans.  

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