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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced her endorsement of Michael Bloomberg as the Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 about two weeks ago -- and immediately began facing some backlash. One of the surprising voices to come out against the support was Lyles' own daughter, Aisha Alexander.

Extraordinary North Carolina Court Review On Voter ID Sought

Feb 26, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want the state’s entire Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a ruling by three of the court’s judges that set another barrier to implement voter photo identification.

Cooper, Forest Need Primary Wins Before Governor's Showdown

Feb 26, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina's Democratic governor will have to defend his seat against the highest ranking Republican official elected statewide in this fall's general election if each wins his respective party primary next week.

More than 1 million North Carolina residents have registered, or re-registered, to vote since the 2016 election. A lot of the new voters are young - and are more than twice as likely to identify as Latinx or Asian than in previous elections.

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NPR is repeatedly visiting several cities which will play a big role in the 2020 presidential election. First stop: Charlotte to see where voters are on the issues and on the candidates.

You don't need an ID to vote in the North Carolina primaries. That's because a federal court put a state law on hold until a case challenging voter ID can be heard. Last week, a state appeals court blocked it indefinitely. In his response to the federal ruling in December, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore described the law as "one of the nation's most lenient voter ID laws."

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RALEIGH — Plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of a legislative session Republicans quickly called in 2016 to limit the power of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper before he could take office now want the state's highest court to hear their case.

Populism Vs. Pragmatism Underpins NC Senate Primary

Feb 23, 2020
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DURHAM — Democratic voters seeking to take back a U.S. Senate seat in closely divided North Carolina must choose whether liberal populism or centrist pragmatism is best suited to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis, a devotee of President Donald Trump.

Analysis: New Mecklenburg Voting Equipment Ready For Super Tuesday

Feb 22, 2020
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Elections are unpredictable. Election administration does not have to be.

For example, the Bipartisan Policy Center and MIT have jointly conducted research on polling-place lines in the 2016 and 2018 elections.

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The GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund admitted Friday to meddling in North Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary and said it “stole a page out of Chuck Schumer’s playbook.”

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Thursday for a second day in the bribery trial of Durham businessman Greg Lindberg and two associates. Jurors heard secret recordings Causey made while cooperating with the FBI.

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in federal court in Charlotte that he was so uncomfortable with political contributions from Durham insurance magnate Greg Lindberg that he went to the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2017, and agreed to make audio and video recordings of conversations he had with Lindberg and his two associates, John Grey and John Palermo.

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in the political bribery trial of businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies.

WFAE's Steve Harrison has been at the federal courthouse in Charlotte to hear testimony and opening statements. He joined All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn and WFAE's Nick de la Canal for an upate.

Trump To Visit South Carolina Ahead Of Democratic Primary

Feb 18, 2020
President Donald Trump campaigned for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in West Columbia June 25.
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COLUMBIA, S.C.  — He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there.

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The federal bribery trial for political mega-donor Greg Lindberg began Tuesday in Charlotte with jury selection.

Lindberg, along with two of his associates and a former North Carolina congressman and GOP chair, were indicted on a slew of federal charges last March — charges tied to the bribery of a state elected official.

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In the brightly lit Best Diner in Greensboro, a group of black voters discuss their thoughts about the upcoming presidential election.

Democratic presidential candidates and their surrogates are crisscrossing North Carolina as Super Tuesday draws closer. And they’re doing everything possible to appeal to black voters.

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North Carolina’s photo ID law has suffered a second setback.

Steyer Foundation Mulling SC Investments - After The Primary

Feb 17, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, Kat Taylor — the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer — said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation wouldn’t act on it until after the primary.

Democratic Hopefuls Now Test Strength Among Minority Voters

Feb 16, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal.

Donald Trump speaking Wednesday at McGlohon Theatre.
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President Donald Trump will return to Charlotte for a campaign rally one day before the "Super Tuesday" primary election, his campaign announced Friday.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a campaign rally at Charlotte’s Belk Theater on Friday ahead of the rapidly approaching North Carolina primary, listing reasons why he believes he is the best candidate to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced her support for Mike Bloomberg as the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Thursday.

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Here’s what a typical field office for a presidential candidate looks like: It’s about 800 square feet. Hidden on the second floor of a shopping center, with signs taped to an outside door, directing people inside.

This office – for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren – was mostly empty one day this week, except for a couple of college-age supporters.

Then there is Michael Bloomberg’s Charlotte office. 

North Carolina’s primary is less than three weeks away. It’s Super Tuesday and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will be on primary ballots for the first time. He’s been spending big on TV ads in North Carolina. 

Recently his campaign mailed letters to people, criticizing President Donald Trump for creating chaos while in office, and asked for people’s vote. It included this phrase, "North Carolina election law allows all registered voters, regardless of registration to vote in the Democratic primary."

Steyer's Wife Moves To SC For Rest Of 2020 Campaign

Feb 11, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Illustrating the focus Tom Steyer's presidential campaign is putting on South Carolina, the Democrat's wife has stepped down from her banking job and relocated to the state for the rest of her husband's 2020 bid.

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The second phase of Charlotte’s streetcar will open by the end of this year, Charlotte Area Transit System chief executive John Lewis said Tuesday.

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New Hampshire is casting its vote in the Democratic presidential primary today, and in less than three weeks — Feb. 29 — all eyes will turn toward South Carolina. It’s a crucial vote, since it’ll be the first primary in the South and the first in which a majority of voters are expected to be African American.

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Raleigh Saturday in an annual march and rally designed to call for action on social and economic justice issues in North Carolina.

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