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Voters in Iredell County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Mooresville Mayor and City Council members.

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Voters in Catawba County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders and school board members.

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Voters in Gaston County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Gastonia Mayor.

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Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group of moderate senators restored exceptions for rape and incest on Tuesday to a measure to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina, sending the bill to the state Senate floor for a potential 2020 election year fight.

The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators are already starting the process of redrawing the state's current congressional map after state judges last week blocked its use because they said there was evidence of likely excessive partisan bias in those districts.

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Voters around the Charlotte region head to the polls today to pick the leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. And in Mecklenburg County, voters are also being asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina judge says more than 100,000 computer documents generated by a recently deceased Republican redistricting guru covering several states are no longer under a court's confidentiality order.

A bill awaiting the governor's signature or veto aims to rid North Carolina voter rolls of non-U.S. citizens. But critics see it as a blatant attempt at voter suppression targeting a minority community.

The North Carolina General Assembly concluded this week with a decresendo. Legislators adjourned for a two-week recess without overriding a budget veto or finding much in the way of compromise. 

Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch and Mitch Kokai of the John Lock Foundation discuss the heightened acrimony, and the court ruling that all but guarantees lawmakers will be returning to another round of redistricting. 

And Mitch and Rob share their reflections on the career of former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan who died this week at age 66.

 


North Carolina Redistricting Cases Could Offer Map To Others

Nov 2, 2019
The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
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RALEIGH — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina's elections director has approved 49 additional types of student and employee identification for use in the 2020 elections.

Mirsad Hadzikadic at a political meeting in Bosnia in early October. He says his Platform for Progress party is growing.
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A UNC Charlotte professor who ran unsuccessfully for president last year in his native Bosnia says he's building a slate of candidates for local elections there next year -- and plans to run again for president in three years.

The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
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RALEIGH — A North Carolina congressional candidate and two other voters are asking a federal court to prevent a new U.S. House map from being used in the 2020 elections.

NC Sexual Assault Reforms Pass Unanimously

Oct 31, 2019
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A wide-ranging package of legislation reforming sexual assault laws passed both chambers of the NC General Assembly unanimously today, with two measures closing decades-old legal loopholes on the definition of rape that set North Carolina apart.

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether to void changes to the state constitution that voters approved last year because they were placed on the ballot by lawmakers elected from racially gerrymandered districts.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation. Watch the debate and vote on the House floor live.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators offered fresh carrots Wednesday for Democrats to join them in ending a four-month budget stalemate through even higher raises for public educators and staff should Gov. Roy Cooper's budget bill veto get overridden.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

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Voters in Mooresville and Davidson are being asked to approve the sale of the towns' money-losing cable and internet system, Continuum, on Tuesday's ballot. Davidson voters also will decide on a bond offering to pay for public facilities.

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