Politics

DACA students protest in this file photo.
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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments next month in a case that could determine the fate of the nearly 700,000 individuals protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Elizabeth Warren posed for selfies after her rally in Rock Hill.
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RALEIGH — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is holding her first campaign event in North Carolina next week.

Senator Richard Burr
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Shortly after the NCAA's surprising announcement Tuesday that it would initiate plans for college athletes to earn money off their names and images, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr issued his thoughts on the matter in a tweet.

And quickly, Burr was what's known in the social media world as "ratioed."

North Carolina Absentee Ballot Rule Changes Get Final OKs

Oct 29, 2019
A silhouette of a voter casting a ballot.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators finalized changes on Tuesday to beef up mail-in absentee ballot rules and punishments for violations after a voting fraud investigation of a congressional race led to a new election this year.

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Strict Abortion Ban

Oct 29, 2019
Gov. Kay Ivey
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional.

Democratic U.S. Rep Alma Adams of Charlotte said she will run for reelection in Charlotte, even if a new Democratic-friendly Congressional district is created in Greensboro.
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Democrat Alma Adams, who represents the 12th Congressional District in Mecklenburg County, said Tuesday she will run for reelection in 2020 in Charlotte -- even if a new Democratic-friendly district is created in the Triad, where she is from.

NC Senate Leader: Democrats Need To Decide On Budget

Oct 29, 2019
North Carolina Legislative building
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RALEIGH — Aiming to end a four-month budget stalemate without Gov. Roy Cooper, the North Carolina Senate's top Republican said Monday that now is the time Democratic colleagues must stand up and decide what "they're for and what they're against."

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There were two blockbuster rulings Monday about North Carolina’s political maps. One upheld newly redrawn state legislative maps for the General Assembly. The other ruling threw out — for now — the state’s congressional map, which was drawn to give Republicans the advantage in 10 of 13 congressional seats.

North Carolina Judges Throw Out Current Congressional Map

Oct 28, 2019
The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

RALEIGH — North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden held a campaign rally in Durham's historically-black Hillside High School on Sunday. The former vice president is trying to build support in North Carolina ahead of the key Super Tuesday primary in March.

John Conyers, Longest Serving Black Congressman, Dies At 90

Oct 27, 2019
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DETROIT — Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90.

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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigned Saturday in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Kamala Harris
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is pulling out of a South Carolina criminal justice forum over organizers' handling of President Donald Trump's appearance.

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In a continuation of his fight against Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis today announced new legislation that he said would make it easier for local enforcement to honor detainer requests from the federal government.

Robin Hayes and Greg Lindberg
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A federal judge is postponing the bribery trial of a North Carolina insurance magnate and two associates until two weeks before next year's primary elections.

President Donald Trump
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Calling it the "most significant criminal justice reform in many generations," President Donald Trump revisited a signature bipartisan legislative achievement Friday at a South Carolina conference that will include weekend appearances from some of his Democratic presidential challengers.

North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A final showdown on the vetoed North Carolina state budget could come next week.

Senate Republicans on Friday filed the parliamentary notice necessary to give them the option to bring up the vetoed budget for an override vote on Monday.

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WASHINGTON — A leading Senate ally of President Donald Trump introduced a resolution Thursday condemning the Democratic-run House for pursuing an "illegitimate impeachment inquiry" and demanding that Republicans be given more chances to question witnesses.

The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

RALEIGH — Evidence is so strong that Republicans carved North Carolina's congressional districts for a specific — and illegal — partisan advantage that those lines must be barred now from use, a lawyer representing voters told judges on Thursday.

NC Legislators Close To Cobbling Together Major Sexual Assault Reforms

Oct 24, 2019
The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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Two loopholes in North Carolina’s sexual assault laws could close as legislators hammer out last-minute changes to three bills in a bipartisan conference committee this week.

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