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President Donald Trump spoke Friday at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit at Central Piedmont Community College, briefly commenting on his impeachment acquittal two days ago and praising North Carolina representatives who supported him, but primarily focusing on the economy and his Opportunity Now initiative in a nearly hour-long speech.

Ad Backing Democratic Senate Candidate Could Be Republican Primary Mischief

Feb 6, 2020
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RALEIGH — A newly formed political committee with Republican connections has started running television ads that praise a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, causing some to suggest the ads represent GOP interference in her primary next month.

SC Lawmakers Reject Naming Interchange For Trump Or Obama

Feb 6, 2020
White House

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A small group of South Carolina lawmakers Thursday killed competing bills that would have named one of the state's busiest intersections after either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama.

All four North Carolina and South Carolina senators -- all Republicans -- voted Wednesday to acquit President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

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North Carolina is one of 14 states to hold a presidential primary on the so-called “Super Tuesday.” The ballot also will include primaries for the U.S. House and Senate, the North Carolina General Assembly and various state offices, including governor. And, in Charlotte, there are Democratic primaries for at-large and District 3 county commission seats.

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A group of prominent upstate South Carolina Republicans is launching an effort to encourage Republicans across the state to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary.  

You won’t need an ID to cast a ballot next month for the primaries in North Carolina. A federal judge blocked that 2018 law until a court could decide whether it was constitutional. Speaking about that decision, state Rep. Holly Grange, a Republican running for governor, said that makes it easy to impersonate a voter.

President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is delivering the Democratic response to President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address. Watch her remarks live and follow a live annotation of her remarks, with fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

RALEIGH — Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest was well ahead of his primary rival for North Carolina governor when it comes to fundraising as 2020 began. But Democratic incumbent Roy Cooper lapped them both taking in money.

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With 41 delegates at stake, Iowa can help make or break a presidential candidates' momentum. See the results, coverage from NPR reporters in the field and background on how it all works.

RALEIGH — The leading fundraisers to date in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race have announced largely similar contribution numbers for the previous three months.

NC Surplus, Budget Impasse Mean Lots Of Cash Unspent

Jan 30, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH -- North Carolina state government coffers are more flush than in recent memory as 2020 begins as tax collections again are beating projections and hundreds of millions of dollars aren't being spent due to a lengthy budget impasse.

Thom Tillis, Cal Cunningham, Erica Smith
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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis has put immigration at the center of his reelection campaign. To set himself apart from his Democratic opponents Cal Cunningham and state Sen. Erica Smith, he’s highlighting their stances on state policies.

As anyone in North Carolina knows, political ads - on television and social media - are everywhere right now.

Alma Adams and Joe Biden
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Charlotte Congresswoman Alma Adams announced Tuesday that she is supporting Joe Biden in the Democratic primary for president.

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It's presidential primary season! South Carolina is the fourth state to select its preference for the Democratic presidential candidate – behind Iowa (Feb. 3), New Hampshire (Feb. 11) and Nevada (Feb. 22), and the election is fast approaching. Here's what you need to know.

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North Carolina State Board of Elections

The North Carolina State Board of Elections wants to remind you that photo ID is not required for the March 3 primary election -- and will do so with a postcard in your mailbox soon.

Richard Burr
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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr doesn’t have a leading role in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. His main task for these day-long marathon sessions has been to sit at attention in the chamber for hours on end as information and evidence is presented.

Still, he has managed to make news for the strangest of reasons: Socks and fidget spinners.

NC General Assembly
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RALEIGH — The state of North Carolina must pay over $102,000 to the winning side in a recent legislative redistricting case and the outside expert who helped analyze redrawn district lines, state judges have ruled.

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With a little more than five weeks before North Carolina’s primary, the leading Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate met on stage for the first time Tuesday night at West Charlotte High. 

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Catawba County passed a resolution Tuesday making it a "Second Amendment sanctuary" county, while Cabarrus County unanimously approved support of its own resolution that would do the same.

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Updated Jan. 22.

A growing number of North Carolina counties are becoming so-called Second Amendment sanctuaries, including several in the Charlotte region.

NC Appeals Court Upholds Lawfulness Of 2016 Session

Jan 21, 2020
Roy Cooper
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RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday upheld the legality of a legislative session Republicans quickly called in December 2016 to push through laws that weakened the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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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.

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