Politics

A Peek At South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Lancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot.
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The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

Impasse Continues Over State Budget, Teacher Pay After Brief Session

Jan 14, 2020
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly fell short on Tuesday trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget, ensuring their spending impasse will extend into spring and perhaps longer.

Budget Override Tops North Carolina Senate GOP Wish List

Jan 13, 2020
The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly returns to Raleigh briefly on Tuesday with a short to-do list, topped by another Republican attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget more than six months ago.

2020 In The South Carolina Legislature A Lot Like 2019

Jan 11, 2020
South Carolina State Legislature Building
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers return to the State House on Tuesday facing most of the same big issues that were hovering around in 2019.

 

Education, the future of state-owned utility Santee Cooper and maybe even abortion will take up plenty of the Legislature's time as they typically meet three days a week until May 14.

NC GOP Legislators Make Late Pitch To Keep Photo ID

Jan 10, 2020
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North Carolina Republican lawmakers made a last-minute plea on Friday to a federal judge as they seek to save a photo identification requirement to vote that had been set to begin with the March primary.

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North Carolina will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks the state’s photo identification voting law but not before the March 3 primary, the state Department of Justice said Thursday.

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The federal judge who blocked the newest version of North Carolina's voter identification law cited the state's "sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression" as she ordered officials not to enforce the law in 2020.

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A federal district court said  Thursday it will issue a preliminary injunction next week that would prohibit North Carolina from requiring a photo ID to vote in the state’s March 3 primary.

Bladen County's board of elections in Elizabethtown.
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The North Carolina State Board of Elections has admonished a county elections board in the latest example of improper social media posts by local elections officials.

NC Candidates Rush For Legislature, Meadows' Seat

Dec 20, 2019

RALEIGH — Candidate filing for the 2020 election cycle in North Carolina closed on Friday with a rush of electoral hopefuls seeking spots in the General Assembly and a congressional seat in the mountains.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has added two Republican presidential challengers to Donald Trump on the March 3 primary ballot, the organization said Friday.

McCrory Won't Run For NC Governor; Will Consider Senate Bid

Dec 19, 2019
Pat McCrory
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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday that he won’t try to recapture his old office in 2020, but will continue to consider a U.S. Senate bid in 2022.

Updated on 12/27/19: A federal court is expected to issue an order next week to block a new North Carolina voter ID law from going into effect for the  primary elections in March. The law requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot. A full trial is still needed to determine if the law should be permanently struck down.

State and county elections officials have been scrambling to educate voters as well as poll workers about the new photo ID law going into effect for 2020. A 12-page informational mailer put together by the North Carolina State Board of Elections will be printed and sent out to the more than four million households across the state.

NC Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, Top Trump Ally, Says He Won’t Run For Reelection

Dec 19, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives

Republican congressman Mark Meadows, a top ally to President Donald Trump, said Thursday that he won’t seek reelection.

NC Governor's Vetoes May Be Remembered Most In '19

Dec 18, 2019
Gov. Roy Cooper
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RALEIGH — Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented.

When it comes to the state budget stalemate, Republicans and Democrats have been blaming each other – especially when it comes to teacher pay. 

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget, saying, for one, it didn’t do enough for teachers. Democratic State Sen. Jeff Jackson of Charlotte waded into the subject this month, tweeting, "We need to raise North Carolina teacher pay to at least the national average – which is where it was back when I was in public school.”

NC Rep. Mark Walker Won't Run In 2020, Eyes Future Senate Bid

Dec 17, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives

RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced late Monday he won’t run for anything in 2020 — making him the second North Carolina Republican congressman standing aside because of recent redistricting.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s superintendent of public instruction is alleging that more than 70,000 third-grade students have been wrongly promoted since 2014 even though they did not meet mandated reading requirements.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening an office in Charlotte for his 2020 presidential campaign.

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RALEIGH — Several current elected officials in North Carolina have decided to try to move up the political ladder in 2020.

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Charlotte City Council members say that meeting in private about Major League Soccer helped them get the best deal for taxpayers.

Judge: South Carolina GOP Can Cancel Its 2020 Primary

Dec 11, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party’s decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has made a number of proposals that would cut the number of people who receive food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, a Democrat who represents the Charlotte area, drew attention last month to one of those proposals. 

Mark Walker
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North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tilllis for their party's nomination next year, or he may run against either of two other House Republicans in primaries. That's according to Walker spokesman Jack Minor. 

Congressional districts
North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina has new Congressional districts — and it was a process. When lawmakers went back to the drawing board last month, they had a lot to say. 

Congressional districts
North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A panel of North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in elections next year.

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North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.

Former North Carolina state lawmaker Cal Cunningham is campaigning to be the Democratic nominee against Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, and he wants to send a message – that he won’t be a pawn of big businesses.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis, left, faces challenges from former state Senator Cal Cunningham, Mecklenburg Commissioner Trevor Fuller and state Senator Erica Smith.
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Earlier this year, North Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis opposed President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall.  

Stalemate Still On As NC Legislature Ends This Year

Nov 26, 2019
The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked.

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