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

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.

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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.

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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