Tom Bullock

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Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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There is a simple, demographic fact in North Carolina politics: women are underrepresented in the General Assembly.

They make up 51.4 percent of the state's population. But hold just a quarter of the seats in North Carolina's House and Senate.

The candidate filing window for the 2018 election season is now open. So too are efforts to break a political glass ceiling.

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Raleigh is the only city in the state still in the running for Amazon's HQ 2. Amazon has already said no to bids from Charlotte, the Triad and Hickory.

But newly released information on Hickory's bid to land the project gives us a glimpse of the tactics state officials have employed.

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Republican leaders of the General Assembly say they have reached a deal to give school districts statewide more time to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through third grades.

The proposal, which still needs approval, also includes more money to keep art, music and physical education teachers in the classroom.

All this is good news for North Carolina's public schools.  

But it comes with some controversial political strings attached.

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Republican leaders of the General Assembly say they have worked out a deal on what has become known as the k-3 class size fix.

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Cue the music. It's time for the games.

Though the opening ceremony is still a day away, the first rounds of the 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And a small contingent of North Carolinians will be there competing for team USA.

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Two years ago David Lewis bragged about his own partisan efforts to elect fellow Republicans.  Now the state representative from Harnett County is angry and says Democrats are doing the same thing. But in a fiery speech Wednesday to make that point, Lewis fell into an age-old trap of contradictions.

Both sides are declaring victory while many others are left scratching their heads after the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in Tuesday on two North Carolina gerrymandering cases.

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North Carolina has long been fishing for a major manufacturing center. But, last month, the state again reeled in the equivalent of an old boot when Toyota and Mazda picked Alabama for their new joint car plant.

Newly-released documents show what North Carolina used as bait - nearly $1.6 billion and some consultant mandated "love."

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Representative Trey Gowdy made a surprising announcement on Wednesday. The South Carolina Republican is quitting politics and will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it plans to return control of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare to the new board of directors this weekend.

Are you worried any kind of redistricting could threaten the Republicans supermajority in North Carolina's House of Representatives?

"My belief is if the redistricting is done and in a fair manner, which we've done, we will hold our majority. I feel confident we'll hold our supermajority. But it's a numbers game, as you know. 

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When it comes to drawing districts for congressional elections, House Speaker Tim Moore says North Carolina Republicans nailed it.

“Frankly, it's a model other states could follow,” says Moore. 

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This article will feature the latest news on the expected winter storm hitting North Carolina today. It will be regularly updated by WFAE staff. Scroll down for earlier reports.

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Lawmakers received a brief update about Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Tuesday. One key point at issue - just when the state will return control of the organization to its newly picked board of directors.

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A panel of federal judges has denied a request from Republican lawmakers to delay redrawing all of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts.

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Tuesday morning, lawmakers will get an update on the operation of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

This briefing comes as state officials are facing a self-imposed deadline to return control of the organization to a new board of directors.  

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A York law enforcement officer is in critical condition and three others are being treated in the hospital after being shot early today by a man who was being sought in a domestic violence incident.

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One suspect is dead and one police officer injured after a shooting outside CMPD headquarters late Thursday night.

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Republican leaders of the General Assembly are officially asking a court to put a hold on the political gerrymandering decision handed down on Tuesday.

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The headline of Tuesday's federal ruling is an eye-catching one: All 13 North Carolina congressional districts are illegal partisan gerrymanders. The deadline was equally eye-catching. The judges gave lawmakers just two weeks to redraw the whole map.

So did all this catch the eyes of lawmakers in Raleigh?

Not visibly. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening behind the scene.  

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This year's congressional election has just been thrown into chaos.

Late Tuesday, a panel of federal judges ruled unanimously that all of North Carolina's election districts for the U.S. House of Representatives are illegal partisan gerrymanders. All 13 districts must now be redrawn just weeks before the campaign season officially kicks off with candidate filings.

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On Thursday, about three dozen people marched silently through uptown Charlotte. Their mission was to protest a controversial judicial redistricting plan proposed by Republican lawmakers.

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Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to prepare for the first winter storm of 2018.

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In September, a group that expresses white supremacist and neo-Nazi sentiments announced it would hold a torchlight rally in uptown Charlotte. The group calls itself Anticom. A counter protest was quickly organized. All of this was to take place this Thursday night.

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Mecklenburg County residents can again pay their property taxes online. This service was disabled earlier this month when the county was hit with a ransomware attack.

And it comes back online just in time for those looking to trim their federal tax bill.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a stop in Charlotte Tuesday. He announced the formation of two new task forces to fight violent crime. But details on these new efforts were scant.

Campbell Soup Co. said Monday will pay $50 a share in cash to acquire Charlotte-based snack maker Snyder's-Lance Inc.  That puts the deal's value at $4.87 billion.

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Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has a new board of directors. It includes a few who were on the previous board. State officials fired that board when it took over the behavioral health care organization last month, believing them to be a big part of Cardinal’s problem. After all, it was the board that approved the excessive CEO pay and severance packages.    

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When state officials took over Cardinal Innovations Healthcare roughly two weeks ago, one of their first actions was to purge the company's board of directors. 

That was more than just a symbolic move. The board, state officials believe, was a big part of the problem.

Now, if all goes as planned, Cardinal will have a newly-elected board of directors by the end of the week.

But, like all things Cardinal these days, there's a twist. Some of Cardinal's old board members could be coming back.

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Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions is a giant in a very specific field. It’s responsible for administering $682 million in taxpayer money to Medicaid recipients in 20 counties in need of mental health treatment, developmental disability services and those seeking treatment for addictions.   

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