Election

The Republican state Senate candidate in Wilmington is likely to spend a few months in the job before he faces his Democratic opponent in the November election. The New Hanover County GOP nominated Michael Lee to fill out the remainder of State Senator Thom Goolsby's term. Goolsby resigned last week. 

State law essentially requires Governor Pat McCrory to now appoint Lee to fill out the remainder of Goolsby's Senate term.

Goolsby has called for Lee to replace him, and said he was resigning early to give the Republican candidate a "running start" in the legislature. 

Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.

If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.

But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…

So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?

Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.

A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.

NC Voting Law Court Case Continues

Jul 10, 2014

  In Winston-Salem this morning, a federal judge will continue questioning U.S. Justice Department lawyers on whether North Carolina's election overhaul violates the Voting Rights Act. All week, Judge Thom Schroeder has heard the Justice Department try to make that case, along with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups. They're suing North Carolina, and this week they're trying to convince a judge to put the changes on hold.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

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Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department will be back in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem this morning to continue making their case that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is discriminatory. The hearings that began Monday morning have included personal stories of voting challenges, allegations of voter fraud, and even a 25-minute math exercise. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

The U.S. Justice Department is arguing before a federal judge in Winston-Salem this week that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The Justice Department and civil rights groups are asking the judge to put the changes on hold.

Reverend Milton Williams was among dozens of people stuck in line outside the courthouse, unable to get into the packed hearing.

NC State Republican Party

Jun 19, 2014

After a century in the minority, the North Carolina Republican party seized power in 2010.  Since then, the party has been busy establishing a brand and advancing their agenda. With a Republican governor and resources from national groups, we'll talk with a leader of the state party about the midterm elections and their hopes for the state.

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Midterm election season is in full swing. In North Carolina education reform and a pay raise for teachers is being hotly debated. Renewal of a large film incentive package is on the table, calls for infrastructure spending is rising and there are extremely tight races in districts all over the state. Several scandals have emerged, challenging both parties' images. Money is pouring in from outside of North Carolina with plenty of national interest on some local races. Against that backdrop we will talk to officials in the state Democratic and Republican parties in successive weeks. First up, the Democrats. 

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

May 7, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

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The 2014 race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat is set. Thom Tillis will take on Kay Hagan this November.  Tillis won the Republican primary last night. He garnered 45 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff.

Tillis' supporters started gathering in a ballroom in uptown just as the results started trickling in. Soon, there were a few hundred supporters on hand, all waiting to hear from the man they believe can take down the junior senator from North Carolina.

Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate

May 5, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.

Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.

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Charlotte’s NBC affiliate has failed to properly disclose information on political ads.  This is the claim being made by two national watchdog groups.  And they’ve asked the Federal Communications Commission to take action. 

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Primary election day is this upcoming Tuesday, May 6, so today we discussed it with our political science professor, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College who also writes for our political blog the Party Line.


With the start of early voting for the May primary election, many counties are expanding their voting locations and times to adjust to the new requirements under the 2013 VIVA Law, or the Voter Information Verification Act.

As recently reported, Mecklenburg County will offer more than six times as many early voting hours as it did in the 2010 primary election. But as a result of the VIVA Law, those hours will come during fewer days. 

NC/SC Midterm Election Update

Apr 23, 2014
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The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.

www.gregbrannon.com

  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon’s campaign plagiarized several passages on his website. This marks the second time Brannon’s campaign has lifted content.


Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches

Apr 17, 2014
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North Carolina hosts one of the most watched electoral races in the country this year, as first-term Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is up for reelection. Who will win is already a toss-up, in a year where Republicans and Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the race.

Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Apr 9, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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