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Gov. Roy Cooper called on the General Assembly on Tuesday to expand grants for students at community colleges and universities who face acute financial difficulties.

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Gun-control advocates in the North Carolina legislature are pressing again for weapon restrictions they say will reduce the risk of mass shootings and other firearm violence.

Several House Democrats filed omnibus gun-safety legislation on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

A bipartisan group of North Carolina legislators said Wednesday they will file a bill to create an 11-member independent body to draw the state’s Congressional and state legislative maps.


Republican lawmakers re-elected to lead the North Carolina House and Senate are urging colleagues to reach consensus in approving policy and legislation during the next two years.

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The first half of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's term was confrontational even before it began, as Republican legislators rammed through laws swiping away some of his powers even before he got sworn in. He sued over those laws, issued a record number of vetoes — most of them overridden — and exchanged sharp rejoinders with the GOP.

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In the November election, Republican after Republican fell in Mecklenburg County: Scott Stone, Andy Dulin and Bill Brawley in the N.C. House. Jeff Tarte in the state Senate. 

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Emboldened by a referendum voters approved this month, North Carolina's soon-dwindling Republican majorities at the legislature will scramble to approve their preferred voter identification law before Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper can stop it.

The Mecklenburg Board of Elections declared Democrat Rachel Hunt the winner of the North Carolina House District 103 seat Tuesday night after completing a recount requested by Republican Bill Brawley.

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Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly have written a draft bill that describes what forms of photo ID would be allowed after state voters approved placing a photo ID requirement in the state constitution.

Democratic State Senate candidate Brandlon Lofton has been accused of wanting to eliminate free speech, which he says is "ridiculous."
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Mecklenburg County has six competitive races in the state legislature, with the Republican Party’s Super Majority in the General Assembly at stake.


Five years ago, North Carolina passed a strict photo ID requirement. But it was used only twice — in the primaries in March and June 2016.

The ballots for North Carolina’s upcoming election have had a number of delays as cases on amendments and party affiliation wound their way through the court. Just as ballots were finally on track to meet September's deadline for printing, Hurricane Florence came along. Now state leaders are trying to ensure those hit hard by the storm can still easily vote.  

Democratic candidates for the North Carolina House and Senate speak at a fundraiser at Free Range Brewing in NoDa.
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If North Carolina Democrats win either four state House seats or six Senate seats, they break the Republicans “super majority” in the General Assembly.


Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday quickly resumed his bid in a local court to halt referendums on two new constitutional amendments the legislature rewrote in time for fall ballots.

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North Carolina legislators on Monday finished revamping two constitutional amendments aimed for the ballot this November after a judicial panel rejected their initial proposals because it decided they were misleading.

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A panel of judges ordered state elections officials not to print ballots for the November election, as it considers whether North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature is trying to fool voters with the wording of proposed amendments to the state constitution.

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Five former North Carolina governors criticized two amendments on the November ballot that they say would weaken the governor’s office and threaten the state’s constitution. The three Democrats and two Republicans accused state legislators of trying to take over the governor’s office at a press conference in Raleigh Monday.

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A judge is ordering North Carolina election officials not to finalize November ballots while she receives more information about lawsuits filed by two judicial candidates.  Both candidates have sued to have their party affiliation included next to their name on the ballots. 

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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation approved by Republicans during this week's special session that alters North Carolina ballot language for constitutional referenda and a state Supreme Court race this fall.


The Republican who is arguably North Carolina's most powerful politician could yet face a Democratic challenger after the state elections board decided Thursday that Jennifer Mangrum did enough to establish her residence in the district now represented by state Sen. Phil Berger.