NC politics

Madison Cawthorn campaign

Last week, conservative Madison Cawthorn, who is 24, won a runoff election in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which is centered around Asheville.

Tzvika Assaf / Unsplash

RALEIGH — Be prepared to pay more in North Carolina for your driver’s license, your vehicle registration or copy of your driving record.

Days after the North Carolina legislature's passage of a bill that includes a measure to further restrict death investigation records from public access, some lawmakers say they plan to walk back the provision.

UNC Wilmington

WILMINGTON — A North Carolina college professor will retire amid criticism over his latest social media comments, which include calling the state’s governor “Massa Cooper.”

Lt. Gov. Forest: Lawsuit Against Rival Cooper Isn't Political

Jun 29, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said Monday his impeding lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper for unilaterally closing businesses and mandating face masks due to COVID-19 isn't politically motivated, despite their November election matchup.

North Carolina lawmakers finished most of their work for the year early Friday, setting another Medicaid overhaul date, funding a monument to honor African Americans and trying again to reopen businesses shuttered by Gov. Roy Cooper due to COVID-19.

Cawthorn, 24, Defeats Trump's Pick In North Carolina GOP Primary

Jun 24, 2020
Madison Cawthorn campaign / Facebok

A 24-year-old real estate investment CEO won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate for the nomination.

NC Lawmakers Push Reopen Bills, Virus Liability Protection

Jun 16, 2020
N.C. Department of Public Safety

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators on Tuesday advanced measures to allow more types of businesses shuttered under Gov. Roy Cooper's COVID-19 executive order to reopen and to limit lawsuits by some who've contracted the virus.

GOP Candidates Balance Pros, Cons Of Running With Trump

Jun 15, 2020
North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
Brian Godette / U.S. Army Reserve

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is hitting the road again. And while a campaign event with a president who draws TV cameras and raucous crowds can be gold for down-ballot candidates, these days its value can be debatable.

Bill Easing NC Absentee Ballot Access Goes To Cooper

Jun 11, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are sending Gov. Roy Cooper a bill making it easier for voters to access absentee ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic this fall while ensuring in-person voting sites are clean and safe.

GOP Lawmakers Push Bill To Keep Trump, RNC In North Carolina

Jun 8, 2020
The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are planning to vote this week on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a packed Republican National Convention without some of the restrictions officials have required elsewhere to stop the coronavirus.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper eased restrictions last month to allow most businesses to reopen, but churches could only hold indoor gatherings of at most 10 people. This was how he explained his reasoning: “We know that inside it is much more likely that you’re going to transmit this virus, particularly when you’re sitting or standing in one place for a long period of time.”

Spectrum Center

As tensions mount over whether the 2020 Republican National Convention will actually be held in Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina's governor is telling organizers they need to plan for a scaled-down event with face masks.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, meanwhile, says the GOP is ready to "begin visiting" other cities and states for possible venues. 


North Carolina Republican House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger harshly criticized Monday Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's response to the sometimes-violent protests over the death of George Floyd.

Virus Hurts North Carolina Counties' Hurricane Readiness

May 31, 2020
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As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that COVID-19 is factoring into hurricane preparations. Five of those — Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Washington — said overall plans hadn’t changed, but they’re ready to adjust to the virus if needed.

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The governors of the Carolinas are calling for peaceful protests after rallies over police brutality and racism in both states turned violent in recent days.

Spectrum Center

The Republican National Committee wants Gov. Roy Cooper's assurance by Wednesday that a "full convention" can take place in Charlotte this summer. It's the latest in an ongoing back-and-forth between the Democratic governor and officials organizing the Republican National Convention that's set to start Aug. 24 at the Spectrum Center.

Bill Seeks Easier NC Ballot Access In Fall During Pandemic

May 27, 2020
Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

RALEIGH — North Carolina voters would have more options in requesting absentee ballots and officials would get funds to keep precincts cleaned and staffed, according to legislation advancing at the General Assembly to address COVID-19 challenges.

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President Trump tweeted Monday morning that unless North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper guarantees that the GOP can "fully occupy" the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, the GOP will be "reluctantly forced" to find another home for the Republican National Convention.

Reopen NC Facebook

The husband of a Reopen NC movement leader posted a video to Facebook Friday in which he said he is willing to kill people to protect the country against what he calls the New World Order.