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Steyer Foundation Mulling SC Investments - After The Primary

Feb 17, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, Kat Taylor — the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer — said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation wouldn’t act on it until after the primary.

Democratic Hopefuls Now Test Strength Among Minority Voters

Feb 16, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal.

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New Hampshire is casting its vote in the Democratic presidential primary today, and in less than three weeks — Feb. 29 — all eyes will turn toward South Carolina. It’s a crucial vote, since it’ll be the first primary in the South and the first in which a majority of voters are expected to be African American.

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North Carolina is one of 14 states to hold a presidential primary on the so-called “Super Tuesday.” The ballot also will include primaries for the U.S. House and Senate, the North Carolina General Assembly and various state offices, including governor. And, in Charlotte, there are Democratic primaries for at-large and District 3 county commission seats.

You won’t need an ID to cast a ballot next month for the primaries in North Carolina. A federal judge blocked that 2018 law until a court could decide whether it was constitutional. Speaking about that decision, state Rep. Holly Grange, a Republican running for governor, said that makes it easy to impersonate a voter.

When North Carolina voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday, they will be faced with making a preliminary selection on who should be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction. It’s a position that directs an enormous amount of state and other funds. But it’s also a role that is poorly defined, and, currently, a source of contention.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senators will return to the Statehouse this week with a long, complex debate in front of them.

Democrats have seen a sharp drop in voter registration in North Carolina's seven westernmost counties over the past four years.  Republicans have seen a similar increase during the same timeframe, as well as those registering as unaffiliated in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.

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Resolutions calling for individual counties to become 2nd Amendment sanctuaries are sweeping the South due to gun control legislation moving through the Virginia legislature. In Macon County, one such resolution was discussed Tuesday night. 

A Peek At South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Lancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot.
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The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

More than a year after his death, a cache of computer files saved on the hard drives of Thomas Hofeller, a prominent Republican redistricting strategist, is becoming public.

Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina fought in court to keep copies of these maps, spreadsheets and other documents from entering the public record. But some files have already come to light in recent months through court filings and news reports.

Bladen County's board of elections in Elizabethtown.
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The North Carolina State Board of Elections has admonished a county elections board in the latest example of improper social media posts by local elections officials.

NC Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, Top Trump Ally, Says He Won’t Run For Reelection

Dec 19, 2019
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Republican congressman Mark Meadows, a top ally to President Donald Trump, said Thursday that he won’t seek reelection.

NC Rep. Mark Walker Won't Run In 2020, Eyes Future Senate Bid

Dec 17, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives

RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced late Monday he won’t run for anything in 2020 — making him the second North Carolina Republican congressman standing aside because of recent redistricting.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening an office in Charlotte for his 2020 presidential campaign.

Judge: South Carolina GOP Can Cancel Its 2020 Primary

Dec 11, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party’s decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has made a number of proposals that would cut the number of people who receive food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, a Democrat who represents the Charlotte area, drew attention last month to one of those proposals. 

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North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina has new Congressional districts — and it was a process. When lawmakers went back to the drawing board last month, they had a lot to say. 

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North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH — A panel of North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in elections next year.

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North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.

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