Politics & Government

Politics & Government
1:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Duke Mathematicians Investigate 2012 Election Results

Researchers at Duke have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in North Carolina’s congressional voting districts could affect election outcomes.
Credit Duke University

Back in 2012, more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans in North Carolina’s Congressional elections. But Republicans ended up winning nine out of the state’s 13 seats that year. Those numbers piqued the interest of researchers at Duke, who decided to seek a mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. They recently published a study with their results.

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Politics & Government
5:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Justice Cheri Beasley Unofficially Wins Re-Count In Race For NC Supreme Court

Justice Cheri Beasley
Credit Justice Cheri Beasley Committee

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has won a re-count to keep her seat against  Winston-Salem attorney Mike Robinson, according to certified State Board of Elections results.

Beasley, endorsed by Democrats in the non-partisan race for the state’s highest court, gained a net of 17 votes in the re-count, keeping a narrow lead of 0.22 percent of ballots cast, the unofficial results show.

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Politics & Government
10:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Medicaid Expansion, Other Issues To Be Addressed By Nominee For NC House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore (Center) was chosen by House Republicans as the chamber's next speaker. Joining him from left: Majority Whip Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne); Deputy Majority Leader Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake); Speaker Pro-Tem Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake); and Joint Caucus Leader Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph).
Credit Jorge Valencia

North Carolina Republicans have nominated a new State House Speaker to succeed U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis. Tim Moore is an attorney and small business owner from Kings Mountain, a small town about 30 miles west of Charlotte. He's been in the House for six terms.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives chose Moore in a closed-door meeting. They locked themselves in a conference room at Randolph Community College. Moore needed at least half the votes plus one to win, and that was exactly what he got.

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Politics & Government
2:07 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Tim Moore Chosen By NC GOP As Next State House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore is the GOP's choice for Speaker of the House.
Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina House Republicans selected Cleveland County Rep. Tim Moore as their choice for Speaker of the House of Representatives, making him the almost-certain successor to U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis in one of the state's three most powerful public offices.

Moore, 44, an attorney in rural King's Mountain and seven-term representative, received 37 votes in the first-round of voting - likely a comfortable victory in a race against five other candidates.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

How The President's Executive Order Affects North Carolina Immigrants

Credit Pete Souza

President Obama announced an executive order last night that paves the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

The order applies to an estimated four to five million people nationwide. Here in  North Carolina, it applies to more than 100,000 people.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Of Things News Roundup

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Politics & Government
8:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

North Carolina Talks New Food Safety Rules With FDA

New FDA produce regulations will affect NC growers.
Credit Jina Lee / Wikipedia

North Carolina farmers and distributors are expected to get an earful from the Food and Drug Administration today.

The gathering in Greensboro is an official FDA listening session about implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.  It was signed into law in 2011.

Joe Reardon is North Carolina's Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture for Consumer Protection.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Forsyth County Will Argue Speech, Religion And Discrimination in Federal Court Today

A federal judge in Winston-Salem will hear arguments today on whether to lift an injunction on Forsyth County's prayer policy at county meetings.
Credit wnd.adreas / PhotoRee / Creative Commons

Forsyth County wants a federal judge to lift an injunction, allowing sectarian prayers from clergy before meetings.  However, the ACLU wants the court to require that the county change its prayer policy to include people of non-traditional faiths.

A 2010 District Court injunction requires the county censor any invocations – ensuring only generic prayers are offered. 

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Politics & Government
9:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Democrat Tom Bradshaw Concedes NC Senate Race To Republican John Alexander

Republican John Alexander, left, and Democrat Tom Bradshaw.
Credit Alexander for NC Senate, Tom Bradshaw for NC Senate

Wednesday afternoon former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw congratulated  opponent John Alexander on winning their race for the North Carolina Senate, after Wake County Board of Elections officials gave the final results of a re-count.

Bradshaw and Alexander’s race to represent a portion of northern Wake County -- the only one in the General Assembly to go to a re-count after this month’s election -- came down to 701 votes, or about .86 percent of the turn-out. The contest was one of a mere dozen or so that were competitive in the 170-seat body.

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Politics & Government
8:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

N.C.'s G.K. Butterfield To Lead The Congressional Black Caucus

G.K. Butterfield, of Wilson, will lead the Congressional Black Caucus
Credit Wikipedia

G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) will be the next leader of the Congressional Black Caucus. Butterfield, who represents much of Eastern North Carolina, was unanimously elected on Wednesday by the 45 member group.

“I’m moved by the unwavering support the CBC has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield in a release. He is the caucus's most recent Vice-Chair.

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