State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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This week in North Carolina politics, Gov.

Pat McCrory
Gerry Broome, File / AP

Almost nine months after leaving office following a narrow defeat, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he's keeping himself busy with work, buying a new home and recently weighing in on the news of the day as a pundit on a Charlotte radio station.

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In North Carolina, women make up more than 51 percent of the population, yet they hold less than a quarter of the seats at the state legislature.

Thomas Alvin Farr is seated during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington.
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A prominent legal defender of North Carolina voting restrictions ultimately struck down by a court as racially biased said Wednesday that his future decisions as a federal judge wouldn't ignore that ruling if he is confirmed to the bench.

Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park NC
Keith Weston / WUNC

Updated Sept. 21, 1:46 p.m

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed legislation providing $435,000 to help treat a chemical pollutant in a North Carolina river because the bill omitted a much larger amount that his agencies sought to address drinking water protections statewide.

Unaffiliated voters have been gaining on Republicans and Democrats for years.
N.C. Board of Elections / Jason deBruyn

Voters in North Carolina are increasingly ditching their political affiliation, but political observers say that doesn't necessarily mean these voters are any more open minded.

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Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, legislators met to discuss judicial redistricting. They're expected to establish new judicial boundaries when both chambers reconvene next month. This would be the first overhaul of this kind since 1955.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Updated 2:17 p.m., September 14, 2017

Registered unaffiliated voters now outnumber Republican voters in North Carolina for the first time.

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This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with David Ford, reporter and host at WFDD.

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Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about Hurricane Irma and North Carolina's storm preparations; pollution along the Cape Fear River; and the impact of President Trump's announcement on the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Is North Carolina moving toward prosperity and justice for all, or is the state repeating political mistakes of the past? That is a question a state lawmaker and history professor were both keen to explore. 

The final debate before any election is always the most contentious, the most pointed, some would say the most fun.

Wednesday night's Charlotte mayoral debate was no exception. It was televised in prime time and featured just the top tier candidates running for mayor. And it came just days before the all- important September 12 primary.

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This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with State Treasurer Dale Folwell.

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A key advocate in the North Carolina House on gun rights and immigration plans to leave the legislature later this month, saying he needs to be at home for his family.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about new legislative maps passed by the North Carolina General Assembly; a plastic bag ban repeal; and money to monitor and study GenX.

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W Edward Callis III

The Republican-dominated North Carolina legislature Wednesday overrode two more vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and tentatively agreed to fund more regional efforts — rather than state regulators — to treat and research a little-studied chemical in a river.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

The Republican-led General Assembly has given final approval to new political boundaries in largely party-line votes.

Governor Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

The Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly has delayed votes on several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's recent vetoes, and it's unclear if any overrides will occur before their summer work session ends this week.

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W Edward Callis III

North Carolina House and Senate members are sticking with tradition by declining to interfere with the other chamber's proposed district boundaries.

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The North Carolina House and Senate have approved new plans for dozens of district boundaries. 

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W Edward Callis III

North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly has approved a set of legislative district maps to replace the 2011 plans thrown out by the courts for being illegal racial gerrymanders. The problem, many critics say, is the new maps are just as bad.

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W Edward Callis III

Updated 3:15 p.m., August 20, 2017

The North Carolina House has approved a redrawing of dozens of district boundaries in response to federal court rulings throwing out nearly 20 districts approved in 2011 as unlawfully relying too heavily on race.

North Carolina legislative building
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Updated 2:30 p.m., August 25, 2017

The North Carolina legislature has taken significant steps toward passing reworked boundaries for dozens of House and Senate districts in light of court rulings declaring that Republicans relied too heavily on race.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

A court settlement over election districts in a rural North Carolina county should help black candidates get on the local governing board after an absence of two decades.

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North Carolina lawmakers released new voting maps last weekend. The freshly-drawn district lines come after 28 House and Senate districts were found by the U.S. Supreme Court to be illegally gerrymandered along racial lines. 

Public hearings in 7 locations statewide on new maps to replace illegal racial gerrymanders from 2011
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Scores of North Carolina residents turned out Tuesday evening to address members of the state House and Senate redistricting committees.

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W Edward Callis III

Map-makers are proposing new districts for members of the North Carolina Senate, a move forced after a federal court ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative groupings.

North Carolina House lawmakers released a map on Saturday, August 19, 2017 of new proposed legislative districts.
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Mapmakers are proposing new districts for most members of the North Carolina House, a move forced after federal judges ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative voting lines.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville; a Confederate statues comes down in Durham; and anti-white supremacists hold vigils across the Triangle. Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper calls for the removal of all Confederate statues across the state.

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This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation about unrest in Charlottesville, Va., the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham and President Donald Trump's response to recent events.

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