State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

UNC Chapel Hill Basketball game
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The NCAA infractions committee issued a verdict today and concluded it could not find evidence the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill violated academic rules with the use of fake classes. 

A picture of a gavel on a table.
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Attorneys for the two sides in the battle over North Carolina's legislative voting maps each faced withering scrutiny from a federal judicial panel in Greensboro Thursday. And the judges issued an order late in the day indicating they may end up bringing in a neutral party to redraw the district plans.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Raleigh Mayor Nancy MacFarlane was the clear choice of voters in yesterday’s municipal election, but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Governor Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

North Carolina's governor vetoed Republican-backed legislation that would have eliminated 2018 judicial primaries among other electoral changes.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with WUNC Political Reporter Rusty Jacobs.

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Jason deBruyn / WUNC

In North Carolina more people are registered as unaffiliated than Republican, according to recent data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 

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A groundbreaking case over how voting maps are drawn is playing out in the Supreme Court.

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The killing spree in Las Vegas was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. But mass shootings have tended to result in laxer gun laws, not stricter ones, according to Susan Ladd, columnist for the Greensboro News & Record.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, the latest effort to repeal Obamacare stalled in Washington. What does that means for North Carolinians?

Also, we talk about the timing of President Trump's tweets last weekend about protests by NFL players while other news was going on at the national and international level. And North Carolina state lawmakers return to Raleigh next week. What should we expect?

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WUNC

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with Washington Times National Security Reporter Dan Boylan.

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A proposal to extensively realign North Carolina's judicial election districts for the first time since the 1950s smacks of a Republican effort to put more GOP lawyers on the bench, critics said Wednesday.

 North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signs House Bill 799 at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial in downtown Goldsboro, N.C. July 24, 2012.
Tech. Sgt. Colette Graham / U.S. Air Force

As a political reporter Lauren Horsch often passes by the photographs of politicians that adorn the halls of the General Assembly. They capture a harsh reality: while women make up just over half of the state’s population, women make up only a quarter of the state legislature. 

exterior of the NC State Legislature
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

This week in North Carolina politics, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes a river cleanup bill, saying it was insufficient; and Thomas Farr sits through 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.

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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WUNC

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.
Alex Brandon / AP

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.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

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

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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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WUNC

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.

NC Legislature
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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