Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:25 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State Senator Jim Forrester Dies

Jim Forrester
Credit NC General Assembly

A state senator who led the fight against gay marriage has died. Republican Jim Forrester of Gaston County suffered health problems before checking in to a hospital this weekend.

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Politics & Government
7:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

NAACP Asks Justice Department to Block Redistricting Maps

The North Carolina N-double-A-C-P has submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking it not to pre-clear the proposed redistricting maps drawn earlier this year in the General Assembly. Reverend William Barber heads the state's N-double-A-C-P. He says the maps pack black voters into a small number of districts to dilute their statewide influence.

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Politics & Government
9:18 am
Tue October 18, 2011

President Obama Begins Day in Greensboro

President Obama continues a bus tour through North Carolina today. Will Michaels reports.

Mr. Obama speaks today at Guilford Technical Community College near Greensboro. His three-day bus tour started yesterday in Asheville. It's the third time the president has visited North Carolina since June. He spoke at a high school in Wilkesboro before making other stops in Marion and Boone. Mr. Obama again touted his jobs bill. He said he would break up the legislation into smaller parts and ask Congress to approve them individually.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed October 12, 2011

McFarlane Wins Raleigh Mayoral Race

Raleigh voters have elected the city's first new mayor in a decade-- City Council member Nancy McFarlane.

McFarlane beat Billie Redmond and Randall Williams with 61 percent of the vote. She says she's thrilled to be the city's next leader.

Nancy McFarlane:" It's a huge honor and it's very humbling to know that that many people have faith in you. It's also very exciting to know that that many people share a vision of Raleigh and where we're going to go. "

Politics & Government
8:20 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Raleigh Voters Pass Bonds

Voters in Raleigh approved transportation and affordable housing bonds by about two-thirds of the vote.

Politics & Government
5:37 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Raleigh Voters Will Choose New Mayor

Voters in Raleigh will help choose a new mayor at the polls tomorrow.

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Politics & Government
5:20 am
Thu October 6, 2011

The Part-Time Politician

Outgoing Mayor Charles Meeker

Next Tuesday, voters will go to the polls in Raleigh to choose a new mayor. For the first time in a decade, they will pick someone who is not Charles Meeker. Billie Redmond, Nancy McFarlane, and Randall Williams are all running to replace him. And if history is any guide, it will be the last elected position any of them will ever run for. Becoming mayor in the state’s capitol city is hardly a stepping stone to a long political career.

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Politics & Government
6:45 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Poll Finds NC Split Over Obama Jobs Bill

A new Elon University poll finds North Carolinians are split over President Obama's jobs bill.

North Carolinians are split over President Obama's jobs bill. A new Elon University poll finds 36 percent opposed, 35 percent in support, and more than a quarter of those surveyed are unsure about it. Other numbers from the poll indicate the president's popularity is waning in the state. 42 percent approve of the job he's doing. 51 percent disapprove. Assistant poll director Mileah Kromer says those are bad numbers for a president trying to win North Carolina again in 2012.

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Meeker Endorses McFarlane

Outgoing Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has made an endorsement for his successor.
 

Meeker has thrown his support behind Nancy McFarlane, who served on the City Council for four of Meeker’s ten years in office. Meeker made the announcement this afternoon.

McFarlane is running as an unaffiliated candidate. Meeker is a democrat.

Politics & Government
6:05 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Poll Shows Oppositon to Gay Marriage Ban

A new poll shows a majority of North Carolinians are opposed to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The data out of Elon University shows 56 percent of state residents opposed to an amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions. Assistant poll director Mileah Kromer says support for same-sex couples in North Carolina is now widespread.

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