Politics & Government

Politics & Government
11:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Election Day(s): You Can Vote Today In North Carolina

Still shot of the Google map that shows early voting locations.

There is a comprehensive, interactive Google map that shows early voting locations across the state.

Click here to see precise locations and hours, even directions. Most locations are open Monday-Friday until close of business. Saturday hours are also available.

You can vote in any of the early voting locations in your county.

Early voting continues until 11/1.

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Political Flyer With Photo Of Lynching Distributed At North Carolina Church

Flyer that includes image of a lynching, placed on cars in Fayetteville on Sunday.
Credit Paul Woolverton, The Fayetteville Observer via Twitter

A controversial flyer was placed under windshields at a predominantly black church in Fayetteville on Sunday.  On the front, was a historic photo of a group of white men; it was a lynch mob.

ABC 11 reports that the photo image was from 1920.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Sat October 18, 2014

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Calls For Travel Ban From West Africa

Credit Wikipedia

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has called for a temporary ban on travel from countries in Africa affected by Ebola.

The Hagan campaign released the senator's statement Friday afternoon. In it Hagan calls for a temporary travel ban on non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa, and she calls on the President to take that step immediately.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Detecting Racial Bias In Court Proceedings

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The Racial Justice Act of 2009 allowed defendants in North Carolina to appeal their death sentences if they could show racial bias was a factor in their trials.

It was the only law in the country that retroactively applied to capital cases. And it let inmates use court statistics to prove their arguments, rather than having to prove prosecutors intended to be prejudiced.

But under pressure from dozens of district attorneys who said the law was unnecessarily delaying capital cases, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the Racial Justice Act in 2013.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

State Auditor Preparing Detailed Audits Of State Government Agencies

Credit NC Auditor's Office

The state auditor's office is preparing detailed audits of six state government agencies in order to comply with a request from state lawmakers. Earlier this week, lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee asked for the audits. The request will provide specific line item details on how state funds are actually spent, says State Auditor Beth Wood.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Utility Companies Could Keep Fees Despite Corporate Tax Breaks

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Private utilities charge their customers a small monthly fee to compensate for the corporate income tax they pay.

The North Carolina General Assembly cut that tax in its latest session, and the state Utilities Commission originally ordered a smaller fee to reflect the changes. But the commission recently reversed that, saying companies could go back to charging at the higher rate and keep the extra money.

Their decision led to a rare, strongly-worded dissent from the commissioners who voted against it.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Where Do They Stand On Healthcare?

Photo from the Renee Ellmers and Clay Aiken debate.
Credit Jessica Jones

As we inch closer toward election day, healthcare remains an important issue for the campaigns. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The Struggle For Progress

Sitting on the steps with a child soon after I arrived in Durham to work as a community organizer for Operation Breakthrough.
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Dr. Howard Fuller has dedicated much of his life’s work to eradicating poverty. His work began in 1965, when he went to Durham to work as a community organizer and helped young African-American students and youth find a voice for themselves in organizations aimed toward ending poverty. 

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The State of Things
4:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

North Carolina's Sixth District Congressional Race

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With three weeks left before Election Day, candidates for North Carolina's 6th House district are making their final pushes.

Republican Mark Walker and Democrat Laura Fjeld have agreed to two debates in the next two weeks. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Congressman Howard Coble who represented the district for nearly 30 years.

Meanwhile, some faculty and staff at UNC-Greensboro are questioning the judgment of administrators after three employees were fired and arrested on charges of falsifying time sheets for freelance work.

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Tue October 14, 2014

NC Same-Sex Marriage: Examining The Possible Political Fallout

Betty Mack and Carol Taylor of Asheville, partners of 41 years, show their marriage certificate
Credit Casey Blake via Twitter

A judge's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage in North Carolina has brought out many polarizing opinions.  Political candidates and office-holders have come down on either side of the debate.  Among them are the two men who may face off for governor in 2016. 

Andy Taylor is a political science professor at N.C. State University.  He says Roy Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory could see the fallout from this legal issue spill into their potential campaigns.

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