Politics & Government

Politics & Government
7:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Survives Ad Blitz, More To Come

From left: Eric Levinson, Jeanette Doran and Robin Hudson
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Two experienced judges won the right to run for North Carolina’s Supreme Court on Tuesday night.

Incumbent Justice Robin Hudson got 43 percent of the vote and Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson got 37 percent to Raleigh attorney Jeanette Doran's 21 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.

Judicial races are usually sedate, but this one is getting attention because out-of-state funders spent more than half a million dollars in negative advertising against Hudson.

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Politics & Government
7:38 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Incumbent NC Lawmakers Who Lost Their Seats In The Primary Elections

At least four North Carolina lawmakers were unseated in Tuesday night’s primary elections.

Representative Robert Brawley, a Republican from Mooresville, was defeated by a business owner and political newcomer. Last year, Brawley publicly criticized state House Speaker Thom Tillis and his bid for the GOP nomination for senate.

Brawley was connected to the Tea Party while his opponent John Fraley describes himself as a business conservative.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Nominee And A Runoff: Open Congressional Races

Alma Adams (third from left) beat all of her Democratic Primary Challengers on Tuesday night.
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Voters narrowed the crowded field of candidates in two open congressional races last night. They chose a Democratic nominee in the 12th and narrowed a group of Republicans in the 6th to two.
 Voters narrowed the crowded field of candidates in two open congressional races last night. They chose a Democratic nominee in the 12th and narrowed a group of Republicans in the 6th to two.  

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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Too Close To Call: Ex-Idol Clay Aiken And Keith Crisco Go Home Without Knowing Winner

The contest for the Democratic nomination to North Carolina’s second congressional district was still too narrow today for either of the leading candidates, former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken and local businessman Keith Crisco, to declare victory.

The outcome of the race could be more than a week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Thom Tillis Wins Republican Primary Race For U.S. Senate

In his concession speech, Greg Brannon congratulated N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis for winning the Republican Senate primary.
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State House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate last night. Tillis received about 46 percent of the vote  thereby avoiding the possibility of a runoff. 

The mood was joyful last night at Thom Tillis’s victory party in Charlotte.  Tillis smiled from ear to ear as he addressed his supporters with his wife, Susan, nearby:

"It’s unbelievable. Susan and I have been excited about the results we’ve seen coming across North Carolina. Y’all excited?"

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Politics & Government
9:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

It's Primary Day, Who Will You Choose?

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North Carolina voters are choosing their candidates for a competitive U.S. Senate seat, the state Supreme Court and dozens of other state and federal offices.  Local election workers planned to open more than 2,700 precinct locations today.

Eight Republicans are seeking their party's nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. She has her own primary against two lesser-known opponents.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson has two challengers for her seat. The top two vote-getters advance to the November election. 

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Politics & Government
10:23 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

'Elections Should Be Public Affairs' - NC Independents Protest Voting Rules

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Members of North Carolina Independents, a non-partisan association of unaffiliated voters, plan to picket in downtown Greensboro Tuesday to protest barriers to access for independent candidates and voters. UNC Greensboro professor Omar Ali is a founder of the group.

"Elections should be public affairs, but what has happened is that the political parties which are private organizations have control over the process, and create laws to make it very difficult for the outsiders, the unaffiliated voters, to get in," says Ali. 

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Politics & Government
10:06 am
Mon May 5, 2014

For Sale: NC Governor's Helicopter, Slightly Used

The helicopter is a 12-passenger, 1998 Sikorsky S-76
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It seats 12. It costs $5200 an hour to operate. It can be yours if the price is right.

Governor Pat McCrory tweeted Friday that he plans to sell the state's helicopter.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Less Than A Week To Primaries: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis this week. Tillis is also backed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Tillis’s rival Greg Brannon received the endorsement of Senator Rand Paul. Will big name endorsements give one candidate enough lead to avoid a run-off in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan?  Just days away from the primaries, political junkie Ken Rudin takes a look at the state’s hottest races. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the factors that will matter next week at the polls.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Early Voting Numbers Measuring Up Despite Law Changes

Ealy voting for the 2014 Primary is winding down in North Carolina.
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Early voters in North Carolina have just one more day to cast ballots ahead of Primary Day on May 6th.  The one-stop voting period ends around noon on Saturday.    

Board spokesman Josh Lawson says Thursday's voter totals have not yet been counted, but numbers through Wednesday have been encouraging. 

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