State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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This week in North Carolina politics, a discussion on the latest state redistricting developments, a state lawmaker who is officially changing parties from Republican to Democrat, and a look at whether any leaders can bring people back to the middle.

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Jonathan Kappler got hooked on North Carolina politics during high school when he served in the House as a page. Today he's the Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.

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As lawmakers reached across the aisle in an effort to move forward on changes to the Affordable Care Act, Washington erupted in another controversy this week.

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This week in North Carolina politics, state lawmakers voted to override another executive veto. Hours later, they introduced a proposal to amend the North Carolina Constitution. And changes to the judiciary are key to both plans that garnered attention at the General Assembly this week.

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State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment to reduce all judicial terms to two years.

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Updated 10:50 a.m., October 17, 2017

There are now no plans to hold primary elections for trial court and appeals court races next year. That's because the General Assembly has completed its override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill containing the one-time cancellation.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

The man who finished second in the race for Raleigh mayor wants a runoff vote.

Charles Francis told reporters Sunday he wants a runoff with Mayor Nancy McFarlane after she failed to get a majority last week's initial voting. McFarlane got 48.5 percent of the vote while Francis got 36.7 percent.

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This week in North Carolina politics, while lawmakers are back in their districts, there were plenty of political developments in North Carolina this week.

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On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with former WUNC reporter and producer Jorge Valencia. Jorge now reports from Mexico City for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix.

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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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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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.
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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. 

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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
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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
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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.
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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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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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