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Political news from around NC (and beyond).

Governor Pat McCrory talks with reporters after the final gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

With early voting set to begin, North Carolina residents got another side-by-side look of Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday night. The two sparred – along with Libertarian Lon Cecil - over a range of topics in their final scheduled gubernatorial debate.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

In North Carolina, liberal groups have outspent conservatives on television, and Roy Cooper has outraised Pat McCrory, according to the most recent campaign finance reports available.

Cooper had raised 47 percent more money from 76 percent more contributions than McCrory through June 30, the most recent date for which campaign finance information is available.

Headshot of N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds.
Courtesy of Justice Bob Edmunds

Down-ballot races in North Carolina do not generally conjure the hearty debate and civic attention of higher profile elections. But this year, the race for a seat on North Carolina's Supreme Court may also carry a significant ideological shift.

Candidates in the race for North Carolina's governor, from left to right: Libertarian Lon Cecil,  Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
submitted photos / WUNC

The top three candidates in the race for governor are ready to square off in one last debate. 

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory, Democrat Roy Cooper and Libertarian Lon Cecil will debate at 7 p.m. in Raleigh tonight. 

North Carolina House Chamber
Jessica Jones / WUNC

Throughout the state, legislative incumbents are facing familiar challengers.

In 13 North Carolina legislative races this year, the incumbent faces the exact same challenger as two years ago. In some of these rematches, the margin of victory last election was close, and the loser will need to flip only a few hundred votes to come out on top in 2016.

Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on the first day of this year's legislative session.
Jessica Jones / WUNC

Even if Roy Cooper takes up residence in the executive mansion, Democrats face a tough challenge in the General Assembly to break a veto-proof majority that Republicans hold in both legislative chambers.

Orange County GOP Office
Credit: NC GOP

Updated 10:26 a.m., October 18, 2016

 

The Orange County Democratic Party says someone spray-painted its headquarters in Carrboro on the same day someone set fire to the Republican headquarters in Hillsborough. 

Donald Trump
Greg Richter / Flickr Creative Commons

Donald Trump held another rally in Greensboro Friday afternoon. The embattled Republican candidate for president wasted no time blasting his opponent, Hillary Clinton, ahead of the last presidential debate next week.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Longtime political operatives and strategists Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce sit down with Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii for a comprehensive look at the current and past political landscape in North Carolina.

Steve Hammel (middle), vice president & general manager at WRAL-TV, introduces Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, (left) and former Democratic State Representative Deborah Ross (right) at the first U.S. Senate debate held in Durham on October 13, 2016.
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

North Carolina voters will help to determine the balance of power in the United States Senate next month. Republican Incumbent Richard Burr is seeking a third, which he says will be his final. Democrat Deborah Ross has provided a tougher than expected challenge.

A composite photo of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr
Courtesy of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr campaigns

Incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Burr and challenger Deborah Ross will face off tonight for their only televised debate.

Headshot of Eric Fair, a former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Amy Cramer

In 2004, photographs capturing extreme abuse of detainees at the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were released to the public, sparking a humanitarian outcry. That same year, Eric Fair was working as an interrogator at the prison. Fair's new memoir, "Consequence" (Henry Holt/2016) is an unflinching look back at his time at Abu Ghraib and the mental and physical pain he inflicted on detainees as part of military-sanctioned interrogations.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

One this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we talk swing state dynamics with Chrissie Thompson, Columbus Bureau Chief for the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Governor Pat McCrory and his challenger Roy Cooper are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight for their second of three gubernatorial debates.

Fact Check Of The Second Presidential Debate

Oct 9, 2016
A videographer adjust his camera before the start the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off tonight for the second of three presidential debates. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, are annotating the debate live. 

Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC.
The White House

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we head back eight years ago – almost to the day – when then-Senator Barack Obama held a political rally in Greensboro.

Image of Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
kenrudinpolitics.com

Vice-presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine sparred earlier this week in their only debate of the season.

What did their interactions demonstrate about both campaigns, and how do the vice presidential candidates affect the race? And in the state's gubernatorial race, ad spending reaches new highs. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest. 

Worst. President. Ever.
Lyons Press, 2016

 With just a month to the election, both sides are on the attack, highlighting the shortcomings of their opposition.

Accusations fly as Clinton and Trump vie for the highest office in the country.

But as voters assess who should lead modern America, author Robert Strauss takes a look back at the nation's 15th president, James Buchanan. Strauss traces Buchanan's presidency and declares him the worst president ever. Host Frank Stasio talks with Strauss about his book,"Worst. President. Ever." (Lyons Press/2016). 

FACT CHECK: Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 4, 2016
An official stands on stage during preparations for the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine in at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
Patrick Semansky / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence squared off tonight for the first – and only — vice presidential debate. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, annotated the debate live.

Alex Sanz / ASSOCIATED PRESS

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Charlotte and Raleigh on Tuesday.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte sparked protests and violence and a back-and-forth about releasing police bodycam and dashcam videos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
Matt Rourke / ASSOCIATED PRESS

During Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Raleigh Tuesday, she focused heavily on her plans to make the American economy fairer for all families.

Image of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Debating
AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off last night in the first presidential debate of the season. They butted heads about how to address racial tensions, the future of trade and business policy, and who is more fit to be president. Meanwhile, polls in North Carolina show the presidential and gubernatorial races are close, while Sen. Richard Burr appears to hold a slight advantage over democratic challenger Deborah Ross. 

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On today's WUNCPolitics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii talks with NC Insiders Dan Boylan and Patrick Gannon.

A body camera on a North Charleston police officer.
Ryan Johnson / Creative Commons

In June, Republican leaders in the General Assembly sponsored and passed House Bill 972 – a measure that codified in law that police video recordings were not public records. It was a direct reaction to the violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the multiple shootings across the country of black men by police.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Republican Governor Pat McCrory has a slight 49 percent to 46 percent lead over Democratic challenger Roy Cooper in the latest Elon University poll.

photo of a unisex bathroom sign
Tombe / Wikipedia

A third Republican lawmaker said the North Carolina General Assembly should call a special session to revise or repeal House Bill 2. 

Ken Rudin
kenrudinpolitics.com

  Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail after a health issue sidelined her for a few days.

And health becomes a key issue in the campaign. Donald Trump releases some of his medical details of the Dr. Oz show. 

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in political news.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

A pair of Republican legislators are the first to break ranks with their General Assembly colleagues on the issue of House Bill 2.

Republican state senators Tamara Barringer of Wake County and Rick Gunn of Alamance County walked back their support for HB2 this week, issuing statements that call for consideration to repeal the contentious law.

photo of Congress
Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill last week for a short session before the November election. Their priorities include passing a spending bill to avert another government shutdown and coming up with a funding plan to fight the Zika virus. The pressure is on to adjourn the session quickly to allow embattled incumbents, like North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr, time to campaign in their home states.
 

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