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Politics & Government
1:14 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Election 2014 In NC: 'Who's Going To Be Madder' Might Decide Some Races

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Friday was the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the state's new voting law to be in place, eliminating same-day registration in the days before the election. In response, some groups increased their voter registration efforts. The Durham Board of Elections has been getting so many registrations that they doubled their staff from six to 12.

Judy Harwood usually works at the front desk, but the other day she was typing up names and addresses in an overflow room in the back of the building.

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Mon October 13, 2014

After 23 Years Together, Lesbian Couple Plans Church Wedding

Nancy Ruth Best and Wynolia Apple plan to get married next Sunday after being together for 23 years.
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Same-sex couples are expected to head to Register of Deeds offices across the state today to get marriage licenses. A federal judge overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage late Friday.

That case was filed by a group of clergy members. They argued that not being able to marry gay couples violated their freedom of religion. This weekend, many churches celebrated the decision, including Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham.

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Politics & Government
8:30 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Chad And Chris Get Hitched In NC

Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick with Chris Creech (left), 46, and Chad Biggs, 35, the first couple who would be getting a license there.
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Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina. This comes after a two-year battle in the courts and one week of high anticipation. Late on Friday afternoon, a federal judge in Asheville declared the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage illegal.

Chad Biggs and Chris Creech got married at 6:02 p.m. in front of the bright lights of television and still cameras.

It wasn't the kind of intimacy they'd once imagined, but it was in Wake County and close to home -- unlike the time they flew to another state to try to legally marry.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ballot box
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The Supreme Court upheld the changes to North Carolina’s voting laws. The new measures mean today is the final day voters can register in the state. Find your voter registration information here

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Politics & Government
8:38 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Hagan, Tillis Spar In Third Debate While Haugh Adds Fresh Perspective

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Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis held their third and final debate in Wilmington last night.

Much of their rhetoric was familiar from their campaign ads and talking points from the first two debates. But this time they were joined by a third candidate,  Libertarian Sean Haugh, who added a fresh perspective to the format. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Voters To Decide Whether Felony Defendants Can Waive Right To Jury Trial

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When North Carolina voters go to the polls this year, many will quickly fill-in their decisions for major elections.

On the ballot they’ll find the U.S. Senate race, state legislature races, county commissioners, and the North Carolina Supreme Court race.

But way down at the end of the ballot will be a proposed constitutional amendment. Unlike Amendment One in 2012, most changes to the constitution do not receive national media attention.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Foreign Policy

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Today, we start a series of issues-based conversations about the 2014 midterm elections called The Issues Table. Join the conversation with #SOTIssues on Twitter or email us at sot@wunc.org with "Issues" in the subject line.

Foreign policy is now a top issue in North Carolina’s campaigns. Incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis have exchanged attack ads about national security.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Hagan and Tillis Meet For Second Debate

Hagan/Tillis Debate
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The race for North Carolina's senate seat is one of the hottest and most expensive in the nation.

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis met in their second debate yesterday. They exchanged sharp words on national security, healthcare and immigration.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Michael Bitzer, professor of politics and history and provost at Catawba College, about the debate.

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Politics & Government
6:29 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Hagan/Tillis Debate: 'Noticeably Sharper'

Debate moderator George Stephanopoulos
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Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and her challenger, state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis faced off in their second debate Tuesday night. The questions ranged from what to do about the violent Islamic State group to both candidates’ records in Washington and Raleigh. Hagan and Tillis’ exchange was noticeably sharper than it was in the first debate.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Week of Debates in North Carolina

  The battle for the state’s 2nd congressional district is heating up and for the first time, Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers and Democratic challenger Clay Aiken faced off in a debate yesterday.

  

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