Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers and Clay Aiken Spar In Debate

Credit Jessica Jones

Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers and her challenger, Democrat Clay Aiken faced off at an hour-long debate Monday in Pinehurst. They discussed a number of topics, ranging from ISIS to the Affordable Care Act to immigration. Ellmers referred to Aiken several times as an "entertainer," and did her best to connect her opponent to President Obama.

"There's a clear choice here," said Ellmers. "Myself, who believes in conservative principles, or my opponent, who would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on so many issues."

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Winston-Salem Native E.C. Hanes Stands At Crossroads Of Art And Politics

E.C. "Redge" Hanes
Credit Lloyd Aaron

  

E.C. "Redge" Hanes grew up in Winston-Salem steeped in North Carolina business, politics and art.

He was born into the family that created the Hanes clothing company. His father and uncle served in the North Carolina General Assembly, and they were generous supporters of projects like the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

The Hanes family actively supported politics and had strong ties to the Democratic Party.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers Debates Democrat Clay Aiken Today

Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers will face her challenger, Democrat Clay Aiken in a debate today at Pinehurst.
 

The event will take place before a live audience at a North Carolina Bankers Association conference today. Ellmers is generally acknowledged to be leading the race in the second district. State legislators redrew it in 2011 to favor Republicans.

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Politics & Government
7:34 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Portions Of NC's New Voting Law

Credit Flickr user Joe Shlabotnik

A federal court judge has issued a preliminary injunction on two portions of North Carolina's new voting law, following a decision from a federal appellate court this week saying the state should allow same-day registration during early voting in this year's election.

Irving Joyner, an attorney with the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, which is challenging the law in court, says that as many as 30,000 African American voters used same-day registration during early voting in the 2012 election.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Thu October 2, 2014

NC Voters Can Register Same Day They Vote During Early Voting Period, Federal Court Says

Rosanell Eaton and Mary E. Perry are plaintiffs in the NAACP’s case challenging North Carolina’s Voter ID law.
Credit Jorge Valencia

A federal appeals court has suspended parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, saying it may disproportionately affect black voters. State lawmakers are already asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision.

The ruling will allow voters to register on the same day they cast a ballot during early voting, and to vote outside of their assigned precinct.

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Politics & Government
8:36 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Stumps For U.S. Senate Candidate Thom Tillis

Republican Senator Rand Paul appeared with U.S. Senate Candidate Thom Tillis in Raleigh.
Credit Jessica Jones

Wednesday morning, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was in Raleigh to support Republican state Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, in his race for the U.S. Senate. Tillis is running against the incumbent, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, and the race is close. Republicans hope that Paul’s appearance will give Tillis a boost.

Big Ed’s restaurant in Raleigh was packed with diners and Tillis supporters long before the two men slipped in through a side door to work an appreciative crowd.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Voter Registration Confusion Prompts Investigation

Before you can vote you need to register. Unfortunately, misinformation about voter registration was sent out during September...
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The State Board of Elections is investigating voter registration forms mailed to North Carolina residents by the political action group Americans for Prosperity

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New NC Laws On Coal Ash, Drones And Taxes Go Into Effect Today

Under a new NC law, an unmanned aircraft can’t be used for secret surveillance or to take pictures for mass circulation without the subjects’ permission.
Credit Chris Goldberg / Flickr/Creative Commons

A series of laws passed by the General Assembly this summer will go into effect today, affecting areas of construction, pollution and privacy. The variety in legislation reflects the broad reach of the state House and Senate this year.

Coal Ash

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Politics & Government
8:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

President Clinton Scheduled To Stump For Hagan

Credit Bryan Series

President Clinton is scheduled to be in town today to stump for the Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan. She's running in a close race against her challenger, Republican state Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis.
 

President Clinton will appear at a private lunch held at the Carolina Inn. The Hagan campaign wouldn't give more details on who exactly will attend, but the guests are presumably big donors to the Hagan campaign.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Many NC Voters Don't Know Who They'll Elect To The Supreme Court

Justice Robin Hudson (center) and Judge Eric Levinson spoke with at a Supreme Court candidate forum in Raleigh in September moderated by Donna Martinez (left).
Credit Jorge Valencia

With five weeks to go before Election Day, candidates for the state’s highest court are trying to get some attention. And they’re spending more time raising campaign funds because the legislature eliminated state funding for judicial races last year.

Campaign ads for the Supreme Court are usually pretty civil. They're kind of like one from Justice Bob Hunter, in which a narrator says: "In the North Carolina Legal system, one quality must stand out: Fairness." In the video, three young people hold a sign that says "fairness" and a then flip it over to say, "Bob Hunter!"

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