State Politics

Political news from around NC (and beyond).

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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.
 

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this edition of the WUNCPolitics podcast, we talk presidential health, gubernatorial history and millennial attitudes.

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Updated 3:55 p.m.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced Monday night that it was pulling seven championship events from North Carolina, due to the state’s HB2 law.

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Following a three year battle over ballot access, voting activists are content with where things stand a few weeks prior to the start of early voting. Last week, the State Board of Elections reached compromises on more than 30 county disputes over the scope of early voting. It is the latest moment in a long legislative and legal saga.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Frank Stasio talks with Jeff Tiberii about the 12-hour meeting held by the State Board of Elections on Thursday.

It was a remarkable meeting that considered and frequently altered the county-level early voting plans that were in dispute. These decisions will play a direct role in how the races for president, governor, senate – anyone on the ballot – plays out this fall.

Retired New York City firefighter Joseph McCormick visits the South Pool prior to a ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
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This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The event caused major shifts in the political, social and economic climates around the world, and has given birth to a wide array of new academic scholarship.

 

 

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
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The North Carolina Chamber is again denying any involvement with helping to write the controversial state law known as HB2.

"The North Carolina Chamber had no part in suggesting, drafting or reviewing House Bill 2 and anyone who suggests otherwise is misrepresenting the facts," the Chamber said in statement Thursday.

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Gov. Pat McCrory has released a campaign ad that pushes back against the outcry over North Carolina's HB2.

Composite photo of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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North Carolina's status as a crucial state in the upcoming presidential election was on display Tuesday.

Tim Kaine spoke in Wilmington, a couple hours before former President Bill Clinton visited Durham.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On today’s WUNCPolitics Podcast: If you believe polls, the presidential race is tighter here in North Carolina than it is anywhere in the country. And if you believe in TV ad money, the race for Governor is the most expensive.

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Election Day is just more than two months away.

And the two contenders for the White House are on the trail, making their pleas to voters and attacking each other. No two candidates in history have had less favorable ratings than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea is taking a look at how voters, especially women in North Carolina, are approaching this race. Host Frank Stasio talks with Gonyea about his reporting, the candidates and life on the trail. ​

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Courtesy of the Acosta family

Durham teen Wildin Acosta spoke publicly yesterday about his time in an immigration detention facility.

The Honduran native said he is happy to be back with his family and intends to advocate for others to be released.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's Will Michaels about the latest.

Tom Ross
University of North Carolina

A bipartisan group of former judiciary members offered their proposal for congressional maps yesterday.

The partnership between Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and the nonprofit organization Common Cause presented a new map of the state's districts to demonstrate that lines could be drawn without regard to voting history or party registration.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow Tom Ross who led the panel.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast we focus on a single, perhaps defining, topic in the race for the next Governor: Pat McCrory's record on teacher pay. It’s an issue upon which he may very well be pinning his re-election hopes.

Ken Rudin
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All signs point to the fact that North Carolina has become a battleground in the race for the White House.

New polls out this week indicate a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and both campaigns are spending large sums of money on campaign advertisements.

The Senate race between Richard Burr and Deborah Ross is also in a dead heat. Will North Carolina's voters help the Democrats take back the Senate?

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ken Rudin, the political junkie, about the 2016 election.

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WUNC

Today is a special edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast. After 13 episodes of insightful, deep dives into the North Carolina political landscape, we've decided to branch out. We've invited someone who is not on the WUNC staff to join the podcast.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
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Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper outlined their economic visions today to a room full of business leaders in Pinehurst.

Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, 2014
Carol Jackson / WUNC

Recent political polls indicate Democrats have pulled ahead in several key races while Libertarians have reason to be optimistic heading into the general election.

The North Carolina Libertarian party needs either presidential candidate Gary Johnson or gubernatorial candidate Lon Cecil to carry at least two percent of the vote. If either does so, the Libertarians will automatically be able to place their future nominee on the ballot in 2020.

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Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast: Rep. Mike Hager, House Majority Leader from Rutherford County, announced over the weekend that he was resigning his seat. Why? And what does it mean moving forward?

The two major-party candidates for governor set a date for a debate - and it's likely to be the only one between now and election day.

And is everything in politics and campaigning the media's fault? Sure seems like it, if you listen to certain candidates.

Host Dave DeWitt and Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii discuss these topics and more.

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
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County boards of election are racing to meet an August 19th deadline to put together new early voting plans.

The 10-day early voting schedule adopted earlier this year had to be scrapped when a federal court struck down North Carolina's 2012 voting law last month.

Ken Rudin
kenrudinpolitics.com

A federal court declared North Carolina's drawing of election lines unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel said the districts must be redrawn because they are racially gerrymandered. The court will allow the election in November to proceed under the old maps.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the decision, its consequences and other political news.

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court has ruled that North Carolina’s redistricting map for state house and senate members, redrawn in 2011 by the Republican-led General Assembly, are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

Judge James Wynn wrote the unanimous decision:

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A three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit State Court of Appeals has ruled that North Carolina's redistricting map for state house and senate members, redrawn in 2011 by the Republican-led General Assembly, is unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

The state epidemiologist in the division of public health resigned yesterday in protest over the McCrory administration’s handling of a controversy stemming from Duke Energy's handling of well water surrounding coal ash sites.

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When Sen. Richard Burr declared his re-election bid last year, his odds looked good; he had had a large war chest and no clear opponent. But now, Democratic challenger Deborah Ross has emerged as a strong contender and polls show the two in a hot race.

Analysts are watching the race closely as it will play a significant role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest on the race.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

A federal court ruling created uncertainty in North Carolina's election process when it overturned the state's controversial voting regulations. The law would have required photo identification, reduced early voting days and eliminated same day registration.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that measure violates the U.S. constitution, because it discriminates against African-American and Latino voters. Local Board of Elections are now making changes that advocates say do not comply with the ruling.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

Local elections boards are raising questions about how to restore the early voting period after a court ruling struck down North Carolina's newest elections law.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast: Another rousing game of "Is This A Thing?"

Managing Editor for News Dave DeWitt and Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii try to decide the level of importance of the following topics: vice presidential candidates visiting North Carolina this week; the various campaign strategies being employed in the race to become Governor; and how the latest court decision in the Voter ID case will impact turnout this fall.

Republican Vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.
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Speaking to a crowd of about 300 people at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said if Republicans take back the White House in November, they will cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and put Americans back to work.

Tim Kaine in Greensboro, N.C.
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At a rally in Greensboro Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine said voters cannot trust Donald Trump, criticized House Bill 2 and stressed the importance of this swing state in November.

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