Elections

Politics & Government
9:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

It's Primary Day, Who Will You Choose?

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North Carolina voters are choosing their candidates for a competitive U.S. Senate seat, the state Supreme Court and dozens of other state and federal offices.  Local election workers planned to open more than 2,700 precinct locations today.

Eight Republicans are seeking their party's nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. She has her own primary against two lesser-known opponents.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson has two challengers for her seat. The top two vote-getters advance to the November election. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Outside Money Funds NC Supreme Court Race

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WUNC reporter Jorge Valencia discusses large outside donations and negative advertising for the NC Supreme Court race

Elections for seats on the NC Supreme Court are purportedly nonpartisan. But one race this year is already infused with large outside donations and negative advertising. The state's highest court likely will rule on cases regarding redistricting, teacher tenure, voter ID laws and same-sex marriage in the coming year. Those contentious issues make the race for incumbent Democrat Robin Hudson's seat a particularly heated one. Hudson faces Republicans Eric Levinson and Jeannette Doran.

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Politics & Government
8:39 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Why No One Is Challenging A Third Of NC Lawmakers In This Year's General Elections

Cumberland County, NC
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The May 6 primary election is a week from today, and television air waves are crowded with ads for North Carolina’s US Senate seat. But some campaigns for the state General Assembly aren’t being advertised at all.

That’s because there is no challenger in about a third of the districts represented in the assembly.

In Central North Carolina, Representative John Szoka likes visiting elementary schools in his district.

“Now,” Szoka says, “we have a lot of state symbols, right? What’s the state bird? What’s the state tree?”

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Politics & Government
9:21 am
Thu January 2, 2014

New Year Brings New Campaign Finance Rules

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Changes detailed in the state's new voting law now allow bigger donations for candidates. 

Political office seekers were able to start padding their campaign war chests once the calendar changed to 2014.  Candidates for any office can now accept up to $5,000 from a single contributor.  Before the new year, the contribution limit for most donors was $4,000.  Judicial candidates could only accept $1,000 per supporter. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Elections To Be Decided Today

City center of Fayetteville, NC. Voters there will elect a new mayor on Tuesday
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Municipal elections take place Tuesday across the state. Just a fraction of registered voters are expected to help decide mayoral races, city council candidacies and one significant school bond measure.

The education referendum is on the ballot in Johnston County. There voters will decide whether or not to allocate $64 million for a school construction bond. Johnston is the second fastest-growing district in the state and leaders say money is needed to provide for the additional student population. There is no organized opposition to the measure.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

More DHHS Controversy And Berger Opts Out of Senate Race

State Senator Phil Berger
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Controversy continues at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with the Medicaid director resigning after only eight months on the job.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Raleigh City Council Races Enter Home Stretch

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In Raleigh, all seven council members and the mayor are up for re-election in October, but one race is uncontested.

In others, it’s not clear whether the challengers pose a serious threat. Recent controversy over feeding the homeless in Moore Square and the firing of the long-time Raleigh City Manager are adding some color to the political battles. Host Frank Stasio talks with Ariella Monti, Raleigh Public Record Bureau Chief, about the upcoming elections.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed August 7, 2013

NC Gay And Lesbian Film Festival Preview: Black Community Grapples With Gay Rights

Yoruba Richen a director, producer and writer of 'The New Black.'
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In November 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. That same night, Proposition 8 was passed in California, banning gay marriage in the state. 

Obama won by an astounding 24 points in California, leading some to ask if the mobilization of black voters was the critical factor in the passage of Proposition 8. 

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Education
11:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Guilford School Board Going Partisan in 2016

Guilford County School Board candidates will have to declare party affiliation beginning in 2016
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School Board candidates in Guilford County will have to declare their party affiliation starting with the 2016 election. The move to do away with non-partisan elections comes from a law passed by the General Assembly last month. The measure also decreases the number of school board seats in Guilford from 11 to 9 and re-draws district lines so they’re the same as County Commissioners. 

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Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Brisk Election Day Voting In NC

A steady stream of voters are making their way to the polls this election day across North Carolina.   Elections officials predict as many as two million people will vote today.

Leoneda Inge:  More than two-point-five million people voted early in North Carolina. But not Latarcha Lee of Durham.

Latarcha Lee:  It’s just kind of special like, wait til the last minute, you know.

Leah Tedrick-Moutz isn’t that much of a traditionalist.

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