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A candidate running to represent a south Charlotte state house district has had his residency challenged. Democrat Brandon Lofton is a trying to unseat Republican Andy Dulin. He says he’s living in a house in District 104. The challenge was filed by a Republican who accuses Lofton of registering to vote using an address where he wasn’t living at the time. 

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North Carolina's primaries are just seven weeks away, but it's still not clear if they'll include votes for local judges. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Tuesday over whether those primaries can go forward this year.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael on Charlotte Talks with host Mike Collins.
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Mecklenburg County Commissioners are requesting more information about the 287(g) program, which allows the sheriff’s office to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to screen and detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally after they are brought to the Mecklenburg County jail.

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and the state Republican party paid a controversial political consulting firm $345,000 to help target voters three years ago. Now Democrats are raising questions, after news this week that the firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly obtained Facebook data on 50 million Americans and also had dealings with Russian interests.

Democrats in the legislature are pushing a series of what they call "common sense" restrictions on the sale and possession of guns. Five lawmakers including Senator Jeff Jackson of Charlotte called on leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly to take up their ideas this spring.

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In South Carolina, the three branches of government operate under a state constitution that was last amended in 1895, in the post-Reconstruction era. The document was designed at a constitutional convention called by then-U.S. Senator and avowed white supremacist, Ben “Pitchfork” Tillman. 

123-years later, a group of South Carolina legislators said it’s time to rewrite the constitution again.  Leading that effort is Rep. Micah Caskey, a Republican from west Columbia and chairman of the house freshman caucus. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners.

Candidate filing closed at noon today in Mecklenburg County and around the state, setting the fields for spring primaries in local, state and federal races.  A key theme: incumbents facing challenges from within their own parties.  According to Michael Bitzer, a political analyst at Catawba College, that's true in races from Congress down to the county commission.

The filing deadline for North Carolina congressional and legislative seats passed with Democrats and Republicans making good on goals to compete in every corner of the state.

President Trump is speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His comments come amid a debate about gun laws after a shooting a high school in Parkland, Fla. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC on Thursday, warning conservatives of a "socialist agenda" to take firearms from law-abiding citizens. Trump called the NRA and LaPierre "Great American Patriots" in a tweet Thursday morning and later said the organization "is ready to do things" to address the problem of gun violence.