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There was a bit of a surprise Wednesday on the floor of the North Carolina House. The chamber unanimously voted down a bill that has broad, bi-partisan support.

Effectively House bill 373 does just one thing, change the date of the state’s presidential primary from February 23 to March 15. It’s something lawmakers from both parties want.

Sun. Headlines: Harnett To Lead NC GOP

Jun 7, 2015

North Carolina Republicans have elected their first black state party chair. Hasan Harnett of Harrisburg, in Cabarrus County, won Saturday’s vote in an upset victory over Craig Collins of Gastonia, the candidate backed by Gov. Pat McCrory and other GOP establishment leaders.

Harnett was a campaign manager for a 2014 congressional candidate and has served as minority outreach director for the state Republican Party.  He said later he was "humbled."

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Child care, student loans, wages, the economy. These were some of the issues President Obama addressed Wednesday at ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte. But the overall focus of the town hall-style meeting was on women.

President Obama began his remarks by having a little fun with the fact he was speaking at a children’s library.

"I was just hanging out with the Cat in the Hat," he joked.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Anthony Foxx came home Thursday. And the former Charlotte mayor, and current Secretary of Transportation brought a friend. Vice President Joe Biden.

The two were here to build support for President Barack Obama’s proposal to rebuild or replace America’s transportation systems. At times, however, it seemed the two might be pitching Charlotte and North Carolina more than an infrastructure overhaul.

2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

Nov 5, 2014

Less than 12 hours after the 2014 elections ended in North Carolina, attacks have already begun for 2016’s marquee match-up.

11:24 p.m.: The Associated Press called the North Carolina Senate race at 11:24 p.m.

9:47 a.m.: The North Carolina Republican Party sends out an e-mail blast attacking state attorney general Roy Cooper.

It’s the first official shot in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Cooper is the presumptive Democratic nominee, expected to take on Republican Governor Pat McCrory.