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Sunday headlines
9:50 am
Sun June 8, 2014

First Lady Calls Angelou 'a great spirit'

Family, friends and fans remembered poet and teacher Maya Angelou as an important influence on Saturday in Winston-Salem. At a memorial service at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel,  First lady Michelle Obama called Angelou “one of the greatest spirits the world has ever known.”  

Obama said Angelou’s words have sustained her on every step of her journey.  “She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame. And she assured us that despite it all---in fact because of it all---we were good," Obama said.

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Local And State Elections
5:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

Alma Adams speaks to supporters in Greensboro, N.C. on May 6, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Seven Democrats and two Republicans are running for the 12th congressional district seat. Early voting for the May primary election begins on April 24.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat

The 12th Congressional District was redrawn in 2011. A special election cannot be announced until Mel Watt (NC-12) formally resigns from his position.
Credit Google Maps

Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the 12th district.

So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.

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The Party Line
12:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Erosion Of Conservative Democrats, Liberal Republicans Made Nuclear Option Inevitable

J. Michael Bitzer

­Now that the “nuclear option” has been deployed in the United States Senate, many observers have begun wondering what might be the fallout from such a move. 

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The Party Line
4:13 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Safe Districts Embolden Bloc Of GOP House Members

J. Michael Bitzer

With the continued budgetary and debt crises consuming the country and the nation’s business, a deeper look into the warring camps may be helpful to understand their outlook and how much actual support each side may have.

Since their arrival on the political scene in 2009 and most importantly in 2010 election, the Tea Party has become the driving force within the Republican Party over the past two election cycles, especially in Congressional elections.

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The Party Line
2:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

We Are Witnessing Tyranny Of The Minority

J. Michael Bitzer

In the classic writing of American political thought, Federalist 10, James Madison argued that the new constitutional republic would “break and control the violence of faction.”

And by a faction, Madison meant “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

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The Party Line
5:10 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Sanford's Win Shows Political 'Experts' Don't Know Voters

Michael Bitzer

As post-election commentaries pronounce a host of reasons why former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won his congressional race Tuesday (the better candidate in political workmanship, the novice challenger, etc.),, we might want to view a more important component of his victory: The voters of South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

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Politics
11:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Republican Hudson Hires Top Aide From Democrat Kissell's Team

Congressman-elect Richard Hudson has hired a top district aide from the staff of his Democratic opponent Larry Kissell.
Credit Tanner Latham

North Carolina's new members of Congress will take the oath of office Thursday in Washington, including Republican Robert Pittenger who was elected to fill retiring Representative Sue Myrick's seat in Charlotte and Republican Richard Hudson who beat Larry Kissell to represent the 8th District.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Look Back On The Career Of Congresswoman Sue Myrick

Sue Myrick
Credit Myrick.House.gov

Congresswoman Sue Myrick retires next month, after nine terms representing North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Myrick cruised into Washington during the historic Republican sweep of the 1994 midterm elections. She offered a reliably conservative voice in Congress, and didn’t ‘hold back’ on the issues she felt most passionately about.   WFAE’s Mark Rumsey has this profile of Myrick’s congressional career:

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