Election

Local News
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Federal Judge Set To Decide If NC Voting Changes Will Cause 'Irreparable Harm' In November

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A federal judge will decide within the next month or two whether to put some parts of North Carolina's sweeping election law on hold. All week in Winston-Salem, the U.S. Justice Department, the NAACP, and other groups tried to convince Judge Thom Schroeder that the changes would deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. WFAE's Michael Tomsic covered the hearings in Winston-Salem, which wrapped up Thursday.

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Local And State Elections
11:09 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NC Voting Law Court Case Continues

  In Winston-Salem this morning, a federal judge will continue questioning U.S. Justice Department lawyers on whether North Carolina's election overhaul violates the Voting Rights Act. All week, Judge Thom Schroeder has heard the Justice Department try to make that case, along with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups. They're suing North Carolina, and this week they're trying to convince a judge to put the changes on hold.

WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

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Local News
9:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

From Allegations Of Discrimination To A 25-Minute Math Class: Court Hearing On NC Voting Law

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Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department will be back in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem this morning to continue making their case that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is discriminatory. The hearings that began Monday morning have included personal stories of voting challenges, allegations of voter fraud, and even a 25-minute math exercise. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been in Winston-Salem covering the hearings.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Packed Courtroom And A Long Line For Hearing On NC Voting Lawsuits

The U.S. Justice Department is arguing before a federal judge in Winston-Salem this week that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The Justice Department and civil rights groups are asking the judge to put the changes on hold.

Reverend Milton Williams was among dozens of people stuck in line outside the courthouse, unable to get into the packed hearing.

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Because Of Senate Run, Tillis Only State Lawmaker Who Can Take Lobbyist Money

House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

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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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Local News
3:01 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Hagan Vs. Tillis: Let The General Election Commence

Thom Tillis and his family at his victory party in Charlotte.
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The 2014 race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat is set. Thom Tillis will take on Kay Hagan this November.  Tillis won the Republican primary last night. He garnered 45 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff.

Tillis' supporters started gathering in a ballroom in uptown just as the results started trickling in. Soon, there were a few hundred supporters on hand, all waiting to hear from the man they believe can take down the junior senator from North Carolina.

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Politics
9:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate

Jeff Jackson was elected as state senator for North Carolina District 37 by Democratic Party leaders who live in the district. Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.

Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Watchdog Groups Say WCNC Failed To Follow Political Ad Rules

The ad in question is called "Bad Company"
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Charlotte’s NBC affiliate has failed to properly disclose information on political ads.  This is the claim being made by two national watchdog groups.  And they’ve asked the Federal Communications Commission to take action. 

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Local News
10:36 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates In The Home Stretch For Primary Next Week

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Primary election day is this upcoming Tuesday, May 6, so today we discussed it with our political science professor, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College who also writes for our political blog the Party Line.

Listen to the discussion.

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