Election

Local News
3:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How 'Legislative Immunity' Fits Into NC Voting Lawsuits

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Last week a federal judge ruled that some North Carolina lawmakers will have to release emails they exchanged with lobbyists as they were working on the state's sweeping new election law. The judge's order addresses a key question in the lawsuits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and others against the state: How far does the concept of legislative immunity go?

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic explain a federal judge's ruling on legislative immunity in the N.C. voting lawsuits.

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Local News
1:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Few Differences Among Democrats Running In 12th Congressional District

Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional district prepare for a forum in Greensboro, March 27, 2014.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

With North Carolina’s primary election just over a month away, six Democrats running to represent the state’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday at a forum in Greensboro. The candidates laid out their positions on a number of issues, but as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, it’s a challenge to find differences among them.


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Election
4:25 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NC Republican Redistricting Deters Legislative Opponents

If you don’t like what your elected leaders are doing, you have recourse in the next election. You can kick ’em out of office.

But that’s hardly a reality in 2014 when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. More than half of the 170 House and Senate seats will be decided in the May primary because they have no opposition in the general election. So, we are pretty much assured there being no significant changes in the Republicans’ veto-proof majority.

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state  primary elections.  This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.  And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts. 


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The Party Line
5:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May

My previous post looked at what has become one of the key competitive races for a U.S. Senate seat, following the closing of the filing period. But it won’t be just the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in May and November, but also all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly. Or so one would think.

In looking at the candidate filing and the past voting patterns of the district lines under the new maps, the overall contest for North Carolina’s state legislature really won’t be as competitive as most would expect. 

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Politics
1:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NC Democratic Party In Bad Fiscal Shape As It Tries To Move Forward

New leadership and a surprise merger of sorts. No we’re not talking about the latest on Chiquita banana.  In this installment of our Thursday political conversation Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock talk about a week of good and bad news for the North Carolina Democratic Party. 


The Party Line
4:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Breaking Down U.S. Senate Hopefuls

Michael Bitzer

The eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates who hope to take on Sen. Kay Hagan in the fall can be divided into three tiers.

Typically, we would consider “top tier” candidates who have run and held public office before, meaning they have financial resources, campaign organization, and some name recognition.

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Local News
7:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Majority Of Supreme Court Seats Up For Grabs. Are They Also Up For Sale?

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Later this year North Carolina voters will have a chance to do something rare – elect four of the seven justices on the State Supreme Court.  There will likely be record amounts of money poured into those races.  So much so that some are worried that justice may seem for sale.


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Local News
9:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Ranks Of NC Unaffiliated Voters Continue To Grow

Like many other states, registering as a Republican or Democrat in North Carolina isn’t as appealing as it used to be.  The number of unaffiliated voters continues to rise.  They now account for 26 percent of the state’s electorate. 


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DavidsonNews.net
10:10 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Recount Confirms Swain's Re-Election As Huntersville Mayor

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain
Credit DavidsonNews.net

A recount at the Mecklenburg Board of Elections Thursday confirmed that Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain was re-elected on Nov. 5, defeating challenger and former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett by a slightly wider margin than shown in election night results.

In the final official tally, Swain had 2,475 to Puckett’s 2,443 – a difference of 32 votes.

Puckett had requested a recount after the unofficial results on Nov. 5 show him losing by just 26 votes – 2,467 to 2,441.

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