Election

Sunday Headlines
10:31 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Senate Race Spending Tops $100M; Clinton To Visit

The two major-party U.S. Senate candidates in North Carolina are traveling the state this weekend trying to energize their allies with speeches and visits from out-of-state politicians. The campaigns of Republican Thom Tillis and incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also are raising a ton of money. With help from wealthy donors and outside groups, more than $100 million now has been spent on the North Carolina Senate race, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Local News
6:52 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Hickory Residents Will Vote On $40M Bond To Improve Roads And Economy

Hickory City Council members visited Charlotte's Little Sugar Creek Greenway this year to study how it was developed. The Hickory Bond referendum includes a river walk that develops existing areas along the city’s Lake Hickory waterfront to LP Frans Stadium.
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A $40 million bond proposal on Hickory’s November ballot is the subject of a public forum Thursday evening. The Hickory bond referendum came out of a project called the Inspiring Spaces' initiative. It calls for economic development projects like building a new business park, road and streetscape improvements of the city’s major roads and a river walk that develops existing areas along the city’s Lake Hickory waterfront. 

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Local News
8:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules NC Can Use Voting Changes This November

The U.S. Supreme Court.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that North Carolina can move forward with voting restrictions this November. The court is effectively nullifying an appeals court ruling last week that said parts of North Carolina's election overhaul would cause African-Americans irreparable harm this November. It's the latest step – but not the last – in lawsuits against the overhaul Republicans passed last year.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Digging Into Thom Tillis's Favorite Attack Stat

Graphic in a Crossroads GPS ad attacking Kay Hagan's voting record.
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Throughout the campaign for US Senate you’ve heard this line again and again from Speaker Thom Tillis:

"Senator Hagan has voted with President Obama 96 percent of the time. She’s served as a rubber stamp to President Obama’s failed policies."

Tonight when Hagan and Tillis meet for their third and final debate, you’re almost guaranteed to hear that statistic again. We were wondering why this has become the go-to attack for Tillis, so Tom Bullock to join Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for our Thursday political chat.

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Local News
8:53 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inside The Case: Why Federal Appeals Court Put Some NC Voting Changes On Hold

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Federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department is likely to succeed in its argument that North Carolina's election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The appeals court ordered North Carolina to put some changes on hold this November. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joins us now to explain why.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Americans For Prosperity Voting Registration Mailer Stirs Confusion

A voter registration mailing sent by an arm of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity has prompted hundreds of calls to the North Carolina Board of Elections.

Many were addressed to dead people, under-age children, even a cat. They also contained some incorrect information. For example, the mailers told people they needed to register at least thirty days before the election. In North Carolina they have until October 10, 25 days before the election.    

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Local News
2:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Hanover GOP Candidate May Get 'Running Start' On November Election

The Republican state Senate candidate in Wilmington is likely to spend a few months in the job before he faces his Democratic opponent in the November election. The New Hanover County GOP nominated Michael Lee to fill out the remainder of State Senator Thom Goolsby's term. Goolsby resigned last week. 

State law essentially requires Governor Pat McCrory to now appoint Lee to fill out the remainder of Goolsby's Senate term.

Goolsby has called for Lee to replace him, and said he was resigning early to give the Republican candidate a "running start" in the legislature. 

Politics
9:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Are Safe Political Seats Behind The Budget Impasse?

North Carolina counties by party representation in state Senate.

Imagine the nasty notes you’d receive if you were four weeks late on your rent or mortgage.

If a pregnancy went four weeks long doctors would induce labor.

But if you’re a lawmaker, or a whole group of them in Raleigh, and your budget is four weeks late as of today, well…

So what is taking the pressure off lawmakers to get a budget deal done?

Unless you’ve spent your summer on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson you know the issues holding up the budget are teacher pay, teaching assistants and Medicaid payments.

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Local News
9:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

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

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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