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5:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Jobs, Education, Regulatory Changes Continue To Be Legislative Priorities

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

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6:46 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What To Expect From The 2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 legislative session starts today
Credit NC General Assembly

State legislators have descended on Raleigh for the start of the 2015 legislative session. Today’s session is largely ceremonial. The only votes scheduled are to elect leadership of the General Assembly. But there is a lot lawmakers would like to get done this year, which is why WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for a preview of the so-called long legislative session.

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Local News
7:38 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Meck Commissioners Appoint Fuller As Chair In Heated Session

Supporters of Cotham held signs calling for her appointment to the commission chairmanship.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The new session for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners kicked off Monday evening, but it was old divisions that dominated the meeting—starting with the election of the board’s chairman.


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1:33 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Changes To State Laws Take Effect Dec. 1

Credit State of North Carolina

Carnivorous plants, tiny metal spheres and cell phones. These are the focus of some of the new laws that go into effect December 1 in North Carolina.  

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Local News
9:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Meck Commissioners Fight Familiar Battle For Chairmanship

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

In two weeks, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will reconvene for a new session. Two new commissioners will sit at the dais at the Government Center, and they will need to pick a new chairman to lead them. The upcoming decision is reopening old wounds. 


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Local News
1:54 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

More Voters Get To The End Of The Ballot In 2014

Credit Mecklenburg County

In addition to electing new federal, state and local lawmakers, North Carolinians voted for 144 new judges, from the state’s Supreme Court down to district courts. Fewer people vote in these lower information, non-partisan, down ballot races—it’s called “roll-off”— but this year more people made it all the way through.

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9:28 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Three Years Later, NC Redistricting Still In Court

North Carolina's Congressional districts after the 2011 redistricting process.
Credit ncleg.net

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an Alabama redistricting case that could impact legislative maps in North Carolina. In fact, the Alabama case may be part of the reason the North Carolina Supreme Court still hasn't ruled on the redistricting plan here even though it heard the case almost a year ago.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Cannon leaves the courthouse after being ordered to in-house detention until his prison sentence begins.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon found himself in court again today, four weeks after he was sentenced to prison for public corruption. This time, it was voter fraud.


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9:05 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Republican Congressional Pickup A Win For Redistricting

North Carolina congressional map after 2013 redistricting
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Many Republican gains in Tuesday’s elections were due to the party’s strong turnout, including in North Carolina’s Senate race. But the GOP also gained a Congressional seat in the state, which did not hinge on turnout. Instead, the victory was the final pay-off from recarving the state’s Congressional districts in 2011.


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1:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

2016 Election Attacks Already Underway

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit NCDP.org

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.

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