Lapel pins and Twitter. Both can be quick ways to express political opinions. But, as the North Carolina Republican party learned Wednesday night, it’s best to understand one before taking to the other.

If you're watching the Democratic National Convention this week, wait for the camera to pan the audience. Pause the TV; now squint hard. On the first floor, just where the seats begin to slope up, is the North Carolina delegation. Sitting in that clump of delegates will be 18-year-old Evan Redmond, the youngest delegate to represent the state at this week's convention.

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State representative Charles Jeter is stepping down and calling off his run for re-election this November. In a surprise announcement Monday morning, the Huntersville Republican says he needs to make his wife and children "the first priority in my life" right now.  

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As you’ve probably heard by now, politicians and delegates are in Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. So is Charlotte resident Rose Hamid. Hamid who is a Muslim, gained national attention when she silently protested at a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina earlier this year and was kicked out.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia checked in with Hamid on the third day of the RNC.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
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U.S. Senator Richard Burr is one of the big name Republicans not attending their party convention in Cleveland this week. Still, the Senior Senator from North Carolina made a stop in the city on Wednesday to address the state’s delegation. And he made a surprising announcement.

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It was Hillary Clinton's first joint campaign appearance with President Obama. The fact that it was in North Carolina indicates how important the state is to victory in November. But there wasn't much about the event that was North Carolina-centric. There was no mention of House Bill 2, for example. It was an event with messages that could have come from anywhere.

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There aren’t many people who can say they spurred a standing ovation from lawmakers not long after posing for a mugshot.

Republican State Senator Fletcher Hartsell, from Concord, accomplished that strange feat on Tuesday.        

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There is a lot going on at the General Assembly today (Tuesday, June 28th).

Here’s what we can confirm, the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a deal on the state budget.

Here’s what we cannot confirm, reports of possible changes to House Bill 2.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey to talk about the latest news from the North Carolina General Assembly as it works to wrap up this year's legislative session.

NC General Assembly

This week is a big week for the North Carolina General Assembly. The state’s fiscal year ends on Friday. But the budget still needs to be passed and lawmakers aren’t just working on that. The Senate today is expected to vote on a trio of amendments to the North Carolina constitution.  

WFAE’s Tom Bullock talks with Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry.

Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper shake hands
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There seems to be just one thing Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper agree on…they both think North Carolina is the best state. But when it comes to taxes and teacher pay, House Bill 2 and I-77 toll lanes, the two men vying to be North Carolina’s governor clashed in their first election-year debate.