Politics

State Republican leaders are trying to limit the power of Governor-elect Roy Cooper during their surprise special session. One of the justifications from Senate Leader Phil Berger is that Democrats did the same thing when they were in power.

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Plans by Republican lawmakers to limit the powers of incoming Governor Roy Cooper have drawn fire from Democrats. They call it a power grab and unconstitutional. But to others, it's all just part of North Carolina politics …  and history.

Governor-elect Cooper said in a press conference Thursday the legislature's moves are unprecedented. He even threatened a lawsuit.

“If I believe that laws passed by the legislature hurt working families, and are unconstitutional, they will see me in court,” Cooper said.

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As the U.S. Supreme Court works toward a ruling on how North Carolina redrew its voting districts, a state senator from Mecklenburg County is continuing his call for independent redistricting. Democratic Sen. Jeff Jackson said the current process results in almost no competitive races.

Racial gerrymandering in North Carolina will be the focus of arguments today before the U.S. Supreme Court. The short-staffed court is reviewing a lower court ruling that struck down how North Carolina redrew its congressional districts in 2011.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29

An update on the still-unresolved race for North Carolina governor. Votes are being challenged and there's a call for a recount. Then, what's ahead for education with a newly-elected North Carolina schools chief and the search for a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent.

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South Carolina Government

So South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is headed to New York, to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. Her appointment by president-elect Donald Trump was a bit of a surprise, given that she hasn't been a big Trump supporter.

The Durham County elections board is defending itself against charges by Governor Pat McCrory’s campaign of wrongful or illegal conduct in last Tuesday’s ballot count. After troubles on Election Day, the heavily Democratic County reported 94,000 ballots late.

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The North Carolina GOP says for the second time in less than a month, one of its local offices has been vandalized. This time, someone spray painted "F--k Trump yes sir" on the outside of the Alamance County Republican party headquarters.

"This marks the second crime of this nature in my district within a month," Republican Representative Mark Walker said in a statement, "First the firebombing at the Orange County GOP and then similar graffiti profanity again here at the Alamance GOP offices."

This week's top stories: Political campaigning is in the homestretch, with November 8th just around the corner...  The NAACP gets a hearing on what they consider to be illegally canceled voter registrations, and the county commission talks magnet schools. 

Candidate websites

The North Carolina treasurer’s race often gets overshadowed by other elections. But consider this, the treasurer runs a pension and health care system for state employees that is roughly four times the size of the state’s yearly budget.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Morning Edition host Marshall Terry break down the race for North Carolina treasurer.

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