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South Carolina Government

Now that the New Hampshire Primary is a done deal, the political circus is pulling up stakes and heading to South Carolina. First up, the Republican presidential hopefuls. They’ll make at least 14 stops across the state.

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North Carolina is asking a federal three-judge panel to allow voting to continue using Congressional districts now deemed unconstitutional. The state’s attorneys warn changing the districts this close to an election could lead to major problems.

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Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will again discuss expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. But the council will not vote tonight on the provision.

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We now bring you a story of possible election fraud in North Carolina. The setting, the city of Lumberton, south of Fayetteville. The scheme? Allegedly buying votes. The currency? Well, investigators aren’t saying but it may have something to do with breakfast.

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There will be no meeting of the Charlotte City Council tonight. But the city will host a meeting about one of the most contentious issues in Charlotte, expanding the local non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. Last March, the Charlotte City Council voted down this expansion after a contentious meeting. There were protesters outside, and passionate speakers inside (you can find our coverage of the meeting here.)

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Iowa and New Hampshire. Two states that don’t normally get a lot of attention. But right now you’d have to be holed up on an uncharted desert isle to avoid hearing about them, ad nauseam, in the news.

If you watch Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, there’s a phrase we can all but guarantee you’ll hear. It’s two words and its used by politicians from every party.

Have you figured out what that phrase is yet?

South Carolina Government

It’s become a well-known trope - a politician attacks the press for being biased, unaccountable, liberal. Now a Republican lawmaker in South Carolina wants to take it a bit further, he’s introduced legislation that would force journalists to register with the state or be subject to fines and jail time.

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Update: A vote to move the refugee legislation to the U.S. Senate floor fell five votes short of the 60 necessary.

On Wednesday,  a U.S. Senate committee will take up a bill which would make it much more difficult for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be re-settled in America. The legislation, known as American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, was proposed by 8th District Congressman Richard Hudson, a Republican whose district stretches from east Charlotte to Lumberton. WFAE’s Tom Bullock recently spoke with the congressman about his bill.

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Animal rights and public interest groups are challenging a state law that allows employers to sue employees who secretly take pictures or record audio in the workplace.  The Ag-Gag law, as it’s often called, went into effect January 1. Supporters say it’s needed to protect businesses from activists who seek employment to undermine a company. Detractors say it’s unconstitutional.


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