Politics

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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?

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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.


This election year, some savvy political donors will get a little something extra for their contribution: a tax deduction.

In a few cases this is perfectly legal. In others however, the legality is questionable at best.

All this is thanks to lax oversight, loopholes and, believe it or not, a single paragraph tucked into the 2,000 page federal budget passed late last year.

Now that the State Board of Elections has finalized the ballot for North Carolina’s March 15 primary election, some have commented that voters will face a ‘closed’ primary ballot.

In the parlance of primary elections and political science research, North Carolina uses one of several different forms of primary systems that states have for their election processes.

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It’s an image best described as a tree smashed between two letters. Like a two dimensional rendition of a weed growing through a crack in the concrete. And it’s the culmination of a $1.5 million project to create a logo so enticing it would lure residents, businesses and tourists to flock to North Carolina.

The state’s new logo was rolled out last year and it has gotten attention. Just not the kind the designers were hoping for.

Jennifer Lang

In March, North Carolina primary voters will have their pick of 27 presidential candidates. And no that’s not just the Republican field.

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