Politics

While Gov.  Pat McCrory this week made a “formal” announcement video via Twitter for his re-election bid, another video released a week earlier also provides a good sense of how the incumbent is planning a campaign strategy.

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Officially, it’s a clarification. But a recent decision by the North Carolina Board of Elections allows state and local candidates to do something those seeking federal office can't, directly coordinate where, when and on what outside groups spend their money on during an election. It's a move which has implications for the governor’s race on down.

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A federal lawsuit involving a transgender high school student in Virginia is leading to heated political rhetoric in North Carolina.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory is criticizing state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for not getting involved in the case. And North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger put out a statement Tuesday that makes it seem like Cooper is in favor of "forcing middle school-aged boys and girls to use the same locker room."

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A meeting and a strange memo were brought up again and again by state lawmakers Wednesday. The members of a joint legislative commission were looking into how and why a Charlotte businessman and McCrory campaign donor was awarded $3 million in state prison contracts. 

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Some will see it as a prudent move, others guilt by association. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced he has asked the federal government to cease resettling Syrian refugees in North Carolina. He was one of at least 23 governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina, to do so.

But are refugees really a threat?

For many there are two moments that define how they feel about Syrian refugees. They both deal with death.

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Gov. Pat McCrory has made a request of the Obama administration: Stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina. But that may be a symbolic measure.

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A fiery state lawmaker from Mecklenburg County is retiring after next year. Republican Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews has represented the area off and on since 1996. When the GOP gained control of the legislature after the 2010 election, Rucho played a significant role in some of the state's major legislative changes. WFAE's Michael Tomsic sat down with him Tuesday and filed this report.

The granting of political favors is nothing new in government, but it can take a lot of work to connect the dots in uncovering it. An investigation by the News and Observer of Raleigh and the Charlotte Observer found that a Charlotte businessman got a contract extended to continue private maintenance services for some state prisons over the objections of the head of the department that oversees prisons.

One of the complaints lodged in January by the group Progress North Carolina Action said McCrory should have included on his economic disclosure statement cash and stock he received from online mortgage broker LendingTree from when he served on its board. The other complaint, filed in March, centered on trips he took that were paid for through the Republican Governors Association.

Progress North Carolina Action released last month’s dismissal documents Wednesday after McCrory announced the decision. State law doesn’t allow the ethics commission to publicly release its decisions.

Edwin Peacock, Republican Candidate For Mayor

Oct 29, 2015

Next Tuesday is election day and after months of campaigning voters will choose between Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock for Charlotte mayor. The former city councilman came in second by a hair when he ran against Patrick Cannon. He’s obviously hoping for a different outcome this time around and, although his opponent declined, Edwin Peacock accepted our invitation to join us for the hour.

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