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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.

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

For an ‘odd-year’ in the election cycle, it was a pretty intense one, from the local level in Charlotte to the state and the nation. I’m reminded of just how intense taking a look back at some of the blog posts I wrote in 2015. 

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Candidate filing is over and the fields are set for the 2016 elections in North Carolina. For some voters north of Charlotte, one issue rises above all others: the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77. How will it affect results? WFAE’s David Boraks talked to voters and experts.  

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has again upheld how Republican lawmakers redrew the state’s Congressional and legislative maps. The state’s highest court took a second look at the 2011 redistricting plan because of a U.S. Supreme Court order.

The argument is about whether Republican state lawmakers went too far in packing African-Americans into a few districts. Since they tend to vote Democratic, that meant the GOP had a better shot of winning the remaining districts. 

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