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The State Board of Elections has ruled no laws were broken when an Oklahoma man with ties to illegal gambling gave $270,000 to the campaigns of leading North Carolina politicians.


Sun. Headlines: NC Teacher Pay Improves

Mar 22, 2015

The latest public school teacher pay rankings show North Carolina still below the national average, but making improvement after raises were approved last summer. 

The new National Education Association report showed North Carolina ranked 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia during the 2013-14 school year in average teacher pay, at almost $45,000. The NEA's average pay estimate this year for North Carolina is about $47,800, compared to the national average of about $57,400.

Sun. Headlines: Tillis Says Keep Guantanamo

Mar 15, 2015

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis thinks the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open. Tillis visited the base this week with four other freshmen Republican senators. For 13 years, the base has been a detention camp to hold terrorism suspects after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Tillis says Guantanamo holds some of the most heinous and evil criminals of our time and still plays a key role in protecting America from terrorism. Tillis vowed to make sure the base stays open.   President Barack Obama promised to close the base's prison when he ran for office.

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North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.


North Carolina General Assembly

It was a week of firsts for North Carolina’s new U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis. The senator filed his first legislation, an amendment Thursday that would open much of the East Coast to off-shore drilling for oil and gas.


GOP Nominates Moore for House Speaker

Nov 23, 2014

North Carolina Republican legislators have nominated a new House Speaker. State Representative Tim Moore of Kings Mountain, in Cleveland County, is in line to take over as the House leader after US Senator-elect Thom Tills steps down.   Republicans picked Moore from among six candidates during a meeting Saturday in Asheboro. 

NC Dem Chief Voller Won’t Run Again

Nov 16, 2014

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller isn’t seeking re-election.  The former Pittsboro mayor made the announcement Saturday at the party executive committee meeting in Chatham County. The committee narrowly elected Voller in 2013 and he has focused on building local party organizations with Democrats in the minority in state government.

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Senator-elect Thom Tillis got right to the point Wednesday, after defeating incumbent US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) by a narrow margin of 1.68 percentage points Tuesday: He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and act on other Republican issues that had been stalled in the Democrat-led Senate. 

Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Nearly 3 million ballots were cast – but it all came down to 46,539 votes. That was enough to make Thom Tillis North Carolina’s next U.S. senator. The slim margin was painful for those gathered in Greensboro at Hagan’s election night headquarters. But the margin was irrelevant in an uptown ballroom in uptown where Tillis gave his victory speech. 

Tillis Wins, Meck Sales Tax Hike Loses Big

Nov 4, 2014
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The State Board of Elections says it may order a recount of the Supreme Court race between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson. The margin between Beasley and Robinson is just over 5,000 votes. State law allows for an automatic right to a recount in statewide races when the margin is under 0.5 percent or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower. Robinson will have to submit a written demand to the State Board before noon on November 18 if he wants a recount. 

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