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Have you noticed? Candidate ME hasn't been on the campaign trail this week. Host Tom Bullock puts on his (family friendly) limerick hat to explain why, and when Candidate ME will return, as best he legally can. 

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Kenny Smith spoke at Tuesday's GOP candidate forum at The Palmer Building on East Seventh Street.
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Two of the three Republican candidates for Charlotte mayor addressed local party members Tuesday night, disagreeing on a key issue - whether the city has a role in affordable housing.

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When you are carving up the state into new political districts, you don't do it willy-nilly. Especially when you have 28 state legislative seats ruled illegal racial gerrymanders and a federal court watching what you do.

Thursday, we learned just what criteria state lawmakers are going to use in this court ordered round of redistricting.

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It's been nearly eight weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina were illegal racial gerrymanders. The political maps, the court said, must be redrawn.  

On Wednesday, a select group of state senators and representatives sat down to officially begin that process.

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Sean Spicer is out as White House press secretary. Spicer formally tweeted word of his resignation after it had been reported by multiple media reports.

Spicer resigned Friday morning, after President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci, a wealthy New York financier, as his communications director.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Spicer had been communications director for the Republican National Committee after stints as spokesman for House Republicans and for George W. Bush's trade representative.

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This is it. Friday, July 21 is the last day for candidates to officially fill out the paperwork needed to run in the 2017 elections.

This being an odd numbered year, these are all local races like mayor, school board, city council and town boards. 

Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss who has and has not filed, size up the candidate field for Charlotte's mayor and talk about a new podcast WFAE has launched.

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Get ready folks, the 2017 election season is now officially underway. Which means dozens and dozens (and dozens) of candidates and their campaigns are hard at work trying to sway you to their side.

What if one of these campaigns opens their doors and showed us what happens behind the scenes? The messy stuff usually hidden from view. The art, science and yes, shenanigans of campaigning? Now that would be fun. But that's not going to happen.

So in our first episode, Candidate ME launches its own hypothetical campaign. 

A Trump administration commission is investigating voter fraud nationwide.
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The N.C. State Board of Elections says it will provide voting data to a special White House commission hunting for voter fraud. But amid concerns over the Trump administration’s June 28 request, the board says it will limit the information to publicly available voter data.

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Republican legislators on Wednesday completed their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

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The General Assembly's new state budget just landed on Governor Cooper's desk, with a resounding thud.

The plan received final approval Thursday.

Now, the governor has 10 days to sign the budget, veto it, or do nothing and have it take affect when that time runs out.

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