Politics & Elections

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke with WFAE this week about health care, immigration and the climate in Washington.
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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is used to fielding a lot of questions. It goes with the job. But many questions in the last two weeks have concerned his health since he passed out during a road race in Washington, D.C.

"I ran the fastest 2.5 mile race of my life. Unfortunately, it was a 3-mile race," he quips.  

As you can tell, Tillis says he’s fine. He says he just didn’t hydrate properly.

Of course, Tillis still gets asked about President Trump, Russia, health care, and immigration  - all topics he addressed with WFAE’s David Boraks.

North Carolina General Assembly

The leaders of North Carolina's House of Representatives had hoped to unveil their state budget sometime this week. But hashing out their spending plan is taking a bit longer than expected.

The state's congressional district boundaries have since been redrawn, which has reshaped the 1st and 12th districts.
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For the second time in a seven-day span, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an act of North Carolina's General Assembly.

On May 15th, it was the state's voter laws.

On Monday, in a 5-3 decision, the court upheld a ruling that two congressional districts were illegal racial gerrymanders. And this opinion may have implications for other North Carolina cases working their way through the courts.

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At a debate in northwest Charlotte Thursday night, the city's three Democratic mayoral candidates faced an audition of sorts - for an endorsement by the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Filing isn’t even open yet for the Sept. 12 primary. But the group plans to make an unusual early endorsement in the coming days.

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A former state senator from Concord has received an eight-month federal prison sentence on charges related to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal use.  Republican Fletcher Hartsell was sentenced Tuesday in Winston-Salem.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal seeking to reinstate North Carolina's controversial 2013 overhaul of voting laws, including  voter ID.  The decision lets stand a 2016 appeals court ruling that invalidated the law, saying it targeted African Americans.  Meanwhile, legislative Republicans are vowing to find another way revive an ID requirement for voting. 

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The Rev. William Barber, who served as a commanding voice for voting rights, gay rights, and the equal treatment of African-Americans during his 12 years as president of the NC NAACP, has announced he will step down in June.

Brennan Center For Justice

America's judicial system has been the target of a number of political attacks this year.

And not just from President Donald Trump questioning the legitimacy of some, quote "so-called" judges or saying he wants to break up the Federal appeals court which struck down his travel ban.

A new report by the left leaning Brennan Center for Justice finds Republican controlled legislatures across the country are targeting state courts and remaking them for potential political gain. They have tracked at least 41 such bills in 15 states and that's just since January 1 of this year.

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South Carolina's gas tax will be raised 12 cents over the next six years after the South Carolina legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of the measure.

The House voted 95-18 Wednesday morning to override the governor, and the Senate voted 32-12 to do the same hours later.

NC Legislature

Tuesday afternoon the lead budget writers for North Carolina's Senate gave us the budgetary equivalent of a movie trailer. Here's Senate Pro-Tem Phil Berger:

"Anyone who has seen our Senate budgets over the past six years will not be surprised that this budget continues our philosophy of improving outcomes in public education, providing generous tax cuts for the middle class and job creators, controlling spending growth and saving for the future."

This preview of the Senate's proposed state budget came with few details at the time.

The full details of the $22.9 billion spending plan weren't released until around midnight last night. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry talks with WFAE's Tom Bullock who has been digesting the numbers.

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