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Some rural parts of North Carolina are finding ways to move forward on their own, but most are struggling. ... There may be political gains in pitting rural against urban, but it's not helping rural North Carolina. ... It's time for North Carolina to rise above politics to bring the two North Carolinas closer together.
I am most concerned with the Legislature's lack of support for our public schools. North Carolina is ranked 43rd in the country in per-student spending. I believe the Legislature is short-changing our students and teachers and needs to reinvest in public education. My mother was a public high school ...

It's been a year since the partial repeal of North Carolina's "bathroom bill" helped take the state off the national news, but the saga remains an issue ahead of ... "In especially urban and suburban areas ... what HB 2 did is kill the Republican brand," said Morgan Jackson, a political consultant for Cooper ... Election
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina is again an attractive location for big out-of-state corporations. The state no longer sits squarely in the crosshairs of culture wars over transgender rights. College basketball tournament games are back, after a one-year hiatus. But the saga of the state's so-called ...
The Green Party will be bringing a significant new voice to state politics -- an independent voice free of corporate funding and based in grassroots democracy and ... "Opening up the ballot is good for North Carolina and will help to reinvigorate the political process," said Tony Ndege, state party co-chair ...
The Green Party is North Carolina's newest official political party, joining Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians with state recognition. ... North Carolina party co-chairman Anthony Ndege said the party also stands for a living wage -- ensuring every worker in North Carolina would make at least $15 ...

According to 2017 surveys by the Gallup Organization, North Carolina is one of the closest states to the national median in political preference. On one measure, the net lean to the Democrats or Republicans, we are one of only six states (along with Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Maine, and ... politics
The fund also helped Republicans Thom Tillis win a Senate seat in North Carolina and Scott Walker keep the Wisconsin governor's office by supporting ... once bankrolled by the Republican financiers, the Koch Brothers — spent nearly $7 million in anti-Trump ads, The Center for Responsive Politics says. politics
Rick Gates, the Washington lobbyist and former campaign aide to Donald Trump who is now caught up in the Russia probe, had to grapple with another political scandal 12 years ago in North Carolina. Gates, 45, who recently entered a guilty plea and is expected to cooperate with the Russia investigation, ... politics
North Carolina congressional candidate Linda Coleman made national headlines last week when her campaign discovered that an old domain used for a previous election — LindaForNC.com — was hijacked by a Russian. Coleman saw political motives behind the incident, calling the “tampering” an ... politics
... why the Russian-based website was created and she urged other political candidates "to be vigilant." Her campaign has contacted the FBI about the matter. Coleman is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican George Holding in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District ... politics
The release of body cam video in late February caused outrage in this North Carolina city in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The video shows Hickman and an officer in training stopping Johnnie Jermaine Rush, then 32, for allegedly jaywalking in the early morning hours of August 25, 2017. After initial words ... politics
“For Democrats, I think it's clear that they're trying to put enough candidates on the field to take advantage of a wave that may be coming their way,” said Jonathan Kappler, a political expert who heads the center-right North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation. “The Republicans were happy to be able to ... politics
A Democratic North Carolina legislator accused of sexual misconduct is accusing the group that first reported the allegations of violating rules for ... The Justice Center is “absolutely prohibited from intervening in a political campaign for or against any candidate for an elective public office,” Hall said in a ... politics
A government watchdog group is accusing one of North Carolina's most powerful legislators of using his political position for financial benefit – by stopping state regulators from cracking down on pollution at a property he owned and was trying to sell. Tim Moore, a Republican, is the speaker of the North ... politics
As political battles go, rural versus urban is one of this state's oldest, owing at least in part to North Carolina's 600-mile sprawl from mountains to coast. Thanks to accelerating demographic trends that have seen urban areas eclipse rural ones in population, economic growth and political clout, the old “rural ... politics
Supporters and opponents of offshore drilling gathered in Raleigh on Monday for the state's only public hearing on the Trump administration's controversial plan to open up the Atlantic coast for oil and gas exploration. State Rep. Duane Hall, a Democrat who represents Raleigh, told the crowd of several ... politics

“I am determined not to get involved in local politics or endorse any political candidate,” Graham said. “But I do have a great warm spot in my heart for the Scott family. I asked Bob to come up and see me when he could. When he said he could come today, I asked him to have tea with me here at the country ... politics
We begin in the newly insane state of North Carolina, where Art Pope's elected hoplites are trying to do as much damage as they can before the dung-rake sweeps ... The Missouri Senate voted 19-12 this week in support of a requirement that nonprofits engaging in political activity disclose their donors. politics
“North Carolina is very much reflective of the national climate,” said David McLennan, a political scientist at Meredith College. “For about the ... A day after January's Charlotte march, nearly 60 women converged on the home of a Dilworth activist to plan how to channel their energy into politics. By the time ... politics
And it faced considerable opposition from men who found the idea of women involved in politics ludicrous, threatening, socialistic or against God's plan. One hundred years ago, ... North Carolina's political leadership – all Democrats in the one-party South – were opposed. Both Tar Heel U.S. senators, Lee ... politics
David McLennan, a political scientist at Raleigh's Meredith College, said there's always been opposition to tighter gun laws in North Carolina. “I'd say North Carolina would probably be one of the last states to follow the lead of Florida or even the federal government,” McLennan said. “I think we see the ... politics
For the first time in anyone's memory, nearly all 170 state legislative races in North Carolina will feature both a Republican and Democratic candidate. Candidate filing ended at noon Wednesday, leaving just one uncontested race for state House or state Senate after a heavy recruiting push from both the ... politics
Also, Gallup asked Americans to describe their overall political views as conservative, moderate or liberal. Across the nation, an average of 36 percent said they were moderates. Precisely the same share described their views as moderate in nine states -- including, you guessed it, North Carolina.
According to 2017 surveys by the Gallup Organization, North Carolina is one of the closest states to the national median in political preference. On one measure, the net lean to the Democrats or Republicans, we are one of only six states (along with Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Maine and Colorado) ...
Dan Soucek and Brent Jackson review historical maps during the Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session at the North Carolina General ... Partisan gerrymandering is often seen as the root of much that is wrong with current politics, from the lack of competitive districts to the rise of ...
“Today the three-judge panel swiftly rejected Roy Cooper's latest attempt to drag his political battles into the courtroom – and instead delivered a victory to North Carolina voters, who should now expect their elections and ethics laws to be enforced fairly and with bipartisan cooperation,” Berger and Moore ...
But he was also part of the post-war generation that worked with and socialized with people of different political views in the Rotary Club or on the board of ... If you have been active in North Carolina Republican politics in recent decades, there is a very good chance you have met one of the Senate's giants.
On Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down a Republican-sponsored measure stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of his ability to regulate the state's elections. The 4–3 decision preserves Cooper's control of the State Board of Elections, ensuring he will be able to restore voting rights ...
In the wake of the 2010 election, unprecedented gerrymandering was unleashed across the country, but most blatantly in North Carolina, Wisconsin, ... “The sorting of voters on the grounds of their race remains suspect even if race is meant to function as a proxy for other (including political) characteristics.”.
HICKORY- Former Hickory Public Schools Superintendent Ric Vandett has announced that he will be running for the N.C. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Andy Wells. “I've decided to run because I just, I don't like the tenor, the mood of politics in this country, in this state right now,” Vandett said in a ...
(CNN) The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to freeze, for now, a lower court opinion that struck down North Carolina congressional districts holding that ... and that the plan violated the First Amendment by "unjustifiably discriminating against voters based on their previous political expression and affiliation.
A former state legislator who has been active in North Carolina politics since 1980, he said he has never seen such a strong desire to run and to vote. The state Democratic Party is pushing to challenge Republicans in all their districts. Doing that would mark a big change in a state where gerrymandering ...
North Carolina lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court to stop a lower court order that ruled the state needed to redraw its congressional districts. ... statehouse districts that is expected to determine whether maps can be challenged at all on the basis that they entrench a benefit to one political party over ...
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants his state to be treated just like Florida when it comes to offshore oil drilling. Cooper, a Democrat, requested that North Carolina be exempted from last week's Interior Department proposal to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to offshore drilling. But North Carolina's ...
(CNN) Tuesday's ruling by a three-judge federal panel that the North Carolina congressional map is unconstitutional due to the fact that it was drawn primarily with political motives in mind is a BIG deal. It's the first time a federal court has struck down a congressional map due to a partisan gerrymander.
Roy Cooper believe that North Carolina's tax burden should be $3 billion higher? It's a fair ... Assume that without the GOP tax cuts, North Carolina's annual tax burden would be $3 billion higher. ... So, assuming the governor doesn't have a political death wish, does he really favor just a $2 billion tax hike?
Our state's influence on national politics and policy has been growing for years — a trend likely to continue in 2018 and beyond. ... If current population trends continue, North Carolina will gain a bit more political heft after the 2020 census with the addition of a 14th seat in the U.S. House. Only five other ...
'Race riot' was part of a state-wide political campaign based on calls for white supremacy and exploitation of racial tensions.” Deb Butler, a Democrat who represents Wilmington in the North Carolina House of Representatives, tweeted Friday that the new marker is “overdue, but welcome nonetheless.”.
All or portions of roughly 20 state laws take effect Monday in North Carolina, with some changing how judges are elected or how doctors prescribe powerful pain medications. New political parties also have an easier time getting on state ballots, while new drivers will get more information on how to respond ...
It was political rancor boiling over in my home state – viewed with fresh perspective from Africa in 2013 – that inspired Listen First Project. North Carolina has continued to grab headlines as an epicenter of difficult and divisive issues in the years since, but at the same time has, more quietly, been home to ...
A leaked draft of that bill shows that it would require DEQ to start working with the state environmental agencies in South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia to see what types of pollution might be flowing into North Carolina from across its borders. DEQ would also be required to ...
That makes North Carolina counties like the hypothetical county in what the IRS guidelines call Example 2. In that example, taxpayers who prepay their 2018 property taxes in 2017 “will not be allowed to deduct the prepayment on their federal tax returns because the county will not assess the property tax ...
This alone is reason to reject his nomination, as is his apparent lying on the topic to the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Farr's connections to Helms' white supremacist causes and political network go much deeper. Having lived in North Carolina since childhood, I know Helms' racist legacy, and I hold no ...
Raleigh, N.C. — It was a year that saw change at the top of state government, the inside of countless courtrooms and when GenX came to mean something other than people born from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The bitter partisanship that has marked North Carolina politics in recent years only got ...
The wave of women signing up to run for political office has hit North Carolina. State Democrats spent Monday announcing nine new candidates – including six women – in their 2018 effort to break Republicans' veto-proof majority in the state legislature. Rep. Darren Jackson, the top Democrat in the North ...
These efforts accelerated after liberal judges gained a 4-3 majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2016. The legislature promptly changed the judicial election system by requiring candidates to represent a political party, the first time a state has moved from nonpartisan to partisan judicial elections ...
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"Possum out: Famous New Year's event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent" was the lead headline in last week's Cherokee Scout, North Carolina's westernmost newspaper. After surviving years of animal rights lawsuits from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Clay County's New ...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges have ruled that North Carolina's congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally ... But Wynn, in his 191-page opinion, gave lots of credence to the number-crunching of math and political science experts who testified that the only explanation for ...


 

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