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Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Movement Expands To 12 States For Week Of Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 51 years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. exhorted the 250,000-strong March on Washington audience to "go back to Mississip...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial North Carolina Budget Director With Ties To Koch Brothers Resigns

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state's strong rig...

North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is reverberating across the state's border. Roy Cooper, North Caro...

Samantha Lachman

Republican Mayor Partners With Moral Monday Movement, Walks 273 Miles For Rural Health Care Access

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

A Republican mayor has partnered with the progressive-backed Moral Monday movement to protest the closure of his small-town's hospital. Belhaven, ...

On Millennial Voting, It's Time for Some Common Sense

Sam Gilman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Sam Gilman

We constantly hear politicians tell us that it is time for your generation to take ownership in the political process. Of course, in order for new voices to be heard at the policymaking table, Millennials must turn out to vote in higher numbers and engage more with our elected officials.

Senate Candidate: GOP Must Appeal To Minorities Because 'Traditional' Voting Population Isn't Growing

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Republican nominee in a high-profile race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate differentiated between what he called "traditional...

Koch Brothers Group Holds Polar Opposite Of Moral Monday Protest

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Local conservatives defended the actions of the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly with a "tax reform rally" on Wednesday touting ...

Moral Monday Returns As GOP Senate Candidate Tries To Distance Himself From Legislature

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina, and staged a sit-in at the office of state House Speaker Thom...

Karl Rove-Backed Group Spends Millions Attacking Kay Hagan Over Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

A group backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove is investing more heavily in this year's midterm elections with a nearly $3.6 million ad blitz targe...

Clay Aiken's Dem Opponent Found Dead Days After Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary and businessman Keith Crisco, who challenged former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomina...

Anti-Thom Tillis Ad Takes Place At Tillis Victory Party

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

A Democratic super PAC trying to hold the party's majority in the upper chamber this election cycle appears to have shot its latest ad for North Carol...

Mitt Romney Makes An Endorsement Ahead Of Critical GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his support for Senate candidate and North Carolina House Speaker ...

Rand Paul To Campaign For Tea Party Senate Candidate Just Before GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will head to North Carolina next week in a last-ditch effort to boost a candidate favored by the tea party over the pick of the...

New Ad Questions Clay Aiken's 'Invisible' Presence On Presidential Committee

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

One of Clay Aiken's Democratic primary opponents is attacking the former "American Idol" runner-up for missing meetings during his tenure on the Presi...

GOP Senate Candidate Says He Fired Staffers Who Resigned

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Senate candidate and North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) responded Thursday to Democratic attacks, saying he had fired staffers who had...

GOP Senate Candidate's Women's Campaign Coalition Includes Planned Parenthood Founder

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), who is running to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), announced a "Women for Tillis" coalition Monday ...

North Carolina: Using Race (Again) as a Tool to Disrupt Multiracial Political Coalitions

Michael Curtis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Curtis

History repeats itself, but thankfully, not exactly. Still, we have a distressing degree of repetition in North Carolina.

GOP Senate Candidate: Minimum Wage Is An 'Artificial Threshold,' Raising It 'A Dangerous Idea'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly and one of seven Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D), said raising ...

Tea Party Candidate Compares Primary To War: 'This Is Going To Be Bloody'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Tea party-backed candidate Greg Brannon threw down some fighting words last Saturday in North Carolina's GOP Senate primary contest. At a Feb. 15 ...

Food Store Cook Reportedly Fired For Sarcastic Remark To GOP Gov

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

A gourmet food store cook in Charlotte was fired Sunday after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s security detail complained about a comment the worke...

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Emilio Vicente Runs To Help All Undocumented Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

Undocumented immigrant Emilio Vicente is on the ballot Tuesday in North Carolina. The job is short-term but offers a significant platform: Vicente, a ...

Contraception, Abortion Issues Arise In Close North Carolina Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

All five Republican candidates vying to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) believe that states have the authority to ban contraceptives and would support ...

North Carolina: A Laboratory for Trickle-Down Economics

Annabel Park | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Annabel Park

During North Carolina's 2013 legislative session, a fierce debate took place over how to change the state tax code. Because Republicans had won a super majority in the General Assembly as well as the governor's race in 2012, the real tug-of-war centered around an aggressively conservative tax reform package.

Seventh GOP Candidate Crowds North Carolina Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly, just got a sixth challenger in the Republican race to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D) this...

GOP Congressman Won't Seek Reelection

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov 7 (Reuters) - Howard Coble, North Carolina's longest serving Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thurs...