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North Carolina Politics

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 03.13.2014 | 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...

Samantha Lachman

Emilio Vicente Runs To Help All Undocumented Students | 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...

Kate Sheppard

Attacks On Clean Energy Were A Giant Failure | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to roll back renewable energy standards in the states this year have largely failed despite the best efforts of conservative gro...

North Carolina: Threatening Fifty Years of Progress in Ten Months

Roy Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Roy Cooper

For the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina has a General Assembly and governorship controlled by the extreme factions of the Republican Party, and their legislative super majority means their power is unchecked. It's as if the Tea Party created its own playground of extremist fantasies.

John Celock

Obama-Bashing Author Named To Public TV Board | John Celock | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

North Carolina's public television board has a new member: controversial author Orson Scott Card, who once compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hi...

North Carolina House Bill 589; or, Politics in the New Third World

Mark Axelrod | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

I find it increasingly difficult to believe that certain states in the alleged "United States" would mindfully attempt to undermine the right to vote ...

Abortion Measure Snuck In By GOP Hits Snag

Reuters | Marti Maguire | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C., July 9 (Reuters) - Proposed new safety standards on abortion clinics in North Carolina hit a snag on Tuesday after Republican lawmake...

Law Protecting Against Racial Bias Repealed By GOP Lawmakers

AP | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina has repealed a landmark law that had allowed convicted murderers to have their sentences reduced to life in prison if ...

Big Money Finds Way To Court Races

Center for Public Integrity | Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

CORRECTION -- 6/14: An earlier version of this story reported that Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, had said that the Ju...

State Tries To Ease Background Checks

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

A North Carolina Senate committee Tuesday amended sweeping pro-gun legislation under consideration, to make it easier to buy a gun without a backgroun...

Lawmakers Advance Another State Ban On Sharia

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

A North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ban the consideration of "foreign laws," including Sharia, in the state...

Dem Leader Apologizes For 'Rape' Comment

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller apologized Saturday after making a rape comparison during a local meeting. WRAL reports a twe...

GOP Lawmaker's Confrontational Outburst At Public Meeting

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in North Carolina told a newspaper publisher to "be quiet" during a public hearing Tuesday on legislation that could shift ...

GOP Lawmaker Reportedly Equates Islamic Prayer With Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

North Carolina state Rep. Michele Presnell (R-Burnsville) linked Islamic prayer to terrorism in an email sent to a constituent, the News & Observer re...

GOP Leader Kills Official State Religion Bill

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

The Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives killed legislation on Thursday that aimed to establish an official state religio...

GOP Lawmakers Propose Official State Religion

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from th...

Two States Advance Pro-Gun Measures

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

Legislative committees in two states are moving forward with gun bills that are meant to thwart federal efforts to increase gun control. Missouri l...