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Political news from around NC and beyond.

EPA, Volunteer, Government shutdown
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

How is the partial government shutdown affecting North Carolinians? The federal impasse is in its fourth week with no end in sight. President Donald Trump demands funding for a wall along the southern border of the United States and says the shutdown could last months or even years

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With the North Carolina legislature convening at the end of the month, this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast checks in on some of what is happening elsewhere.

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

A fresh batch of state lawmakers were sworn in last week bringing with them sweeping changes to some North Carolina districts. Both Wake and Mecklenburg County now have no Republican representatives in the House and only two Republican senators between them. Nearly 40 new representatives will officially start work for the long session in two weeks. 

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
Flickr user Erik Hersman

Eleven percent of all voters on Election Day in 2018 were Latinx, based on exit poll estimates. According to internal analytics from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Latinx early voting participation was up 174 percent compared to the 2014 midterms. 

North Carolina legislative building
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A new slate of state lawmakers was seated at the General Assembly this week, and there are more than three dozen new faces now in office.

President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable on immigration and border security at U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station, during a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas.
Evan Vucci / AP Photo

President Donald Trump headed to the U.S. southwest border Thursday to tout his push for a border wall amid a federal government shutdown. Trump calls the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a national crisis, while Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly refute the claim, calling it a manufactured crisis. 

Photo: A woman working in chicken processing plant
Frontier Centre For Public Policy

Ethics questions continue to swirl around North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore after reports that a high-ranking aid in his office contacted the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to inquire about storage tanks at a chicken processing plant in Siler City owned by Moore and his business partners. 

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Updated 1:40 p.m.

Republican lawmakers re-elected to lead the North Carolina House and Senate are urging colleagues to reach consensus in approving policy and legislation during the next two years.

EPA, Volunteer, Government shutdown
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The partial government shutdown is in its third week. While thousands of furloughed federal workers are affected in North Carolina, some from the Environmental Protection Agency are keeping busy as volunteers.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat representing New York's 14th Congressional District, takes a selfie with Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., on the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding t
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

What political shifts will 2019 bring? Democrats have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Senate. How will things change with a divided federal government? And the newly-sworn in congressional class is the most diverse in the nation’s history with a record number of women and people of color now in office. Will this new energy bring substantive change? 

North Carolina legislative building
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The new year brings some political changes for North Carolina, both in Raleigh and on Capitol Hill.

The state will be without representation in one of it's Congressional districts for an undetermined amount of time. And the Governor now carries the threat of a veto which packs a more significant punch.

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018 file photo Republican Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.
Chuck Burton, File / AP

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

The Republican in the nation's last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn't act.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

The dissolution of North Carolina's elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as the Democratic governor sought an interim panel to investigate ballot fraud allegations while Republicans argued he doesn't have the power to do so.

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As the calendar nears replacement, WUNC brings you a special hour-long radio program about the last decade in North Carolina politics.

North Carolina legislative building
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

This marks the final week at the State Legislature for several notable incumbents.

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Updated 5:15 p.m.

With Republicans' veto-proof majority ending in days, the North Carolina legislature on Thursday overrode the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would keep campaign finance investigations confidential and allow the GOP to possibly dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.

North Carolina legislative building
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Another bustling year of North Carolina politics is, almost, in the books.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to review 2018, from a disgraced lawmaker to the continued influence, or lack thereof, President Donald Trump has on local elected leaders.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sits for an interview with WUNC in the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Cooper addressed the opiod crisis affecting the state.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

North Carolina's governor has followed through on his plans to veto elections legislation that would require a complete election redo in a disputed U.S. House race if new balloting is determined necessary due to fraud.

Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Six local chapters of the North Carolina NAACP are suing the state legislature over its new voter ID law.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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Rob Christensen has reported on, written about, and observed North Carolina politics for 45 years.

The longtime journalist is retiring from the News & Observer this month. He joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast to reflect on country stores, flying in small planes, and an occasionally contentious relationship with Jesse Helms.

State lawmakers voted on Dec. 19, 2018 to override North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of voter ID. The move means photo ID at the polls is now law.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

The Republican-controlled state Legislature steamrolled Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a newly crafted bill requiring a photo ID for in-person voting in North Carolina.

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The North Carolina Republican Party is rallying behind congressional candidate Mark Harris in the 9th district despite an ongoing investigation into potential fraud that could invalidate his victory. Republicans are calling on the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to certify the election results unless the alleged irregularities would have changed the outcome. The state elections board will hold a hearing on the fraud allegations early next year. 

Cover of Prius or Pickup book
Courtesy Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler

What is your go-to coffee spot? What car do you drive? What is your favorite TV show? A new book examines how the answers to these and other simple questions could explain America’s growing political divide. 

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper said he would not exercise his veto power if the Republican-controlled General Assembly would just remove one part of its recently passed legislation on the makeup of the state elections board and ethics commission.

 In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Mark Harris speaks to the media during a news conference in Matthews, N.C.
Chuck Burton / AP

North Carolina Republicans said Monday that they want their candidate in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred by ballot fraud allegations to take his seat in Congress despite acknowledging a replacement election may be required.

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

North Carolina's governor has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate added to the state's constitution in a recent referendum.

North Carolina legislative building
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North Carolina failed again to land another major job expansion project this week, when Apple announced plans to bring thousands of jobs to Austin, Texas.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Billy Ball, of NC Policy Watch, discuss just how significant the loss is, and what more - if anything - leaders in the state try to do.

This week's conversation also an update on an investigation into election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, and a legal ruling in a lawsuit filed against the nation's largest pork producer.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, listens as President Donald Trump argues with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington.
Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Will there be a government shutdown? President Donald Trump held a televised meeting this week with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to talk about immigration. Trump promised to shut down the government if Democrats do not agree to his demand of $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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WUNC Data Reporter Jason de Bruyn joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics podcast.

Among the topics discussed are an on-going investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District, as well as major job expansion announcement that left North Carolina leaders disappointed.

Speaker of the House Tim Moore (left) converses with Representative Nelson Dollar (right) during a break on debate of the state budget at the State Capitol on June 21, 2017.
Matt Couch / WUNC

Republican lawmakers want the current top North Carolina House and Senate leaders to run their respective chambers for another two years.

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