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Political news from around NC and beyond.

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.

Senate Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, to discuss a new measure to reconstitute the state elections board.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed legislation to reconfigure the state elections board.

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

State Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to re-constitute the state elections and ethics boards, again.

After Democrat Roy Cooper won the governor's race in 2017, the General Assembly's GOP leadership changed the law to combine the elections and ethics boards and assume more control over appointing members.

File photo of NC GOP Chair Dallas Woodhouse, who said he wants the state election board to fully lay out the facts in its investigation of the 9th Congressional District race.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

The North Carolina Republican Party's executive director has seen enough to warrant a new election in the 9th Congressional District.

North Carolina legislative building
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Unprecedented allegations of election fraud are unfolding in two southeastern North Carolina counties, as the results of a Congressional race have become clouded in controversy.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, discuss developments in the 9th  Congressional contest, which is now being investigated by state officials. As the election fiasco continues to unfold, state legislators also gave approval to a voter ID bill this week, before sending it on to Governor Roy Cooper.

File photo of NC GOP Chair Dallas Woodhouse, who said he wants the state election board to fully lay out the facts in its investigation of the 9th Congressional District race.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

State and federal officials from both parties are calling for a full investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. With only 905 votes deciding the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, and reports of absentee ballot irregularities, the state elections board voted to have an evidentiary hearing later this month. 

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

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The Republican candidate in an unresolved North Carolina congressional race says he would back a new election if a probe proves that fraud swayed the race's outcome.

A sample of the ballot envelope, with spaces for two witness signatures.
N.C. State Board of Elections

In Bladen County, where elections officials are investigating potential elections tampering, a small group of 12 people attested as official witnesses for 294 mail-in ballots, or nearly 40 percent of mail-in ballots from Bladen County.

What's more, the same group accounted for both of the required signatures for 151 of those ballots, according to a WUNC analysis of 796 mail-in-ballot envelopes from Bladen County.

File photo of NC GOP Chair Dallas Woodhouse, who said he wants the state election board to fully lay out the facts in its investigation of the 9th Congressional District race.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

State GOP Chair Dallas Woodhouse said he wants the state elections board to fully lay out the facts in its investigation of North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

North Carolina is again drawing the attention of the country for a rare political story.

Alleged election fraud in Bladen and Robeson Counties has led to an investigation by state officials, and members of Congress stating a new election may be possible.

Kirk Ross, who has been writing about the developing 9th Congressional story for the Washington Post, joins this week's podcast to discuss his reporting, and what we know about a fluid situation.

North Carolina legislative building
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The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized legislation implementing the voter photo identification mandate approved in a statewide referendum last month.

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

The state elections board will hold a hearing this month on possible vote tampering in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race. The key question is whether there's enough evidence to warrant a new election.

Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, right, points to Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, left, during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
Chuck Burton / AP

One man – McCrae Dowless – filed in-person requests for 592 absentee ballots at the Bladen County Board of Elections in the month's leading up to this year's midterm election.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state inside the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.
Cameron Pollack / NPR

Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

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Legislation designed to carry out a new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is closing in on another key General Assembly vote.

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

Allegations of flagrant absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina district have thrown the Election Day results of one of the nation's last unresolved midterm congressional races into question.

North Carolina legislative building
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House lawmakers will continue committee debate on a voter ID bill today, as one lingering question may soon get an answer.

Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

The only thing that  is certain about the North Carolina Elections and Ethics Enforcement Board is that it is mired in uncertainty. Its chairman just stepped down, a congressional race is in limbo, and a court-ordered change to the makeup of the board was postponed.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

The chairman of North Carolina's elections board has resigned following complaints about comments he's made online criticizing President Donald Trump.

The North Carolina Board of Elections voted 7-2 Friday afternoon to hold a public hearing in December on allegations of fraud in Bladen County, casting more uncertainty over the 9th Congressional District race between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris.

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State lawmakers debated the details of voter ID legislation this week in Raleigh. There were also partisan divides over economic incentives, as the state lured Honeywell to Mecklenburg County. And allegations of election fraud have halted, for now, the certification of results in one Congressional contest.

Mitch Kokai from the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Week discuss some of the week's leading political stories.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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There was plenty of North Carolina political news in Raleigh, and points beyond this week.

Lauren Horsch of the NC Insider discusses legislative efforts to pass voter ID legislation, the divide over economic incentives, as well as the surprising stall of a nominee to the federal bench. Horsch is also quizzed on her knowledge of Durham (spoiler: she knows the Bull City well).

Donald Trump
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It has been a bad week for President Donald Trump. Two of his close associates were caught lying as the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia heats up. Prosecutors for the special counsel say Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied repeatedly to federal investigators and breached his plea agreement. 

Updated at 6:31 p.m. ET

The controversial judicial nomination of Thomas Farr has been derailed in the Senate.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — the lone African-American Republican in the Senate — sealed Farr's fate by saying on Thursday that he opposed the nomination. His opposition, along with Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and all Senate Democrats, means there is not enough support for the nomination to go forward.

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
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State legislators are working on an implementation bill for the newly-passed constitutional amendment that requires photo identification to vote. The amendment passed in November’s midterm elections with more than 55 percent of the vote. 

Courtesy Peter Eversoll

A group of migrants, mostly from Central America, clashed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday. Of the thousands of migrants who are seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, hundreds broke off from the group and attempted to illegally cross into the country. Border protection agents fired tear gas into the crowd, which included children in strollers. 

Updated: 8:15 p.m.

The 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready is not over. The State Board of Elections Tuesday declined to certify the results of the race, even though all counties have certified their votes and Harris is ahead by 905 votes.


Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Around 200 protesters gathered Tuesday morning in Raleigh's Bicentennial Mall across Jones Street from the North Carolina General Assembly.

Photo of Turkey feathers line the road in front of a 675,000-square-foot Butterball facility where 17 million turkeys are processed each year at world’s largest turkey-processing plant located in Mount Olive NC
Courtesy Michael S. Williamson / Washington Post

Many North Carolina families spent Thursday circled around a big table and probably a big turkey. Some of these turkeys likely came from Butterball, the largest turkey processing plant in the world located in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The town struggled to get back on track after the recession until an influx of Haitian immigrants moved to the area in 2010 attracted by work at Butterball. 

State Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) talks with reporters after a session of the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

A joint committee of state lawmakers met Monday to discuss voter ID legislation. The meeting comes ahead of Tuesday's special session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

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