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President Donald Trump accused Jewish Americans of being disloyal if they vote for Democrats. The comments evoke the anti-Semitic idea of “dual loyalty” and that Jewish citizens are more loyal to Israel than to their own countries. What kind of impact will this have on the 2020 election?

Sample voting machines. North Carolina elections officials are deciding which voting machines are cleared to use the state.
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Updated at 4:25 p.m. | Aug. 23, 2019

The North Carolina Board of Elections will not require county boards to use paper ballots in upcoming elections.

Marena Groll, co-president of the ERA-NC Alliance, at the lectern, speaking in favor of passing the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Advocacy groups seeking to have the Equal Rights Amendment passed in North Carolina launched a publicity campaign Thursday.

The ERA would enshrine equal rights for women and men in the United States Constitution. The movement toward a Constitutional Amendment launched nearly 100 years ago, but only 37 of the required 38 states have ratified the measure. The ERA-NC Alliance wants North Carolina to be the state to push it over the top.

North Carolina legislative building
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A Republican proposal to give millions of North Carolina taxpayers refunds from a larger-than-anticipated revenue surplus is advancing in the state Senate.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
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Early in-person voting is starting for two special congressional elections in North Carolina.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest formally kicked off his 2020 run for governor of North Carolina on August 17, 2019 at the Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem.
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North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest officially entered the race for governor on Saturday. His campaign held a kickoff rally at the fairgrounds annex in Winston-Salem.

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As the state budget impasse plods along, there was news about jobs, a judicial nomination, and healthcare for small businesses.

Rob Schofield, from NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, with the John Locke Foundation, have a review of the Week in State Politics.

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Several of North Carolina's congressional districts are the focus of this week's politics podcast.

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Updated at 2:04 p.m.

The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

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Mass shooting and the lack of any policy action leads this week's review of the political news.

Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of the N.C. Justice Center discuss the impediments to change, and also whether they hold any optimism about the state legislature considering gun proposals in the short-term. Also, a report out this week indicates the interim president of the UNC System failed to disclose millions of dollars he earned while serving on private corporate boards.

A vigil in Dayton, Ohio.
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With the nation still in shock and mourning over back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last weekend, political leaders are being forced to address gun control. President Donald Trump spent the week speaking out against hate and visiting the impacted areas while also attacking any naysayers on Twitter.

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State lawmakers are showing no signs of a budget breakthrough as the fiscal year marks it's 40th day. On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, Travis Fain (@travisfain), statehouse reporter for WRAL, addresses that as well as the latest mass shootings and why policy action is unlikely in Raleigh. Fain also meanders through life as a journalist, SEC football venues, and Big Sky country.

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Six weeks into a budget stalemate, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he won't stop trying to cobble together enough votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto, even as the governor's fellow Democrats insist the votes to uphold it are solid.

Moore told reporters he'll keep working to persuade the Democrats necessary to approve the legislature's two-year spending plan over Cooper's objections.

"We all have our jobs to do, and I'm going to keep doing mine," he said.

Image of the North Carolina State Legislature Building in Raleigh.
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A disagreement over who should control settlement money from Volkswagen could cost North Carolinians $92 million. Volkswagen agreed to pay the state that money for selling cars that cheated on emissions tests, but both Governor Roy Cooper and the Republican-led legislature are claiming the right to dole out the funds. 

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Gov. Roy Cooper has picked a nonprofit's executive to rejoin North Carolina's Board of Elections days after the chairman resigned following criticism about a sex joke he made at a training conference for election officials.

Image of the North Carolina State Legislature Building in Raleigh.
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After two mass shootings this past weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and President Donald Trump joined in support of states passing “red flag” laws. These laws allow a judge to order a temporary removal of firearms from a person threatening violence against themselves or others.

One of the three voting systems being considered for certification by the State Board of Elections.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

The response to mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this weekend illuminated stark differences in state and national political candidates’ stances on gun reform. Among those were Dan McCready and Dan Bishop, two men running in a special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

People gather at makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
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As communities in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mourn the slaying of at least 31 people over the weekend, the Republican and Democratic candidates in North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District race are responding very differently.

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When local elections officials from across the state met this week for a training, the head of the state board cracked an inappropriate joke. He resigned a day later, and left in limbo a question about what kinds of voting machines will be certified for 2020.

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North Carolina's elections board is deadlocked over whether to require that voting machines produce a paper printout that lets voters read and confirm their ballot.

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North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore is a nine-term legislator from Cleveland County.

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The sudden resignation of State Board of Elections Chairman Bob Cordle presents an opportunity for people who oppose the certification of new voting systems in future North Carolina elections.

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The political operative whose alleged ballot tampering in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District resulted in a new election now faces more criminal charges.

One of the three voting systems being considered for certification by the State Board of Elections.
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North Carolina's elections board indicated Tuesday that it could certify suppliers of new voting machines this week while scrapping a tentative plan to require "human-readable" paper ballot records.

Throughout the 2020 campaign, Guns & America will be tracking policy proposals made by candidates for president.
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Polling shows guns are among the top priorities for many Democratic voters and gun issues remain a big topic in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

One of the three voting systems being considered for certification by the State Board of Elections.
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The State Board of Elections is scheduled to vote Monday night on the certification of new voting systems for use in North Carolina. The decision comes just as a U.S. Senate report raised concerns about voting machine security nationwide.

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As the state budget impasse continues without much news, there was an interesting policy at the North Carolina General Assembly this week regarding hemp.

Meanwhile, a partisan gerrymandering trial in state court saw testimony from an expert witness thrown out for being inaccurate. And, a House lawmaker who stalked his wife resigned his elected post.

Becki Gray, from the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, with NC Policy Watch, review the Week In State Politics.

Robert Mueller testifies before Congress.
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What is the impact of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony in Congress this week? Since the seven hours of testimony on Wednesday, five more Democratic U.S. representatives endorsed the idea of impeachment: including Reps. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Andre Carson of Indiana, Lori Trahan of Massachusetts, Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware.

North Carolina state Rep. Cody Henson
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A North Carolina state lawmaker is resigning his position a day after pleading guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife.

Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

A bill in the state House would expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income people, though it would include work requirements and premiums, provisions opposed by Governor Roy Cooper and fellow Democrats.

Still, a group of Democratic representatives held a news conference Tuesday to urge House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to allow a debate and vote on the measure to proceed.

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