Politics

Political news from around NC and beyond.

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.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

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
Wikimedia Commons

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.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

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
WUNC

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
Greg Richter / Flickr Creative Commons

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.
Vox Efx / Flickr

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.

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

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore says he's running for a third term as the chamber's top leader.

Mark Walker
walker4nc.com

The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans.

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

Voter turnout in North Carolina was exceptionally high in 2018, but some races drew more attention than others.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Another election in the books, and there's a lot to discuss.

The organization Stop Deceptive Amendments raised millions to fight the proposed constitutional amendments.
Stop Deceptive Amendments

Top campaign organizations that helped defeat two North Carolina constitutional amendments on this week's ballot received multimillion-dollar contributions from liberal-leaning groups that aren't required to reveal who funds them.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The 2018 midterm election is complete, and Jonathan Kappler provides a debrief on this episode of the podcast.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

  The headlines shifted quickly this week from analysis of the historic midterm elections to news that Jeff Sessions was ousted from the White House. Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about the fast week in political news, including the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Mecklenburg Elections director Michael Dickerson said Thursday he’s still counting more than 120 absentee mail-in ballots for the North Carolina House District 103 race between Republican incumbent Bill Brawley and Democrat Rachel Hunt.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Republicans won majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. But Democrats won more total votes.

Vote Here sign
Erik Hersman / Creative Commons https://bit.ly/1ezRl1S

2018 midterm voter turnout in North Carolina was the highest its been in decades. But not everyone who wanted to cast a ballot was able to do so. A pre-election analysis from WRAL showed that a change in early voting requirements disproportionately affected rural and poor voters in North Carolina.

Machines failed to read ballots in Wake County, North Carolina, as officials blamed humidity and lengthy ballots
Wake County Board of Elections

Election experts have long warned about the nation's aging fleet of voting equipment. This week's elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed.

Pages