Politics

Political news from around NC and beyond.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

This week on the podcast, our focus turns to two special congressional elections underway in the state. North Carolina's Ninth District was marred in an absentee election fraud scandal and November's apparent winner was never certified.

Joe Biden
Jeff Tiberii

With the release of the Mueller report, some Democrats are calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. Several Democratic presidential candidates have gone on record to say they support impeachment including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).

North Carolina legislative building
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While state lawmakers were on a spring break for most of the week, snippets of the House spending plan have started to emerge.

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020.

How Would Jesus Vote?

Apr 24, 2019

For most of the last 40 years, the notion that one's Christian beliefs should guide one's voting has largely been promoted by conservative Republicans.

Two Republican presidential candidates from that period — Pat Robertson and Mike Huckabee — are former Southern Baptist preachers and one, Ted Cruz, is the son of a conservative evangelical pastor. All three on repeated occasions tied the Christian vote to the Republican cause.

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

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill designed to crack down on absentee ballot fraud.

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper issued his first veto of the calendar year, and a leading Republican figure announced he will walk away from his post. Becki Gray and Rob Schofield discuss the Governor's veto of a late-term abortion measure, as well as the departure of Dallas Woodhouse, during their weekly review of state politics.  Other topics include two new Court of Appeal judges, and a major teacher rally in the planning stages.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

North Carolina House majority leader John Bell IV (R-Wayne) joins this edition of the podcast to discuss recent legislation, the current power dynamic with the Governor, and a special Congressional election. He also looks ahead to another major teacher rally planned for next month, and even offers his all-time hunting foursome.

Anti-Abortion License Plate
ncchoose-life.org

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive.

Michael Kasino

The American Issues Initiative’s new documentary “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook,” wants to alarm people. It shows the myriad tactics that states, including North Carolina, used to suppress citizens’ right to vote leading up to and during the 2016 election.

“Many people don’t understand that a whole series of laws have been passed in over 20 states with the intent, and effect, of making it more difficult to vote,” says Mac Heller, co-executive producer on the film.

United States Attorney General William Barr.
AP

Attorney General William Barr delivers a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Eric Mansfield
Eric Mansfield

A former North Carolina legislator says he's seriously considering a U.S. Senate run next year and formed an exploratory campaign committee.

Electric vehicle fuel costs are about one third the amount a conventional car spends on fuel in North Carolina.
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State Sen. Jim Davis said more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids means less money for North Carolina roads.

A Duke Energy worker restores power after a storm.
Duke Energy

State senators from both parties say bonds could save utilities customers money when it comes to paying for recovery from major storms like Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Republican lawmakers could soon reach their first legislative showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since his party increased House and Senate seat totals during the last elections.

File photo of NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

The North Carolina Republican Party's executive director says he won't seek the job again when a new chairman is elected by party activists in June.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
White House

Melania Trump and Karen Pence will get an up-close look at the military's special operations capabilities when they visit Fort Bragg Monday.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The latest proposal to close the health care gap was introduced at the legislature this week.

Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security

Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady is the latest to step down from the Department of Homeland Security. The week began with the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary.

Anti-Abortion License Plate
ncchoose-life.org

North Carolina legislators re-entered the highly charged fight over abortion on Wednesday, as Senate Republicans advanced a bill requiring physicians and nurses to care for children born alive after the procedure.

The Belltower at N.C. State University.
NC State

Bipartisan legislation would ease some standards that identification cards for North Carolina colleges, universities and other institutions had to meet before they could be used as photo voter ID in next year's elections.

Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

A Democratic lawmaker in the state legislature wants to see North Carolina become one of the few states where employees get paid family medical leave.

Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

A Republican-backed bill in the state House aims to close North Carolina's coverage gap, but at no cost to the state.

At a time of deep disenchantment with the political system, dramatic proposals to upend how politics are conducted are starting to resonate with voters.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said it was made clear to him when he took office that Global Bankers Insurance Group was treated differently than other companies under his predecessor, Wayne Goodwin.


North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

What comes next for the North Carolina Republican Party? On Tuesday, a leading GOP figure was charged by federal prosecutors for wire fraud, aiding and abetting, and lying to the FBI.

Robin Hayes in front of the American flag
Mike Spencer / AP

A U.S. District Court indicted the chair of the North Carolina Republican Party Robin Hayes earlier this week on charges that include bribery, wire fraud and aiding and abetting. Hayes allegedly tried to funnel money to the reelection campaign of the state’s insurance commissioner. What does this indictment mean for the state’s Republican Party?

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

North Carolina politics is the focus of a federal investigation into corruption. Four men, including the chair of the state Republican Party, were arrested this week for conspiring to bribe the state insurance commissioner.

Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg / via AP

Businessman Greg Lindberg arrived on the North Carolina political scene in 2017 with a big fat check book. Previously unknown in political circles, he started making six-figure contributions and landed squarely on the radar of campaigns across the state.

Mike Spencer / AP Photo

Updated April 3 at 1:48 p.m.

North Carolina's Republican Party chairman is giving up party control as he faces criminal charges that he and a major donor tried to bribe the state's top insurance regulator.

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