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The Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party Robin Hayes has been indicted on charges including bribery, wire fraud and aiding and abetting. Durham businessman and the state’s largest political donor Greg Lindberg, along with two of his associates, John Gray and John Palermo Jr., were also indicted.

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North Carolina's "elevator lady" will soon punch the last buttons on her career as state labor commissioner.

Republican Commissioner Cherie Berry announced Tuesday that she would not seek reelection in 2020, or 20 years after she first won the job. Her colleagues on the Council of State — composed of Gov. Roy Cooper and other statewide elected leaders — gave her a standing ovation after her announcement at the council's monthly meeting.

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Updated April 2 at 4:25 p.m.

The Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party Robin Hayes has been indicted on charges including bribery. Durham businessman and the state’s largest political donor Greg Lindberg, along with two of his associates: John Gray and John Palermo Jr. were also indicted.

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The chair of the North Carolina Republican Party has been arrested on bribery and conspiracy charges. Robin Hayes, along with political donor Greg Lindberg and two others were indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into their alleged effort to influence the state insurance commissioner.

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U.S. Senator Richard Burr wants to finish his committee’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election by this August. The three-term Republican chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. For more than two years that panel has been trying to determine Russia’s level of interference during the 2016 election.

Welcome to the nightmare of being the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, Joe.

Two women have complained about being touched inappropriately by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the leading (if still undeclared) candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Biden's poll numbers, while far from overwhelming, have still been the best of the ever-widening Democratic field. So any story that even hints at a Biden scandal is going to lead the newscast and leap to the front page.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

An 18-year White House employee told congressional investigators that she and other career staffers denied security clearances for 25 Trump administration officials, including three "very senior" officials, only to see most of those recommendations overturned.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday instituted a plan to ration electricity as the troubled government scrambles to repair the country's electrical system amid worsening economic and political conditions.

Maduro pleaded with the public to remain calm and resist violence as what he called "specialists, scientists and hackers" work to put an end to power and water outages.

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North Carolina Democrats have found strength in numbers, and they are using if to push for an ambitious – if lofty – agenda.

Updated at 9:44 a.m. ET

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for the full version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, the committee announced Monday.

Mark Harris fights back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
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The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year's contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative's ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million, the state elections board said Friday.

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Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of the North Carolina Justice Center find plenty of agreement this week in North Carolina politics.

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North Carolina's congressional maps are partisan gerrymanders, but does that make them illegal?

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Democrats in the state legislature have filed a slate of bills that civil rights advocates are calling historic.

The bills have no Republican sponsors, and passage will require at least some support from the GOP majority.

The paddle Robbinsville High School principal David Matheson, and previous principals, have used to discipline students.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Corporal punishment would be permanently prohibited in North Carolina's public schools in legislation advancing a year after the last two school districts gave up that option.

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Former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina is running again for elected office, this time to become the next lieutenant governor.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer.
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North Carolina Republican lawmakers unhappy with recent decisions by newly elected sheriffs to stop assisting federal immigration agents are now pushing legislation that would force them to hold defendants if requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mark Harris at hearings into allegations that his campaign committed election fraud.
Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

The ballot-rigging investigation that voided a congressional election and forced one of the country's few do-over races simply followed the money, top North Carolina elections officials said Tuesday.

UNC Carolina AirCare helicopter lands to pick up a pediatric team from UNC Hospitals. The crew will then pick up a neonatal patient from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, where the Cape Fear River flooded.
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Some North Carolina legislators agreed Tuesday to derail pending pricing changes for the state employee health insurance plan that hospital leaders argue won't solve the problems that State Treasurer Dale Folwell seeks to address.

A woman advocates for abortion and reproductive rights at a Moral Mondays protest rally at the capitol.
Matthew Lenard

A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a North Carolina law banning women from having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in an urgent medical emergency.

United States Supreme Court
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The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed wary Tuesday of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
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The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan.

The United States Supreme Court. Justices will hear arguments in a political gerrymandering case on Tuesday.
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Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn't.

Leaders of the Justice Department have sent a summary of Robert Mueller's main findings to key members of Congress. The special counsel's office completed its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Friday.

Updated at 7:46 p.m. ET

Attorney General William Barr received a report on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller about the findings from Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election.

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It was a controversial week in the University of North Carolina system. As the chancellor at East Carolina stepped away, a sitting member of the Board of Governors criticized the chair of that body, and legislators voted on future BOG members.

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Marcia Morey is a two-term House lawmaker from Durham County. The Democrat is a former judge, Olympian, and NCAA investigator.

Laurel Street
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Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.

Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans.

That's because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical analysis by The Associated Press.

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House Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly want to extend a tax credit that could help downtown revitalization projects across the state.

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline run through eight counties in Eastern North Carolina.
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Gov. Roy Cooper’s handing of the permit process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is under scrutiny.

New information from public records requests raises questions about the role he played in the dispute between Duke Energy and Strata Solar, a solar energy company that Cooper was once in business with and his brother continues to make money from. NC Insider Reporter Lauren Horsch combed through public records including Cooper’s schedule and e-mails and texts with his staff, which revealed a 2017 correspondence from the CEO of Strata Solar requesting that the governor make “a call to Duke leadership.”

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