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Republican Pender County commissioner resigns seat

Newly elected Pender County Board of Commissioners member Jimmy Tate is stepping aside. In an interview with WECT in Wilmington, Tate claims he has experienced both racist and homophobic comments from fellow commission members. “If my differences bother people that bad, I am going to return the seat to the people, and maybe now they...

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Legislative leaders label Common Cause redistricting motion ‘improper,’ ‘meritless’

N.C. legislative leaders urge the state Supreme Court to reject the latest arguments from a left-of-center activist group in a legal dispute over state election maps. Lawmakers are seeking a rehearing of the case called Harper v. Hall.

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NC Supreme Court’s newest justices take lead in challenging felon voting advocates

The two newest members of North Carolina’s Supreme Court took the lead challenging plaintiffs in a case Thursday dealing with felon voting rights. Questions from new Justices Trey Allen and Richard Dietz signaled their concerns about a lower court ruling that allowed thousands of felons to vote last November. The state’s highest court will decide in the months ahead whether felons who have completed active prison sentences will be allowed to vote in future elections.

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NC legislators consider legalizing online sports gambling

North Carolina legislators are planning a new push to legalize online sports betting in 2023. The Tar Heel state’s neighbors, Virginia and Tennessee, have already legalized online sports betting. In contrast, South Carolina and Georgia have refrained. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said he thinks there will be enough support this year for a sports...

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Senate Republicans introduce Parents’ Bill of Rights

On Wednesday, N.C. Senate Republicans held a press conference introducing the Parents’ Bill of Rights. which they say would give parents more control over the direction of their child’s education and require more transparency in public schools. During the N.C. Senate’s education committee, where the bill was later debated, several Democrats objected, calling the bill...

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Republicans push to remove literacy test from state Constitution

State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, wants to remove the state's Jim Crow-era literacy test for voters. It "ought to be out of our constitution," Berger said. In 1900, during Jim Crow, the literacy test requirement was added to the state Constitution.

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Common Cause rejects request for new N.C. Supreme Court redistricting hearing as ‘frivolous’

Left-of-center activist group Common Cause is urging the N.C. Supreme Court to reject a new hearing in the Harper v. Hall redistricting case. In paperwork filed Monday, Common Cause labels the request from Republican state legislative leaders a “frivolous petition.”

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