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Supreme Court clerk’s run for N.C. House emerges as issue in redistricting case

Four days before the N.C. Supreme Court is scheduled to take up a case involving N.C. election maps, a new issue has emerged. Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about a Supreme Court clerk who could be affected directly by the case’s outcome. In a document filed Friday with the state’s high court, lawyers for...

CJ Staff
Opinion

Trump’s New Hanover visit highlights importance of coastal county

Donald Trump’s visit to New Hanover County, specifically the Wilmington International Airport, highlights the importance of the “Port City” and its home county, one of two North Carolina counties that embraced Trump in 2016 and rejected him in 2020.  New Hanover has become one of the most purple counties in North Carolina, and the largest...

Dallas Woodhouse
Opinion

Fiji for me but not for thee and other outrageous stories

Before we get to the crazy, I do want to let all the good folks down in Florida that I’m thinking of them. I know many of you are, too. As a Hurricane Katrina evacuee, I know firsthand what a big storm can do, which is decimate homes and lives. Obviously, folks throughout North Carolina...

Ray Nothstine
Opinion

Jim Crow pistol permit remains a shameful blot on our state

Despite a new research paper by two Clemson University economists proving that black lynching decreased with greater firearm access, North Carolina still clings to its Jim Crow pistol permit. The state remains the only former Confederate state with the pistol permit law enacted here in 1919.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a repeal of the Jim Crow law...

Ray Nothstine
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Duke group backs Stein’s bid to throw out N.C. criminal libel law

The Duke First Amendment Clinic is supporting N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s bid to have federal courts throw out North Carolina’s law criminalizing campaign lies. The clinic filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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State Supreme Court will tackle voter ID, redistricting cases during trip to Edenton

State Supreme Court justices are traveling to an 18th-century courthouse next week to tackle two election-related cases with major significance in the 21st century. The court announced Tuesday that its Oct. 3-4 sessions will take place at the historic Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton.

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Political polling and the lessons of 2020

In 2020, polls projected North Carolina and Florida to go for Biden in the presidential race, but both ended up in Trump's electoral column. This year, polls show tightening races across the country, many within the margin of error, leading experts to speculate whether poll accuracy is an issue again.

Brayden Marsh
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National publication The Hill lists N.C. Senate seat among seven most likely to flip

North Carolina’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race is among the seven nationwide that are most likely to see a partisan “flip,” according to a report Monday in The Hill. “Seven weeks before Election Day, Senate races in closely watched swing states remain tight, but a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of the landscape heading...

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes the fight for control of Congress

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, assesses 2022 midterm election contests for the U.S. House and Senate. Kokai offered these comments during the Sept. 23, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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New brief says N.C. redistricting plaintiffs want to ‘disestablish’ legislative authority

Lawmakers preparing for Oct. 4 arguments before the N.C. Supreme Court took aim Friday at critics of the General Assembly’s election maps. Legislators say their redistricting critics are trying to kill the legislative branch’s power to draw the maps.

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Trump rally for Budd kicks off in Wilmington

With just six weeks to go until election day, former President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Wilmington Friday for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd. Roads around Wilmington are already closed, and traffic is redirected across the area as the parking lots for the rally open.

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