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Right to Work amendment sits in Senate committee

Despite overwhelming support for North Carolina to remain a Right to Work state, the movement toward enshrining the policy in the state constitution has been static. Seventy-five years ago this week, North Carolina enacted the Right to Work law, which banned making union membership a condition of employment and codified a broad anti-union consensus across...

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Trump endorses Bo Hines in key swing congressional district, but will it bring victory?

Former President Trump endorsed 26-year-old Bo Hines Tuesday March 14 for the newly created 13th congressional district. Hines played one year of football at N.C. State before graduating from Yale, and lives far outside the district with a scant political resume. In a statement from former President Trump’s Save America PAC, Trump called Hines a...

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Tillis on Russia’s invasion: ‘Putin is a war criminal, hold him to account’

 Shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Congress via video Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis told N.C. reporters that Vladimir Putin and members of his regime must be held accountable for the numerous acts of war, aggression, and human rights abuses perpetrated under his watch. “I for one believe that we should use every...

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Could redistricting ruling help Republicans in Wake County?

Wake County Republicans are hoping new state Supreme Court rulings that hurt GOP political efforts by forcing changes to political maps could be used to help Republicans in the state’s largest county and seat of state government. Republicans held a rally trying to force the Democratic County commission to work with the Wake County legislative...

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McCrory shells Budd on Putin, Russia

After months of sustained body blows from millions of dollars in negative ads from the Ted Budd-supporting Club for Growth, former Gov. Pat McCrory began punching back hard Thursday. He’s trying to land a knockout punch on Congressman Budd based on his statement and votes concerning Russia and Vladimir Putin. “As Ukrainians bled and died,”...

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Cooper demands absolute loyalty from Democrats … or else

If you are a Democrat and you don’t show absolute loyalty to Gov. Roy Cooper, he will seek to destroy you politically. Cooper recruited, endorsed, and will help bankroll a primary against Democrat state Sen. Kirk deViere of Cumberland County because deViere voted a few times with Republicans in the General Assembly. Cooper endorsed Val...

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GOP dominates in legislative candidate filing

Republicans “won” the candidate filing race in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly, with candidates in significantly more races than their Democrat counterparts for the 2022 elections. Democrats’ lackluster candidate recruitment effort is a stunning development after Democratic-aligned groups successfully sued the legislature over redistricting maps.  Republicans were forced to make significant changes...

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Key N.C. Supreme Court race shaken, stirred with last-minute entry

A surprise candidate filing has significantly altered the political landscape in one of North Carolina’s most important 2022 political races. It’s a contest to fill a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court. A high-profile Republican primary that will decide who meets Democrat incumbent Jimmy Ervin in the fall had a new entry just as the...

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Democrats win redistricting battle, GOP gears up for future fight

North Carolina began its redistricting process for the 2022 elections in early August. Six and a half months later legislative and congressional maps for 2022 became final after the Democrat-controlled state supreme court seized control of the process forcing the legislature to bend to its will and adopt Democrat-friendly legislative maps. The court then imposed...

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GOP path to N.C. Senate supermajority get easier as Wake senator cuts and runs

The road to winning 30 or more N.C. state Senate seats in the 50-seat chamber, a number that would allow for party-line overrides of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, just got easier for the Senate Republican caucus. Democrat Sen. Sarah Crawford, who currently represents Franklin County and part of eastern Wake County, declined to seek re-election...

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Eastman, new face in GOP Senate primary, takes debate stage

When Marjorie Eastman took the debate stage Saturday during the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Liberty Conference, she joined two experienced Republican leaders, former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Greensboro-area U.S. Rep. Mark Walker. They are frequent debaters with years of prominence in Republican policy and politics. Eastman was the fresh face, new to the party...

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