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Key political questions for NC in 2024

North Carolina will punch above its weight in 2024 when it comes to political significance.   As noted last year by U.S. News and World Report:  “From the race for president down the ticket to agriculture commissioner, a uniquely competitive political environment assures the state will be one of the centers of the political universe in...

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Early outside spending boosts Speaker Moore’s position in congressional race

Early independent spending combined with significant home county support has NC House Speaker Tim Moore surging into a commanding position in Congressional District 14, a newly configured district that heavily favors the GOP in the General Election in 2024. A new survey conducted for the GOPAC Education Fund by Differentiators Data shows North Carolina State...

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Nash County key in NC politics in 2024

Republican Sandy Roberson was re-elected as Rocky Mount mayor this week. The Republican was first elected to lead the city, which sits in Nash and Edgecombe counties an hour east of Raleigh, in  2019.   However, the GOP mayor of the 55,000-resident city will be busy next year as his home of Nash County takes on huge political significance in...

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Mark Walker exits governor’s race to seek new Triad-area congressional seat

With new congressional districts having just been approved by the North Carolina General Assembly, former US representative Mark Walker will drop his bid to become the GOP nominee for governor and instead seek to reclaim his 6th District Congressional seat. “With the new congressional district maps, Kelly and I are overwhelmed with the all support...

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Mark Harris announces bid for Congress

Former congressional candidate, Pastor Mark Harris, a Republican, announced Tuesday morning that he will make a third try for Congress, despite the controversial 2018 election that saw Harris’ victory overturned due to allegations of ballot fraud.  The announcement follows sitting Congressman Dan Bishop's announcement that he will not run for his seat again, seeking instead to be elected North Carolina's attorney general in 2024.

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Big week, big decisions as NCGA heads towards checkered flag

With the summer holidays finished and kids back in school, the long session of the North Carolina General Assembly is exiting turn four and headed down the back straight to the checkered flag of this monumental and historic legislative session. Over the next week, some major decisions will be made by North Carolina’s leading political...

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Earls is right — legislature should reform Judicial Standards now

As a  conservative commentator, I rarely find agreement with Democrat NC Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls. However, today I do.  The North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission should not be in the business of policing political speech. As reported by Carolina Journal,  Earls — the most liberal and outspoken member of the state Supreme Court — has filed...

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GOP legislators welcome unaffiliated primary voters… permanently

Legislative Republicans sent a clear signal to the largest group of registered voters in the Tar Heel state, unaffiliated voters, that they are welcome to continue voting in Republican primary contests, now and forever more.   Included in a recently passed election bill is a requirement that unaffiliated voters be allowed to vote in a political...

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Pastor Mark Harris seriously considering running for Congress

With Congressman Dan Bishop’s (NC-8) announcement that he will retire from Congress to run for North Carolina attorney general, former congressional candidate Mark Harris, a Republican, tells Carolina Journal he is seriously considering making a third try for Congress in the same area, despite the controversial 2018 election that saw Harris’ victory overturned due to...

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Kidwell running for NC House Speaker

Rep. Keith Kidwell, R-Pamlico, chair of the North Carolina House’s conservative Freedom Caucus, has declared his intent to run for House speaker to succeed Speaker Tim Moore. First elected to the House in 2015, Moore has said he will not run again. Moore set the chamber’s record at five terms as speaker. “We need to...

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Justice Morgan’s likely run is good news for NC Dems

It has been a little quiet around Raleigh, as legislators finish up a marathon legislative session. Democrats have been beat down in the capital with Republican legislative supermajorities working their policy will over the objections of Democrats, including Gov. Cooper.  Yet, Democrats have reasons for hope because of a few recent developments.  One of the...

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