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N.C. General Assembly opens short session with short to-do list

The North Carolina General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18 after the longest long session in state history concluded in March. Both the Senate and the House would like the short session to stay short, especially after the marathon timeframe of the long session and for those who will be campaigning for the General Election in November.

Theresa Opeka
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Castelli wins close NC6 GOP primary

Christian Castelli has won the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 6th U.S. Congressional District with 36% of the vote. Lee Haywood — the nominee from the 2020 contest — came in second with 34% of the vote. Castelli will now go on to face Democrat incumbent Rep. Kathy Manning in the general election in November. The Triad-area seat leans Democratic overall. Even with a strong Republican wave year expected, it is still considered a longshot possibility for Republicans. 

Brayden Marsh, David Larson
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Hise ekes out win over Ballard in Senate District 47 primary

State Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County secured reelection in Senate District 47 after narrowly snagging a victory over fellow incumbent state Sen. Deanna Ballard of Boone. Hise secured 50.65% of the vote compared to Ballard’s 49.35%. The primary was one of the most closely watched in the state because of its unusual matchup —...

David N. Bass
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Steinburg falls to Sanderson in closely watched ‘double bunked’ N.C. Senate primary

Incumbent state Sen. Norm Sanderson of Pamlico County will represent the Republican Party on the fall ballot after defeating fellow incumbent state Sen. Bob Steinburg of Edenton. Sanderson won 56% of the vote to Steinburg’s 44%. The new Senate District 1 includes large portions of coastal North Carolina, including Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, and Carteret counties....

David N. Bass
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Smith wins NC GOP 1st Congressional District race over Roberson

A tale of two Sandys has come to an end as controversial candidate Sandy Smith has won over Sandy Roberson in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District GOP primary race. With all 270 precincts reporting, Smith had 13,571 votes or 31% compared to Roberson’s 11,563 or 27%.

Theresa Opeka

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Housing prices reflect changes in work

It was bound to happen. The percentage of adults working from home has fallen significantly from its pandemic-era peak. Nevertheless, telecommuting has established itself as a lasting and consequential fact of modern life. Before COVID struck in early 2020, the share of full paid workdays performed at home by Americans aged 20 to 64 was...

John Hood
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Madison Cawthorn’s tenure in Congress ended by state Sen. Chuck Edwards

After a contentious Republican primary, 26-year-old freshman Congressman Madison Cawthorn, who represents the far west of North Carolina, was defeated in his bid for re-election by state Sen. Chuck Edwards. As the district is securely Republican, Edwards is likely to win the seat in November. The Cook Political Report and Decision Desk HQ have both called...

David Larson
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Foushee wins NC Democratic 4th Congressional District race over Allam, Aiken

State Sen. Valerie Foushee, D-Orange, is the winner of the competitive Democratic primary race in North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District.  With 157 of 162 precincts reporting, Foushee won with 39,923 or 47% of the vote compared to Nida Allam with 31,320 or 37% and Clay Aiken came in 3rdwith 6,288 votes or 7%.

Theresa Opeka
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Nickel and Hines to face-off in competitive NC 13

Wiley Nickel and Bo Hines will face off for the 13th Congressional District seat. The district includes Johnston County, as well as parts of Wayne, Harnett, and Wake Counties. Nickel’s victory in the Democratic primary is now assured, and the Republican leader Hines is safely above 30%, so will avoid a runoff. Hines, who was endorsed...

Ray Nothstine
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Ted Budd wins NC’s US Senate GOP primary

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, who currently represents N.C.’s 13th Congressional District, has won the Republican primary for the state’s U.S. Senate race, according to the Associated Press, the New York Times, and CNN. Budd’s candidacy was given a major boost over key rivals after an endorsement by former President Donald Trump and big spending on...

David Larson