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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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N.C. Primary election results: Live updates

Update 10:42 p.m.: Cook Political Report calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Cawthorn. Reports that Cawthorn has called to concede. Update 10:15 p.m.: Decision Desk HQ calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Madison Cawthorn. Update 10:01 p.m.: Trey Allen, Donna Stroud, and Michael Stading comfortably winning GOP judicial primaries. Update 9:56 p.m.: DeVan...

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N.C. judicial primaries are crucial but fly under the radar

Judicial races decided in the fall will have a significant impact on the future of North Carolina, but as is often the case, these races are mostly flying under the radar of voters. That’s doubly true for a handful of key primaries in judicial races to be decided May 17. This year, two seats on the seven-member N.C. Supreme Court and four judges on the 15-member Court of Appeals are up for grabs.

David N. Bass
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Final primary thoughts

Next week voters will finally decide which Republicans and which Democrats will be on the general election ballot. As part of the important spring cleaning at “The Woodshed” here are some final thoughts going into the primary day, and what we will be watching. The Delay Hurt Voters It is hard to identify exactly what races...

Dallas Woodhouse

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Locke’s Terry Stoops touts the Parents’ Bill of Rights

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, discusses Locke’s proposed Parents’ Bill of Rights. Stoops offered these comments during the May 10., 2022, edition of Spectrum News 1’s “Capital Tonight.”

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Carolina Journal’s Donna King discusses the U.S. Supreme Court abortion case leak

Donna King, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the shocking leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in a high-profile abortion case. King offered these comments during the May 6, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Locke’s Mitch Kokai assesses Trump-backed candidates’ success in Ohio

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the success of candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump in Ohio’s Republican primary elections. Kokai offered these comments during the May 6, 2022, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”

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Former N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin reacts to U.S. Supreme Court leak

Mark Martin, dean of the Regent University School of Law and former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, discusses the leak of a draft opinion in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court abortion case. Learn more here: “Leaked opinion signals overturn of abortion law, jeopardizes integrity of SCOTUS.” Martin offered these comments during a May...

Mitch Kokai
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Campbell Law Professor Greg Wallace responds to shocking U.S. Supreme Court leak

Greg Wallace, professor of law at Campbell University, discusses the leak of a draft opinion in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court abortion case. Learn more here: “Leaked opinion signals overturn of abortion law, jeopardizes integrity of SCOTUS.” Wallace offered these comments during a May 3, 2022, interview with Mitch Kokai.

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Ukrainian people in N.C. rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson
Opinion

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring