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  • Education central issue in competitive Senate District 18

    For Democrats to reduce the Republicans’ dominance of the General Assembly, they’re going to have to pick up districts such as Senate 18 in Franklin and eastern Wake counties. The district features an incumbent Republican senator in Chad Barefoot, who faces locally known Democrat Gil Johnson. The two candidates make…

  • Education policy key issue in House District 88

    The race for North Carolina’s House District 88 is a hotly contested showdown between two-term Republican Rep. Rob Bryan and Democratic newcomer Mary Belk, a Charlotte native who says Bryan’s policy decisions are disconnected from the district’s needs. Bryan is a commercial real estate attorney and former Teach for America…

  • House District 2 candidates spar over education, economy

    Millennial Democrat Joe Parrish is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Yarborough, a Baby Boomer, in House District 2. The candidates are sparring over jobs, education, and health-care issues as they vie to represent residents of Granville and Person counties. “This a great place to raise a family,” said Yarborough, 54.

  • Dunn, Graham compete for open seat in Senate District 33

    Republican Cathy Dunn and Democrat Jim Beall Graham are vying for an open seat in state Senate District 33, and both candidates are confident they can improve the lives of people in Davidson and Montgomery counties. Longtime incumbent Republican Sen. Stan Bingham did not seek re-election in a district the…

  • Will ‘Trump Bump’ deliver second NCGA term to McInnis?

    Republican state Sen. Tom McInnis expects a “Trump Bump” to send him back for a second term in the North Carolina legislature. But Democratic challenger Dannie Montgomery is counting on a large early voting turnout to smooth any groundswell of support for McInnis. The candidates are competing in District 25,…

  • Edwards and Rogers engage in civil but lively contest for HD 112

    Spindale Town Councilman Ben Edwards said he was agitated when he learned House Majority Leader Mike Hager was running unopposed in House District 112, which the Republican had represented since 2011. Edwards, who’s registered unaffiliated, expected someone else to step up to oppose Hager. When nobody filed, he went about…

  • Obamacare, Medicaid key issues in House District 41

    One of the main issues in the race for House District 41 is health insurance — specifically whether and how the state should deal with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The incumbent, Gale Adcock, a Democrat and a nurse practitioner, wants the state to expand Medicaid so more…

  • Ager, Moretz battle for competitive House District 115

    Editor’s note: This story was corrected after initial publication to clarify several statements Dr. Frank Moretz made to Carolina Journal. RALEIGH — Democratic incumbent Rep. John Ager and Republican challenger Dr. Frank Moretz have deep roots in Western North Carolina, and hold similar views on some matters. But as they battle…

  • Study: Biofuels may cause more carbon emissions than gasoline

    Motor vehicle “biofuels” like ethanol made from corn and soybeans may cause more carbon emissions than gasoline, based on a new study from John DeCicco, a professor and researcher at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, challenging claims by environmentalists that vehicles using biofuels are better for the environment than…