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  • Obama Immigration Action Amplifies Partisan Divide

    RALEIGH — President Obama’s decision to go it alone on immigration, granting legal status to more than 5 million illegal immigrants, brought a sharp rebuke from North Carolina Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation and its executive branch, while Democrats in the delegation gave Obama a pass, sayings Congress has…

  • Common Core Commission Has No Money

    RALEIGH — Legislation passed by the General Assembly empowering a commission to study and replace Common Core State Standards gave the commission no funding to hire consultants or conduct research. If the commission does not replace individual components of the Common Core State Standards with rules and guidelines specific to…

  • Election Turnout Appears To Refute Suppression Claims

    RALEIGH — More than 2.9 million North Carolinians went to the polls during the 10 days of early voting and election day on Nov. 4, more than any other midterm election in the state’s history. That’s 44 percent of North Carolinians registered to vote. It’s also 38 percent of North…

  • Audit: Lax NCDOT Retread Contracts Cost Taxpayers

    RALEIGH — State Auditor Beth Wood produced an audit finding that the state Division of Purchase and Contract had lax oversight of retread contracts, letting White’s Tires of Wilson raise its prices 30 percent price increase while producing substandard tires that cost taxpayers $89,000. White’s was the state’s sole contractor for…

  • NCFEF: Costly Federal Election Campaign Here To Stay

    RALEIGH — Joe Stewart, executive director of the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation, said Wednesday that since the state is so competitive, North Carolina is likely to see groups come in to lend support or provide opposition to individual candidates in future elections. The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan…

  • Republicans Maintain Majority on State Supreme Court

    RALEIGH — Chief Justice Mark Martin overwhelmingly won his bid for an eight-year term as the state’s top jurist. Martin, a Republican on the nominally nonpartisan N.C. Supreme Court, defeated Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, also a Republican, by 73 percent to 27 percent. Two Democrats fared well, with one…

  • ‘DREAMers’ Chide Hagan’s Immigration Record

    DURHAM — Expressing disappointment at Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's record on immigration, about two dozen young immigrants who entered the country when their families crossed the border illegally and their supporters gathered Thursday beneath a billboard on Hillsborough Road critical of the senator who is facing re-election in November.

  • State Attorney: NAACP May Try To Disrupt Election

    RALEIGH — As early voting opens for the 2014 general election, an attorney representing the state in the lawsuit fighting state election law reforms wants to know if N.C. NAACP President William Barber urged those attending the group’s state convention to take people who have not registered to vote to…

  • Hunt-Helms and Helms-Gantt Will Remain Costliest N.C. Races

    RALEIGH — The top spending U.S. Senate race in North Carolina was in 1984, when incumbent GOP Sen. Jesse Helms defeated then Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt. That year, the two spent $20.14 per registered voter in inflation-adjusted dollars. The next two highest per-voter spending races also had Helms’ name on…

  • General Assembly May Regulate Uber and Lyft

    RALEIGH — A state legislative oversight committee soon will look into whether state regulations need to be updated as passengers increasingly arrange rides using a smart-phone application rather than a phone call to a taxi company. Uber and Lyft are two companies that are meshing technology and transportation to offer…