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WRAL Capital Political News

Injunction sought, could delay legislati…

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Yet another redistricting lawsuit filed, this one targeting four Wake County House districts.

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GenX found in rain

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Tiny amounts of a chemical used to make Teflon was found in rain 70 miles from a Bladen County plant.

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School district size study committee beg…

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A joint committee studying the best size for school districts took no action at its first meeting Wednesday, and House chairman Bill Brawley said he expects no action for some...

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DPS lukewarm to idea of using National G…

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A proposal by a coastal lawmaker to use the North Carolina National Guard to bolster prison security is receiving a lukewarm response from state prison leaders.

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General Assembly leaders hint at subpoen…

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"The public deserves answers, and their elected representatives will exercise every tool at our disposal to get to the bottom of this," GOP leaders say.

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NC couple pitching dating site for Trump…

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Their smiling faces greet pro-Trump daters, but one has a disturbing criminal record.

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NC lawmaker seeks option to take guns fr…

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A lawmaker and former judge wants to add North Carolina to the small number of states where a judge can order that firearms temporarily be taken from people deemed to...

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How fair are NC's voting maps? Check the…

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A team of mathematicians at Duke University set out to find a way to analyze maps to determine was was fair and what wasn't. Here's what they found, explained.

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Conspiracy theories, criminal investigat…

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Tendrils of a long-running battle between opposing bail bonds groups reach toward the highest corridors of North Carolina politics.

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Moore to create school safety committee

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In the wake of Wednesday's shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore plans to appoint a committee next week to come...

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Mass shootings prompt call for accessibl…

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One day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high schools, North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday demanded more accountability from merchants and building owners to ensure exits can...

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Chief of staff says Cooper never would h…

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A $57.8 million fund linked to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline grew from talks in eastern North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper's administration says in a letter.

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Charlotte puts toe in water for 2020 GOP…

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Charlotte is looking into hosting the Republican National Convention, the city said Thursday.

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Governor's Office: No legislative say ov…

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Legislators won't get to decide how to spend a nearly $58 million fund being set up to mitigate the environmental impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a spokesman for Gov...

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Cooper backing class size measure despit…

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In a blistering attack on the Republican-controlled legislature, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper accused lawmakers Wednesday of violating an order of the North Carolina Supreme Court and manufacturing a dispute over...

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Civitas files complaint against Cooper o…

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Civitas suggested the governor could funnel money from the $57.8 million mitigation fund to environmental groups that have spent money in the past supporting his election campaigns.

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Cooper tells Amazon: There's 'an embarra…

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"Like every family with an embarrassing uncle or two, we have a few politicians who want it to be 1957 instead (of) 2017," Cooper wrote.

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Lawmakers leave town after passing class…

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State lawmakers adjourned their latest special session Tuesday after sending a bill that would phase in caps to elementary school class sizes to Gov. Roy Cooper.

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Cooper: Legislature endangering pipeline…

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"This can potentially be a job killer," Cooper says of bill, but he doesn't promise a veto.

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DEQ requires Chemours to cut more GenX s…

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State environmental regulators issued new orders against Chemours Monday, requiring the chemical firm to cut air emissions and other sources of GenX and other unregulated compounds contaminating ground- and surface...

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State prisons plan policy change after r…

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State prison officials are reviewing policies on shackling inmates after a coalition reached out over concerns that two women were restrained "throughout their laboring process" in recent months.

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School vouchers, court size central to C…

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Lawyers for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders were back in court Friday, battling over school voucher spending included in the state budget and a law trimming the...

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Class size omnibus gets first vote

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The state Senate voted 37-5 Friday in favor of a bill that would delay scheduled reductions in elementary school class sizes. Some Democrats voted against the measure because it includes...

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Senate OKs funding to address GenX

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The Senate on Friday approved legislation earmarking more money for the state's response to unregulated chemicals in North Carolina waterways.

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Charlotte Observer Political News

Gun control advocates take aim at the Ge…

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Hundreds of anti-gun protesters have descended on the Georgia Capitol, fighting through drizzling rain to lobby the legislature for stricter gun laws. Led by the advocacy group, Moms Demand Action...

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Frustrated Oklahoma educators mulling or…

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Oklahoma educators frustrated with low pay and another round of proposed cuts to public schools are mulling an organized walkout to get lawmakers' attention. Momentum was spurred this week when...

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Iowa Senate GOP says plan would cut taxe…

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Iowa Senate Republicans on Wednesday released a plan they say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes, though it's unclear how much support the measure has within the...

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South Carolina editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 20 The Index-Journal of Greenwood on discussing race, religion and other issues: Will one discussion solve everything? Anything? Probably not. How about...

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Kentucky editorial roundup

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Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials: ___ Feb. 21 Lexington Herald-Leader on two U.S. Congressmen's comments about gun issues: The National Rifle Association wields a big mailing list and "hunter...

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US stocks pare early gains as bond yield…

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Stocks indexes pared early gains Wednesday and were mostly lower in afternoon trading as investors reacted to a late-afternoon surge in bond yields. Bond prices fell, sending the yield on...

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School shooting plot suspect kept journa…

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A Vermont teenager accused of planning "to shoot up" his former high school wrote in a diary he titled "Journal of an active shooter" that he had "big plans" to...

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West Virginia editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Feb. 21 Charleston Gazette-Mail on a worldwide business assistance firm reporting robots will replace more than half the number of miners: A day...

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Bill to lower penalties for pot possessi…

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A proposal to lower the penalty for marijuana possession cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature, but faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote...

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Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despit…

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The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, according...

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Plea deals offered in stings critics cal…

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Prosecutors have told a judge they'll offer plea deals to 43 defendants charged in phony stash-house stings that critics say are racially biased. That revelation came at a Wednesday hearing...

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Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's P…

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The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in...

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North Carolina editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 21 The Charlotte Observer on the death of Christian evangelist Billy Graham: On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev...

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Wichita businessman ends governor campai…

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Wichita businessman Wink Hartman is ending his campaign for governor and endorsing Kris Kobach. The Kansas City Star reports Hartman said Wednesday he decided during the Kansas GOP convention last...

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Session stalls: Louisiana lawmakers can…

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Efforts to broker a tax compromise in the Louisiana Legislature have faltered, with lawmakers unable to cobble together enough votes to start moving any major tax bills. Disagreements threaten to...

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Americans for Prosperity pulls back camp…

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A nonprofit political advocacy group has withdrawn its campaign against a Colorado county's proposed land-use codes. The Durango Herald reports Americans for Prosperity Deputy State Director Tamra Farah says the...

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Judges seek more information on planned …

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Federal judges are seeking more information about an upcoming Alabama execution in which the state plans to connect the lethal injection line through the inmate's leg. The 11th U.S. Circuit...

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Lawmakers introduce bill to circumvent p…

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Washington state lawmakers who want to circumvent a recent ruling finding them fully subject to the state's public disclosure laws on Wednesday introduced a bill that seeks to make some...

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Top Greek politicians facing probe over …

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In a heated debate set to last more than 14 hours, Greek lawmakers were to decide on whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians, including two former prime...

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Conservatives stay on gun message even a…

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As conservatives prepare to gather Thursday for their closely-watched national summit, the strategy for talking about guns seems deceptively simple: Don’t shy away from discussing the issue. Be compassionate. And...

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Is this nationwide network of students o…

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In an unprecedented manner, high school students have taken the lead in calling for increased gun regulation, including through a lie-in at the White House, a rally in front of...

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Rand Paul bids to mold the GOP in his im…

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Is Sen. Rand Paul the new Steve Bannon, the former Trump aide who promised to wage a “season of war” on the Republican establishment and champion like-minded conservatives? Paul, a...

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Trump takes in Australian refugees he ne…

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A year ago, President Donald Trump told Australia’s prime minister that he didn’t want his refugees, saying they would become terrorists. That was then, this is now. A steady group...

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Despite shootings, CMPD says next week’s…

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department isn’t planning any significant change in staffing or strategy for the 2018 CIAA Tournament, even after the last several tournaments have been marred by shootings. “We will...

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