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WRAL Capital Political News

Health officials to begin testing Chemou…

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Government health officials will soon begin testing a small group of residents near a Bladen County chemical plant for GenX and other unregulated contaminants with unclear impacts on human health.

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Report ties NRA money to Tillis campaign…

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Article from gun-control publication and Politico Magazine questions whether the National Rifle Association coordinated with the Tillis camp in 2014, violating election rules.

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Environmental groups sue to stop GenX em…

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Environmental groups have turned to a New Hanover County court to force state regulators to completely shut down the emissions of GenX and other unregulated compounds from the Chemours plant...

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Army makes it official: Raleigh misses o…

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An effort to modernize the Army will locate in Austin, Texas.

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Voter ID amendment one step from ballot

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Senators gave tentative approval Thursday to add a constitutional amendment to the ballot in November requiring photo identification for voting.

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Tax cap proposal goes to voters

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The measure would move the income tax cap from 10 percent to 7 percent.

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General Assembly overrides governor on h…

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The legislature is chewing through the seven vetoes Gov. Roy Cooper issued late Monday.

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Racist NC House candidate won nomination…

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A little more than 800 votes was good enough to make a racist the GOP candidate for a House district in Hoke and Scotland counties. "It's pathetic," one local official...

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40 state education staffers laid off, 21…

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Friday that the Department of Public Instruction is eliminating 61 positions - 40 employees and 21 vacant positions. The layoffs are in response to $5.1...

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Agency finance chief named new NC parks …

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After the sudden and unexplained ouster of the state parks director and a quiet search for his replacement, North Carolina officials Wednesday announced an in-house pick to manage the more...

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State elections board puts Berger challe…

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will have a Democratic challenger in the November election after all.

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New 'finish line' grants to help communi…

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Grants of up to $1,000 a semester will help students cover unforeseen expenses before graduation.

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Third hog farm trial starts in Raleigh, …

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"There is literally pig feces on the side of people's homes," an attorney says in opening statements.

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Wake, Orange counties deadlock over earl…

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Republicans and Democrats on the Wake County Board of Elections fight over an N.C. State voting site. Without a unanimous plan, the issue goes before the state board.

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GOP officials show hog farmers love as n…

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As a federal court jury was being seated in Raleigh on Tuesday for the third in a string of lawsuits against pork giant Smithfield Foods, Republican lawmakers and state officials...

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Cooper slams lawmakers for bypassing sta…

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Gov. Roy Cooper criticized lawmakers Tuesday for not putting a $2 billion statewide school construction bond on the ballot this fall.

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NC congressional candidate trades harass…

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A judge on Friday denied a protective order a local candidate for Congress sought against his ex-wife's current husband.

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Democrat turned Republican says he's no …

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Chris Anglin was a registered Democrat weeks before filing to run as a Republican for the state Supreme Court.

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Judicial candidate pays opponent's filin…

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Democrat helps Republican onto the ballot. Local GOP calls it "disgusting political chicanery," ballot stacking.

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Multiple names, but all one group behind…

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A dark money group is making buys on television and Facebook, kicking campaign season into gear ahead of November elections.

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Friday Wrap: See you in November

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Lawmakers left Raleigh on Friday after a speedy six-week legislative session.

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Plans hazy for November legislative sess…

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When state legislators adjourned Friday, they didn't adjourn for the year. They're scheduled to return for a session Nov. 27, but the agenda for that session is unclear.

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GOP majority shoots down Cooper appointm…

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Little reason was given to deny a Board of Education nominee and a judge. An Industrial Commission pick was voted down instead of being allowed to withdraw.

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Last Saturday of early voting restored

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To avoid legal challenges, Republicans voted in the final hours of session to bring back a popular voting day.

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Charlotte Observer Political News

Seattle mayor picks police veteran as ne…

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The mayor of Seattle has picked interim Police Chief Carmen Best to lead the department on a permanent basis as it tries to sustain reforms designed to eliminate biased policing...

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Book by rising Democratic star Kamala Ha…

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Sen. Kamala Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party who is sometimes cited as a possible presidential contender in 2020, has a book deal. Penguin Press announced Tuesday that...

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Judge questions whether police can compl…

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The judge overseeing Baltimore police reform is questioning whether the police department has the resources or leadership to comply with its agreement with federal officials. The Baltimore Sun reports that...

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Activists ask judge to keep public off f…

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Environmentalists and community activists are trying to persuade a judge that the public might not be safe on a Colorado wildlife refuge that used to be a buffer zone around...

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Probe criticizes Montana justice for abs…

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An investigation into the operation of one of Missoula County's justice courts found the judge was frequently late for work or absent and had employees walk her dog and put...

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Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Put…

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Unbowed by the broad condemnation of his extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went...

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Public could pay $10 million for redistr…

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Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits. The state has already paid more than $6 million in...

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Misconduct allegations no obstacle for m…

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Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven lawmakers have faced accusations, including four who settled...

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Mississippi officials move to take over …

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Officials are moving to take over a rural Mississippi school district, saying the district is broadly violating state standards The Commission on School Accreditation will meet Wednesday to discuss whether...

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UK’s May faces fresh revolt over Brexit …

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British Prime Minister Theresa May faced more rebellion in Parliament on Tuesday over her plans for the country's exit from the European Union, with lawmakers voting on a Brexit trade...

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Louisiana’s sales tax rate is second hig…

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Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely. Tennessee has narrowly edged out Louisiana for the top spot with an average state...

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New trial granted to man who exposed him…

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A North Carolina man convicted of exposing himself to a woman and her 4-year-old son has won a new trial on a felony indecent exposure charge. The state Court of...

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San Antonio store owner’s killer set for…

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A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he's black...

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Report: Local courts reap $400M in fines…

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A new report says New Jersey's municipal courts made $400 million in fines and fees in 2017 and sometimes imposed "never-ending" and "overwhelming" financial obligations on people. The Supreme Court...

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Judge throws out 2 charges against indic…

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A federal judge has thrown out two of the five charges against an FBI agent who allegedly lied about firing two rifle shots at the pickup of an Oregon refuge...

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GOP won’t force quick House vote on Dem …

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House Republican leaders won't hold a quick vote on a Democratic bill abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and instead will offer a non-binding GOP measure lauding the agency and ridiculing...

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Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten lo…

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About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of cutting coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the...

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Shooting erupts as Nicaraguan forces mov…

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Nicaraguan national police and armed pro-government civilians are laying siege to a symbolically important neighborhood that has recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. Government forces...

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Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die…

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A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants...

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The Latest: Trump at White House about P…

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The Latest on President Donald Trump and his summit with Russian President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:31 p.m. President Donald Trump will make remarks Tuesday afternoon about his meeting...

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A Buddy Holly movie is in the works with…

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“Clear Lake,” a new movie about the late rock icon Buddy Holly, has two of its major players in Raleigh, including its writer/director and executive producer. But the $12 million...

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Rand Paul and Donald Trump bond over Tru…

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Rand Paul and Donald Trump are now best friends, as the Kentucky Republican has become a rare ray of GOP support for the embattled president. Trump and Paul had clashed...

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NC candidate apologizes for old expletiv…

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A Democratic candidate for North Carolina state House apologized on Monday for anti-immigration comments she made in a 2006 blog post. Cathy Von Hassel-Davies is challenging Republican Rep. Dennis Riddell...

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He was a political power broker who help…

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Bert L. Bennett Jr., who for 40 years was North Carolina’s most important Democratic Party power broker helping shape the state’s reputation for moderation, died Monday at age 97 in...

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