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  • Lawmakers to vote on bill that could raise fire fees in Brunswick County

    Lawmakers to vote on bill that could raise fire fees in Brunswick County

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 12:11 AM EDT2017-06-27 04:11:58 GMT
    Brunswick County could charge higher fire fees for residential and commercial properties, under a bill that could final Senate approval on Tuesday.Brunswick County could charge higher fire fees for residential and commercial properties, under a bill that could final Senate approval on Tuesday.

    Lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that could double the fees property owners in Brunswick County pay for fire protection. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill that has already passed the House, sponsored by Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover).

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    Lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that could double the fees property owners in Brunswick County pay for fire protection. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill that has already passed the House, sponsored by Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover).

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  • Gov. Cooper to veto proposed state budget; override likely

    Gov. Cooper to veto proposed state budget; override likely

    Monday, June 26 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-06-26 15:20:34 GMT
    Governor Roy Cooper (Source: Facebook)Governor Roy Cooper (Source: Facebook)

    North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers.

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    North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers.

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  • Gardner announces he'll run in Seventh District race

    Gardner announces he'll run in Seventh District race

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-06-23 16:04:54 GMT

    Jonah Gardner, a Wilmington computer programmer and IT professional, has announced he has filed to run for Congress in 2018.

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    Jonah Gardner, a Wilmington computer programmer and IT professional, has announced he has filed to run for Congress in 2018.

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  • Cooper to take action on budget 'in coming days'

    Cooper to take action on budget 'in coming days'

    Thursday, June 22 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-06-22 19:17:56 GMT
    Gov. Roy Cooper will decide whether to veto the state budget approved Thursday by the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)Gov. Roy Cooper will decide whether to veto the state budget approved Thursday by the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)

    Governor Roy Cooper will decide soon whether to veto the budget plan passed by the General Assembly. House lawmakers voted 77-38 Thursday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion spending plan that supporters say contains middle-class tax cuts, nearly ten percent teacher raises on average over two years, and money for Hurricane Matthew relief and reserves. 

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    Governor Roy Cooper will decide soon whether to veto the budget plan passed by the General Assembly. House lawmakers voted 77-38 Thursday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion spending plan that supporters say contains middle-class tax cuts, nearly ten percent teacher raises on average over two years, and money for Hurricane Matthew relief and reserves. 

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  • GOP leaders reject Gov. Cooper's order for special session on redistricting

    GOP leaders reject Gov. Cooper's order for special session on redistricting

    Thursday, June 8 2017 2:25 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:25:10 GMT
    Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly are refusing to hold a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, pushing back against the order of Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: ncgov)Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly are refusing to hold a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, pushing back against the order of Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: ncgov)

    Republican leaders in the General Assembly are pushing back against Governor Roy Cooper’s call for a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, after the U.S. Supreme Court found current lines unconstitutional. 

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    Republican leaders in the General Assembly are pushing back against Governor Roy Cooper’s call for a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, after the U.S. Supreme Court found current lines unconstitutional. 

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  • Briggs announces candidacy for seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017

    Briggs announces candidacy for seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017

    Thursday, June 8 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:54:25 GMT
    Hollis Briggs has declared his intention to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017. (Source: Facebook)Hollis Briggs has declared his intention to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017. (Source: Facebook)

    Another candidate has announced intentions to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council.  Hollis Briggs Jr, who is a native of Wilmington, said in a news release his campaign “will focus on government accountability and public safety”. 

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    Another candidate has announced intentions to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council.  Hollis Briggs Jr, who is a native of Wilmington, said in a news release his campaign “will focus on government accountability and public safety”. 

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  • Bipartisan bill to repeal HB2 sent to House committee

    Bipartisan bill to repeal HB2 sent to House committee

    Tuesday, February 28 2017 7:51 AM EST2017-02-28 12:51:57 GMT

    HB186, which proposes to repeal the controversial HB2 law in North Carolina, received a committee referral Monday night in the state House. Bipartisan support is the reason Rep. Ted Davis said he signed on as a primary sponsor of the bill. 

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    HB186, which proposes to repeal the controversial HB2 law in North Carolina, received a committee referral Monday night in the state House. Bipartisan support is the reason Rep. Ted Davis said he signed on as a primary sponsor of the bill. 

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  • Horton launches campaign to run for Seventh Congressional District seat

    Horton launches campaign to run for Seventh Congressional District seat

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:30:18 GMT
    Dr. Kyle Horton has launched her campaign to run for a seat in Congress in 2018. (Source: WECT)Dr. Kyle Horton has launched her campaign to run for a seat in Congress in 2018. (Source: WECT)

    Kyle Horton has launched her first political campaign nearly 18 months before the 2018 General Election. She has declared herself a candidate for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, running for the seat currently held by second-term Republican Rep. David Rouzer. ..

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    Kyle Horton has launched her first political campaign nearly 18 months before the 2018 General Election. She has declared herself a candidate for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, running for the seat currently held by second-term Republican Rep. David Rouzer. ..

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  • Rep. Davis co-sponsors bill to charge sex offenders registration fees

    Rep. Davis co-sponsors bill to charge sex offenders registration fees

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-05-17 11:37:43 GMT
    Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County is one of four primary sponsors of a bill proposing to charge criminals who are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry. (Source: WECT)Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County is one of four primary sponsors of a bill proposing to charge criminals who are required to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry. (Source: WECT)

    Convicted sex offenders would be required to pay a fee to be listed on North Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry, under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County.   

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    Convicted sex offenders would be required to pay a fee to be listed on North Carolina’s Sex Offender Registry, under a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County.   

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  • NC Senate approves budget

    NC Senate approves budget

    Friday, May 12 2017 7:47 AM EDT2017-05-12 11:47:38 GMT
    The state Senate will reconvene a few minutes after midnight Thursday, to take a final vote on the $22.9 billion budget plan. (Source: WECT)The state Senate will reconvene a few minutes after midnight Thursday, to take a final vote on the $22.9 billion budget plan. (Source: WECT)

    The state Senate will reconvene shortly after midnight Thursday, to give final approval to the chamber's budget plan. 

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    The state Senate will reconvened shortly after midnight Thursday, then passed the budget plan around 3 a.m. Friday.

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  • Senate overrides Cooper's veto of Elections Board bill, House votes Tuesday

    Senate overrides Cooper's veto of Elections Board bill, House vote next

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:02:32 GMT
    The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT)The state Senate voted Monday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state Ethics and Elections boards. The measure now goes to the state House. (Source: WECT)

    The state Senate voted Monday night by a 33-15 margin to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state ethics commission and elections board. The state House is scheduled to vote on the override when it reconvenes Tuesday morning.

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    The state Senate voted Monday night by a 33-15 margin to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill to combine the state ethics commission and elections board. The state House is scheduled to vote on the override when it reconvenes Tuesday morning.

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  • Senate confirms Hamilton for seat in Gov. Cooper's cabinet

    Senate confirms Hamilton for seat in Gov. Cooper's cabinet

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 6:19 AM EDT2017-04-12 10:19:03 GMT
    Former state lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington received unanimous support by the state Senate to become the new Secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources. (Source: ncleg.net)Former state lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington received unanimous support by the state Senate to become the new Secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources. (Source: ncleg.net)

    Former lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate as the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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    Former lawmaker Susi Hamilton of Wilmington was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate as the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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  • House approves bill to change Pender County school board elections

    House approves bill to change Pender County school board elections

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-04-11 04:04:00 GMT
    Voters in Pender County would see the party affiliation of school board candidates on the ballot under a new bill approved by members of the state House. (Source: WECT)Voters in Pender County would see the party affiliation of school board candidates on the ballot under a new bill approved by members of the state House. (Source: WECT)

    Lawmakers in the NC House of Representatives approved a bill  making Pender County Board of Education elections partisan after more than 40 years of non-partisan races.  The bill now heads to the state Senate for debate.

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    Lawmakers in the NC House of Representatives approved a bill  making Pender County Board of Education elections partisan after more than 40 years of non-partisan races.  The bill now heads to the state Senate for debate.

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  • Kellyanne Conway to address NCGOP convention in Wilmington

    Kellyanne Conway to address NCGOP convention in Wilmington

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 5:27 PM EDT2017-04-04 21:27:55 GMT
    Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP convention in Wilmington on June 3. (Source: NCGOP)Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP convention in Wilmington on June 3. (Source: NCGOP)

    Political strategist Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP state convention in Wilmington on June 3.

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    Political strategist Kellyanne Conway, who made history in 2016 as the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign, will address the NC GOP state convention in Wilmington on June 3.

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  • UPDATE: Bill to abolish Columbus County Coroner's Office clears committee

    UPDATE: Bill to abolish Columbus County Coroner's Office clears committee

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-03-29 20:02:21 GMT
    House Bill 290 would abolish the Columbus County Coroner's Office. The bill received unanimous support in a House Committee Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)House Bill 290 would abolish the Columbus County Coroner's Office. The bill received unanimous support in a House Committee Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)

    A bill to abolish the coroner’s office in Columbus County has cleared its first legislative hurdle by unanimous vote. The bill needs approval in a second committee before making it to the floor for a full House vote. 

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    A bill to abolish the coroner’s office in Columbus County has cleared its first legislative hurdle by unanimous vote. The bill needs approval in a second committee before making it to the floor for a full House vote. 

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  • Grange, Lee companion bills seek $55 million for Film & Entertainment Grant Fund

    Grange, Lee companion bills seek $55 million for Film & Entertainment Grant Fund

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:16 AM EDT2017-03-28 11:16:53 GMT
    Two lawmakers representing New Hanover County have filed companion bills looking to increase the money used to lure movie, television and commercial productions to North Carolina. (Source: WECT)Two lawmakers representing New Hanover County have filed companion bills looking to increase the money used to lure movie, television and commercial productions to North Carolina. (Source: WECT)

    New Hanover County legislators Michael Lee and Holly Grange have filed companion bills looking to increase the amount put into the state’s Film and Entertainment Grant Fund from the current $30 million to $55 million in recurring money.

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    New Hanover County legislators Michael Lee and Holly Grange have filed companion bills looking to increase the amount put into the state’s Film and Entertainment Grant Fund from the current $30 million to $55 million in recurring money.

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  • Democrat Ford accuses Cooper of 'moving the goal post' on HB2 repeal

    Democrat Ford accuses Cooper of 'moving the goal post' on HB2 repeal

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:14:00 GMT
    (Source: Office of the Governor)(Source: Office of the Governor)

    Democrat State Senator Joel Ford (Mecklenburg) accused Democrat Governor Roy Cooper of “moving the goal post” on a deal to repeal House Bill 2.

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    Democrat State Senator Joel Ford (Mecklenburg) accused Democrat Governor Roy Cooper of “moving the goal post” on a deal to repeal House Bill 2.

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  • State Senator files new bill to repeal HB2

    State Senator files new bill to repeal HB2

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-21 19:54:20 GMT
    Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg County) has filed a bill calling for a repeal of HB2, with a 30-day cooling off period before any locality could enact a law regarding access to restrooms, showers or changing facilities.Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg County) has filed a bill calling for a repeal of HB2, with a 30-day cooling off period before any locality could enact a law regarding access to restrooms, showers or changing facilities.

    A state Senator from Mecklenberg County has introduced the latest bill trying to repeal North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg) filed Senate Bill 332 Tuesday. Along with a repeal of HB2, the bill calls for a 30-day “cooling off period”, in which no local government can “enact or amend an ordinance regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities”. 

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    A state Senator from Mecklenberg County has introduced the latest bill trying to repeal North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. Sen. Joel Ford (D-Mecklenberg) filed Senate Bill 332 Tuesday. Along with a repeal of HB2, the bill calls for a 30-day “cooling off period”, in which no local government can “enact or amend an ordinance regulating public accommodations or access to restrooms, showers, or changing facilities”. 

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  • Tillis: 'President is a disruptive force, in a positive way'

    Tillis: 'President is a disruptive force, in a positive way'

    Friday, March 17 2017 2:06 PM EDT2017-03-17 18:06:05 GMT
    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) touched on healthcare reform  and President Trump's travel bans in an interview with WECT. (Source: WECT)Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) touched on healthcare reform and President Trump's travel bans in an interview with WECT. (Source: WECT)

    Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) said Friday he is not paying a lot of attention to numbers tied to Congressional Budget Office estimates for American Health Care Act, the Republican plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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    Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) said Friday he is not paying a lot of attention to numbers tied to Congressional Budget Office estimates for American Health Care Act, the Republican plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

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