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Challengers criticize incumbent Sheriff at candidate forums in New Hanover County Video included


Sheriff Ed McMahon defended his record during candidate forums Thursday night at the Senior Center in New Hanover County. Former Sheriff Sid Causey criticized McMahon during their Democratic forum. Marc Benson and Jason Vaughn, the two GOP candidates, did the same in their forum.

John Edwards returns to court practicing law


Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case.

Forum crowd hears some differences in state Senate & Congressional candidates Video included


Three sets of candidates brought differing views on issues including school vouchers, same-sex marriage, state film incentives and renourishing beaches along the coast. Republican candidates for the District 9 Senate seat took the stage first, followed by Democratic candidates for District 8 Senate seat and then two men running for the U.S. House District 7 seat.

Candidates for Judge, state Senate and Congress address issues in Wilmington Video included


Lowering the national debt, preserving national security, and the role of government were some of the issues on the table as candidates for U.S. House and Senate met in front of a crowd Tuesday night in Wilmington.

NC7 candidates release fundraising totals for 1st quarter


Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election.

Task force makes teacher pay recommendations to lawmakers


Members of a legislative task force on Monday made recommendations about raising pay for North Carolina's public school teachers. But, several educators on the panel are not happy about what was said.

A Closer Look: Former Presidential Aide Griffin seeking seat in Congress


Taylor Griffin has worked in the political world for years. Now he is making his first try at winning an elected office for himself, running as a candidate in the Third Congressional District and challenging Rep. Walter B. Jones. 

Legislative analysts say film-industry study is incorrect


A preliminary review from analysts at the N.C. General Assembly claims a film-industry sponsored report released last week incorrectly concluded that the state's film incentives create positive returns.

Check your lawmaker's effectiveness, attendance and voting record


The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research used several parameters to rank the most effective members of the state House and Senate for their work done in the 2013 session.

NC's Senate candidates release 1Q fundraising totals


Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis continue to lead fellow Senate candidates in fundraising ahead of the May 6 primary elections.

Fewer deaths, more violations after changes to NC driving laws


Changes by the General Assembly to some North Carolina driving laws have resulted in fewer deaths in teenage drivers.

NC Senator Martin Nesbitt dies of stomach cancer


Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.

Campaign roundup: the lineup in the top-of-ballot races in southeastern NC


Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.

2008 GOP nominee Breazeale decides against running for NC7 Congressional seat


Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.

"A Closer Look" - retired Marine Adame wants to serve in Congress Video included


Marshall Adame spent more than two decades serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now he wants to continue his service from the halls of Congress. He is running for the Democratic nomination for the District 3 seat, currently held by Rep. Walter B. Jones.

"A Closer Look" - GOP Senate candidate Heather Grant Video included


Heather Grant decided to make a big jump into the world of politics. Instead of running for a local office, she decided to enter the race to win the Republican nomination for Senate from North Carolina. In this one-on-one interview, she shares her reasons for running.

A Closer Look: McIntyre on retiring, endorsing, and the three Presidents Video included


Rep. Mike McIntyre is now starting to look at the next chapter of his life, after serving in Congress for nearly two decades. In an in-depth interview, the nine-term House member talks about making his decision to retire, whether he will endorse any candidate in the race to claim his seat, and some of his favorite moments with all three Presidents he worked with in Washington, DC.

Majority Leader Cantor's support for Rouzer draws barbs from NC7 opponent White Video included


Woody White took aim at GOP leaders in Washington, DC on the same day when one of those high-ranking party members came to Wilmington. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader, appeared at a pair of fundraisers for David Rouzer, White's chief opponent in the 7th District primary. 

Former Sheriff Causey confirms plans to run against incumbent McMahon


The Democratic primary for Sheriff in New Hanover County will get a lot more interesting on Monday, when the man who used to hold the office signs up to run against the man who took his place.

FreedomWorks PAC endorses Brannon in NC Senate GOP primary


Greg Brannon's campaign received a major endorsement Tuesday when FreedomWorks PAC announced its support for the NC Senate GOP primary.

Third GOP candidate files to run in NC7 race to succeed Rep. Mike McIntyre


Chris Andrade, a self-proclaimed "different kind of Republican" has filed paperwork to run for the nomination in the District 7 House race. The 56-year old is a political newcomer joins two former state Senators in the GOP field.

Watkins announces plans to run for NH County Commissioner

Outgoing NH County Commissioner Thomas Wolfe introduced Skip Watkins at a news conference Tuesday morning Outgoing NH County Commissioner Thomas Wolfe introduced Skip Watkins at a news conference Tuesday morning

Skip Watkins is hoping to reverse his 2013 political fortune, as he plans to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2014. Watkins fell less than 500 votes short of winning a seat on Wilmington City Council last year.

Tillis' campaign lags behind Hagan in fourth quarter 2013 fundraising


House Speaker Thom Tillis' campaign announced he raised more than $700,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, in his attempt to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Kay Hagan.

NHC Commissioner Berger's case continued again, officials waiting on lab results


In light of new charges files against New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger, his trial on a previous DWI charge scheduled for Tuesday has been continued to January of 2014.

Judge rules NC abortion-ultrasound law is unconstitutional


A judge on Friday overturned a state law involving abortion providers to show expectant mothers an ultrasound image of their unborn child. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles ruled the law is illegal.

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