Political

  Elections results change the majority in favor of a stand-alone RO plant, now what?

After two years of contentious politics, arguments and complicated lawsuits, Brunswick County voters came out in masses to vote for the two open seats on the H2GO Water and Sewer Authority Board of Commissioners.

  Thomas elected new mayor of Oak Island

  History in the making: Unofficial results show Carolina Beach has first female mayor-elect

  Brenda Bozeman wins 5th term as Leland Mayor in landslide victory

  Councilman falls short to sitting Mayor in Surf City

What you need to know about Tuesday’s Municipal Elections

  WMPO presents Wilmington City Council with alternative funding options for future transportation needs

Continued Coverage

  State leaders cracking down on absentee-ballot tampering

Early voting underway for 2019 Municipal Elections

  State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

  Kusek won’t seek second term on New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

Bladen County election-related disputes continue as Republican leader files complaints against Democratic board members, NCSBE to consider complaints

Friday last day to register to vote in November municipal elections

Decision 2019: Hear from the candidates running for mayor and city council in Wilmington

The 2019 Municipal Election will give more than 84,000 registered voters the chance to decide who will be mayor in the City of Wilmington, and which candidates will occupy three seats on the city council.

  Rep. Deb Butler wins international Tammy Baldwin Breakout award

North Carolina State Representative Deb Butler has been awarded the 2019 Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award—an international award given annually to state or local LGBTQ elected official whose political career pushes to move equality forward for LGBTQ people

  Evangelist Franklin Graham visits Wilmington for “Tar Heel State” tour

Franklin Graham is touring the country and his stop in Wilmington at Legion Stadium brought out over 8,000 people wanting to hear the Word.

  Sen. Tillis on impeachment inquiry, China, and potential primary challengers

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina talked about the impeachment inquiry against the president, the upcoming trade negotiations with China, and on having two potential challengers in the 2020 republican primary election.

Former North Carolina GOP chair expected to plead guilty

Candidate forums scheduled for October ahead of 2019 Municipal Elections

  N.C. state treasurer watching potential sale of NHRMC

  ‘We will not yield’: Wilmington group says elected officials need to be held accountable

  NHC commissioners approve resolution to explore hospital sale

‘I will not yield!” NC Representative’s outburst trending on social media

  N.C. House overrides Cooper veto of state budget in ‘unexpected’ morning vote

Republicans dominating a half-empty North Carolina House chamber have voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state’s two-year budget.

  Republican Dan Bishop unofficial winner in 9th District re-do election

Republican State Senator Dan Bishop is the unofficial winner of the election for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, according to the Associated Press.

Trump: NC will rebound from Dorian quickly,’ ‘beautifully’

Trump began the rally talking about Hurricane Dorian and those groups who responded to help those affected.

  New election in N.C.’s 9th district Tuesday; Experts say race could be ‘canary in the coal mine’ for 2020

More than nine months after the North Carolina State Board of Elections refused to certify the results of the election in the state’s 9th congressional district, voters are headed back to the polls Tuesday.

Hurricane Dorian impacting early-voting in NC9 congressional election

Hurricane Dorian is impacting early voting in the makeup election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes part of Bladen County.

State elections board encourages early voting for Sept. 10 races ahead of possible Dorian impacts

While Southeastern North Carolina waits for the forecast of Hurricane Dorian to narrow, the North Carolina State Board of Elections is encouraging voters to go ahead and cast their ballots.

  A tale of two Dans: Bishop, McCready go toe-to-toe in NC-9 debate

With just weeks remaining until the special election for North Carolina’s ninth district congressional district seat, the two leading candidates took part in a special debate Wednesday evening.

  Bill to create Wrightsville Beach specialty license plate approved, heads to governor’s desk

One more vote is needed, along with the governor’s signature, to create specialty North Carolina license plates featuring the Town of Wrightsville Beach logo, which will help the beach community maintain recreational opportunities for its’ residents and visitors.

  NHRMC Trustees vote to support county exploring options for selling hospital

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting county commissioners voting to explore the possible sale of the public hospital. Dr. Robert Cortina was the only member of the board to abstain from voting.

President Trump announces Sept. 9 rally in NC

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will return to North Carolina for a rally on September 9.

  NHC Gubernatorial candidate faces funding disadvantage, while others have access to unlimited donations

As races heat up for the 2020 state elections, Governor Roy Cooper and Lt. Governor Dan Forest should have no problems when it comes to funding their campaigns. But, another gubernatorial candidate, Rep Holly Grange (R-New Hanover), will not have the same advantage.

  State elections board certifies voting equipment

Board members had to make the call after the North Carolina General Assembly voted to de-certify voting machines that only create an electronic record.

  Homeowners could see easier access to solar energy under new bill

A bill that has been in affect for over a decade already allows homes to use solar panels, barring they meet a few requirements. HB750 could change that.

  Election officials closely watching state vote on voting systems Friday as 2019, 2020 races loom

Along with everything else it takes to prepare for the upcoming 2019 municipal elections, and the 2020 primaries close on their heels, election officials in Southeastern North Carolina are also waiting to see what kind of equipment they will be able to use.

Early in-person voting begins for 2 congressional seats

Early in-person voting is starting for two special congressional elections in North Carolina.

  Governor delivers school supplies, talks pay raises with teachers

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Penderlea Elementary School Tuesday to deliver school supplies and meet with educators to discuss teacher pay.

  Hundreds attend meeting about potential sale of NHRMC

All five county commissioners are at a meeting that gives the public the first chance to have their voices heard on the potential sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  District 9 early voting to begin this week

North Carolina District 9 one-stop early voting begins Wednesday, August 21. The 9th district stretches from Bladen County, all the way to Charlotte.

  Appeal in Columbus County sheriff dispute voluntarily dismissed in Wake County court

The dispute over the race for Columbus County Sheriff has ended — for now.

Current firearm bills unlikely to move in NC House committee

Calls to move gun reform bills through a North Carolina’s House of Representatives committee may not yield the results supporters want to see. Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover), the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for comprehensive solutions rather than separate proposals.

No action for weeks on bill named after fallen Trooper Kevin Conner

A bill named after a state trooper killed in the line of duty has not moved in North Carolina’s Senate chamber in more than a month, and there is some conflicting information on what has stalled its’ progression.

Ohio lawmaker blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates’, ‘homosexual marriage,’ ‘open borders’

Ohio GOP leader calls for State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, to resign

  NC Board of Elections Chairman resigns, apologizes for joke at elections conference

Governor Cooper’s spokesman Ford Porter issued a statement regarding NCSBE Chairman Robert Cordle’s resignation.

  Budget battles: state leaders use visit to aquarium to push politics

Several state lawmakers visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Friday, but they were not there to see the fish.

  Working Narratives: Giving voice and power to the forgotten (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Some communities have recovered from Hurricane Florence. For others, the recovery may never end. The non-profit group Working Narratives received grant funding to ensure stories are told during the healing process, and the flow of vital information reaches the often forgotten areas of eastern NC.

See who is running for office in 2019 Municipal Elections

Candidate filing period has ended for the 2019 Municipal Elections in North Carolina

  Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announces she’s running for governor in 2020

According to sources, Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington plans to seek the republican nomination for Governor of North Carolina in 2020.

  Commissioner defends travel spending

New Hanover Commissioner Rob Zapple, the only commissioner to publicly speak out about a new travel policy for county commissioners, says new per-commissioner spending limits are onerous to the point they are preventing the county from participating in important business.

  Empty Ballots: Halfway through candidate filing, several municipal races have no candidates

While several well-known local politicians have filed or announced their intentions not to run, there are still several races without a candidate.

Wrightsville Beach specialty registration plate still a possibility

The push to create a specialty registration plate for the Town of Wrightsville Beach has taken several twists this week in the North Carolina General Assembly, but there is still a chance it could come to fruition.

  NC lawmakers give final approval to bill approving land transfer for new Pender County jail

The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill transferring state-owned land to Pender County, which could one day be home to a new jail and law enforcement center.

  Board of Elections to hold voter ID educational seminars in New Hanover Co.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections will host two educational seminars about new voter identification requirements on Tuesday, July 23.

Commissioners vote down proposed travel budget changes, decrease travel spending instead

Instead of approving a proposal that would have allowed some commissioners to exceed their current $4,000 annual travel budget, commissioners reached a split decision to cut the current travel budget in half.

  Municipal elections filing begins; Wilmington mayor to seek eighth term

A crowd gathered at the New Hanover County Board of Elections Friday, as several local politicians filed to run for office.

  ACLU meets in Wilmington

The American Civil Liberties Union held a membership meeting Saturday at the Historic Hannah Block USO Center in downtown Wilmington.

Gov. Cooper vetoes NC budget proposal, calls it 'an astonishing failure’

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he will veto a budget agreement sent to his desk by the General Assembly the day before.

GOP lawmakers tout local benefits of compromise budget plan

GOP lawmakers are touting spending in the compromise budget plan that they say will benefit their local districts.

  Seven months after November election, Columbus County expected to certify results of disputed sheriff’s race

More than seven months after the November general election, a Wake County judge has denied a motion to delay certification of the disputed sheriff’s race in Columbus County, meaning the local Board of Elections can certify Jody Greene’s election as sheriff of the county.

  NC Senate mulls bill that could restrict access to hog farm documents

Legislators in Raleigh are considering a bill that would make those types of complaints — among other industrial farm-related documents — confidential.

  Proposed Senate budget would eliminate specific funding for schools

The proposed Senate budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year calls for an increase on spending for public education by $1.3 billion over the next two years.

  WECT Investigates: Medicaid and ER visits — a look at expenses, expansion

As lawmakers battle over the state budget in Raleigh, arguably the biggest sticking point between the two political parties is Medicaid expansion.

  Attorney “astounded” by mayor’s comments about ongoing H2GO lawsuit

The comments Belville Mayor Mike Allen made during a May 21st meeting of the H2GO sanitary district board were recorded, and attorneys familiar with the recording say it sounds as if Allen is admitting he is using the legal appeals process to avoid complying with a judge’s order.

  State elections board issues order in Columbus County Sheriff dispute, parties plan appeals

The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) has formally issued its findings in the case of the disputed sheriff election in Columbus County.

NC House passes bill reappointing White to UNCW Board of Trustees

The state House of Representatives passed a bill to reappoint New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White to a four-year term as member of the UNC Wilmington Board of Trustees. House Bill 1016 now moves to the state Senate for its’ consideration.

  Priest wins Bladen Co. District 3 recount

Friday’s recount in the Bladen County commissioners race has set the record straight as to who won the county’s close election.

  General Assembly considers law allowing use of student IDs to vote

The General Assembly met Tuesday to discuss allowing student and employee IDs to be considered eligible for voting in future elections.

  Recount scheduled in Bladen County Commission race

Only four votes separate the two candidates for the commission's third district.

  Women rally in downtown Wilmington against anti-abortion laws

Women across the country are stepping out to voice their concerns about the recent anti-abortion laws in several states.

  NC9 Election Results: Bishop takes GOP primary; Bladen Commissioners’ race decided by four votes

Republicans in North Carolina have chosen state Sen. Dan Bishop as their party’s nominee in a special congressional election ordered after a ballot fraud scandal marred last year’s race.

Republican candidates face off in primary NC District 09 election

Ten Republican candidates for the NC-9 Congressional faced off in a primary election Tuesday, with Dan Bishop declared the winner of the Republican primary.

Bladen County, 9th district vote in election re-do

Six months after the 2018 midterms appeared to be over, Bladen County voters — along with the rest of the 9th congressional district — have taken to the polls once again.

  Bill that would create stricter laws for emotional support animals heads to NC Senate

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require landlords to make accommodations for people with disabilities to have medically approved emotional support animals in a unit.

NC House passes bill naming USS North Carolina as state’s ‘official battleship’

House lawmakers unanimously passed a bill adopting the USS North Carolina as the official battleship of the State of North Carolina.

  NC House passes bill to regulate zip lines and other ‘aerial adventure’ courses

The state House on Monday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis to regulate the “aerial adventure” industry in North Carolina, which includes zip lines and ropes courses.

  Election deception: WECT Investigates spillover of absentee ballot irregularities in Columbus County

The ties between Bladen and Columbus counties run deep, and in 2018, they shared the symptoms of absentee ballot irregularities.

NC Senate overrides Cooper veto of abortion bill, House to vote Thursday

The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion.

NC Treasurer touts NC Cash program, updates HB184

North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about HB184, which would delay implementation of a new reimbursement structure for professionals who provide healthcare to state employees and retirees.

  John Ingram: Why the law enforcement he started in no longer exists (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

On this week's "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram talks about how law enforcement has changed over his career, and shares personal stories he uses to better protect the community.