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  Gov. Cooper visits Brunswick County, tours Oak Island damages, says help is on the way

Governor Cooper says that before he even came down to Brunswick County, he already talked to the president and is working on getting all damaged areas the funding they need.

Brunswick County Board of Elections approves One-Stop Early Voting schedule

  New Hanover Board of Elections sets early voting dates, times and locations for 2020 General Elections

Cooper calls death records secrecy bill ‘problematic’ as lawmakers weigh changes

Three area sheriffs opt not to enforce Gov. Cooper’s mask mandate

  RNC announces Jacksonville, Fla. as host to celebratory part of 2020 convention, City of Charlotte responds

  Rouzer denounces lawless criminal activity as the work of professional anarchists

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Media coalition sues Cooper, cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

N.C. House approves ballot access rule changes due to pandemic

  Pandemic-response elections bill headed to State House floor, but some legislators don’t think it goes far enough

  President Trump giving N.C. governor a week to make decision on RNC before considering other options

N.C. Sen. Richard Burr issues statement, steps down as Senate Intel chair amid FBI investigation of stock sales

  Gov. Cooper: “still too early to tell” if North Carolina can move into Phase 2 of reopening on May 22

  Gov. Cooper responds after NC Sheriffs request he amend executive order to allow indoor worship services

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper responded to requests from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and others asking him to consider allowing indoor worship services across the state during phase one of the state’s re-opening plan.

NC House of Representatives to begin streaming video from chamber sessions

When state lawmakers return to Raleigh this week for the short session of the General Assembly, citizens will be able to watch members of the North Carolina House of Representatives conduct the public’s business.

  Coronavirus relief, transportation among Wilmington priorities presented to legislators

Wilmington leaders held a virtual legislative breakfast with state elected officials.

General Assembly to begin video streaming of NC House Remote Committee meetings

Citizens will be able to watch live video streams of online committee meetings by members of the North Carolina House of Representatives starting next week.

Rep. Rouzer highlights help for small business in CARES Act

  ‘We are all in this together’: Wilmington mayor denounces accounts of racism, urges unity in facing COVID-19

State Board of Elections and DMV expand voter registration services

Tillis, Rouzer respond to Burr’s request for ethics investigation into stock sale

  Sen. Burr responds to NPR report regarding coronavirus remarks to constituent group

Forest criticizes Cooper’s executive order on restaurants & bars, gets response

  Watkins, Rivenbark lead a close Republican County Commission race

Nine candidates are competing in the primary for three spots in the November general election.

Miller, Morgan will face off for open NC House 19 seat

This election cycle, Representative Ted Davis decided to run for the neighboring District 20 seat, which will remain exclusively in New Hanover County under newly drawn district lines. That seat opened up when Representative Holly Grange announced her plans to run for Governor.

  Ballot breakdown: Make your vote count

Tuesday marks an important date in the 2020 election process. North Carolina is one of 14 states holding a primary election on Super Tuesday.

  Bloomberg brings presidential campaign to Wilmington

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought his democratic presidential campaign to Wilmington on the last day of one-stop early voting in North Carolina. Bloomberg greeted hundreds of people at Laney High School.

  Judge Ray files counter complaint against people behind unflattering political flyer

A New Hanover County judge has hired a law firm to go after political opponents of hers for distributing campaign materials about her past controversies. Judge Sandra Ray says the campaign flyers do not have the proper campaign advertising disclosures, and are factually inaccurate.

  Check dates, times and locations for one-stop early voting in your county

Click the links inside this story to find the locations, dates and times for one-stop, early voting in your county for North Carolina's 2020 Primary Elections.

Extraordinary North Carolina court review on voter ID sought

North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want the state’s entire Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a ruling by three of the court’s judges that set another barrier to implement voter photo identification.

  Rep. Grange upbeat ahead of GOP gubernatorial primary

Rep. Holly Grange is not seeking re-election to her seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Instead, she is running for the republican gubernatorial nomination to face incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper in the general election.

New Hanover County Commission appoints Woody White to new WAVE board

The new board met for the first time on Feb. 10.

  Group rallies, seeks signatures for delay petition

Concerned citizens gathered to express their concerns about the possible sale or new partnership for NHRMC.

New HPU Poll shows Sanders, Biden, Trump leading in NC ahead of Super Tuesday

A new poll shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden leading among North Carolina voters surveyed ahead of the state's primary elections. President Donald Trump enjoys strong support in the state ahead of his re-election bid.

  New Hanover County Commissioners deliver State of County address

The 2020 State of the County Address looked back 2019, touched on current pressing topics and also focused on the bright future of the county.

Forest ahead in GOP gov cash race, but Cooper lapping field

Democratic incumbent Roy Cooper lapped the field of North Carolina gubernatorial candidates when it came to fundraising as 2020 began.

Trogdon announces retirement as NCDOT secretary

James Trogdon has announced his retirement after three years as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

  Cash strapped WAVE transit warns city, county it could be ‘forced to suspend operations’

WAVE transit is in a cash crunch. Wilmington’s bus system relies on money from the federal, state and local government to operate, and some of that money hasn’t materialized as quickly as expected.

NC Treasurer Folwell to speak at event sponsored by group opposed to NHRMC sale

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell is in Wilmington to attend Tuesday night’s public information meeting hosted by Save Our Hospital, Inc, the group opposed to the possible sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  Learn the ins and outs of impeachment at panel discussion

Political science and history faculty members will hold a free panel discussion on impeachment.

  Too soon? Campaign signs signal early start to 2020 elections

Candidates across the Cape Fear region are preparing for the upcoming primary election in March, but it turns out that it is possible to start campaigning too early.

Rep. Deb Butler named in top 50 women changing the world by InStyle magazine

State Rep. Deb Butler has been named one of the top 50 women changing the world

Military expert says Iranian missile attacks might have been an intentional miss

Former brigadier general Tony Tata says the missile attacks aimed at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops might have been an intentional miss

State board rules against D’Abrosca’s appeal to oppose Rouzer in NC7 GOP primary

The NC State Board of Elections voted against Pete D’Abrosca in his appeal to oppose Congressman David Rouzer in the GOP primary for the Seventh Congressional District seat.

’Sordid history’ cited as judge blocks NC’s voter ID law

U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs’ decision was issued Tuesday and prevents North Carolina from requiring voters to provide ID.

  Rouzer challenger Pete D’Abrosca candidacy canceled by state elections board

The lone challenger to incumbent Republican Congressman David Rouzer may not end up on the ballot at all, as state officials have canceled his notice of candidacy.

Former NC Gov. Pat McCrory announces he’s considering run for U.S. Senate in 2022

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday morning that he won’t run for governor, but says he is considering a 2022 U.S. Senate race.

  Former Wilmington mayor Don Betz running for county commissioner seat

Former Wilmington Mayor Don Betz is getting back into politics, filing to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

  Candidate files to challenge Rouzer in NC’s Seventh Congressional District

Congressman David Rouzer will have at least one primary challenger if he files to run for a fourth term representing North Carolina’s Seventh District. Peter D’Abrosca filed Wednesday as a republican candidate for the newly redrawn district

Brunswick County school board member files to run for N.C. House

Charles Miller, who is currently serving his fourth term on the Brunswick County Board of Education, has filed to run for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Newcomer vies for New Hanover County Commissioner seat in 2020

You’ll see a new name in the political ring in 2020; newcomer Steve Miller is vying for one of three New Hanover County Commissioner seats.

County Commissioners join NCACC board members for meeting at The White House

County commissioners Frank Williams and Jonathan Barfield joined other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors for a meeting Wednesday at The White House.

  On-shore risks of off-shore drilling: Environment NC releases report in continued effort to get NC removed from list

Environmental advocates argue the on-shore risks of drilling along the Atlantic Coast are just as significant as those off shore.

  NC voting machine reliability brought up as concern after issues with similar machines in other state

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is taking a closer look at voting machines they plan on purchasing after the same company’s machines were part of an election nightmare in a county in Pennsylvania.

  NHC Board of Commissioners makes history by electing female chair and vice-chair

The New Hanover Board of Commissioners elected Julia Olsen-Boseman as the chair of the board in a meeting Monday. Pat Kusek was voted on as vice-chair.

Judges rule new North Carolina map will be used in 2020 congressional elections

A panel of North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in elections next year.

Candidates line up to file for 2020 general election

Candidates filed to run for three county commission seats, as well as school board, Register of Deeds, and seats in the North Carolina House.

Leslie Cohen, who ran for state House in 2018, plans run for county commissioner in 2020

Leslie Cohen, who ran for a seat in the NC House of Representatives in 2018, announced Tuesday evening she plans to run for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2020.

Lawler requests recount in Wilmington council race, Shuttleworth does not in Carolina Beach

One local councilman has requested a recount of votes cast in his municipal election. However, another incumbent has decided against filing a similar request.

Congress remap nearing completion in North Carolina

The state Senate planned on Friday to debate and vote on proposed district boundaries the state House already approved.

  With seats in the balance, New Hanover Co. election officials approve absentee, provisional ballots; Final counts to be tallied Friday

Just six votes separate candidates in two different municipal elections in New Hanover County as of Election Night, but that is likely to change Friday morning.

  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.

  Saffo hangs on to Wilmington mayor seat as newcomer ousts council incumbent

Election results are in for the 2019 Wilmington City Council and mayoral contests.

Phillips to become Sunset Beach’s fourth mayor in less than two years

Shannon “Hot Dog” Phillips is set to become Sunset Beach’s fourth mayor in less than two years after besting incumbent Paul Van Wormer in Tuesday’s election.

  Thomas elected new mayor of Oak Island

Oak Island will have a new mayor after newcomer Ken Thomas edged out incumbent Cin Brochure in Tuesday’s municipal election.

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

For the first time in Carolina Beach history, voters have chosen the town’s first female mayor.

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

Brenda Bozeman has been re-elected as Mayor of Leland for a fifth consecutive year in a landslide victory against opponent Shirley Lawler.

  Councilman falls short to sitting Mayor in Surf City

Sitting City Councilman Jeremy Shugarts fell short in his challenge against incumbent Mayor Doug Medlin in this year’s municipal race for Surf City Mayor. Both are non-partisan candidates.

What you need to know about Tuesday’s Municipal Elections

Important information for citizens ahead of Tuesday's municipal elections

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

Wilmington City Council and community members heard an update from the WMPO about the future of transportation in the region.

  State leaders cracking down on absentee-ballot tampering

State leaders are cracking down on anyone who tries to tamper with state or local elections. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill that directly addresses last year’s ninth congressional district race, which caused Bladen County to hold new elections after the state board found evidence

Early voting underway for 2019 Municipal Elections

Early voting gets under Wednesday, Oct. 16.

  State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

Complaints against two members of the Bladen County Board of Elections have been dismissed by state election officials for failing to meet basic requirements.

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

Commissioner Patricia Kusek announced on Monday that she won’t seek a second term on the 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

The leader of the Republican Party in Bladen County is raising issue with two Democratic members of the Bladen County Board of Elections.

Friday last day to register to vote in November municipal elections

The clock is ticking for those hoping to cast a ballot.

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

Documents filed in federal court last week show Robin Hayes is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday in federal court in Charlotte.