NC elections board released closed meeting minutes, memos after vote scrutiny

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has released meeting minutes and a legal memo related to a vote it took in closed session last week.

Resignation of NC elections board Republicans raises questions about closed session vote

Both Republican members of N.C. State Board of Elections announce resignation

  Lara Trump makes ‘Women for Trump’ campaign stop in Wilmington

Presidential candidate Joe Biden hosts Black Economic Summit in Charlotte

Tillis and Cunningham spar police reform, Supreme Court pick

  The NC State Board of Elections files a motion to ensure more lawful absentee ballots count

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  National Voter Registration Day: Here’s what you need to know

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

  YWCA hosts “From the Block to the Ballot” curbside registration drive

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

President Trump visiting Charlotte to discuss healthcare

  Voting deadlines to keep in mind

Candidates for local NC House and NC Senate seats take part in virtual forum

A virtual forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation was held Thursday evening to hear about key issues from candidates running for NC House District 18, 19, 20 and NC Senate 8 and 9 seats.

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

Candidates for New Hanover County Commissioners share views in virtual forum

Candidates running for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners gathered virtually Wednesday evening in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear, YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation

  Elections offices deal with sticking envelopes, other issues as record absentee votes start pouring in

Elections officials hope voters will start the absentee process sooner rather than later to make dealing with any issues easier.

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education take part in virtual forum

  Ivanka Trump campaigns for her father in Wilmington

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal.

N.C. governor asks politicians to lead by example by wearing masks, social distancing on campaign trail

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says elected leaders and candidates need to lead by example during the coronavirus pandemic by wearing masks and social distancing on the campaign trail.

  Tourism Development Authority among industry groups looking to Congress for relief

Like many tourism-related businesses across the country, the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority has taken a hard hit because of the coronavirus pandemic. The industry is asking Congress for help, and to be included in the next round of federal coronavirus relief.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.

  As early voting days approach, some NC counties still need poll workers

At least a quarter of North Carolina’s counties are struggling to recruit poll workers for the 2020 election.

North Carolina Attorney General releases statement on voting integrity

Attorney General Josh Stein released a statement Monday September 7, along with a coalition of 24 other Attorneys General, emphasizing the importance of election integrity.

  Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

The mayor of Rochester says reforms are coming to the police department as community elders seek to bring calmer minds to a fifth night of demonstrations over the the March death of Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.

  Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

Trump denies calling US war dead ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’

President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against accusations that he mocked American war dead as his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, intensified efforts to frame the election as a referendum on the president’s character.

  Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

  Elections workers prepare to send out thousands of absentee ballots

Absentee ballots go out Friday, Sept. 4

  NC Attorney General, state elections board respond to Trump comments on absentee voting

State officials responded to controversial comments made by the president Wednesday.

  Demonstrations pop up in downtown Wilmington ahead of President Trump’s visit

Demonstrators hold "Black Lives Matter" and "dump Trump" signs in different parts of Wilmington as President Trump visits.

  Details on President Trump’s visit to Wilmington today

What to expect ahead of the presidential visit this week.

Absentee ballot request portal improves the process for absentee voting

The State Board of Elections launched an absentee ballot request portal September 1; now, North Carolina voters can request an absentee ballot completely online.

Approximately 14 people potentially exposed after two RNC Charlotte attendees tested positive for COVID-19

Day one of the convention kicked off Monday in Charlotte, where hundreds of delegates ventured and both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made surprise speeches.

  RNC Chair looks at the effort needed for President Trump to win North Carolina in 2020

Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee, said Friday if President Trump is going to win North Carolina in 2020, it will be important for the RNC to be active in the state in the remaining months before the election.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

  Rep. Rouzer predicts President Trump will win re-election ‘in a landslide’

Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC7) believes polls showing the former vice-president leading the incumbent republican may not paint a clear picture.

  NC needs more poll workers this year, but the pandemic has made them harder to find

Poll workers are integral in the elections process.

NC House Rules Chair pleads guilty to federal charges, resigns seat

House Rules Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett) has been charged with federal crimes. He resigned his office this afternoon, shortly before the charges were filed.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

Requests for absentee ballots in North Carolina nearing 300,000

With less than three months remaining before the 2020 General Election, nearly 300,000 requests for absentee ballots have been received by county election boards across North Carolina.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

  NC Treasurer says state employees’ pension plan has rebounded from pandemic-driven losses

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell says the state employees’ pension plan, also known as the North Carolina Retirement System, has rebounded from losses suffered during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and now has more value than it did at the end of last year

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

Pender County releases schedule for One-Stop Early Voting ahead of 2020 General Elections

The Pender County Board of Elections has approved a One-Stop Early Voting schedule ahead of the November 2020 General Elections. Early voting will begin on Thursday, October 15 and run through Saturday, October 31. There will be five weekend days included in the schedule.

  Sidestepping Congress, Trump says he will act to deliver Americans another stimulus

The president wants to extend the $600 weekly benefit to unemployed Americans.

Tony McGhee selected to fill open spot on ballot for New Hanover County Board of Education

The Executive Committee of the New Hanover County Republican Party has unanimously voted to submit Tony McGhee’s name as the party’s third candidate for Board of Education in the November 2020 General Election.

  Voters express concern over absentee flyer as state sees surge in mail ballot requests

A flyer that arrived in the mailboxes of many North Carolinians raised eyebrows.

Pender County board of elections opens new satellite office

Beginning August 11, voters in Pender County will have access to a satellite office at the Pender County Hampstead Annex at 15060 US Hwy 17.

California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.

Trump calls off GOP Convention in Jacksonville as COVID-19 cases spike

During this Thursday COVID-19 briefing, President Donald Trump said he has called for the GOP Convention scheduled for Jacksonville, Florida in August.

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

The Brunswick County Board of Elections has approved a One-Stop Early Voting plan for the General Elections, which takes into account an emergency order issued by the State BOE last week. Early voting will begin on Thursday, October 15 and end Saturday, October 31.

  Wake County DA clears Mark Harris, candidate in congressional race that led to election fraud investigation

The saga of North Carolina's 2018 9th Congressional District race continues.

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

Voters in New Hanover County will have six locations where they can vote early ahead of the November 2020 General Election. The county’s Board of Elections finalized a One-stop Voting Plan.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

  NC senator Danny Britt tests positive for COVID-19

North Carolina State Senator Danny Britt received a positive test for COVID-19 Friday.

  Key figure in election fraud investigation files for re-election in local race

Monday, McCrae Dowless filed to run for re-election for a position he has held since 2012. He signed up on the last day candidates were eligible to file.

  Dr. Mandy Cohen: She is a mom, a wife and the face of North Carolina’s effort against COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

After handling health crises on Capitol Hill, Dr. Mandy Cohen never anticipated having to help ten million people through a pandemic. As North Carolina's DHHS Secretary, Dr. Cohen is the face of the state's effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, while also being a wife and mom to two little girls.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill that would make death records secret

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 168 Monday night, which has gained national attention for a provision that would have shielded some death investigation records from the public.

  Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses plans to sue Gov. Cooper’s administration

Forest, a Republican running against Cooper for governor in the November election, said the lawsuit is not a political move.

  The Republican primary election for Columbus County’s District 2 commissioner seat had to be re-done, coronavirus protections in place

Voters went to the polls in a re-do election in Columbus County.

  Precautions in place for Tuesday’s GOP primary in Columbus County

A new Republican primary re-election for the County Commissioner District 2 race is scheduled for Tuesday between candidates Mack Ward, Chris Smith and Bernard White

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

President Donald Trump will officially celebrate his acceptance of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in Jacksonville, Florida at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

RNC: Trump celebration to be held in another city, ‘official business’ may still be held in Charlotte

On May 26, President Trump gave Gov. Cooper one week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.

  President Trump says GOP will look for a new state for the Republican National Convention

Governor Roy Cooper said that Republican plans for a full-scale national convention in Charlotte in August “is very unlikely.”

  Rouzer denounces lawless criminal activity as the work of professional anarchists

Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) issued a statement, Monday, on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and the ensuing protests across the nation.

RNC responds to N.C. health leaders over safety conditions for 2020 convention

North Carolina health leaders responded Friday to a letter sent to Governor Roy Cooper by the Republican National Committee detailing safety conditions for an August convention in Charlotte.

NC responds to RNC letter detailing safety conditions for 2020 convention

North Carolina health leaders responded Friday to a letter sent to Governor Roy Cooper by the Republican National Committee detailing safety conditions for an August convention in Charlotte.