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Tillis Sworn In, Butterfield Takes Congressional Black Caucus Chairmanship PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 06:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It was a big week for North Carolina inside the Washington Beltway, despite wicked weather that made operations of the federal government difficult.

Thom Tillis, the Mecklenburg County Republican who defeated incumbent Kay Hagan in November, was sworn into office as North Carolina's newest U.S. Senator. He joins Richard Burr, also a Republican, as the state's Senate representation.

As North Carolina House Speaker, Tillis was known as a reformer of tax and regulatory policy.

In the U.S. House, veteran Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield of the 1st District not only began another term, he was sworn in as the new chairman of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus.

Butterfield promised the group, under his leadership, would pursue legislative remedies to what he believes are incidents of excessive and/or deadly force by law enforcement.

Butterfield is from Wilson.

State Board Of Elections: 2014 Midterm Turnout Topped 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 05:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Despite claims by Democrats that Republican-backed election law changes would depress voter turnout, more North Carolinians voted in November than they did in the 2010 midterm.

Data from the state Board of Elections shows 44 percent of registered voters cast a ballot last month. In 2010, the figure was 43 percent.

Unaffiliated voters continued their surge in the state. Of the more than 250,000 additional voters this time around, nearly two of three were unaffiliated.

N.C. Supreme Court: Election Districts Pass Constitutional Muster PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 December 2014 06:34

RALEIGH, (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the boundary lines for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats.

A majority on the state's highest court ruled Friday that a three-judge panel was correct last year to determine the lines were lawful under the state and federal constitutions. Two justices disagreed.

The Republican-led state legislature approved the maps in 2011. U.S. Justice Department attorneys signed off on the maps, but election and civil rights advocacy groups and Democratic voters sued, arguing the boundaries are racial gerrymanders that cluster black voters in districts to benefit Republicans.

GOP leaders and their lawyers called the districts lawful and designed to protect the state from legal claims under the Voting Rights Act.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 06:35
Poll: 51% Of North Carolinians Have Unfavorable View Of Hillary Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 December 2014 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Conventional wisdom says former Sen. Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite of Democrats to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee. But a Clinton nomination could prove problematic in North Carolina, according to new polling data.

Public Policy Polling reports that 51 percent of North Carolinians have an unfavorable view of the former secretary of state. Just 41 percent have a favorable view.

North Carolina could be a squeaker state again in 2016.

When asked who they would vote for in a race between Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who this week announced he's forming a presidential exploratory committee, the two were tied at 46 to 46.

Full poll results are available at publicpolicypolling.com


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