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Primary Opens For Congressional and Supreme Court Seats PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 18 March 2016 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Just when you thought it was over, it's time for candidate filing again. This time the filing relates to congressional races and a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Congressional primaries were not held on March 15 due to a federal court ruling that said the elections lines for districts 1 and 12 were not legal due to being drawn with race in mind. The General Assembly redrew lines and have submitted the new map to the court for approval.

In the meantime, filing under the newly drawn lines has begun and continues through March 25.

A Supreme Court seat is included due to a separate ruling that struck down the General Assembly's move to put the seat up for a retention election, meaning voters would give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the sitting Justice, Bob Edmunds.

Because of the ruling, candidates can file for that seat and voters will choose between in November. If more than two file, there will be primary in June to cut the field to two.

 
Council of State General Election Match-Ups PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 05:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following Tuesday's primary election, candidates for Council of State offices now know who they'll be facing in November.

Key match-ups are as follows. The asterisk denotes an incumbent.

GOVERNOR
Pat McCrory (R)*
Roy Cooper (D)
Lon Cecil (L)

LT. GOVERNOR
Dan Forest (R)*
Linda Coleman (D)
J.J. Summerell

ATTORNEY GENERAL (Open Seat)
Josh Stein (D)
Buck Newton (R)

SECRETARY OF STATE
Elaine Marshall (D)*
Michael LaPaglia

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
June Atkinson (D)*
Mark Johnson (R)

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Wayne Goodwin (D)*
Mike Causey (R)

COMMISSIONER OF LABOR
Cherie Berry (R)*
Charles Meeker (D)

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
Steve Troxler (R)*
Walter Smith (D)

TREASURER (Open Seat)
Dan Blue III (D)

 
Gov. McCrory To Infrastructure Bond Supporters: Thank You PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 05:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - One day following an overwhelming victory at the polls for a $2 billion infrastructure bond package, its chief champion, Gov. Pat McCrory, lauded North Carolinians for their vision and support of infrastructure improvements.

“The people of North Carolina sent a strong message to the nation that working together can make a difference,” he said. “This was a bi-partisan effort with Republicans and Democrats from the mountains to the coast, both in the legislative and executive branches, coming together to accomplish something that will have a significant impact for the next generation.”
 
The governor made stops at Jordan Lake State Park, North Carolina A&T University, and Central Piedmont Community College.

The bond passed 2 to 1.

Project funding can be found at connect.nc.gov.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2016 05:17
 
Pat McCrory To Face Roy Cooper For Top Job in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:15

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory won his primary easily Tuesday, setting up a fall matchup with Democrat Roy Cooper, who also had no problem vanquishing his primary rivals.

McCrory pulled 82 percent of the Republican votes, with Robert Brawley accounting for nearly 11 percent  and Charles Kenneth Moss just over 7 percent.

Cooper's race was closer. Former Durham state legislator Ken Spaulding took 31 percent of Democratic votes to Cooper's 69 percent.

Libertarian Lon Cecil is also on  the November ballot.

National pundits have speculated that North Carolina's gubernatorial race will be the most watched in the country. North Carolina Democrats view it as an opportunity to regain some power following the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections that ensured their minority status in the state.

Republicans see the race as a referendum on the fiscal reforms put in place by the governor.

 
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