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Fjeld-Walker Debate

In their first debate Thursday, 6th Congressional District candidates Laura Fjeld and Mark Walker touted their bipartisan support while voicing strong criticism of each other and President Barack Obama.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:15:31

FEC Complaint

The North Carolina Democratic party director has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission about the campaign of Mark Walker, the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:14:42

Tillis Shift

In last spring's Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. But this week Tillis struck a different note.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:13:53

Early Voting

Registered voters who can't wait until Election Day to decide on U.S. Senate and down-ballot races now have the opportunity to vote in person across North Carolina.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:12:47

Voter Verification

The State Board of Elections expects to find out by Friday how many of the nearly 10,000 names flagged as possible ineligible voters belong to people who apparently are not U.S. citizens, elections officials said Thursday.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:12:02

Gay Marriage

The backlash against the gay marriage court ruling picked up force this week with a leading legislator proposing to exempt government officials from attending to same-sex couples and protests in Raleigh on Thursday that religious liberty is under siege.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:11:14

Negative Ads

This will come as no surprise to anyone in North Carolina with a TV set, but last week the state had more negative campaign ads than anywhere in the country, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:10:14

Hagan Votes

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan voted with President Barack Obama 99 percent of the time in 2014, or 118 out of 119 votes where Obama had a position (disagreeing only over a Pennsylvania judge), Congressional Quarterly senior writer Shawn Zeller reports.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:09:29

Tillis Campaign

Mitt Romney is planning to come to North Carolina to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:08:47

Civitas Poll

Republican challenger Thom Tillis had a "slender edge" over Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in the most recent poll by the conservative Civitas Institute, which was released Thursday.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:08:00

Immigration Billboards

Two billboards in Spanish have gone up criticizing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on immigration, one in Raleigh and another in Durham, backed by a coalition of Latino families.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:06:04

Charter Rules

All General Assembly candidates in Southeastern North Carolina support holding charter schools to the same public disclosure standards as traditional public schools.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:05:04

Supreme Court

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis of Southport is challenging N.C. Supreme Court Senior Judge Mark Martin of Apex for the nonpartisan seat of state Supreme Court chief justice.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:04:19

Growth Forecast

Growth in the national economy should accelerate in the months ahead, a panel of commercial real estate experts said Thursday, and Charlotte, Raleigh and other Sun Belt cities stand to grow faster.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:03:28

Fast Train

Instead of wishing for the $4 billion they would need to build a fast-train shortcut between Raleigh and Richmond, leaders from North Carolina and Virginia want to find a less costly way to start rolling sooner with slower trains and build up speed later.

MODIFIED: 10/23/14 23:02:45

YOU DON’T SAY...

"There's no question it's a flip-flop, and in my view one that's long overdue."
Jonathan Oberlander, associate professor of health policy administration at UNC-Chapel Hill, on House Speaker Thom Tillis' recent statement that Medicaid expansion should be reconsidered.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/24/14
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