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1st female Senate majority leader elected in N. Carolina

Nov. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans picked Sen. Kathy Harrington on Monday to be the next majority leader, putting a woman in that position for the first time since the chamber created it over 40 years ago. Harrington, entering her sixth term from Gaston County, was elected unanimously...

North Carolina Senate Democrats pick leadership for session

Nov. 25, 2020 10:42 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrats in North Carolina's state Senate have returned four lawmakers to leadership positions for the upcoming session after the GOP defended its majorities in both chambers of the legislature. The Democratic Caucus announced in a news release Tuesday that it had held a virtual...

FILE - President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C.  North Carolina Democrats were hoping this November they would break the backs of Republicans, who, after dominating state politics for much of the past decade, saw their power erode in the 2016 and 2018 elections.
Instead, state Democrats had little to tout after Election Day beyond Gov. Roy Cooper’s close yet expected reelection, a narrow victory for Attorney General Josh Stein, and picking up two U.S. House seats largely handed to them by redistricting in 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FILE)

Trump turnout helps N. Carolina GOP block Democratic advance

Nov. 21, 2020 8:21 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats were hoping this November they would break the backs of Republicans, who after dominating state politics for much of the past decade saw their power erode in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Instead, state Democrats had little to tout after Election Day beyond...

Berger chief of staff Tripp leaving for UNC post

Nov. 19, 2020 6:10 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chief of staff for North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger is stepping down to take a position within the University of North Carolina system. Thursday's announcement that Andrew Tripp will become the system's general counsel and a senior vice president comes a day after House...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2013 file photo, the Honorable Paul Newby addresses those in attendance before Susan Martin (R-Wilson) takes the oath of office for the North Carolina House of Representatives, in Wilson, N.C. Candidates in North Carolina's yet-decided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general awaited final official results on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, from several counties, two of which had to adjust previous tallies due to administrative errors.  Current Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Newby, the senior associate justice, remained in an extremely close election. A statewide recount in the race was likely as hundreds of votes separated the two from nearly 5.4 million counted.  (Brad Coville/The Wilson Times via AP, File)

N.C. chief justice race still tight as counties finish count

Nov. 16, 2020 9:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Candidates in North Carolina's still-undecided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general awaited final official results from just a few remaining locales. Two counties on Monday already adjusted previous tallies due to administrative errors. Current Chief Justice...

House Speaker Tim Moore speaks as Gov. Roy Cooper looks on during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response Monday, May 4, 2020 at the NC Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

Moore poised to win record-tying fourth term as N.C. speaker

Nov. 16, 2020 6:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incoming North Carolina House Republicans in a meeting Monday formally backed Speaker Tim Moore to lead their chamber for another two years, a result of the GOP expanding their majority in the Nov. 3 election. Moore, a Kings Mountain attorney, will be the nominee of the House...

Close race for N.C. chief justice likely headed to recount

Nov. 13, 2020 6:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The election to lead North Carolina's judicial branch was likely headed for a recount after county tallies reported Friday showed an extremely close race between current state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Paul Newby. The canvassed results from nearly all...

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, joined by his wife Kristin, reacts after being declared winner over Republican Dan Forest in the governor's race in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Cooper on election results: 'There is a lot of status quo'

Nov. 5, 2020 4:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference on Thursday that he will continue to push forward with his goal of expanding Medicaid at a time when voters decided to maintain GOP control of both chambers of the Legislature. “There is a lot of status quo, but I do think...

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, left, R-Cleveland, speaks to reporters, with Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Majority Leader John Bell, right, R-Wayne, at a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at state GOP headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., to discuss Election Day results (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson).

Republicans retain power in states despite Democratic push

Nov. 4, 2020 7:06 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a costly and intense political battle for control of state capitols, the composition of state legislatures and governors' offices will look a lot like it did before Tuesday's elections. That means Republicans will again control significantly more states than Democrats,...

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, left, R-Cleveland, speaks to reporters, with Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Majority Leader John Bell, right, R-Wayne, at a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at state GOP headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., to discuss Election Day results (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson).

NC Republicans celebrate preserving legislative majorities

Nov. 4, 2020 6:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday celebrated hanging on to their majorities in both General Assembly chambers after withstanding a massive effort by Democrats locally and nationally to wrest control before the next round of state and congressional redistricting. Republicans have...