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Little-known former Democratic state legislator Deborah Ross is counting on public anger over the GOP political takeover of North Carolina to help her upset two-term U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a victory that could also help hand control of the U.S. Senate back to Democrats.  Despite scant name recognition at the start of the election, Ross has pulled even with Burr in the polls in a state that is split almost evenly ideologically.

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About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said at a news conference Monday that North Carolina appears headed for a "state-government-inflicted recession" while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

Trillium has more than $2 billion in assets under management.

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 The Southern Conference will make a faster decision on whether to pull championships out of North Carolina.

The NCAA announced earlier this week it will move championships out of North Carolina because of a state law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate.

The Atlantic Coast Conference decided Wednesday to pull the football championship out of Charlotte this year for the same reason.

Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino told local media earlier the issue would be discussed in October.

McCrory: Chamber Helped Shape HB2

Sep 8, 2016
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says business lobbyists helped shape a state law limiting protections for LGBT people but that also included employer-friendly provisions banning local minimum wage increases and making it harder for workers to sue for workplace discrimination.

McCrory's assertion contradicts statements by the head of the state's Chamber of Commerce and his aides, who have denied a role in shaping the legislation called House Bill 2.

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In a rare policy address by a vice presidential nominee, Democrat Tim Kaine showcased his own foreign policy expertise Tuesday and painted Donald Trump as clueless and dangerous when it comes to world affairs.

"The prospect of the emotionally volatile, fact-challenged, self-obsessed and inexperienced Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares me to death," Kaine said at a historic USO building in the swing state of North Carolina.

A spokeswoman at Fort Bragg says there have been five travel-related cases of the Zika virus confirmed since June at the North Carolina Army post.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will campaign Thursday at a historically black university in Charlotte.

The campaign said Clinton will speak at noon at a voter registration event at Johnson C. Smith University. Clinton will also hold a private fundraiser in the city that day.

It will be a busy week for politics in North Carolina.

Republican nominee Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday evening at the Greenville Convention Center to discuss immigration.

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to spend $8.1 million on television ads in the North Carolina Senate race, where Republican incumbent Richard Burr is facing a spirited Democratic challenge.

With a goal of keeping the chamber in GOP hands, the Senate Leadership Fund said Thursday that it's reserving ad time starting Sept. 13 in nearly all of the state's TV markets. A nonprofit arm of the fund previously announced $2.5 million in ads praising Burr for efforts to preserve Medicare.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is slated to deliver what Hillary Clinton's campaign calls a "major national security address" next week in North Carolina.

The Clinton campaign announced the speech would occur in Wilmington on Tuesday but didn't immediately have more location details Thursday. A campaign release says the U.S. senator from Virginia would emphasize Clinton's credentials to be commander in chief and her vision to "make America safer and stronger together."

Kaine last visited North Carolina in Asheville for public campaign events two weeks ago.

US High Court Refuses to Reinstate NC Voter ID

Aug 31, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination.

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A national group seeking to elect Democratic governors says Vice President Joe Biden will attend one of its fundraisers next month in North Carolina, where Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.

The Democratic Governors Association confirmed this week that Biden will participate in its Sept. 12 private fundraising event at a Raleigh home. The association considers McCrory's seat the best chance for Democrats to flip a gubernatorial seat that a Republican now holds.

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An exercise to draw North Carolina's congressional boundaries while bypassing political data hopefully will increase interest in "nonpartisan" redistricting and avoid extensive future litigation seen for decades over challenged maps, former state jurists said Monday.

Former state Supreme Court chief justices and other judges from both parties unveiled the districts they drew for North Carolina's 13 seats in the U.S. House using basic population numbers and other guidelines laid out in proposed legislation.

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Abortion-right advocates remain suspicious of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory about protecting access to the procedure and want him to know they're still watching his actions.

The activists say they'll deliver Tuesday to McCrory's office a petition telling him he should stop enacting what they call unnecessary barriers to safe and legal abortions. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is assembling the event.

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Advocacy groups said Monday they will ask an appeals court to expand a favorable ruling on transgender restroom access to cover people across North Carolina.

They filed their notice of appeal after a federal judge's preliminary ruling said two transgender students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses.

Early voting schedules for the fall elections remain unresolved in at least one-quarter of North Carolina's counties following a federal court ruling that struck down key portions of the state's 2013 voter identification and ballot access law.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined Republican legislators acted with discriminatory intent toward black voters when they approved several provisions, including one that reduced the number of early voting days from a maximum of 17 days to ten.

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