Robin Hayes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on charges filed against the North Carolina Republican Party chairman and a big-time donor (all times local):

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, an insurance magnate and two of his associates are facing federal charges for a plan to shower the state's top insurance regulator with campaign contributions to ensure special business treatment, a criminal indictment unsealed Tuesday said.

A new report from the left-leaning group Democracy North Carolina alleges that former governor Pat McCrory's campaign and the state Republican Party generated "false charges" of voter fraud in last November's election.  In the report released Tuesday, the group says Republicans engaged in a "coordinated legal and publicity crusade to disrupt and potentially corrupt" the election process.

The votes are still being tallied in North Carolina's governor's race.  Governor Pat McCrory trails Roy Cooper by more than 6,000 votes. McCrory's campaign has disputed results in 52 counties alleging voter fraud. We wanted to ask the McCrory campaign about its complaints, but no one from the campaign responded to WFAE's interview requests. However, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes did and spoke to All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

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Former NC Supreme Court Associate Justice and Republican Robert Orr of western North Carolina doubled down on his criticisms of Donald Trump after earlier comments angered NC GOP leaders.  In an extensive interview with WCQS, Orr called the Republican presidential nominee "dangerous" and "unqualified to be president," echoing his earlier remarks to reporters that led to him leaving the Republican National Convention early.

For seven generations members of the Wallenda family have pulled off incredible tightrope performances.

They've walked between skyscrapers, over Niagara Falls—and even the Grand Canyon—without a safety net. 

Republicans from Cherokee to Corolla gathered for their state convention this past weekend. There were no high-wire stunts in Greensboro at the state convention this weekend. But there was certainly a balancing act. 

This Friday and Saturday North Carolina Republicans will gather in Greensboro for their party’s state convention. With Wednesday’s news that Donald Trump is now the de facto Republican nominee we now know there will be no fight over delegates. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some drama. Last week, the Republican Executive Committee ousted the party’s Chairman Hasan Harnett and elected Robin Hayes in his place. It’s been seen by some as the establishment striking back against a grass roots supported anti-establishment Chairman.

On May 4, WFAE’s Tom Bullock interviewed Hayes and has this report.


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Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes is back as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party after GOP activists removed Hasan Harnett from the post for misconduct.  A majority of voting members of the party's Executive Committee Saturday in Raleigh elected Hayes over two other candidates to serve out Harnett's term through the middle of next year.  Hayes served as chairman from mid-2011 to mid-2013, a period of great success for the party as it expanded its advantages in the legislature and Pat McCrory became the first GOP governor in 20 years.