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There was at least one big upset in North Carolina congressional primaries Tuesday: incumbent Robert Pittenger lost a close race to Republican Mark Harris, a challenger he beat by only 134 votes two years ago.

With no statewide race on the ballot, this year’s North Carolina primary a relatively sleepy affair that drew light voter turnout statewide. But several state House and Senate races ended up raising eyebrows.

On the whole, Republicans have outraised Democrats in North Carolina's 13 federal House races, but Democrats are still hoping to flip a few seats come November.

A Raleigh-based government relations expert has been chosen to lead North Carolina’s community college system. The last president resigned after a little more than a year on the job.

With President Donald Trump’s approval rating low, Democrats nationwide are hoping midterm elections will trigger a blue wave this year that will change the balance of power in Congress. Some political observers believe that wave could wash over some North Carolina districts, including the 2nd, where three Democrats are battling for the chance to replace incumbent Republican George Holding.

Duane Hall stands behind a large wooden desk on the second floor of his law office in downtown Raleigh. The Governor’s Mansion is visible out the window. That’s where Hall used to shoot baskets with his friend, Governor Roy Cooper, and where he proposed to his now fiancé last December. It doesn’t feel so close anymore. These days Representative Hall is, perhaps, the loneliest man in North Carolina politics.

Democrats suing Republican legislative leaders over a law canceling judicial primaries this year subpoenaed records from the North Carolina GOP, which, this week, turned up memos outlining the state Republican Party's strategy targeting political opponents.

North Carolina teachers are expected to get a raise of $891 this year, on average, which would bump the state up two spots when compared to other states.

Susan Roberts, political science professor at Davidson College, joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

Roberts teaches about the presidency and offers her thoughts on what makes Donald Trump both unique, and similar to other commanders-in-chief. She also makes a bold prediction for the next speaker of the U.S. House, and shares which team she will be rooting for.

Denver Post reporter John Frank joins this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast to discuss the findings of a new independent report about sexual harassment at Colorado's Capitol.

Patrick Woodie is President and CEO of the NC Rural Center, and is nearly complete with an 80-county road trip across the state.

He sits down for this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast to discuss broadband, healthcare, and improving the quality of life in our state's rural regions.

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Politics Reporter Rusty Jacobs sits down with Meredith College Political Science Professor David McLennan, who also directs Meredith Poll.

The two talk about the races for U.S. Congress in North Carolina that are most likely to be competitive in next month’s primary, and this fall’s general election.

On this week’s review of the week in North Carolina politics: high school students and legislators are on different tracks when it comes to school safety; California billionaire Tom Steyer announces he’ll put $1 million into efforts to flip North Carolina’s 9th District; and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest says conservatives have faith in God, while liberals answer to no higher power than politics.

Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, and Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, discuss those topics and more with WUNC Political Reporter Rusty Jacobs.

Teachers in Arizona are protesting for higher pay, while Kentucky educators rallied at their state capitol this Friday. The same day, Oklahoma teachers ended a 9-day walkout, rivaling the length of time West Virginia teachers left their classrooms last month. Distressed teachers seeking higher pay and better funding for education have created a movement in red states, leaving some to wonder, will North Carolina teachers join in next?

North Carolina isn’t rich in coal, natural gas or oil deposits, but it has more hogs than nearly any other state. And for many years, people have been trying to figure out a way to turn hog waste into electricity.

Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

North Carolina's farmers are nervous. As an all-out trade war with China looms on the horizon, it's North Carolina's agriculture industry that could bear the brunt.

China issued the latest shot in a looming trade war this week, announcing it would increase tariffs on pork products. That decision could have an impact on farmers in eastern North Carolina counties. In an unrelated swine development, a series of nuisance lawsuits were back in federal court.

China's tariffs on American goods could dip into North Carolina's pork exports.

The State Board of Education will vote this week on an operator for the first school in the state's Innovative School District, and the recommended contender's board of directors includes a former legislator who sponsored the bill to create the new district.

It was a relatively mundane week in North Carolina Politics - with good news for the Green Party, an ongoing messaging battle over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and some new details in the Cambridge Analytica saga.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, with NC Policy Watch, discuss some of this week's stories with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

The Green Party has become North Carolina's fourth official political party thanks to a new law offering more options to qualify, giving more candidate choices to some voters this fall.

Crews are already cutting trees in Northampton and Robeson counties to make way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the 600-mile-long delivery system that will carry natural gas from West Virginia, across Virginia, and through North Carolina. The pipeline will cut an eight-county, 200-mile-long path across the Tar Heel State with supporters and opponents all along the route.

Bob Orr is a former justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. These days, he is an advocate for college athletes, remains passionate about constitutional law, and has been reading about Reconstruction-era history.

Orr, a one-time gubernatorial candidate, discusses those topics, as well as firearms and the likelihood of a 'blue wave' on the latest edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

For the first time since 2016, North Carolina has a state board of elections. The nine-member panel was seated on Wednesday.

Also this week, questions emerged about money that the 2014 Thom Tillis U.S. Senate campaign spent on Cambridge Analytica. And, a proposals for new gun regulations was rolled out by Democrats, who called the issue non-partisan.

Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, with NC Policy Watch, discuss some of this week's stories with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

 

The North Carolina General Assembly’s answer to the Parkland shooting and a still-simmering national conversation about school safety began Wednesday with a legislative committee. The House Select Committee on School Safety met for the first time to discuss measures to keep public school students safe.

State regulators are testing fish from a privately-owned lake near the Chemours plant in Bladen County for the presence of GenX, the latest regulatory response to increasing questions about the risks posed by this emerging contaminant.

A new report from the left-leaning NC Justice Center has found that schools in the state have become slightly more segregated in the past decade. The report Stymied by Segregation found that the number of racially or economically isolated schools has gone up in that time.

On this week's WUNC Politics Podcast, Colin Campbell of the NC Insider sits down for a conversation about writing his weekly column, an ongoing feud over the state board of elections, and harassment protocols at the General Assembly.

He and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii also talk beer on boats, and a little NCAA Basketball.

Duke Energy has committed $500,000 to help replace inefficient wood-burning stoves in Western North Carolina.

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