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  Dowless, subpoenaed to appear before federal grand jury, leaves without testifying

  State elections board referred case of vote buying. Local DA said there wasn’t even enough evidence to investigate.

  Charlotte Council takes turns from meeting to visit community gatherings and protests

  NCGOP Executive Director Woodhouse to leave job in June

  Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

  NC lawmakers propose ridesharing bill to decrease impersonators, increase safety

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  Feds, US Attorney uncovers nearly $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme dubbed ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

Mecklenburg Young Republican Chairman, political consultant calls for NCGOP Chairman Hayes to resign

  Cross-Charlotte Trail budget shortfall discussed months before public update

  NCGOP reorganizes leadership 24 hours after Chairman indicted

NC Sheriffs’ Association opposes bill forcing cooperation with ICE

  NCGOP Chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probe

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

Robin Hayes announces he will not seek re-election as NC GOP Chair

The North Carolina Republican Party will be electing a new chairman for the first time in since 2016 after the current chair, Robin Hayes, announced that he would be stepping down from the position in June.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Council debates affordable housing while crowd argues on immigration

The community focus is still on the North Carolina ICE raids from last month as people representing both sides of the debate filled Charlotte City Council chambers Monday.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

  Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke holds meet and greet in Rock Hill

  New NC bill would update sexual assault laws prompted by Charlotte woman’s experience

  Former Rep. Rodney Moore, indicted in campaign finance probe, turns self in to police

  Lawmakers moving quickly to lure Panthers to South Carolina

Robert Pittenger retracts criticism of Dan Bishop after Bishop threatens to sue

Former U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger retracted emailed comments about fellow Republican Dan Bishop — and acknowledged the comments were false — Tuesday night after Bishop threatened to sue.

VP Mike Pence coming to SC to campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Carolina to help Senator Lindsey Graham kick off his 2020 re-election campaign, officials announced Monday.

  Ex-Rep. Rodney Moore indicted on charges involving unreported campaign contributions

Last October, the state elections board unanimously found that Moore failed to report contributions over at least seven years. Investigators had to subpoena his bank records after Moore failed to provide them.

For $525, you can have a Bible possibly signed by Donald Trump

The listing says it comes with a certificate of authenticity, though that is not shown in the accompanying photographs.

  NC House bill would require sheriffs cooperate with ICE on immigration detainers

Recently some sheriffs, like Garry McFadden in Mecklenburg County, ended their voluntary cooperation with ICE’s 287g program - meaning they no longer check inmates’ immigration status. Some lawmakers have a problem with that.

  Filing for NC-09 over with 10 Republican candidates, McCready sole Democrat

The election comes after the State Board of Elections voted unanimously in favor of a new election after a hearing on election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County.

Dan Bishop, Matthew Ridenhour file to run in 9th district race

State Sen. Dan Bishop, who represents a southeast Charlotte district, and former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour filled out paperwork to declare their candidacy.

NC bill would require local sheriffs cooperate with ICE detainers

Along with compelling sheriffs to honor and fulfill ICE detainer requests, the bill also makes it unlawful for any county to prohibit ICE officials from performing duties in local facilities.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

  Federal investigators seeking a decade’s worth of information, documents in NC-9 probe

Federal investigators are seeking documents dating back as far as the 2008 election, according to a copy of the grand jury subpoena sent to McCrae Dowless.

  Federal investigators issue subpoenas in NC-9 investigation

The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas for a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Cooper elevates Court of Appeals judge to Supreme Court

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has added a sixth Democrat to the seven-member state Supreme Court

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

  CLT Council held secret immigration committee meeting, conflicts with open meeting law

North Carolina Open Meeting Laws require the council advertise a meeting to the public any time more than two members are meeting.

NC bill aims to arm educators, create ‘teacher resource officer’ position

The bill authorizes up to 3,000 teacher resource officers, who would go through basic law enforcement training, have the ability to make arrests and receive a 5-percent increase in pay.

  Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

Two women have now been arrested on election-related crimes connected to the investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

  Hospitals group pushes back on NC Treasurer’s proposal to change healthcare reimbursement

A proposal from North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell to change the way in which the State Health Plan pays for medical treatment for state employees and retirees is getting push back from the organization that represents hospitals in the Tar Heel State.

  Insurance commissioner recorded meeting with donor, NCGOP chairman for FBI investigation

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey made a secret recording of a meeting he attended along with a wealthy donor and the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, according to two sources with knowledge the meeting or the contents of the recording.

Governor Roy Cooper proposes teacher pay raise, affordable housing in two year budget

The budget allocates $25.2 billion in education, job training, healthcare, economic development and public safety without raising taxes or establishing new fees.

  Former Meck County commissioner announces candidacy in new election for NC-09

Matthew Ridenhour, the former Mecklenburg County Commisioner who lost his re-election bid last November, has announced that he will be running for the NC-09 Congressional seat.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

WBTV among media coalition seeking to unseal search warrants in NC-9 investigation

A coalition of more than a dozen media outlets, including WBTV, has filed a petition seeking to unseal three search warrants that have been filed by the Wake County District Attorney as part of the criminal investigation into voting irregularities in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

Charlotte mayor to meet with President Trump at White House Wednesday

Mayor Lyles is the only city mayor on the 27-member Board, which consists of CEO’s, company presidents and governors. The Board is co-chaired by Ivanka Trump and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

  Dowless makes court appearance as election investigators meet with prosecutor

McCrae Dowless made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning, in a proceeding that took place without any public notice.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  2 local politicians announce they’re not running for NC-9 house seat

Two local politicians announced Sunday that they will not be entering the race for the house seat in North Carolina’s 9th district.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

  EXCLUSIVE: McCrae Dowless, key figure in NC-9 election fraud case, speaks to WBTV after release from jail

Dowless’s attorney allowed a WBTV reporter to ask him two questions after he was released from jail Thursday.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

  Union County commissioner ready to run for NC-09 seat after receiving endorsement from Mark Harris

Tuesday night Stony Rushing became one of the first candidates to announce he would be running in the upcoming special election for North Carolina’s Ninth District Congressional Election.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

  Bladen Co. Improvement Association President says he was tipped off about absentee ballot investigation

In an exclusive interview with WBTV, BCIA President Horace Munn says he received the tip before the 2018 primary

  Mark Harris announces he will not run in NC District 9 special election

Harris, who was the unofficial winner of the 9th District election in November, made the announcement just days after a four-day hearing into alleged election fraud held by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

Sen. Tillis says he’ll vote to block President Trump’s emergency declaration

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he’ll vote to block President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration at the border with Mexico, becoming the second Senate Republican to do so.

  NC Democrats pledge to support Bladen Improvement Association

The Bladen County Improvement Association was brought up time and time again at the 9th Congressional District election hearings.

  Former Gov. Pat McCrory won’t run in District 9. He’s focused on two other big NC races.

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not run in the District 9 race. McCrory made the announcement Monday morning on the WBT News radio show, answering a question on the minds of many.

Judge strikes down NC voter ID law OK’d by voters

The judge sided Friday with the state NAACP, which argued last year’s edition of the General Assembly that voted to put amendments to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot was illegally constituted due to racially gerrymandered districts.

  Sealed search warrants show SBI sought bank, phone records of McCrae Dowless in NC-9 investigation

Two sealed search warrants filed by Wake County District Attorney Lorin Freeman and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are providing the first clues as to the nature of the criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

  Democrat Dan McCready running for special election in NC09

In a rally Friday afternoon, Democrat Dan McCready announced that he will be running for the special election in NC09 following the North Carolina Board of Election vote Thursday to hold a new election.

What’s next for NC-09 election?

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will start considering dates for the new 9th Congressional district election at their next meeting.

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

On the fourth day of the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing, the board voted unanimously to hold a new election in the 9th District. Prior to the vote, Republican Mark Harris said he believes there should be a new election.

  ‘It’s clear the public’s confidence in the election has been undermined’: Mark Harris calls for new NC-9 election

In stunning fashion Republican Mark Harris called for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.