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  Governor Cooper urges business leaders to join him in his battle with lawmakers

Cooper and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster spoke at the retreat about cooperation and collaboration to help the business growth in the Charlotte region.

Trump jubilant in tweet blitz over NC victories, calls it ‘big night’ for Republicans

  Dan McCready loses special election for NC-9 house seat

  Exclusive: President Donald Trump speaks to WBTV about Dorian, elections and the RNC

Vice President Mike Pence visits Wingate University, pulls for Dan Bishop in last minute push for congressional seat

McCready campaign keeps things small in contrast to big visit from Trump

Former SC Governor Mark Sanford releases official presidency statement

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  NC court issues ruling for state legislative district maps to be redrawn

North Carolina judges toss districts drawn for GOP advantage

  Former Vice President Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Rock Hill

  A tale of two Dans: Bishop, McCready go toe-to-toe in NC-9 debate

  Charlotte City Council, 9th District candidates face off in live debates

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is coming to Rock Hill. Here’s what we know

  Here’s where to vote early for 9th District, Charlotte city elections starting Wednesday

Voting starts for the 9th Congressional District special election to fill a seat that will have been vacant for nine months.

  Charlotte teen to present resolution against gerrymandering to council

Lily Kubala, 17, says, a school government class and some research into world-wide democracies has made her see holes in the one around her.

Former unaffiliated voter back on election board as Democrat

Cooper said Wednesday that Damon Circosta of Raleigh will fill the vacancy created by Bob Cordle's departure.

In NC 9th District, Bishop and McCready differ on last weekend’s mass shootings

Along with two third-party candidates, Bishop and McCready are running in the special Sept. 10 election to fill the seat that’s been vacant since January. They reacted to the weekend shootings that took the lives of at least 31 people.

  Meck Commissioners warned about conducting business over email

  RNC unveils logo for 2020 convention, dodges questions on Charlotte City Council

  Elections board meets to decide future of voting days after chairman’s abrupt resignation

  Dowless, associates turn themselves in on new charges as attorney questions timing of indictment

  NC Board of Elections Chairman resigns, apologizes for joke at elections conference

  McCrae Dowless, associates face new charges in NC-9 election fraud investigation

Feds seize nearly $1.5 million from accounts of PAC tied to mega-donor indicted in political bribery case

The FBI seized nearly $1.5 million from a political action committee tied to mega-donor Greg Lindberg, who was indicted in April on charges related to an alleged political bribery scheme.

  ‘Backlog’ at state level allows elected officials to violate campaign rules with impunity

Hundreds of candidates and elected officials in local office have been able to violate campaign rules without ever being penalized by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Settlement expands transgender restroom rights in N Carolina

A federal judge has approved a legal settlement allowing transgender people to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.

  City council votes on resolution condemning hate speech after Trump rally in North Carolina

This resolution is in response to chants at a recent President Trump support rally in Greenville, N.C.

  Mayor Lyles: Charlotte won’t ‘tolerate’ Trump rally ‘send her back’ chants at RNC 2020

Her statement was in response to “send her back” chants from the crowd at a rally for President Donald Trump in Greenville, NC on Wednesday.

  NCGA budget has millions in earmarks for parks, water infrastructure in mostly Republican districts

A study of earmarks for local park projects and water and sewer infrastructure improvements included in the budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly found 91 percent of the earmarked money is slated to go to Republican districts if the current budget were to become law.

Former Congressman, SC Gov. Mark Sanford mulling run for president

Former Congressman and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is considering a run against Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020.

Senator Thom Tillis introduces Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, Meck Co. Sheriff responds

According to the press release, the proposed legislation creates a private right of civil action for the victims of sanctuary jurisdictions, allowing them to bring an action for compensatory damages against the sanctuary jurisdiction as a result of a violent crime committed by an illegal immigrant.

  Judge denies Meck GOP restraining order request against county commissioners

Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Chris Turner filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against county commissioners claiming that they violated open meeting laws by emailing and discussing budget amendments in private instead of talking about them in a public meeting.

Hearing set for Monday in Meck GOP lawsuit against county commission over budget process

Mecklenburg GOP claims county commissioners violated open meetings laws during the FY2020 budget process and that the budget should be put on hold because of it.

  Mecklenburg commissioners put quarter cent sales tax on ballot

If passed by voters, the new sales tax would generate roughly $50 million in revenue with $22.5 million going to arts and culture.

Republicans sue Meck County Commissioners over budget transparency

WBTV uncovered several emails between commissioners showing that some of them made motions, suggestions and asked questions before the budget amendment vote in May.

  Supreme Court upholds NC congressional maps in partisan gerrymandering case

The United States Supreme Court upheld congressional maps drawn by the North Carolina General Assembly in a ruling announced Thursday, capping a years-long fight.

  Charlotte becomes the first city in U.S. to sign immigration compact

Charlotte City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass an immigration compact, becoming the first city government in the U.S. to adopt this statement of support for the city’s immigrants.

Trump endorses North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis

President Donald Trump has endorsed North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, handing a significant political asset to the first-term Republican senator seeking reelection next year in the closely divided state.

  Dozens pack Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting to support proposed sales tax referendum that would benefit arts programs

Several people at the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday waned to show their support for arts programs in Charlotte.

  City staffers knew about Cross Charlotte Trail budget months before manager, council and public

New emails obtained by WBTV raise questions about whether some staff members attempted to “hide” information about the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) from the manager’s office.

  NC House reinstates Hurricane Recovery Committee as new reports find improper spending of relief funds

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the re-reinstatement of the Hurricane Recovery Committee on Tuesday, just one day after a second report found questionable spending of money intended to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

  Charlotte city council unanimously passes FY2020 budget

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles took the opportunity to thank the budget staff and commented how rare it was to have such widespread support for the budget.

  Mecklenburg Co. Commissioners Chairman blasts fellow commissioner, media after being questioned on open meetings violation

The chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners opened Tuesday’s night’s meeting with a monologue that attacked a fellow commissioner and local media after questions surfaced about whether the commissioners violated state open meetings laws in discussing changes to the county’s budget

Ala. mayor posts apology after defending social media comments on killing LGBTQ people and Democrats

The mayor claims he erroneously posted the comment publicly and that it was meant to be a private message between he and a friend.

  Proposed noise ordinance attracts controversy in Charlotte council meeting

An anti-abortion group is opposing a proposed new noise ordinance that could impact the protests they often hold in front of A Preferred Women's Health Clinic on Latrobe Drive.

  New emails show more private budget wrangling by county commissioners

Questions for the commissioners began earlier this week after Commissioner Pat Cotham revealed an email sent from Chairman George Dunlap to the commissioners outlining the agreed-upon amendments that would be made to the budget.

  Bishop frequently absent from senate while campaigning for NC-9 seat

State Senator Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) has missed a majority of votes on bills, motions and amendments during the 2019 session, records show, as he campaigns for a seat in Congress.

  NC elections board member criticizes chairman, selection process for new director

North Carolina State Board of Elections member Ken Raymond is not happy with the process that led to Karen Brinson Bell being hired as the agency’s new executive director.

  Meck BOCC Chairman touts transparency, then declines to answer questions on budget

Just minutes after touting how transparent the county commission’s budget process was, Mecklenburg BOCC Chairman George Dunlap refused to answer basic questions about commissioners’ budget adjustment requests.

  Big week for budgets and taxpayers in Mecklenburg County

On the heels of a huge readjustment in property values by the property appraiser all eyes were on Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones to see what their budgets would mean for local taxpayers.

  Tillis skipped Senate VA Committee hearing to attend fundraiser in Greensboro

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) missed a hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last week to attend a fundraiser in Greensboro.

NC Senate budget to fund testing of old rape kits

The budget set to be released by the North Carolina Senate next week will include money to test all untested sexual assault kits across the state, according to a source with knowledge of the budget, who asked not to be named to discuss legislation that had not yet been released.

  Police training remains intact, council salaries unmoved after Charlotte budget talks

After WBTV Investigates reported on some Charlotte council members exploring whether they could increase their salary by cutting CMPD crisis intervention training, council sought a massive course correction and clarification of what their intentions were.

  Vice President Pence visits Charlotte for RNC 2020 kickoff event

Vice President Mike Pence will attend the 2020 Republican National Convention kickoff in Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a day-long trip to the state that includes stops in Monroe and Greensboro.

  Prosecutors accuse suspended Chester Co Sheriff of trying to intimidate witnesses in federal criminal case

Federal prosecutors accused now-suspended Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood was having contacted witnesses in his criminal case in an attempt to intimidate them.

  Chester Co. Council votes to file ethics complaint against County Supervisor over undisclosed raise for now-suspended sheriff

The Chester County Council voted unanimously to file an ethics complaint against County Supervisor Shane Stuart at its meeting Tuesday night.

McCready, Bishop work to define which ‘Dan’ is best for District 9

It turned into an afternoon of each Dan trying to label the other.

  Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

  NC elections board appoints Karen Brinson Bell as new director

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is expected to name Karen Brinson Bell as its next director when it meets by telephone Monday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the board’s plans.

  Internal poll is latest to show Bishop leading NC-9 Republican primary

An internal poll obtained by WBTV shows Dan Bishop with a commanding lead in the Republican primary race for the 9th Congressional District.

  Charlotte city manager proposes revenue neutral property tax rate

Charlotte city council members were pleased when City Manager Marcus Jones proposed a revenue neutral property tax rate of 34.81 cents per $100.

  Charlotte council question response, show support for officers after release of complete body-camera video

Of particular concern to some council members was the apparent lack of medical assistance or attention officers gave Franklin after he was shot.

  Early voting sites open in 9th District primary for US House

Early-voting sites open on Wednesday through May 10 in the 9th congressional district's eight counties. Six counties have just one early-voting site open on weekdays during regular business hours. Mecklenburg County has seven sites.

  Despite wet travel weather, Kamala Harris makes it to town hall event at Winthrop University

While United States Senator Kamala Harris had trouble getting to her town hall event at Winthrop University Friday night, she was still greeted with a warm welcome by the crowd that came to see her.

Dan McCready returns campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar

A spokesperson for McCready says he has returned a $2,000 donation from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

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

McCrae Dowless showed up in Raleigh to appear before a federal grand jury on Tuesday but was turned away.

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

A candidate for Lumberton City Council lost her race by one vote in 2015. Records from the NC State Board of Elections show investigators found evidence the woman's opponent had paid three people to vote for him. But the local prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to even investigate.

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

In shifts council members left to go to community meetings about the shooting. Always enough stayed behind so that they could keep quorum at the zoning meeting.

  NCGOP Executive Director Woodhouse to leave job in June

The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, Dallas Woodhouse, will leave his post following the party’s state convention in June.

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

The scheme, entitled “Operation Brace Yourself," has more than 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts and originated in Charleston.

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

The chairman of the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans, who is also a well-known political consultant in the area, called for Robin Hayes to fully step back as leader of the North Carolina Republican Party on Thursday.

  Cross-Charlotte Trail budget shortfall discussed months before public update

Voters have approved $38 million in bonds for the Cross-Charlotte Trail since 2014, including $5 million just this past November. Before last fall's vote staff knew the project had a major funding shortfall.

  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's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

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

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.