Tag: North Carolina

North Carolina Sends Democrats a Wake-Up Call

When it comes to North Carolina politics, there’s not much left to say, and yet there is everything to shout. Last night, rightwing Republican Dan Bishop claimed the 9th District over moderate Democrat Dan McCready in a heavily watched special election for the House of Representatives. The seat remained vacant after the 2018 midterms due […]

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North Carolina Republicans Tricked Democrats on 9/11 Because Otherwise ‘the Terrorists Win’

Turns out 9/11 is no reason to take a holiday from political dirty tricks, at least among North Carolina Republican legislators. While Democrats were attending 9/11 commemoration events on Wednesday, Republican members of the state House called a surprise emergency session — during which they voted to override the Democratic governor’s veto of the state’s […]

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With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Trump’s top advisers claimed credit Wednesday for a Republican’s narrow victory in a special House election in North Carolina the night before, even as Democratic and Republican officials alike said Dan Bishop’s two-point win in a district Mr. Trump easily carried only underscored how the widening urban-rural divide is complicating 2020 […]

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Democrats, Going in Reverse

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party’s performance is moving in the wrong direction. Last year, in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, a young Marine Corps veteran and moderate Democrat named Dan McCready lost a House election by just 0.4 percentage […]

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Republicans Avoided Complete Disaster in North Carolina’s Special Congressional Election

Republicans pulled out a close race for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting what would have been a disastrous outcome in a district they’ve held for six decades. North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop (R) has narrowly defeated Democratic businessman Dan McCready (D) in the state’s ninth district. He led by 51%-49% lead […]

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With the Faithful at Trump’s North Carolina Rally: ‘He Speaks Like Me’

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Rick Myers traveled from central California — 2,861.9 estimated miles, according to a sign he was carrying — to arrive more than seven hours early at President Trump’s rally on Monday. “I wanted to see it for myself,” Mr. Myers said, pointing to the long line of people waiting to enter the […]

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What You Need to Know About North Carolina’s Special Election

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Voters in a Republican-leaning North Carolina congressional district will choose a new representative on Tuesday in a special election that will test President Trump’s clout ahead of 2020 and Democrats’ ability to make inroads with the sort of suburban voters who propelled them to the House majority last year. The polls close […]

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Republican Gerrymander Whiz Had Wider Influence Than Was Known

Thomas B. Hofeller was known in political circles as a master of drawing political districts and using demographic data to further the aims of Republicans. But before his death a year ago, the public record of his work was limited to gerrymandered political maps in North Carolina and a handful of other states, and a […]

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Two Dans, Two Elections, and No Winners

Meet Dan. Dan is in favor of increasing the ballooning military budget. He likes Medicaid expansion, but isn’t so hot on this Medicare-for-all deal. He’s a solar energy entrepreneur, so he’s in favor of proactively tackling climate change, but also maybe wishes that Senator Bernie Sanders would cool it with the talk of nationalizing the […]

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Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.

ImageDan McCready, the Democratic candidate, at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. The district voted for Donald J. Trump by 12 points in 2016. CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times Dan McCready is the kind of candidate who helped Democrats win the House in 2018. He’s a Marine Corps veteran who vowed not […]

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In North Carolina Do-Over Vote, a Reliable Republican District Is Up for Grabs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Dylan’s nasally voice singing of changing times blasted from the speakers and Democratic activists crowded the patio of a craft-beer emporium on Friday as Megan and Christopher Kubala explained why, after a lifetime of ignoring midterm elections, they had just voted to elect the first Democrat since the civil rights era […]

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They Rode Out Dorian in the Outer Banks. Now Comes the Hard Part.

OCRACOKE, N.C. — The baby was playing on the flooded floor again. Jade Lopez scooped up her 11-month-old son, José, and wiped the long black bangs out of his eyes as he showed off a dirty plastic humidifier he had found. It had been just one day since Hurricane Dorian flooded the family’s trailer and […]

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They Survived Dorian but Wonder How Many More Hurricanes They Can Withstand

BURGAW, N.C. — Every other house along the dirt road hugging a stretch of Burgaw Creek sat empty — sold off or abandoned after years of hurricanes and worsening floods. Then there was Elizabeth Rivenbark’s place. After chest-high floodwaters destroyed her home and turned the furnishings to sludge a year ago during Hurricane Florence, she […]

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Hurricane Dorian Rakes the Carolinas and Barrels Northeast: Live Updates

The latest updates: Video The Carolina coast is being hit by heavy rain and strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian on Thursday, while rescue efforts continue in the Bahamas.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times Dorian lashed the Carolinas, causing power losses and flooding. Hurricane Dorian pounded much of the Carolina coast […]

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Hurricane Dorian Becomes a Carolina Problem With a Fierce Lashing of the Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After its deadly rampage across the Bahamas and brush of the Florida coast, Hurricane Dorian pounded the coastal Carolinas on Thursday, sowing fear and worry from the elegant streets of downtown Charleston to the jigsaw-puzzle that is North Carolina’s barrier islands. Though thousands of residents had evacuated the region at the urging […]

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As Disasters Multiply, Billions in Recovery Funds Go Unspent

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in unspent recovery money meant to help Americans recover from disasters, leaving people less able to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Dorian and other storms. As of June 30, the government had spent less than one-third of the $107 billion provided […]

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The Battle Over the Files of a Gerrymandering Mastermind

At the heart of a decisive court ruling on Tuesday striking down North Carolina’s state legislative maps was evidence culled from the computer backups of the man who drew them: Thomas B. Hofeller, the Republican strategist and master of gerrymandering, who died last year. Documents from the backups, which surfaced after his death, were also […]

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Republican Domination of North Carolina Was Just Dealt a Major Blow

A court in North Carolina ruled unanimously on Tuesday that the state’s partisan gerrymander, which kept Republicans in power in the state legislature even as Democrats won popular votes statewide, is illegal. “Voters are not freely choosing their representatives,” a bipartisan panel of three judges wrote in their decision. “Rather, representatives are choosing their voters.” […]

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Three North Carolina Judges Step In Where the Supreme Court Refuses

Three state judges on a North Carolina trial court just did what a majority on the United States Supreme Court said was impossible only a few months ago — apply well-established legal standards to strike down some of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in the country. The state court judges’ 357-page ruling applies to the […]

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Blackbeard’s Ship Heads to Supreme Court in a Battle Over Another Sort of Piracy

WASHINGTON — A little more than 300 years ago, the pirate Blackbeard captured a French merchant vessel, renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge, armed it with 40 cannons and used it to pursue his calling of pillage and plunder. In November, the Supreme Court will consider a case arising from the discovery of the ship’s wreckage […]

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