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No choice, no voice at the ballot box

In the 2014 election, most North Carolinians had no real say in who would represent them in Raleigh.

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North Carolina

In wake of court ruling, good-government supporters call for redistricting reform

The case was the latest in some three dozen court trials around the state's redistricting process since 1980.

Report: 50,000 Voters May Have Been 'Silenced' by N.C. Election Law Changes

Thousands of North Carolinians may have been prevented from voting this fall due to a combination of new voting restrictions and unprepared poll workers.

Beasley Wins N.C. Supreme Court Race After Recount, Concession By Robinson

Incumbent N.C. Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley officially won re-election to her seat on Tuesday after challenger Mike Robinson conceded in the wake of a recount that found Beasley’s Election Day lead hold.

A Tar Heel Political Thanksgiving

Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians alike have reason to be grateful this holiday season.

Rep. Tim Moore Designated As Next N.C. House Speaker

North Carolina House Republicans have chosen Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County as their pick to succeed outgoing Speaker Thom Tillis.

Clintons, Bush Top Popularity Poll in N.C.

Democratic political power couple Bill and Hillary Clinton both enjoy relatively high favorability ratings in North Carolina, as does former Republican president George W. Bush.

North Carolina's Butterfield to Lead Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Butterfield is the second North Carolinian to chair the Congressional Black Caucus after former Rep. Mel Watt led the group from 2005-2007.

Women Still Underrepresented in the N.C. Legislature

Although women comprise 54 percent of registered voters in North Carolina, just 24 percent of this year’s 170 winning legislative candidates were female.

Former Governors Hunt & Martin Join McCrory in Lawsuit Against Legislature

Gov. Pat McCrory is asking North Carolina's courts to declare that commissions created by the GOP-led legislature are an unconstitutional incursion into executive-branch authority.

Snapshot: Who Has Requested Free Voter IDs in NC?

Although North Carolina’s voter ID requirement doesn’t begin until 2016, more than 600 citizens have already requested free photo identification from the DMV

Low Pay Could Keep Potential Legislative Candidates Away

The issue is not about lining the pockets of politicians, but rather making legislative service a real possibility for more North Carolinians, thereby introducing a greater diversity of talent, perspectives and experience in the halls of state government.

McCrory: Gerrymandered Legislative Districts Make My Job Tougher

After nearly half of all winning legislative candidates were elected without opposition on Tuesday, McCrory's comment about gerrymandered districts was illuminating.
Pew: Likely Voters More Polarized Than General Public
A new report from Pew Research finds that nationally, voters likely to go to the polls in November's election are more politically polarized than the general American public.

Poll: Americans Oppose Lifetime Appointment to Supreme Court
Some 70 percent of Americans do not think members of the U.S. Supreme Court should serve for life, according to new findings from Harris Poll.
Eight Steps to Improve American Elections
At a time of increased polarization in American politics, a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center offers a comprehensive look at ways to strengthen the nation’s election system.

Faith in Congress Hits Historic Lows
Nobody likes Congress. Or at least very, very few people appear to have confidence in that body, according to new numbers from Gallup.
Poll: When It Comes to Picking President, Voters Unimpressed by Washington Experience
More American voters view time in Washington as a negative trait for a potential presidential candidate than a positive part of a political resume.

As It Turns 10, a Look at Facebook's Footprint on U.S. Politics
To mark the 10th anniversary of Facebook's founding, here's a quick look at that social-media behemoth's impact on American politics.

24th Amendment, Outlawing Poll Taxes, Turns 50
"The tide of a strong national desire to bring about the broadest possible public use of the voting process runs too strong to hold back," President Lyndon Johnson said upon ratification of the amendment.

'Mitt' Is an Intimate Look at the Toll Taken By Presidential Campaigns
But political junkies could be disappointed by how little insight the film offers into the campaign's nuts and bolts.
Report: Early Voting Effective, Should Be Expanded
Early voting results in shorter lines and reduced stress at polling places on Election Day, while allowing for early detection of voter registration errors and voting system glitches, according to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.