Morning Call

MORNING CALL: Bond, Education Bond

Republicans seem to be having a change a heart about a possible 2 billion dollar education bond. In 2017, lawmakers tried and failed to pass a 1.9 billion dollar bond that would help the k-12 education system. When teachers marched on Raleigh this summer they demanded an education bond for school construction.  Republicans at the time rejected this...

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It turns out that a redo in the 9th district would, in fact, include a primary election. Contrary to the previous reporting, The News & Observer reported a new primary would be included in a new election, "A proposal that would require another primary in the 9th Congressional District if suspected absentee ballot fraud results in a new election won...

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MORNING CALL: The Neverending Story

Another day, another new accusation in Bladen County. On Tuesday, the North Carolina Democratic Party held a press conference highlighting an affidavit from Agnes Wilkes, a Bladen County poll assistant.  Wilkes argued that she saw votes being counted before election day, "On Saturday, 11/3/18, the last day of early voting, the ‘tape’ showing election results at the one-stop polling site was...

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MORNING CALL: A Kinder, Gentler GOP

The new General Assembly in 2019 will not only look different, but it could also act differently. The N&O's Colin Campbell noticed the lack of fireworks during the recent lame-duck session, "Their lame-duck session has been lacking the fireworks I’d expected in the last hurrah of veto-proof GOP rule. The main agenda item was voter ID. And with a...

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MORNING CALL: The Saga Continues

Some big developments this weekend in the 9th district. On Friday afternoon, Congressman-elect Mark Harris announced on Twitter that he would be open to a new race if election fraud was, in fact, found in the 9th district race... Early Friday night, The vice chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections, Jens Lutz, has resigned his position, Jens Lutz confirmed...

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MORNING CALL: Unconceding

Dan McCready, the 9th district Democratic congressional candidate, has officially retracted his concession, "I didn’t serve overseas in the Marines just to come home to N.C. and watch a criminal, bankrolled by my opponent, take away people’s very right to vote,” McCready said. “Today I withdraw my concession and call on Mark Harris to end his silence and...

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MORNING CALL: Silent Sam’s House

Yesterday, the UNC Board of Trustees announced their plans for the Silent Sam statue.  Let's just say they if they had swung any harder and missed we would have felt the breeze in Wilmington... The News & Observer reported on the plan, "The cost for the new building, which would have state-of-the-art security, is $5.3 million, plus $800,000 in...

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MORNING CALL: 9th Goes National

Now that all the craziness in Florida has wrapped up, the eyes of the nation turn to North Carolina. On Saturday, once again, the state Board of Elections declined to certify the results of the 9th congressional district race... Instead of certifying the results, the BOE is going to hold a hearing.  The News & Observer explains, "The board’s evidentiary...

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