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Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

NC Governor Blasts '4 Liberal Justices' Over Voter ID Law

A divided Supreme Court blocked the state's law

(Newser) - A divided US Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The decision—a victory for voting rights groups and President Obama's Justice Department—means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo... More »

It's Deadline Day for NC Response on Bathroom Law

DOJ had warned Gov. McCrory to come up with a way to 'remedy the situation'

(Newser) - Monday's the day that the Justice Department has demanded to hear back from North Carolina on whether the state is going to enforce its contentious public restroom law , Reuters reports. The feds had warned the state via a trio of letters last week that the law—which requires transgender... More »

NC Voters Feel Betrayed Over Abortion Move

Critics say Gov. Pat McCrory promised he'd never sign such a bill

(Newser) - Some voters in North Carolina are feeling betrayed after Gov. Pat McCrory announced last night he'd rubber-stamp a bill that will triple the waiting period for abortions in the state, the News & Observer reports. "I will sign this bill," McCrory said in a statement issued last... More »

Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas

Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says

(Newser) - Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned... More »

Romney: In Hillary 2016, Bill Is 'Not Relevant'

Addressed gay marriage, Sochi

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' nominee in 2016, Bill hasn't got anything to do with it, says Mitt Romney. "I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton," he says, as per Politico . "Hillary Clinton will have plenty to discuss about her... More »

North Carolina Passes Voter ID, Abortion Bills

Both are already mired in controversy

(Newser) - Say this for North Carolina's legislature: It's not afraid of controversy. Fresh from approving a bill allowing guns on playgrounds and in bars , lawmakers last night finished off their legislative session by passing both a sweeping abortion bill and a contentious voter ID bill. Here's the skinny... More »

NC Scraps Law That Brought Executions to Halt

Gov. Pat McCrory signs repeal of 'Racial Justice Act'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has put an end to what he calls a "judicial loophole to avoid the death penalty": On Wednesday he repealed the Racial Justice Act, four years after it was put on the books. The law, passed under a Democratic legislature, allowed Death Row inmates... More »

GOP Now Holds 30 Governor's Mansions

Republicans flip NC; races in Montana, Washington not yet called

(Newser) - It's not all bad news for the GOP: Republicans now have control of 30 governor's offices, the highest number controlled by either party since 2000 and close to the party's all-time high of 34 seats. There were 11 gubernatorial elections yesterday, and all but two have been... More »

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