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Facing resistance from some sheriffs, N.C. lawmakers seek to force cooperation with ICE

A "detainer" from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a request for local law enforcement to hold individuals they believe are not lawful citizens in jail or prison for up to 48 hours until the federal agency can take custody and begin deportation proceedings.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at Trump’s war on the courts

President Donald Trump suffered a stinging policy setback last week when, notwithstanding the remarkable flip-flop of North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, 12 Republican senators joined with their Democratic colleagues to disapprove of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The vote was just the latest in series of defeats and policy failures for Trump as he muddles his way through the second half of what is increasingly shaping up to be a notably scandal-plagued and ineffectual presidency.

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In shocking reversal, Mark Harris calls for new election; Board agrees unanimously

When 9th congressional candidate Mark Harris took the stand Thursday and called for a new election in light of evidence his political operative orchestrated a fraudulent absentee ballot scheme, a collective gasp resonated through the room.

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9th District hearing bombshell: Mark Harris’ son testifies that he warned about Bladen operative and was ignored

Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris had no idea Wednesday that his son would would take the stand at an evidentiary hearing and testify that he warned his father multiple times about a political operative’s illegal election tactics before he hired him.

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One-on-one: Future Chief Justice Beasley talks about ‘a life full of highlights’

If you told Cheri Beasley when she was a little girl that she would grow up to become North Carolina’s first Black female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, she might have looked at you a little funny.

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History made: Cooper appoints NC’s first Black woman as Chief Justice

Cheri Beasley made history this week when Gov. Roy Cooper announced that she would become the state’s first Black woman to be Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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ICE tearing apart families in historic raids across state

Kay* was cooling her machine down Tuesday morning at Bear Creek Arsenal in Sanford when she and a mechanic nearby noticed a supervisor looking visibly worried talking to someone they had never seen before.

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The state of gerrymandering reform: Weekend conference spells out where things stand

The first redistricting reform bill in North Carolina was introduced more than 50 years ago, and there have been countless proposals since. None, however, have made it past the House chamber.

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Mark Harris loses court bid to certify 9th congressional race amid fraud investigation

Republican Mark Harris’ margin of victory in the 9th congressional district race is in question because of alleged election fraud, and a judge ruled Tuesday the results wouldn’t be certified until the State Board of Elections gets to the bottom of it all.

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Monday numbers: Raise the age is coming; will the money?

North Carolina has less than a year of transition time as it raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction and there’s still a lot of work and resources needed to make it happen.

The Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee recently finalized a memo to lawmakers outlining what was needed to finally “Raise the Age, which will be officially implemented in December.

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Advocates: Census citizenship question could harm already undercounted NC communities

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” To some that might seem like a simple question to put on the 2020 census, but to some already undercounted populations it perpetuates fear and creates a real possibility for their communities to lose resources.

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With ‘Raise the Age’ taking effect in December, N.C. prepares for a landmark criminal justice reform

Raising the age of juvenile justice in North Carolina this year is going to come with a steep price tag, but there are 20,000 kids with their futures at stake counting on the adults in charge to get it right.

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Through the looking glass: 2018 courts news sets NC up for what to watch in 2019

There weren’t the same fireworks in the courts world this year, but there certainly was plenty of news to reflect back on. Lawmakers have been in session a large part of the year, and working on things like voter ID, changing the Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement and working out a deal on judicial redistricting.

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GOP wants to shield investigations from public scrutiny; Cooper won’t go along

Governor calls on lawmakers to "fix" elections bill that would expand secrecy “Democracy dies in darkness” isn’t a new phrase but it’s certainly one that has gotten a lot of attention in the Trump era. North Carolina Republicans, though, are apparently working from a different playbook, and give evidence of wanting to dim the lights dramatically.

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GOP lawmakers expedite Board of Elections bill without Democratic, public input

Perhaps the sixth time is the charm? Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) unveiled another attempt Tuesday by Republican legislators to restructure the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement — this time through a process that is fast tracked and can’t be changed by anyone.

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House approves voter ID after long debate over voter fraud, student IDs

It was clear during two hours of debate Wednesday where the two political parties at the legislature diverged over photo ID: their belief in voter fraud. The GOP supermajority expectedly passed legislation that would implement a constitutional requirement that voters must show a photo ID to cast a ballot.

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