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Courts are roadblocks to NC lawmakers' right turn

North Carolina Republicans moved quickly after gaining control of both General Assembly chambers in 2011 and then the governor's office in 2013 to weave conservative...

The election isn't rigged, but the presidential debates seem to be

For one, they saw a socially liberal and fiscally conservative ticket that emphasizes free markets and de-emphasizes government. More importantly, they saw an alternative to...

Trump needs NC evangelicals. But will they back him?

Mark Harris, left/center, of First Baptist Church of Charlotte prays with members of his church during the Wednesday night service on June 29, 2016 in...

Montana backs Sanders, Trump; top governor candidates cruise

An ongoing ideological split between moderate and conservative factions of the Republican Party has resulted in challenges against several incumbents that could determine the direction...

Residents upset at Lake Norman beach traffic

Residents near Mecklenburg County's new swimming beach on Lake Norman are demanding answers after hundreds of beach-goer cars crammed their streets and driveways. Crowds were...

Why Sue Myrick dumped Robert Pittenger to back his opponent

Sue Myrick is doing all she can these days to help defeat Congressman Robert Pittenger – a fellow conservative Republican and one-time supporter and ally...

Sanders backers sue to extend California voter registration

Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, agrees the California presidential primary process is too confusing. She said the county-by-county differences exist in part...

Danson returns to NBC schedule with a Thursday night comedy

Ted Danson returns to NBC's Thursday night lineup this fall as part of a conservative scheduling strategy announced Sunday for a network that is holding...

Once unthinkable, Trump now can clinch nomination in California

Cruz can fight back by appealing to the state's sizable conservative base, the same sort of voters who 50 years ago elevated Ronald Reagan and...

Pat McCrory, Jennifer Roberts both getting blamed for HB2

“I'm really sad all this has come about,” says former Mayor Richard Vinroot, a Republican. “But I do think it's not a ... If they...

Text of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address

And all who have made this year's state of the state possible. Justice O'Connor is here and also Justice French. Let's have them ... One...

Trump's campaign manager lawyers up over charge he grabbed reporter

Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, Florida, also criticized Trump's remaining rivals for the GOP nomination, noting that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had opposed 2012...

Understanding HB2: North Carolina's newest law solidifies state's role in defining discrimination

Conservative religious groups within North Carolina are taking some credit for getting HB2 passed into law, and pro-LGBT rights advocates note there is financial support...

This year's presidential race is very different. Here are 10 reasons why.

Mark Harris of Charlotte. Supporters filed into the pews and watched a video on the sanctuary screens that featured leaders of national conservative groups bearing...

Mann, Bell and Blake, Hewett lead judge races

Bell, 37, who runs a law firm with his wife, campaigned on a promise to return consistency and conservative values to the bench. He accused...

Despite spending billions, Wal-Mart still outshined by Amazon

“Their eyes were very big, and you can't necessarily blame them for Brazil or the U.K. or China, but they weren't careful and conservative in...

Voters to GOP lawmakers: Fix the election maps

“This is not democracy in action, this is democracy being stolen,” said Brian Kasher of Charlotte, an environmental scientist who held both parties accountable for...

Five keys for Panthers offense

... play in the Panthers' only loss. But Remmers hasn't faced anyone as fast and talented as Miller. The Panthers should fullback Mike Tolbert and...

Carolina Panthers report card vs. Seattle Seahawks

Finn Watson, 7 yrs., left, gives his dad, Jeff Watson, right, a high five after receiving a ball from Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn,...

In Fort Mill, S.C., Ted Cruz rips President Obama on national security

Speaking to reporters before the event, Cruz continued to spar with rival Donald Trump, questioning his authenticity as a conservative. “We hear the conservative words...

Business, arts, sports figures behind Ohio marijuana issue

Deep-pocketed investors in an Ohio marijuana legalization campaign this fall have been the focus of debate over Tuesday's Issue 3. Roughly two dozen known individuals...

USAF Gen. Tom Sadler, who flew 400 combat missions in three wars, dies

In 1991, he became something of a local folk hero during the first Persian Gulf War, analyzing war tactics – and spouting his conservative views...

Gallery: The Daily Edit 08.12.15

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Alex Brandon AP ... (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Alexander Zemlianichenko AP .... PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 11: South Korean conservative protesters burn...

Gallery: The Daily Edit 07.25.15 | The Charlotte Observer

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Ban on removing Confederate and other monuments heads to McCrory | The ...

Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com ... Garland Pierce, a Scotland County Democrat who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus, told House Speaker Tim Moore that scheduling the bill...

Gallery: The Daily Edit 06.14.15

A law enforcement officer's worn boot is taped while searching two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac,...

Gallery: The Daily Edit: 05.06.2015

A man and a baby disguised as French soldiers take part in the commemoration of the anniversary of Mexico's victory over France in the Battle...

Gallery: The Daily Edit 04.14.15

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was created using digital filters) Models showcase designs during the Bec & Bridge show at Mercedes-Benz...

3 areas the Carolina Panthers improved through free agency

Gettleman signed four free agents during the second week of April last year, including tight end Ed Dickson and since-departed safety Thomas DeCoud. So the...

Prep Results 02.28.15

West Charlotte 84,. JM Robinson 64. JMR: Lavar Batts Jr. 20, Daniel Spencer 14, Jordan McKenzie 12, Boothe 6, Jernigan 4, Dalton 2, Trammell 2,...

School news

HOSA awards: The following students qualified at the recent District HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) competition and will advance to state: Evelina Trost, Nishi...

N.C. charter funds help industry exec

The Columbian Headmaster Steve Smith interacts with fourth-grade students who enjoy some time outside during a school day at the Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, N.C.

Senate foes label Republican Sasse as extremist

Watson, a self-described "conservative populist," argued that Sasse represents a Republican Party that hasn't followed through on its promises at the national level. "People are...

NASCAR Raceday: Chase racers already anticipating Talladega

But as fast as Keselowski was in practice and qualifying, the winner of the spring race here has a great shot again. 3 Drivers in...

Rally spotlights anthem's anniversary

The evening of speeches, Bible verses, and music from First Baptist Church in uptown Charlotte was simulcast to 351 conservative evangelical churches across the country.

Raiders' Carr to make home debut vs. familiar foe

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III (10) is hit by Houston Texans' Brian Cushing (56) after releasing a pass during the third quarter of an NFL...

AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Faced with a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron declared Thursday...

No. 16 Clemson seeking to regain offensive spark

Morris acknowledged he called a conservative game plan in the third period with Clemson trailing 24-21 and not wanting to make any mistakes that would...

Peyton White leads 3-course Charlotte City Amateur

Daniel Welborn blasts out of the sand next to the third green Friday morning. Golfers teed off in the first round of ... Joe Jaspers,...

NC House defeats economic incentives bill

Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, a Republican from Huntersvile, confers with Chris Hayes, his chief of staff, as the N.C. House debates a sales...

Michigan primary is start of US House shakeup

FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT - This combination of campaign provided photos and staff photos shows Congressional candidates in the...

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Rick Snyder and his daughter Kelsey, left, scrub the streets with Holland mayor Kurt Dykstra in Holland, Mich. Gov. Snyder has accomplished .... His rivals...

2016 campaign checklist: Chris Christie

Lamar Alexander in Tennessee, irritating Alexander's primary opponent, who called Christie's record in New Jersey "dumb governance." Spring speech pleased activists at Conservative Political Action...

In final stretch, money gets tight

Mike Huckabee stumped for Mark Harris. And on Monday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul comes to Charlotte ... Nick, who worked for Strategic Perception, a Republican...

Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

We need a compassionate conservative who can step up and make a difference." Sheheen has been in the ... Ervin, a Honea Path native, was...

Richardson's late goal lifts Canucks past Kings

Alexander Edler scored earlier in the third period for Vancouver and Eddie Lack stopped 25 shots in his 18th straight start since the Olympic break.

Former judge explains why he's challenging Haley

Ervin, a Honea Path native, was a Democrat representing Anderson County in the South Carolina House for two terms, starting in 1979, when Democrats ruled...

1 candidate in 12th District yet to file with FEC

Sharon Hudson of Huntersville, a founder of the group Lake Norman Conservatives, could enter the race this week. Filing ends Friday. ... So is Democrat...