Why N.C. candidates set up legal defense funds

As Mark Harris gears up for a courtroom fight to be seated in the U.S. House, his campaign’s legal bills are certain to add up quickly. To cover those costs, the Harris campaign has set up a legal defense fund and is accepting donations. Legal defense funds — officially known as legal expense funds in … Read more

How North Carolina’s political parties choose their leaders

It sounds obvious, but it’s worth examining: The Republican Party and Democratic Party command tremendous power in North Carolina politics. It’s virtually impossible to get elected without belonging to one of the two parties. And state law privileges the party organizations in a multitude of ways. For example, the party gets to choose who fills … Read more

Why North Carolina’s new elected officials get sworn in all over the state

As a new crop of N.C. elected officials assume office, many of them are choosing to be sworn in close to home. Sen. Wiley Nickel was sworn in at Cary Town Hall. Sen. Harper Peterson took her oath at Bakery 105 in Wilmington. Sen. Kirk deViere chose the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum … Read more