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2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

CoastLine: Election Epilogue 2014

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term elections – sweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

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2:52 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Representative Catlin Defeats Challenger in Race for NC House of Representatives District 20

Betsy Jordan (left) / Rick Catlin (right)
Betsy Jordan / Rick Catlin

Republican Rick Catlin will return for a second term to the North Carolina House of Representatives.  Challenger Betsy Jordan lost District 20 to Catlin by a 24% margin. 

Representative Catlin says he received positive feedback regarding his first term while out on the campaign trail:

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2:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

David Rouzer Wins North Carolina House of Representatives Seat

Republican David Rouzer will represent North Carolina's District 7 in the House of Representatives.
David Rouzer

In a winning night for the GOP, Republican David Rouzer has defeated Democrat Jonathan Barfield for North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The 7th District encompasses Brunswick, Columbus, most of New Hanover, and some of Pender -- and it stretches north to the suburbs of Raleigh.

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2:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Michael Lee Keeps State Senate District 9 in Republican Hands, Beating Redenbaugh by Nearly 11%

Wilmington Business Journal

With an unpopular Democratic president in his second-term, Election Day saw the predictable Republican sweep in southeastern North Carolina.

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2:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Watkins, Zapple Win Seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

(left) Skip Watkins, Republican; (right) Rob Zapple, Democrat

One Democrat and one Republican won the two open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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7:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC Board of Elections Holds Emergency Meeting; Extends Voting Hours of 1 Robeson County precinct

The North Carolina State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting at 7 PM tonight, Election Night, to address problems at several precincts around the state.

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4:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Brings Warm Weather, Clear Skies, and Steady Voter Traffic

Cars pack the parking lot at Belville Elementary School on Election Day, 2014.

North Carolina’s Board of Elections reported a larger-than-expected Early Voting turnout this election cycle.  But those high numbers didn’t appear to stem the tide of voters at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County this Election Day. 

On a clear afternoon with temperatures nearing 70 degrees, cars packed the parking lot at Belville Elementary. 

Rich Leary says he arrived at 6:30 in the morning to hand out campaign literature.  Even at that hour, he says, voter traffic was steady. 

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1:14 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

NC Constitutional Amendment on Ballot This November

This Election Day, North Carolina voters will decide upon a constitutional amendment that would allow defendants facing felony charges to opt out of a trial by jury.

This Election Day, North Carolina voters will decide upon a constitutional amendment.  If it is passed, North Carolina would be the last state in the country to allow defendants facing felony charges to opt out of a trial by jury. 

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1:56 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WILMA's Women to Watch Awards Recognizes Achievements of Local Women

At the end of the WILMA Women to Watch Awards ceremony, all 35 finalists came together on stage.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR News

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WILMA women’s magazine are now owned by Rob Kaiser, but it was a local businesswoman—Joy Allen—who founded both publications.  Over a decade after WILMA’s launch, Allen still thinks it’s important to recognize the achievements of local women.   

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12:47 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Early Voting Improves Accessibility To The Polls for Working Voters

One-Stop Voting Totals, Last Updated on October 28, 2014
New Hanover County Board of Elections (http://elections.nhcgov.com/public-information/one-stop-totals/)

In 2013, North Carolina shortened the early voting period to ten days.  But New Hanover County has extended the evening hours for early voting to make it more accessible to the working voter.

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