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    North Carolina Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson says he won’t seek reelection or run for any other office in 2024. He made the announcement Tuesday at the Council of State meeting. Dobson says he’ll have served 14 consecutive years in office with previous gigs as a state legislator and county commissioner. He said he felt the time was right to step out of elected office. The 41-year-old McDowell County Republican succeeded retiring Commissioner Cherie Berry by winning the 2020 election over Democrat Jessica Holmes. The Department of Labor is in charge of administering state labor and workplace training laws and regulations.

      Two North Carolina Democratic government lawyers have argued on competing sides at an appeals court in a case over whether the Wake County district attorney can prosecute Attorney General Josh Stein or others for a 2020 campaign commercial. Private attorneys for Stein and Wake District Attorney Lorrin Freeman met Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. At issue is a state law that makes certain political speech a crime. Stein's campaign ad criticized his then-Republican challenger for AG over untested rape kits. Stein and his allies say the 1931 law is unconstitutional and want the judges to block its enforcement.

        The longest serving state insurance commissioner in North Carolina history is being memorialized within his former department. And his longtime election foe will lead the ceremony. The department’s first-floor hearing room in the Albemarle Building in Raleigh is being dedicated on Tuesday to the late Commissioner Jim Long. He served for six terms, from 1985 to 2009. He died weeks after leaving the job. The dedication ceremony will be hosted by current Commissioner Mike Causey, who while the Republican nominee lost to Long in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Causey ultimately was elected commissioner in 2016. Causey called Long a “strong advocate for consumers,” especially older adults.

          Tens of thousands of people are bracing for days without electricity in a North Carolina county where authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent. Across Moore County southwest of Raleigh, businesses handed out free food or coffee and and often conducted transactions in cash. The county announced that schools would be closed for a second day Tuesday due to the lingering outages. Traffic lights were out around the county. Drivers treated intersections as four-way stops, which caused some traffic in places such as downtown Carthage.

            North Carolina state Rep. Robert Reives of Chatham County has been chosen to remain the party’s state House leader for the next two years. New and returning Democrats who won their House elections last month met on Monday and selected Reives as the chamber’s minority leader. Reives first became Democratic leader two years ago, succeeding then-Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County. Democrats will hold just 49 of the 120 House seats come January — two fewer compared to the past session. But Republicans are still one seat short of a veto-proof majority. Other House Democratic leadership positions will be elected in the coming weeks.

              Two power substations in a North Carolina county were damaged by gunfire in what is being investigated as a criminal act. A spokesman for Duke Energy said at a news conference with local officials on Sunday that the damage caused the night before could take days to repair. Power was out for roughly 37,000 customers Sunday. In response, officials announced a state of emergency that included a curfew from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. County schools will be closed Monday. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields says authorities have not determined a motivation.

              One coastal church’s wish to recreate a “live Nativity” scene turned chaotic in the strangest way, when some of the farm animals escaped and tried swimming off the island. It happened Saturday, Dec. 3, in Carolina Beach and photos show police waist-deep in the Cape Fear River as they tried pulling cows back to dry land on Sunday. The island is 140 miles southeast of Raleigh. “When you’re a ...

              On Tuesday evening, The Wine Cellar in Southern Pines was kept at a chilled 58 degrees. Inside one of the town’s few open businesses, patrons huddled in jackets as Holly Armstrong served drinks behind a dimly lit bar. Armstrong hopes everything will go back normal as early as Wednesday afternoon. As the bar’s manager, she’ll be able to ditch her own coat, switch off the humming generator, and ...

              The attacks on two substations that knocked out power to most homes and businesses in Moore County on Saturday night have prompted heated and widespread speculation as who did it and why. Lots of people on social media quickly concluded that the outage was connected to opposition to a drag show taking place at the time the power went out. Is that correct? That is unknown. Officials have ...

              Republicans from North Carolina who are bringing the case to the high court argue that a provision of the U.S. Constitution known as the elections clause gives state lawmakers virtually total control over the “times, places and manner” of congressional elections, including redistricting, and cuts state courts out of the process.

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              Republicans from North Carolina who are bringing the case to the high court argue that a provision of the U.S. Constitution known as the elections clause gives state lawmakers virtually total control over the “times, places and manner” of congressional elections, including redistricting, and cuts state courts out of the process.

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