Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

  As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

McVicker campaign paid man connected to alleged NC ballot harvesting operation

Columbus County commissioner changes parties, says issues in general election spurred switch

Lawmakers, political parties push harder for new NC-9 election as evidence of fraud grows

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Judge asks Mueller for more info on Manafort allegations

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  Witnesses say McCrae Dowless had possession of hundreds of absentee ballots

Complaint filed against Bladen County sheriff for electioneering near voters casting ballots

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

Bladen County sheriff’s connection to Red Dome, Dowless predates first term

Deadline for ACA healthcare enrollment is Saturday

Columbus County sheriff paid group under investigation for NC9 election fraud

  Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal

Trump confirms John Kelly leaving White House at end of year

Pres. Donald Trump said Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out.

Republican Harris: I will accept new election in NC-9 Congressional race if fraud found

Republican Mark Harris issued a video statement on Friday afternoon, breaking his silence for the first time since the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted to not certify the results of the 9th Congressional District contest, the unofficial results of which Harris won.

GOP candidate in contested NC congressional race owes $34K to scrutinized consultant

A new filing shows the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s unresolved congressional race owes $34,000 to a consultant that’s been subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe.

NC Senators call for creation of committee to evaluate District 9 voting irregularities

George HW Bush laid to rest in Texas

NC GOP leader open to new election in disputed congressional district

Supreme Court hearing closely watched double jeopardy case with Russian probe implications

President George H.W. Bush honored at state funeral; body returns to Texas to lie in repose

Former Bladen Co. elections chairman says he reported ballot irregularities to state of NC in 2010

GOP senators, White House clash after CIA briefing on Khashoggi murder

The White House and GOP senators are at odds over who ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

DMV Commissioner granted exceptions despite staff advice, rulings

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Torre Jessup took action on at least four occasions that reversed the recommendation or decision of staff, hearing officers and, in one case, a Superior Court judge, to the benefit of specific individuals.

Bush family returns to Capitol rotunda to view casket, thank visitors

The Trumps stood in front of Bush's casket with their eyes closed for a few moments Monday evening before Trump gave a salute. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

Bladen County district attorney ‘deeply troubled’ by election fraud allegations

District Attorney Jon David said he rescued his office from investigating allegations of absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County in 2016 and previously referred the matter to the SBI and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, hinting that targets in the alleged incidents two years ago are likely

Handwritten notes show efforts to collect absentee ballots in exchange for money in Bladen Co.

The two people who provided the notes to WBTV asked they not be identified to provide documents that could later become evidence in the ongoing investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

‘A great leader who made a great difference’: George HW Bush lies in state after eulogies from Pence, others

The 41st president has returned to Washington, DC, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday.

Dictionary mocks President Trump’s latest Twitter misspelling

In an angry tweet, President Donald Trump said former attorney Michael Cohen was getting off “Scott Free.”

Cooper names new state elections leader as board continues probe into NC Congress race

North Carolina's governor has named a new state elections board chairman tasked with leading an investigation into alleged absentee ballot fraud and irregularities in a very close congressional race.

Swearing in: Columbus Co. has first Republican sheriff

Hundreds gathered at the Columbus County Courthouse Monday morning as Jody Greene was officially sworn in as the county sheriff.

Funeral services for George H.W. Bush to be held in Washington, DC, Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush will be interred Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum near his wife and daughter.

NC elections board again delays certifying congressional race, to hold hearing over Bladen ‘irregularities’

The North Carolina State Board of Elections is examining potential “irregularities” with absentee by mail ballot envelopes in Bladen County which delayed the board’s decision to finalize the results of a close U.S. House race in the 9th Congressional District.

Trump’s labor secretary criticized for negotiating wealthy sex offender’s plea deal

Epstein, a financier who counted Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends, was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001.

Report: White House prepared to announce bump stock ban

Bump stocks gained national attention last year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people.

Trump says pardon for Manafort ‘not off the table’

President Trump suggested in a new interview that pardoning Paul Manafort is a possibility.

NC House of Representatives honors Trooper Kevin Conner

Rep. Brenden Jones of Columbus County plans to introduce a resolution honoring fallen NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner.

Government shutdown looms over border wall fight

Congress has a little more than a week to avoid a potential government shutdown, and there's a big wall in the way.

GM stocks plunge after White House threats

General Motors stocks plunged after President Trump warned he will cut all subsidies for the company if they lay off thousands of Americans.

White House reacts to Paul Manafort’s Mueller problems

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in nearly a month Tuesday, focusing on the Russia probe and new allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Lawmakers introduce voter ID bill

Voters approved putting voter identification into the state’s constitution, and now lawmakers are coming up with ideas to make it happen.

State elections board delays finalizing NC’s 9th congressional district result

North Carolina’s elections board has delayed finalizing the results of a close U.S. House race. The board appears to be scrutinizing potential wrongdoing in the 9th Congressional District.

Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash

Most were dispirited on Monday, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the U.S.

Lame-duck session addressing voter ID, Florence, boards

The North Carolina General Assembly is coming back to approve voter ID details, consider more Hurricane Florence spending and address legal fights with Gov. Roy Cooper over state boards and commissions.

Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

The National Climate Assessment report warned that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming.

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi refuses Mueller plea deal

Jerome Corsi, an author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist, said he's rejecting a plea deal from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mexican officials: 39 arrested at US-Mexico border will be deported to home countries

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants, who have been camped out for more than a week in Tijuana, returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon.

Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas for Thanksgiving

To honor Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas on Tuesday.

2020 visions: Presidential potentials make power moves - yes, already

It's early, and the Democratic field is crowding with potential challengers to Trump.

NC treasurer addresses concerns of income tax cap hurting state’s Triple-A bond rating

The proposed Constitutional Amendment to cap the state’s income tax rate at seven percent passed by a 57-43 margin in the General Election. Opponents raised several concerns, among them that the hard cap would negatively impact the bond rating. Treasurer Dale Folwell disagrees.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson ends re-election bid after decades in Congress, concedes to Republican Rick Scott

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying Nelson "graciously conceded" their Senate race shortly after the state's recount ended.

Newly elected school board members go back to class

For the first time since 1960, Bill Rivenbark, a newly elected New Hanover County School Board member, was back in the second grade, not as a student this time, but as an elected official to help oversee direction of the county’s school system.

Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. But Democrat Stacey Abrams maintains that enough uncounted absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots remain to force a Dec. 4 runoff and keep alive her bid to become the first black woman i

Freshman class of 116th Congress invades Washington

The freshman class is in Washington learning how to govern in the nation’s capital and how to navigate the halls of power ahead of their official start in January.

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. In the Senate race, Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Bill Nelson was 0.14 percentage points. In the governor's race, unofficial results showed GOP's Ron DeSantis ahead of Andrew Gillum by 0.41 points.

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

All 67 counties in the Sunshine State are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun by Monday.

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, and the deeply purple state learned Saturday there will recounts in three key races.

Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

Slavery was allowed in cases where it was punishment for a crime

Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

Kemp has just above 50 percent of the vote. A runoff only happens if no candidate is above that percentage.

  Board of Elections director says human error likely caused Columbus Co. poll issues

The midterm elections have come and gone, but polling problems that caused issues for voters in one area remain, and now election officials are trying to figure out what went wrong.

Jeff Sessions out as attorney general

Sessions resigned at the president's request, ending a very tumultuous relationship with Trump. Chris Whitaker is acting attorney general, who has been critical of the Mueller investigation.

Trump celebrates GOP midterm victories despite loss of House to Democrats

Both President Trump and Rep. Nancy Pelosi said they were happy with the election results, but will the two parties work together?

Candidates stop by WECT to discuss Election Day victories

As has become tradition in this area, several winning candidates stopped by the WECT studio the morning after Election night to reflect on why they believe voters chose them.

Republicans lose veto-proof majority in NC House

North Carolina Democrats have won enough state House seats to end the Republicans' veto-proof control, handing Gov. Roy Cooper more leverage to fight right-leaning policies and press his agenda.

Democrats win 3 of 4 NHC school board votes

Big changes appear to be in store on the New Hanover county school board. The board has been under a Republican control for years but three Democrats will be taking over the four open seats.

'It is very humbling’: Carson Smith, Jr. beats John Johnson to win N.C. House District 16 race

Carson Smith, Jr. will be the new representative for N.C. House District 16 after winning in the 2018 N.C. General Election.

'I’m just ready to get to work now’: Alan Cutler projected to be new Pender County Sheriff

Alan Cutler is projected to win Pender County Sheriff in the 2018 N.C. General Election.

McVicker wins Bladen County sheriff’s race

Republican James McVicker won the Bladen County sheriff’s race, defeating Democratic challenger Hakeem Brown.

Grange wins tight race for NC House District 20

Holly Grange edged Leslie Cohen to win the NC House District 20 seat, which covers the northern section of New Hanover County including Ogden, Kings Grant, Porters Neck, and Figure Eight Island.

Davis emerges from three-candidate field running for NC House District 19

Three candidates ran for North Carolina House District 19, which serves the southern portion of New Hanover County from Kure Beach to the Seagate community.

Peterson ousts Lee by 38 votes for New Hanover County Senate seat

Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson unseated State Senator Michael Lee in unofficial election returns Tuesday night.

Butler wins election to appointed seat

Butler was appointed to the seat after Susi Hamilton was appointed as secretary of natural and cultural resources by Governor Roy Cooper.

Jones wins NC House District 46 race

Republican Brenden Jones has won the NC House District 46 Race. With 14 of 14 precincts reporting in the general election, Jones received 69.2 percent of the vote to Democrat Barbara Yates-Lockamy’s 30.8 percent.

McMillian wins Columbus County District 1 Commissioner seat

Democrat Jerome McMillian has won the Columbus County Commissioner District 1 seat. With 26 of 26 precincts reporting in the general election, McMillian received 76.9 percent of votes compared to 23.1 percent for Republican Randy Williams.

Voters deny additional one quarter percent local sales and use tax in Columbus County

With 26 of 26 precincts reporting, 54 percent of voters voted against the tax.

Tight race for sheriff in Columbus County

With 26 of 26 precincts reporting in Columbus County, the race for sheriff was neck and neck. Republican S. Jody Greene got 9,353 votes and Democratic incumbent Lewis Hatcher received 9,301 votes.

Republican candidates take the vote for school board in Brunswick Co.

The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new member. With 26 of the 26 precincts reporting in the general election, Gerald Benton (R) beat Joanne Levitan (D) with 60 percent of the vote for the District 5 seat.

Iler keeps District 17 House of Representatives seat

With 19 of 19 precincts reporting in the general election, Republican Frank Iler has been re-elected to House of Representatives from Brunswick County.

Incumbent John Ingram re-elected as sheriff

With 26 of the 26 precincts reporting in the general election, Sheriff John Ingram beat challenger Charles Warren in the race for Brunswick County Sheriff.Ingram has served as Brunswick County Sheriff since 2008.