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The North Carolina Senate is one of the two houses of the North Carolina General Assembly.


Its prerogatives and powers are similar to those of the other house, the House of Representatives. Its members do, however, represent districts that are larger than those of their colleagues in the House. The President of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, but the Lt. Governor has very limited powers and only votes to break a tie. Before the office of Lt. Governor was created in 1868, the Senate was presided over by a "Speaker." After the 1988 election of James Carson Gardner, the first Republican Lt. Governor since Reconstruction, Democrats in control of the Senate shifted most of the power held by the Lt. Governor to the senator who is elected President Pro Tempore (or Pro-Tem). The President Pro Tempore appoints members to standing committees of the Senate, and holds great sway over bills.


According to the state constitution, the Senate is also the "Court for the Trial of Impeachments". The House of Representatives has the power to impeach state officials, after which the Senate holds a trial, as in the federal system. If the Governor or Lt. Governor is the official who has been impeached, the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court presides.

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Other primary races include the North Carolina Senate District 47 Democrat candidates Christopher H. Rumfelt, Cheryl D. Swofford or David Wheeler, and Republican candidates for U.S. House of Representatives District 10, Jeff Gregory, Patrick McHenry, Ira Roberts, Albert Lee Wiley Jr., Seth Blankenship ...
... and 35 percent say they would vote Republican if the election was today with 21 percent undecided. Finally, 40 percent of the same respondents say they would vote Democratic in their local race for North Carolina Senate compared to 37 percent who say they would vote Republican and 19 percent who ...

"It's going to take 26 votes to get anything done in the North Carolina Senate. Then you've got to get (a majority) in the North Carolina House and a governor willing to sign it.” Records show Ford voted against the Senate majority 22 percent of the time this session. That's more than several Democrats ...
Bradley ran for the North Carolina Senate in 2012, losing the Republican Primary on May 8, 2012 to Senator Chad Barefoot and second-place finisher Michael Shriver. ... For the North Carolina Senate, Senator Rick Horner is seeking reelection and as of 2 p.m. Tuesday was also running unopposed.
Apodaca retired from the North Carolina Senate in 2016. Apodaca is one of the more well-known alums of Western Carolina University. Having graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. “I never went in the science building,” Apodaca told the crowd, provoking laughter.
“I am honored to announce my candidacy for the North Carolina Senate,” Phelps states in the release. “Too often, North Carolinians east of I-95 are forgotten. Northeastern North Carolina deserves a representative who is familiar with the needs of our community and will fight for them.” Phelps' candidacy is ...

The North Carolina Senate voted 25-23 to postpone a suffrage vote until the next session. But the Tennessee legislature made the issue moot by becoming the decisive state to ratify the 19th amendment, making women across the country eligible to vote in the November 1920 elections. The suffrage fight is ...
By default at the state level, Brandon Anderson will represent the democrats for North Carolina State Senate against whichever candidate wins the republican primary, while Ray Russell is the democrats' default candidate in the race for North Carolina House of Representatives. Last but not least, Steve ...
“As Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and President of the North Carolina Senate, I write to encourage you to approve North Carolina's request to replace Governor Aycock's statue with one of Rev. Graham,” Forest wrote. North Carolina took care of the first step in 2015, when it passed legislation that ...
A member of the UNC System Board of Governors is looking to make a return to the North Carolina Senate. Bob Rucho filed for election to Senate District 34 on Tuesday. A UNC System spokesperson confirmed that Rucho was still a member of the Board of Governors as of Tuesday afternoon. Rucho asked ...
RALEIGH — When the North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill with several moving parts — a newly reconstituted State Board of Elections, a rebuff of Gov. Roy Cooper's attempt to evade legislative control of state revenue, and a multi-year fix to a funding dispute about class size — North …
Just 11 percent of voters could identify Phil Berger as the North Carolina Senate leader, and 8 percent could identify Tim Moore as speaker of the House. Though both Berger and Moore are Republicans, Democrats were more likely to identify them in their respective roles. Sixteen percent of Democrats and ...
Of the 170 seats in the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives just 68 – 40 percent, have Democratic and Republican party candidates facing each other right now. Consider this: 28 incumbent Republicans in the House and 14 in the Senate have no Democratic opponent; 23 incumbent ...
Bryant announced earlier this week she will not be filing to return to the North Carolina Senate. She has been in the North ... Bryant was also re-elected to her House District 7 seat in 2012 by parts of Franklin County before being appointed to the North Carolina Senate after the death of Sen. Ed Jones.
RALEIGH — When the North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill with several moving parts – a newly reconstituted State Board of Elections, a rebuff of Gov. Roy Cooper's attempt to evade legislative control of state revenue, and a multi-year fix to a funding dispute about class size – North Carolina ...
Dan Blue III, a former state treasurer candidate and the son of North Carolina Senate minority leader Dan Blue Jr., was arrested for driving while impaired early Friday. A state trooper stopped Dan Blue III, 44, on Glen Eden Drive in Raleigh around 1:20 a.m. Friday for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, ...
On Friday, the North Carolina Senate approved changed to the controversial legislation. The mandate limits the number of students in each classroom from kindergarten through third grade. Districts, including CMS, say the mandate could force them to cut teachers in other areas, such as music and art.

Responding to concerns of Democrats, the North Carolina Senate amended an anti-pollution bill Friday, giving more spending flexibility to environmental regulators and expanding their duties. Many Democrats voted against the bill anyway, saying it still didn't go far enough because, among other concerns, ...
RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina State Senate is pushing ahead with legislation that would give state patrol officers the right to enforce federal immigration ... “It's already passed twice in the North Carolina Senate, and it will practically make patrol officers into immigration officers, and then, also violate ...
A bill negotiated by House and Senate GOP leaders would phase in smaller class sizes for grades K-3 over a four-year period. KERI BROWN/WFDD. Republican legislation to phase in North Carolina's upcoming class-size mandate has passed one General Assembly chamber. The controversial measure ...
PINEHURST — A self-described “overly committed volunteer” from Moore County is challenging Tom McInnis for his seat in the North Carolina Senate. Helen Probst Mills, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Thursday for the District 25 seat. Mills grew up a daughter to a single mother and is, herself, ...
Four candidates for the North Carolina Senate kick off their campaigns today. They are all Democrats challenging Republican incumbents and they are all white women, none of whom have ever held elected office. Three of the four races will take place in districts where Republicans are seen as having ...
A Senate committee has approved legislation described by supporters as the next step in studying largely unregulated chemicals found in North Carolina rivers. The chamber's environmental panel voted Wednesday evening for the measure focusing on emerging contaminants. These chemicals have ...
A Senate committee has approved legislation described by supporters as the next step in studying largely unregulated chemicals found in North Carolina rivers. The chamber's environmental panel voted Wednesday evening for the measure focusing on emerging contaminants. These chemicals have ...
... by women by 2030, up from single-digit representation today. Until 2017, Ms. Cowell was the sole trustee of the $94 billion North Carolina Retirement Systems, Raleigh, and the first woman to hold that office. She also served several terms with the Raleigh City Council and North Carolina Senate.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Out Charlotte City Councilmember and Democrat LaWana Mayfield has announced her bid for North Carolina's State Senate District 38 ... In her announcement she said, “I am here to announce that I am running for North Carolina Senate District 38 because I want to connect people in ...
Caroline Walker says she has felt under-represented and wants to have a voice in the State Senate. Contributed photo. Caroline Walker, an entrepreneur and early childhood education advocate, has announced she's running for office to represent Union County in the North Carolina Senate. Walker is ...
NORTH WILKESBORO — On Jan. 15, Brandon Anderson announced his candidacy for North Carolina State Senate District 45, which includes Wilkes County and part of Surry County as well as Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties, and stated his inspiration from former NC State Sen. Steve Goss and ...
HICKORY – N.C. Sen. Andy Wells announced in a statement Wednesday he will be running for a third term. The release included an endorsement from Sen. Phil Berger, the president pro tempore of the Senate. “Andy Wells is one of the hardest working members of the Senate – a tireless voice for his ...
HICKORY- Former Hickory Public Schools Superintendent Ric Vandett has announced that he will be running for the N.C. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Andy Wells. “I've decided to run because I just, I don't like the tenor, the mood of politics in this country, in this state right now,” Vandett said in a ...
North Carolina Senate Democrats are slated to introduce a new bill Tuesday that would impact how many people might be registered to vote in time for the next election. Senate Bill 704, known as the Universal Senate Voter Registration Bill, is aimed at getting more people registered to vote. The bill proposes automatic ...
Don't expect the North Carolina Senate to soon go along with legislation approved by the House designed to study further unregulated chemicals in drinking water and give state officials more funds for water testing and permitting. Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday night his chamber likely will wait ...
Don't expect the North Carolina Senate to soon go along with legislation approved by the House designed to study further unregulated chemicals in drinking water and give state officials more funds for water testing and permitting. Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday night his chamber likely will wait ...
CONOVER – Former N.C. Rep. Mark Hollo announced Tuesday he is running for the N.C. Senate seat held by Sen. Andy Wells. Hollo, a physician assistant from Conover, said in a phone interview he served in the N.C. House of Representatives from 2005-06 and from 2011-14. For his first two terms, Hollo ...
North Carolina Senate Releases Legislative District Rewrite. Map-makers are proposing new districts for members of the North Carolina Senate, a move forced after a federal court ruled state Republicans illegally gave too much emphasis to race in the current version of legislative groupings. Aug. 21, 2017 ...
For District 45 of the North Carolina Senate, Republicans Shirley Blackburn Randleman of Wilkesboro and Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock filed their candidacy paperwork. Both are incumbents already serving in the House, with Ballard having served District 45 and Randleman serving District 30, which ...
MOORESVILLE — Vickie Sawyer has officially announced her candidacy for the 34th District of the North Carolina Senate. “I have been a resident, community leader and business owner in Iredell County for over 20 years,” said Sawyer. “I have enjoyed serving my community and I am prepared to take the ...
The downtown YMCA scheduled to open early next year will be named for James M. Poyner, a prominent Raleigh lawyer and namesake of the Poyner Spruill law firm. The facility is located at 227 Fayetteville St. and the move returns the YMCA to downtown – it was on Edenton Street until 1960, then it ...
Rep. Sam Watford recently announced that he will seek election in the North Carolina Senate after fellow Republican Sen. Cathy Dunn said she will not be running for re-election. Dunn was elected to represent the 33rd Senate District in November 2016 and has been serving since January. She replaced ...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday promised full but brisk debate with outside input on potentially dramatic changes to ...
Jay Chaudhuri, state senator of NC District 16, speaks at the Senator's Listening Session held in Talley Student Union on Tuesday. One of the ...
House Bill 174 passed 82-34 but did not receive a vote in the North Carolina Senate before the end of the legislative session.
The North Carolina Senate has the power to hold confirmation hearings to approve Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet nominees, according to the ...
Which is why I believe a bill pending in the North Carolina Senate is a boneheaded idea. Senator Bill Rabon of Southport introduced SB 698 ...
North Carolina has recently passed Senate Bill 621, the North Carolina Choice of Law and Forum in Business Contracts Act, in an effort to ...
The North Carolina Senate's top leader says he wants a "thoughtful dialogue" in the coming months about potentially dramatic changes to the ...
On Monday, the North Carolina Senate voted to override a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper and the state House followed suit on Tuesday, ...
The North Carolina Senate filed a Constitutional amendment Tuesday that would shorten all judges and state Supreme Court justices terms to ...
RALEIGH — It was a late night for the North Carolina Senate on Monday - as members voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation ...
State Senator Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes) announced Monday that she will seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate in 2018 to the new ...


 

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