January 22, 2019

A judge in North Carolina on Tuesday rejected Republican candidate Mark Harris' request to certify the results of the state's disputed 9th congressional district race.

The final tally from the November election has Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The state's election board said it could not certify the results because it is investigating allegations that a man working on behalf of a firm hired by Harris illegally collected absentee ballots. To make things even more complicated, the election board that launched the investigation was ruled unconstitutional and dissolved, The News Observer reports, and the next board won't be created until Jan. 31 or later.

During the hearing, Wake County Superior Court Paul Ridgeway said "this is an extremely unusual situation, with no board in place, and asking this court to step in and exert extraordinary power in declaring the winner of an election, when that is clearly the purview of another branch of government." Harris and McCready did not attend the hearing, but afterwards, a spokesman for McCready said "the most important thing is that people get the answer they deserve," and he believes "both sides agree that it's important that the people of North Carolina have a voice in Washington." Catherine Garcia

December 27, 2017

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a legal challenge to President Trump's voter fraud panel, ruling that the group behind the lawsuit, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is "not a voter" and has no standing to sue, Reuters reported Tuesday. President Trump, who has claimed without evidence that thousands of people voted illegally last year, created the bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by executive order in May. Judge Stephen Williams wrote that EPIC "has suffered no informational or organizational injury from the defendants' attempt to collect voter data." EPIC President Marc Rotenberg called the decision "surprising," The Hill reported. Harold Maass

December 21, 2017

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels dismissed two lawsuits that claim President Trump's continued ownership in his real estate company violates the Constitution's Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses.

One case was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, along with hospitality business owners and employees, and the other by a New York attorney on behalf of members of the public, and Daniels ruled that the plaintiffs were unable to show injury related to foreign governments patronizing Trump businesses. He also said Congress is the "appropriate body to determine" if the clauses have been violated. An attorney for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said there is "no question that there will be an appeal, and our legal team is in the process of exploring our next steps." Catherine Garcia

July 21, 2016

The NBA has decided to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state neglected to change a controversial law requiring transgender individuals use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex, The Vertical reports. Earlier this year, North Carolina passed its controversial House Bill 2, which prompted league commissioner Adam Silver in April to threaten to relocate the game after calling the law "problematic."

The All-Star Game comprises a full weekend of activities that bring the NBA's biggest stars and brightest upcoming talents to one city, generally resulting in a boon for tourism and business. The NBA had held off on moving the game despite the fact that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed the law back in March, with Silver hoping state lawmakers would "do the right thing" in due time.

With no action by North Carolina legislators to change the law and only roughly seven months until the game, which tips off Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, the league has reportedly decided to move the All-Star festivities because it must begin finalizing the logistics of the weekend. The NBA is reportedly leaning most heavily toward reolocating to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, though other cities are lobbying for the chance to host the weekend. Read more at The Vertical. Kimberly Alters

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