Dec 28, 2018

North Carolina elections board dissolves amid fraud investigation

Republican Mark Harris. Photo: Sean Rayford via Getty Images

North Carolina's elections board dissolved Friday without certifying the results of the state's 9th congressional race, which has been marred by allegations that a contractor for Republican Mark Harris committed election fraud to help him defeat his Democratic opponent Dan McCready, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The board disbanded as a result of an unrelated court order that ruled its structure was unconstitutional.

  • Investigators looking into allegations of misconduct involving absentee ballots were planning to present their findings to the board at a Jan. 11 hearing. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday he would name an interim board to ensure the hearing took place, but Republicans in the state argue the board would not have legitimate authority to rule on the case.

What's next: The allegations will not be settled by the time the new Congress convenes on Jan. 3, with incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she will not seat Harris until the allegations are settled. In the event that a new elections board is not formed, the Democrat-controlled House Administration Committee has the authority "to investigate the election, to determine a winner, or to call for a new election if it deems it necessary," per the Times.

Go deeper: There's a major election fraud case unfolding in North Carolina

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.