ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

clear-night
71°
Mostly Cloudy
H 86° L 65°
  • clear-night
    71°
    Current Conditions
    Mostly Cloudy. H 86° L 65°
  • cloudy-day
    84°
    Afternoon
    Mostly Cloudy. H 86° L 65°
  • cloudy-day
    86°
    Evening
    Mostly Cloudy. H 89° L 69°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest newscast

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

National Govt & Politics
North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work
Close

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work
Photo Credit: Jamie Dupree

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

In a filing made late Thursday night to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina, which has come under fire for possible absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 elections, listed a debt of $34,310 to an outside GOP consulting group which was tasked with absentee ballot work in Bladen County, the epicenter of fraud allegations in the race for North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District.

The submission, made at 10:12 pm on Thursday night by the Harris campaign, was the first public admission by the candidate that he had hired the Red Dome Group specifically to do work for him in Bladen County; Red Dome reportedly hired McCrae Dowless, the local political operative who seems to have been in charge of an illegal absentee ballot operation which helped Harris.

News of the filing was first reported by the New York Times, further stirring the controversy over the fate of Harris, who defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes in November.

But in recent days, with more evidence surfacing of absentee ballot fraud, including the possible destruction of ballots from Democrats, McCready withdrew his concession on Thursday, accusing Harris of knowingly supporting 'criminal activity.'

The fast-moving events have led Democrats to openly say that Harris may not be seated when the 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019.

"The House still retains the right to decide who is seated," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who expects to be Speaker in the next Congress.

"As you know, it's not just the Democrats who have a problem with how it went in North Carolina, the Republicans have a problem, too, because it affected their primary election," Pelosi added.

A look at the numbers from the GOP primary in North Carolina show that Harris won by an extraordinary margin in the absentee-by-mail results, with an edge of 437-17 over Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC).

In recent days, Pittenger has raised more questions about the primary, as he has indicated his concern about what went on in Bladen County.

"There's some pretty unsavory people out, particularly in Bladen County," Pittenger said in a local TV interview. "And I didn't have anything to do with them."

It's not clear when the North Carolina Board of Elections will take another step in the Harris-McCready election.

Investigators have been seen in the field interviewing people who collected absentee ballots for Dowless, who was working for Red Dome on behalf of Harris.

The board said it would hold a hearing by December 21.

Read More

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A large flightless bird with dagger-like talons that was blamed for fatally attacking its owner at a Florida farm earlier this month is heading to the auction block Saturday along with dozens of other exotic animals. >> Read more trending news  The animals are part of the estate of Marvin Hajos, who was killed when he fell in between the pens of his cassowaries, a colorful, emu-like bird native to Australia and Southeast Asia that can weigh up to 130 pounds. Other animals on Hajos’ farm include lemurs, macaws, and Kookaburras. The animals will be auctioned off by Gulf Coast Livestock Auction, according to The New York Times. A friend of Hajos told the Times the group organized Saturday’s auction because Hajos wanted the animals sold after his death.  Original story: A dagger-clawed, large, flightless bird fatally attacked its fallen owner Friday at a Florida farm. Marvin Hajos, 75, was killed by a cassowary after apparently falling, Alachua County Fire Rescue told the Gainesville Sun.  “It looks like it was accidental,” Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Sun. “My understanding is that (Hajos) was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked.” Cassowaries, like emus are about 6 feet tall. The endangered bird is native to Australia and New Guinea. It is believed their population is about 4,000, according to the Australian government.  It is considered one of the most dangerous birds on the planet. “The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick,” the San Diego Zoo said in its description of the animal. “Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 mph through the dense forest underbrush.”  The man was breeding cassowaries at his Florida farm, state wildlife officials said. The bird was taken to a private location after the incident. It is unclear what will ultimately happen to it.  Florida state wildlife officials say the cassowary can “pose a danger to people.” To obtain a mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the Sun.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A child has died after being hit by a truck in south Orange County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the incident happened near East Wetherbee Road and Landstar Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The child was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment where he died. FHP also said that it is not clear if the semi-truck driver knew whether it hit the child or not. This incident is not being reported as a hit-and-run at this time. They are still still searching for the involved semi-truck.
  • Idaho is known for its consistently high-quality potatoes, and now visitors can sleep in a giant fake one if they can afford $200 a night. As pointed out by the Detroit Free Press, a potato “hotel” the size of a small house is now a place people can stay.  It’s located in a field southeast of capital Boise.  Interested travels can check out its official Airbnb rental page: The actual prop is 28-feet long and made from steel, plaster and concrete.  It was made to celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary, according to the Free Press, and has been on the road for the last seven years until owner Kristie Wolfe decided to let people stay inside. Here’s a video documenting its construction: (Video)
  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would turn to the Supreme Court if Democrats decided to pursue impeachment proceedings against him. >> Read more trending news “I DID NOTHING WRONG,” the president wrote in a series of tweets posted Wednesday. “If the partisan Dems ever tried to impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court.” It was not clear how the Supreme Court could legally intervene if Congress moved to impeach Trump. The court ruled unanimously in 1993 that authority over impeachment trials “is reposed in the Senate and nowhere else,” according to government records and Politico. >> How does impeachment work? Here is the step-by-step process Joshua Matz, a lawyer specializing in constitutional law, told The Washington Post that Trump’s tweets reflected “a profound misunderstanding,” as the court has “no constitutional warrant to second-guess the substance of an impeachment judgment.” Calls for Trump's impeachment have grown following the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election meddling. The special counsel said he found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to win the 2016 presidential election, though he couldn't rule out the possibility that the president might have obstructed justice. >> What are the 10 times Mueller said Trump may have obstructed justice? “The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment,” Mueller said in his report. “At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.” The report spelled out 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice by Trump.  U.S. Attorney General William Barr said at a news conference that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided after reading Mueller’s report that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the president.
  • A local pet rescue organization is expanding and they need your help! Polka Dogz Pet Rescue stopped by the News 96.5 WDBO studios on Wednesday to introduce the staff to several of their dogs. President Heidi Hardman says they have been able to place more than 600 dogs in the 3 ½ years they have been operating. “We average about 200 a year and we’re growing from that and that is with a lot of seniors and special needs,” said Hardman. Polka Dogz is in the process of purchasing a new facility in Lake County that will give the dogs more room to roam and could allow the organization to take on more rescues. “We want suites in there, it’s not going to be cages, but the only time they’re going to be in their ‘rooms’ as we call them is for nap time and for overnights,” said Hardman. The home sits on 20 acres near Howey-in-the-Hills.  Hardman says they plan to build play yards and agility equipment.  Polka Dogz is accepting donations to help make the necessary upgrades to the property. To find out how you can help click HERE.   

Washington Insider

  • As President Donald Trump on Wednesday once more called for Congress to change America's laws dealing with illegal immigration, threatening again to close part of the Mexican border, and vowing to send more armed soldiers to help stop illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States, there was no evidence that Republicans in the Senate - or Democrats in the House - were ready to launch any legislative drive to help deal with the tide of migrants. In a speech at an opioids conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, the President again appealed for action to change what he said were 'horrible, obsolete, weak, pathetic, immigration laws.' 'And that's why I've declared a national emergency, which is exactly what it is,' Mr. Trump added. 'Our facilities are at full capacity,' Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said earlier this week, as he echoed the President's call for lawmakers to help deal with those coming across the border illegally. 'Congress must act with additional authorities, resources & tools in order to accomplish our humanitarian & security mission,' the new DHS chief tweeted. Earlier this week, the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said he was putting the final touches on an immigration package to be presented to his father in coming days. But there was no indication of whether that plan would be presented to Congress for action, of it would serve as only a partial guide for lawmakers on the politically sensitive subject. “We desperately need some immigration legislation,' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News earlier this month.  'It is finally time for us to step up and not only solve the crisis at the border, but do some changes to immigration laws that are sensible,' the Kentucky Republican added, saying it's time to end 'years of gridlock' on immigration matters. At this point though in the halls of the Congress, there is no indication that lawmakers will be voting on any immigration plan anytime soon. For obvious reasons, Democrats aren't interested in taking the lead for the President on immigration legislation, pointing back to early 2018, when a bipartisan Senate group seemingly reached an immigration deal which was acceptable to President Trump - only to watch him quickly tack away. 'The President put forth his criteria. He had the Senate Republicans and Democrats come together, proposed something to him and then he walked away from it,' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Back in February 2018, the President's preferred immigration plan garnered only 39 votes, with 13 GOP Senators refusing to support Mr. Trump's nearly $100 billion package. That plan featured money to build a border wall, an end to chain migration, stopping a visa lottery, and a number of other immigration law changes desired by the President. But it won the votes of only three Democrats, mainly because it did not do enough to help younger illegal immigrant 'Dreamers' in the country under the DACA program. The House and Senate are currently out on a two week break for Easter; immigration legislation is not on the agenda in either legislative body at this point.