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Debates proposed for governor, Senate candidates

UPDATED The League of Women Voters and Time-Warner Cable hope to organize debates next year for the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, in advance of the primary and the general elections.

They sent out a news release on Monday saying four dates have been chosen in advance of the primary and general elections next year. But at least one campaign says its candidate hasn’t agreed to any debates yet.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s campaign will only agree to debates where all interested parties meet, negotiate and reach a memorandum of understanding on the format and process, campaign strategist Paul Schumaker notified Dome on Monday afternoon.

Rick Willis, Time Warner Cable’s news director, clarified that invitations have been sent to all current candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

The two organizations had announced specific times, dates and locations.

Additionally, the cable TV company and voter organization will team up on a series of nonpartisan education initiatives, described as specials, vignettes and public service announcements throughout 2016.

This post was updated to reflect the uncertainty of the debates.

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