Tom Bullock

Reporter

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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One week ago on September 20, CMPD officer Brentley Vinson shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott. WFAE’s David Boraks and Tom Bullock join All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to talk us through what we know and still don’t know about the case.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
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This latest round of protests started peacefully. "It was all cool," said 31-year-old Eddie Thomas, "until riot cops came out. And once the riot cops came out, within five minutes, you had a man on the ground bleeding."

I’ll repeal mine if you repeal yours.

That’s the message North Carolina’s Republican leaders have been sending to the Charlotte City Council the past few days. The governor and legislative leaders have said they’re prepared to repeal House Bill 2 in full if, and only if, Charlotte votes to repeal its expanded non-discrimination ordinance first.

This morning Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said no deal.

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Political leaders, economic leaders – really, anyone with an opinion on House Bill 2 – will be paying close attention to Charlotte City Council Monday night to see if it will rescind its expansion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. 

There is a chance House Bill 2 could be repealed, in its entirety, next week.

That’s according to both Governor Pat McCrory’s office and a North Carolina lobbying group. But there are some major hurdles to overcome, the first comes on Monday night.

Governor Pat McCrory speaking at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club in Charlotte
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House Bill 2 was on the mind of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  during a campaign stop Wednesday afternoon at UNC-Greensboro.

"I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina, who sees your governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination, and suddenly feels like a second class citizen," Clinton said to applause.

Meanwhile, with this week’s announcement of college championship boycotts from both the NCAA and ACC still fresh, Governor Pat McCrory paid a visit to a group of Charlotte business leaders.

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Arguably the most vocal supporter of House Bill 2 is up for reelection this year. And his name is not Pat McCrory.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest helped call the special session that passed HB 2.

And the Republican remains an unflinching proponent of the law. On Tuesday night he debated Linda Coleman, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Monday it was the NCAA. Wednesday it’s the ACC. The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents announced today 10 league championships will not be played in North Carolina this year because of House Bill 2.

This decision does not affect every ACC Championship game but it does affect most. Football, baseball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and more (see details below)

As for the men’s basketball championship, that was already scheduled to be played in New York.

But this does mean Charlotte will not host the ACC football championship game.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
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In 2014, the race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis set the record as the most expensive U.S. Senate election in history.

In contrast, the 2016 race between Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Deborah Ross has been a bit of a sleeper. But that seems about to change.

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A stage with a carefully chosen backdrop. Characters. Music. All choreographed to emphasize an all-important script.

No, we’re not talking ballet.

Or a play.

But it is a form of theater, one North Carolinians will have the chance to see (a lot) over the coming months.

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