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10:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sen. Tillis Introduces His First Measure

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It was a week of firsts for North Carolina’s new U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis. The senator filed his first legislation, an amendment Thursday that would open much of the East Coast to off-shore drilling for oil and gas.

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Local News
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate

A photo of Kilah Davenport after she was discharged from the hospital on July 19, 2012.
Credit Courtesy of Leslie Davenport

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on Wednesday night. It's a bill that asks Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a state-by-state report on child abuse prevention laws within 6 months. The goal is to get states to increase punishment for child abuse offenders.

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Local News
10:36 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates In The Home Stretch For Primary Next Week

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Primary election day is this upcoming Tuesday, May 6, so today we discussed it with our political science professor, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College who also writes for our political blog the Party Line.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff

Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

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Local News
1:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NC GOP Candidates For U.S. Senate Square Off In First TV Debate

Davidson College hosted the first live TV debate between the Republican candidates for one of North Carolina's U.S. Senate seats.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Four Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave their views on limited government, Obamacare and even a little college basketball Tuesday night at Davidson College. It was the first live televised debate in the race

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Local News
10:05 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches

Senator Kay Hagan
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North Carolina hosts one of the most watched electoral races in the country this year, as first-term Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is up for reelection. Who will win is already a toss-up, in a year where Republicans and Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the race.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Outside Attack Ads Underway In NC Senate Race

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During this year’s election season, the biggest prize in North Carolina is the U.S. Senate seat held by first-term Democrat Kay Hagan. Big money is already pouring in from both left and right, and attack ads are already on the air.

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the Senate race, through the lens of one ad, in particular.

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The Party Line
4:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Breaking Down U.S. Senate Hopefuls

Michael Bitzer

The eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates who hope to take on Sen. Kay Hagan in the fall can be divided into three tiers.

Typically, we would consider “top tier” candidates who have run and held public office before, meaning they have financial resources, campaign organization, and some name recognition.

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1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

The Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. transportation secretary.
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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary. The Senate voted unanimously in his favor Thursday afternoon.  

Before the vote, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller praised Foxx.

"He is an expert on transportation, intermodal and otherwise," Rockefeller says. "He understands the lay of the land and he's done it. He's a superb and qualified person who is very much needed to overlook our enormous transportation system, which is in trouble"

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The Party Line
11:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Tillis Begins 'Invisible Primary' For U.S. Senate

North Carolina’s 2014 U.S. Senate race is starting to shape up as most had expected—one of the closest fought in the nation. And when early punditry call it “a close fight,” voters can usually expect an ugly, knock-down drag out battle.

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