Politics http://wfae.org en U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-gop-runoff-looks-likely <p>Now that we are entering the home stretch of the May primary election, we still seem to lack a true frontrunner in the GOP nomination contest for the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>While most polls show Thom Tillis, speaker of the NC House of Representatives, leading the field, the <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/nc/north_carolina_senate_republican_primary-3490.html#polls">numbers</a> across several different polls indicate a larger percentage of the potential electorate still has not made up their minds regarding the eight candidates.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:24:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 49263 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely This Looks Familiar: Brannon's Site Lifts Passages http://wfae.org/post/looks-familiar-brannons-site-lifts-passages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon’s campaign plagiarized several passages on his website. This marks the second time Brannon’s campaign has lifted content.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:56:13 +0000 Greg Collard 49180 at http://wfae.org This Looks Familiar: Brannon's Site Lifts Passages James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race http://wfae.org/post/james-mitchell-withdraws-12th-congressional-district-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "</span>Smuggie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> congressional district seat.</span></p><div><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:57:09 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 48989 at http://wfae.org James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat http://wfae.org/post/seven-democrats-two-republicans-running-watts-12th-district-congressional-seat <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s an unusual year for the </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat. &nbsp;Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.</span></p><p>Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:38:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt, Tasnim Shamma & Duncan McFadyen 48669 at http://wfae.org Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat Here's Who Votes In Primaries http://wfae.org/post/heres-who-votes-primaries <p>“And so begins a critical period in American politics…that almost no one notices,” is the conclusion of a Brookings Institute <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/19-congressional-primaries-texas-illinois-kamarck">report</a> about primary elections in the United States.&nbsp; A key finding is that in the past three midterms elections, turnout in congressional primaries has averaged 5.4%, 4.6% and 7.5% of the voting age population.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:51:34 +0000 Michael Bitzer 48612 at http://wfae.org Here's Who Votes In Primaries B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups http://wfae.org/post/b-roll-footage-blurs-lines-between-campaigns-and-interest-groups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of the political ads you see and hear are produced by independent third-party interest groups. They are called “independent” because it’s illegal for these groups and candidates to coordinate their campaigns.</span></p><p>But this year it’s harder to distinguish between these groups and some candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race.</p><p>This year the campaigns of Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are pushing the boundaries of election law.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:10:32 +0000 Tom Bullock 48068 at http://wfae.org B-Roll Footage Blurs Lines Between Campaigns And Interest Groups City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7 http://wfae.org/post/city-council-will-choose-new-mayor-april-7 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the<a href="http://wfae.org/post/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-arrest-federal-bribery-charges"> arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon</a>. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week.&nbsp;</span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:15:50 +0000 Ben Bradford & Tasnim Shamma 48077 at http://wfae.org City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7 Political Corruption Is Rare Exception http://wfae.org/post/political-corruption-rare-exception <p>For many, corruption in politics is a given. Those awarded with the public’s trust are always questioned in their motives.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://wfae.org/post/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-arrest-federal-bribery-charges">allegations</a> that Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon, was just in a long list of notable scandals and examples of political corruption: most recently, the mayors of Detroit and New Orleans were targets of the criminal justice system at the local level.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:50:05 +0000 Michael Bitzer 47795 at http://wfae.org Political Corruption Is Rare Exception Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges http://wfae.org/post/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-arrest-federal-bribery-charges <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon </span><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/CannonResignationLetter.pdf?__utma=100058712.665783570.1395344721.1395856381.1395875887.13&amp;__utmb=100058712.74.7.1395876992326&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1395674403.9.2.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/23/4789086/uncc-updating-engineering-courses.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=150381238" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">has resigned</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the FBI <a href="http://wfae.org/post/how-fbis-case-against-cannon-went-down" target="_blank">arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/Cannon_As_Filed_Complaint_0.pdf" target="_blank">federal criminal complaint</a> says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The FBI began an undercover investigation </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:12:22 +0000 WFAE News 47739 at http://wfae.org Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches http://wfae.org/post/awkward-world-judicial-stump-speeches <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In seven weeks, North Carolinians will go to the polls for the state&nbsp; primary elections.&nbsp; This means candidates for all kinds of offices are out wooing voters and raising money. For those trying to become elected judges - the process is a bit strange.&nbsp; And even the candidates worry it may hurt the credibility of the state’s highest courts.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:17:36 +0000 Tom Bullock 47149 at http://wfae.org The Awkward World Of Judicial Stump Speeches