Congressman Mel Watt http://wfae.org en A Look At The Debate Over When To Elect Watt's Replacement http://wfae.org/post/look-debate-over-when-elect-watts-replacement <p>Governor Pat McCrory has scheduled the special primary election to replace 12<sup>th</sup> district Congressman Mel Watt for May 6th. That’s the same date as the primary for all races. And it means even a temporary replacement for Congressman Watt won’t be chosen until November. That has upset a lot of the governor’s critics. They accuse him of playing politics, because the majority minority district is a Democratic district. The leader of the state NAACP says the move denies people their constitutional right to representation. The governor says he’s doing what makes the most sense. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:46:39 +0000 Mark Rumsey & Duncan McFadyen 43090 at http://wfae.org A Look At The Debate Over When To Elect Watt's Replacement McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat http://wfae.org/post/mccrory-not-many-options-special-election-mel-watts-seat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he didn't have many options for when to hold a <a href="http://wfae.org/post/so-far-six-enter-competition-watts-coveted-house-seat" target="_blank">special election for the </a></span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/so-far-six-enter-competition-watts-coveted-house-seat" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">12<sup>th</sup></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wfae.org/post/so-far-six-enter-competition-watts-coveted-house-seat" target="_blank"> congressional district</a>.&nbsp; Me Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:05:44 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 42934 at http://wfae.org McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat http://wfae.org/post/so-far-six-enter-competition-watts-coveted-house-seat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:44:15 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 41339 at http://wfae.org So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat Congressman Watt's Nomination Clears Key Hurdle http://wfae.org/post/congressman-watts-nomination-clears-key-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nomination of North Carolina congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday.</span></p><p>The U.S. Senate voted 57-40 to break Republican opposition to <a href="http://wfae.org/post/watt-anticipates-nomination-hearing" target="_blank">Watt’s nomination</a>.&nbsp;Democrats were able to move the nomination forward thanks to a change in Senate rules that Democrats pushed through last month in response to numerous blocked nominations. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:40:35 +0000 Mark Rumsey 40843 at http://wfae.org Congressman Watt's Nomination Clears Key Hurdle Watt Faces Senate Skeptics, Confirmation Unclear http://wfae.org/post/watt-faces-senate-skeptics-confirmation-unclear <p>Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt's path to become the next head of the agency that oversees mortgage finance remains unclear after his senate confirmation hearing in Washington on Thursday.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:35:09 +0000 Julie Rose 30241 at http://wfae.org Watt Faces Senate Skeptics, Confirmation Unclear 12th District's History, Future Will Be Getting More Attention http://wfae.org/post/12th-districts-history-future-will-be-getting-more-attention <p>North Carolina’s 12<sup>th</sup> Congressional District has a storied and controversial history and the likelihood is that the district will garner even more attention when a variety of events converge within the next few months.&nbsp;</p><p>With Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to head the Federal Housing Financing Agency, an open-seat contest has already attracted considerable attention, especially from black Democratic candidates seeking to replace the 20-year veteran legislator.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 21:02:39 +0000 Michael Bitzer 27369 at http://wfae.org 12th District's History, Future Will Be Getting More Attention Watt's 'Liberal' Ranking Slides As Congress Gets More Partisan http://wfae.org/post/watts-liberal-ranking-slides-congress-gets-more-partisan <p>My most recent post was entitled <em><a href="http://wfae.org/post/nomination-hand-foxx-faces-gop-delay-machine">With Nomination in Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine</a></em>.&nbsp; While several cabinet nominees have faced delaying tactics by the minority GOP conference in the U.S. Senate for reasons perhaps other than the nominee’s qualifications, this week’s other Charlotte <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/05/01/190119/obama-pick-of-rep-mel-watt-to.html#.UYJ4iisaf2j">nominee</a> may face not just delay, but a possible denial of his appointment.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:10:34 +0000 Michael Bitzer 26576 at http://wfae.org Watt's 'Liberal' Ranking Slides As Congress Gets More Partisan