Politics http://wfae.org en WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-voting-law-lawsuit-republican-infighting-statehouse-heritage-usa <p></p><p></p><p>WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:03 +0000 Greg Collard, Ben Bradford & Michael Tomsic 54735 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session http://wfae.org/post/salisbury-city-manager-booted-after-closed-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Salisbury now has an interim city manager. That's because two weeks ago, city council members effectively fired former city manager Doug Paris.</span></p><p>The city's communications director resigned the next day.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:42:23 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 54068 at http://wfae.org Salisbury City Manager Booted After Closed Session Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? http://wfae.org/post/happy-fiscal-new-year-do-we-have-anything-celebrate-yet <p>Today is July 1. The 182<sup>nd</sup> day of 2014. To most of us, it’s just another Tuesday. But to those North Carolinians more in tune with a fiscal calendar than a Gregorian one – state lawmakers, for example – today is also the first day of 2015. And that means the budget is passed and the short legislative session is over. Right?</p><p>Not so fast.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:25:45 +0000 Tom Bullock 54028 at http://wfae.org Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet? Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption http://wfae.org/post/cannon-pleads-guilty-public-corruption <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:10:37 +0000 Ben Bradford & Tasnim Shamma 52196 at http://wfae.org Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate http://wfae.org/post/jeff-jackson-replaces-clodfelter-state-senate <p>Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.</p><p>Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:40:49 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50274 at http://wfae.org Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election http://wfae.org/post/democrats-will-fill-clodfelters-senate-seat-special-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Dan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Clodfelter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:01:06 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50018 at http://wfae.org Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff http://wfae.org/post/tillis-expands-lead-latest-polls-could-avoid-runoff <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom </span>Tillis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:18:10 +0000 Ben Bradford 49978 at http://wfae.org Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff 'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme http://wfae.org/post/now-maybe-theyll-listen-accusations-pay-play-scheme <p>There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:</p><p>Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.</p><p>"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."</p><p>What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:</p><p>"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:04:52 +0000 Tom Bullock 49709 at http://wfae.org 'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme NC/SC Midterm Election Update http://wfae.org/post/ncsc-midterm-election-update <p>The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49460 at http://wfae.org NC/SC Midterm Election Update NC Budget Director Art Pope http://wfae.org/post/nc-budget-director-art-pope <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Art Pope is a very influential figure in North Carolina and, as he's risen through the ranks he's become a rather controversial one as well. Chairman, CEO and President of Variety Wholesalers and a foundation, he is also the state budget director, appointed to the job by Governor </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, for whose campaign Pope volunteered. A former legislator, Art Pope is making waves in his new job and joins us to talk about holding the state's purse strings.&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">(This show was pre-recorded.)</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49106 at http://wfae.org NC Budget Director Art Pope