North Carolina governor's race en Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe <p>Today is our second of three interviews with the North Carolina candidates for governor. Last week, we interviewed Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Next week, we'll talk to Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, and so today's hour will be spent with Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe. Candidate Howe was not included in any of the televised debates prior to the election, even though she is on the ballot and she has been ranked as high as 9 percent in the polls. We'll learn about her philosophies and why she wants to be governor.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 13830 at Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe Gubernatorial Interview 1: Pat McCrory <p>It’s the first in our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews in advance of the November election. Former mayor of Charlotte <a href="">Pat McCrory</a> is our guest for the hour. This is his second consecutive run for governor. He lost to Governor Bev Perdue four years ago, but with Perdue not seeking re-election, this race is very different from his first. We’ll talk about his views on the issues, his plan for job creation and North Carolina’s future and more. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 09:01:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 13383 at Gubernatorial Interview 1: Pat McCrory The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter? <p>Some people call political debates the “super bowl” of politics. The media was speculating that Wednesday night’s presidential face-off “could change everything.”</p><p>So, did it? And what about the North Carolina gubernatorial debate just a couple of hours before? Do debates actually change voters’ minds? Duncan McFadyen checked in with Catawba College Political Scientist Michael Bitzer. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:46:08 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 13244 at The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter? Dalton Pitches Himself On McCrory's Turf <p>Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton walked into the heart of his opponent's home turf Tuesday in the race for governor with a campaign appearance at the Charlotte Rotary Club.</p><p>Republican Pat McCrory won a record seven terms as Charlotte mayor and presided over big boom years. He's always had strong support from Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.</p><p>So what kind of audience do you think a room full of Uptown business and community leaders would be for the guy trying to beat McCrory?</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:41:52 +0000 Julie Rose 7129 at Dalton Pitches Himself On McCrory's Turf North Carolina Governor's Race Awash In Out-Of-State Funds <P>North Carolina’s race for governor is expected to be the most expensive in the state’s history thanks largely to two deep-pocketed, Washington, D.C.-based organizations whose underwriters may not even know how their funds are being spent.</P> <P>The state is the latest field of battle for the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association, organizations whose impact has increased thanks to court decisions that eliminated limits on campaign spending.</P> <P>The two groups have spent roughly $3 million in North Carolina — nearly as much as candidates Pat McCrory a Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:48:40 +0000 Paul Abowd and John Dunbar, The Center for Public Integrity 4386 at