Tom Bullock

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Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Donald Trump addressing VFW National Convention
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan to fix the country’s VA health care system. He was speaking Tuesday at the VFW convention in uptown Charlotte. Besides the plan, Trump also attacked Democratic rival Hilary Clinton, and some in the crowd joined in.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


Updated 5:30 p.m.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars have gathered in Charlotte for their annual convention. The VFW convention is a chance for presidential contenders to make their case as to why they would be the best commander in chief.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the group Monday (Donald Trump speaks Tuesday). WFAE's Tom Bullock talks to Mark Rumsey about her speech

What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

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U.S. Senator Richard Burr is one of the big name Republicans not attending their party convention in Cleveland this week. Still, the Senior Senator from North Carolina made a stop in the city on Wednesday to address the state’s delegation. And he made a surprising announcement.

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There’s not a lot Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper agree on these days. But the gubernatorial campaigns of both men have a common theme: North Carolina’s economy.

Cooper was in Charlotte Wednesday to present his plan to bring high paying jobs to the state.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock and All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey discuss the proposal, and the response from the McCrory campaign.

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The latest fundraising numbers are in for the campaigns of North Carolina’s top two races.

Those races are for governor and U.S. senator. And in both races, the Democratic challengers are outraising the Republican incumbents in the second quarter.

North Carolina’s status as a battleground state was cemented Tuesday by three high-profile visitors: President Barack Obama and the two major party candidates hoping to replace him.

The first event took place at the Charlotte Convention Center, where Sheryl Crow’s “Woman in the White House” was among the songs played to entertain the crowd early on.

Don’t you think it’s time
to put a woman in the White House

with a whole new attitude.

Kathleen Alexander wholeheartedly agrees.

Update 5:50 p.m.

It was Hillary Clinton's first joint campaign appearance with President Obama. The fact that it was in North Carolina indicates how important the state is to victory in November. But there wasn't much about the event that was North Carolina-centric. There was no mention of House Bill 2, for example. It was an event with messages that could have come from anywhere.

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North Carolina is home to perhaps the closest gubernatorial race in the country. So it’s no surprise that outside groups are buying up airtime to bolster their candidate of choice.

But this is surprising, these outside groups have spent 47 times more on campaign ads than the candidates themselves. That’s according to a report released July 1, which also shows the race for North Carolina’s governor’s mansion is becoming a proxy war.

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