Tom Bullock

Reporter

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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Politics
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Shifting Center Or Standing Pat? The Politics Of Gov. McCrory Ahead Of 2016 Campaign

Candidate Pat McCrory from a 2012 political ad.
Credit Via YouTube

Governor Pat McCrory is Monday's guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget.

Now disagreements between legislative leaders and the governor are nothing new, even when the branches are controlled by the same party. But their criticisms of each other have become more pointed and more public.

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Politics
9:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

McCrory Says Sales Tax Bill Will Cause 'Great Harm'

Governor Pat McCrory addressing UNC officials on Wednesday.
Credit Gov. Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory has now made it clear, he is against a Senate plan to redistribute sales taxes. And he’s looking for allies in that fight.

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Politics
11:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

City Council Considers Charlotte Photo ID For Immigrants

A poster in support of a Charlotte Photo ID
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The Charlotte City Council found itself on federal turf Monday night as it debated immigration policy. This after a task force submitted proposals to make the city more immigrant friendly and allow the city to better take advantage of Charlotte’s immigrant economy. There were 27 proposals in all. The most controversial: issuing a Charlotte photo ID to all immigrants who want one, whether they’re in the country legally or illegally. 

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Local News
2:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Good Or Bad Government? 'Blank Bills' And The NC Senate

When left and right agree. Chris Fitzimon, Director of NC Policy Watch (left) and Mitch Kokai, political analyst with the John Locke Foundation (right) both see problems with 'Blank Bills'.
Credit Courtesy of NC Policy Watch and the John Locke Foundation

All 50 members of the North Carolina Senate have each introduced a nearly identical bill. The bill is usually comprised of just 41 words. The details of the proposed legislation could easily fit in a tweet.

These are what's known as ‘blank bills.’

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News
8:04 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Greater Grant? Bills Look To Boost State Money For Film And TV

Twin bills in the North Carolina House and Senate would increase the grant program from $10 million per year to $66 million per year.
Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina’s new film grant program is just 72 days old. But already there are two bills aiming to change how much money the state can offer TV and movie productions in order to lure them to the state. 

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Local News
5:57 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Ritz-Carlton's 'Black Tax' Hardly Industry Standard

Patrice Wright's receipt from the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte. The 'CIAA Service Charge' is underlined.
Courtesy of Patrice Wright

It’s not often a picture of a bar receipt goes viral. But then again it’s not often a hotel bar adds an automatic surcharge that’s being called by some a ‘Black Tax.’

The receipt is from the Ritz-Carlton in uptown, and that extra charge was levied during the recent CIAA basketball tournament.

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Local News
12:35 am
Mon March 9, 2015

After Legal Victory A 'Holistic Review' Underway Of Airport Taxis, Uber

A 'holistic review' of Ground Transportation underway at Charlotte Douglas.
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Late last week, a judge dismissed two lawsuits against the City of Charlotte. Both were brought by taxi companies and alleged a pay-to-play scheme determined which companies could pick up passengers at Charlotte-Douglas International. The ruling is a major legal victory for the city and the airport. But it doesn’t mean ground transportation at the airport necessarily goes back to the status quo. 

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Local News
12:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

CMPD Officer Shoots Teen Reportedly Carrying A Gun

Credit Courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he shot a teenage boy Saturday night. Police say the teen had a gun.

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Local News
6:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

LGBT Defeat: Council Rejects Non-Discrimination Expansion

Two women pray before the city council meeting began
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night Charlotte’s City Council voted down a proposal to expand the city’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT people. The vote was 6 to 5. It’s a major blow to LGBT rights advocates and a victory for those who saw the move as part of a war against religious freedom.

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Local News
2:03 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Contentious LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Before City Council Tonight

A proposed expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance is the only item on the council's agenda Monday night.
Credit Charlotte City Council Agenda

On any given Monday the Charlotte City Council considers dozens of measures. Tonight, it will have just one.

It’s a proposal to broaden the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The move is contentious. Council members have been swamped with emails and phone calls trying to sway their vote.

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