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
2:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'This Victory Is Our Victory,' Tillis Declares

U.S. Senate-elect Thom Tillis smiles as he prepares to address supporters with (L-R) wife, Susan; daughter, Lindsay; and son, Ryan following his victory over Kay Hagan.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Nearly 3 million ballots were cast – but it all came down to 46,539 votes. That was enough to make Thom Tillis North Carolina’s next U.S. senator. The slim margin was painful for those gathered in Greensboro at Hagan’s election night headquarters. But the margin was irrelevant in an uptown ballroom in uptown where Tillis gave his victory speech. 

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Politics
3:15 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Science And Strategy Of Getting Out The Vote

Finding 'drop-off' voters, yup, there's an app for that.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

On Tuesday, the polls will open, ballots will be cast and the victors of the 2014 midterm elections will be known...we hope.

Historically, the turnout in midterm elections is low. Whichever candidate or party can best mobilize their base is the victor.  It’s what’s known as the ground game. And there is a science behind the strategy.

Don’t let the calm nature of Bruce Epperson fool you. The 42-year-old is on a hunt. "I’m on Danview Avenue, 2800 block."

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

Credit WFAE

Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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Politics
10:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Controversial 'Justice For All NC' PAC Returns For Late Push On Judges

One new Justice For All NC ad
Credit Via Youtube

One of the most controversial special interest groups in North Carolina is back. The group is Justice For All NC. They are a conservative political action committee. They have a lot of cash and they very much want to influence your choice for North Carolina’s Supreme Court. 

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Local News
3:52 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

What Chiquita Deal Means For Charlotte

What will the buyout mean for Chiquita's uptown headquarters?
Credit Julie Rose

For months, Chiquita’s board has been spurning an offer to merge with financial company Safra and juice maker Cutrale. Monday, Chiquita announced it will take the buyout by the two Brazilian companies.

So what does this mean for Charlotte? 

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Local News
10:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

An Odd Name Game On The Ballot

Credit From the 2014 ballot

There’s an odd thing about this year’s election ballot: In all four races for North Carolina’s Supreme Court, a known conservative candidate is listed first. Their liberal counterparts, second.

The races are officially non-partisan but that name placement may give a significant boost to those at the top.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The 'Hatred Parade' Of Hagan And Tillis

Screen grabs from ads attacking Kay Hagan (top) and Thom Tillis (bottom).
Credit Via Youtube

“Tar Heeled and Feathered” is the headline of a report released Thursday.

No, it’s not about any scandal at Chapel Hill.

Instead, the study from the Center for Public Integrity focuses on new dubious distinctions for the U.S. Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

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Politics
10:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Thom Tillis, The Chair, And How A 'Debate' Became A Really Long Interview

Tuesday night's debate-turned-conversation. Thom Tillis and "the chair" are on left.
Credit Courtesy of Time Warner News

Normally, when a high profile politician sits down with a news program, it’s billed as an interview. If the politician in question is a big enough name, it’s called an exclusive. 

But Tuesday night, when Thom Tillis took his seat on the set of Capital Tonight on Time Warner News, it was billed as a debate. Then, after some behind the scenes drama, it went from a debate to something else.

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Local News
12:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Patrick Cannon: From 'First Citizen' To Felon

Patrick Cannon arrives at the Federal Courthouse in uptown for his sentencing hearing.
Tasnim Shamma WFAE

Patrick Cannon and his family have been told to wait for a letter. It will come from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and tell the former mayor where and when his prison time will be served.

Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison Tuesday for accepting more than $50,000 in bribes and gifts from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen. 

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Crime
1:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Patrick Cannon Sentenced To 44 Months In Federal Prison

Cannon was released on bond after his sentencing hearing. He was represented by attorneys Henderson Hill and James Ferguson.
Tasnim Shamma

This morning, Patrick Cannon walked into the Federal Courthouse Uptown and was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine. The former Charlotte mayor pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. WFAE’s Tom Bullock was in the courtroom.


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