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
10:57 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Magistrates Can Now Say 'No' To Same-Sex Marriage

Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina magistrates can now opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds.

When Governor Pat McCrory vetoed this bill 13 days ago he wrote, “No public official who voluntarily swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution should be exempt from upholding that oath.”

The Senate quickly voted to override that veto. But in the House the vote had been delayed for more than a week as Speaker Tim Moore and Republican leadership worked to make sure they had the votes they needed.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Bill Eliminating Aesthetic Controls On Governor's Desk

SB 25 would end municipalities ability to regulate the aesthetics of new or remodeled homes.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn

A bill which could change the way your neighborhood looks has made its way to Governor Pat McCrory’s desk.

Under current law, cities and towns can use zoning ordinances to mandate how new homes look on the outside. The type of siding or roof shingles, number and style of windows, in some cases even the color of houses.

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Local News
8:42 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Charlotte City Council Passes Civil Liberties Resolution

Alma Hernandez speaking to the Charlotte City Council
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday night, after hearing from members of the public, the Charlotte City Council passed a new civil liberties resolution. The vote was unanimous.

The resolution reaffirms the right of citizens to peacefully demonstrate and to record the police in action. And it bars the police from arbitrarily stopping and searching individuals unless the police have a clear and articulated reason for that search.

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Politics
7:39 am
Thu June 4, 2015

'Ag-Gag' And New Abortion Restrictions To Become Law

Credit North Carolina General Assembly

Wednesday night was a busy night in Raleigh. First, House lawmakers voted 79-36 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that will allow employers to sue workers who secretly take pictures or record audio in their place of business. The Senate had already voted to override the veto, which means the bill will become law.


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Politics
2:09 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

McCrory Vetoes 'Ag-Gag' Bill; Says More Vetoes On The Way

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Courtesy of the Governor's Office

A controversial bill which would allow business owners to sue employees who secretly record at the workplace has been vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory.

The measure is officially named the Property Protection Act. But its more widely known as the ‘Ag-Gag’ bill.

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Local News
11:20 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

How A Controversial Provision Of The Patriot Act Was (Likely) Used In Charlotte

Undated photo of Samir Khan posted to Inspire magazine after Khan's death.
Credit Inspire Magazine

Arguably the most controversial provision in a controversial law is set to expire this Monday, unless the United States Senate acts. The law is the USA Patriot Act, the provision is known as Section 215.

It grants government agencies expanded powers of surveillance of American citizens, think the bulk phone data collection done by the NSA. But the NSA isn’t the only federal agency to take advantage of the provision. The FBI has used it as well, including, most likely, here in Charlotte. 

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri May 22, 2015

NC House Passes $22 Billion Budget

Early Friday morning the House of Representatives passed their $22 billion state budget.
Credit NC General Assembly

Early Friday morning, North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed its $22 billion state budget. The final vote came just after 1 am. It capped off more than 9 hours of debate about the bill itself and nearly 50 amendments to the measure.

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Politics
9:54 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Contrary To Party Doctrine, State Republicans Fiddle With Local Control

Wake County, Stanley County, the city of Greensboro and Rockingham County are just a few local governments affected by local legislation this year.
Credit North Carolina Government

Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate voted to shrink the Rockingham County School Board and redraw their districts.  

This is just the latest move by the Republican controlled General Assembly which seems to contradict a core belief of their party: Local Control is best.  

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue May 19, 2015

NC House Draft Budget Released; Debate Begins

The debate begins over the House's proposed budget.

The North Carolina House of Representatives has released its proposed $22 billion budget for the state and the debate has begun.

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Politics
12:20 am
Tue May 19, 2015

'Ag-Gag' Bill Passes NC Senate, Heads To The Governor

The North Carolina Senate passed the so called 'Ag-Gag' bill 32 to 13. The measure is now headed for the Governor's desk.
Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Monday night which allows business owners to sue employees who secretly record audio or video in the workplace. The vote was 32 to 13.

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