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.

Ways to Connect

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This week, we're saving the best for last. As in the last interview in this episode. It's a rare look inside the world of 'dark money' groups looking to influence you and your vote. These groups can and do keep their donor lists secret and they aren’t known for talking with reporters.

But first, have you ever cold called someone to ask for $5,000? If you have you're likely a political candidate.

Host Tom Bullock learns the ropes of fundraising and makes a few cold calls. And our completely biased political panel is back to talk big money in politics.

Via NCGA

The clock is now ticking, the deadline is set. Republican leaders of the General Assembly have one month to redraw 28 state legislative districts ruled to be illegal racial gerrymanders.

If they don’t, a court will.

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Lawmakers in North Carolina have long loved to (politically) party with the gerrymander. And both major parties are guilty of twisting districts to help keep themselves in power. With the latest rounds of court ordered redistricting officially now underway, we dig into what the new maps may look like. And Candidate ME talks with Democratic State Senator Jeff Jackson about how he hopes to use the maps to break Republican supermajorities at the General Assembly.

Via NCGA

It's been nearly eight weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina were illegal racial gerrymanders. The political maps, the court said, must be redrawn.  

On Wednesday, a select group of state senators and representatives sat down to officially begin that process.

On Wednesday, members of the General Assembly will begin complying with an order issued by the U.S. Supreme Court - fix 28 state legislative districts which the high court found to be illegal racial gerrymanders.

A select group of state senators and representatives will start that process when they meet to discuss redistricting.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

This is it. Friday, July 21 is the last day for candidates to officially fill out the paperwork needed to run in the 2017 elections.

This being an odd numbered year, these are all local races like mayor, school board, city council and town boards. 

Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss who has and has not filed, size up the candidate field for Charlotte's mayor and talk about a new podcast WFAE has launched.

Erin Wygant / WFAE

Get ready folks, the 2017 election season is now officially underway. Which means dozens and dozens (and dozens) of candidates and their campaigns are hard at work trying to sway you to their side.

What if one of these campaigns opens their doors and showed us what happens behind the scenes? The messy stuff usually hidden from view. The art, science and yes, shenanigans of campaigning? Now that would be fun. But that's not going to happen.

So in our first episode, Candidate ME launches its own hypothetical campaign. 

Welcome To Candidate ME

Jul 19, 2017
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WFAE

Welcome to the 2017 election season. This is an odd numbered year, which means politics really does go local, with contests for school board, town and city councils and, of course mayors.

WFAE will, of course, bring you our usual full coverage of these races. But this year we're also doing something new.

We're calling it Candidate ME.

Bank of America sign
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

"Against modest economic growth of 2 percent, we had one of the strongest quarters in our history." That is how Bank of America CEO and Chairman Brian Moynihan characterized the Charlotte based bank's second quarter results this morning. B of A saw profits rise 10 percent from last year with net earnings of $5.3 billion for the quarter.

Mecklenburg County

Today is the seventh day of the seventh month of the year. And there are more than a few Mecklenburg County residents hoping today's date is a lucky start to their election or re-election campaigns.

Yes, there have already been candidate forums, fundraising emails aplenty and yard signs are already sprouting like some kind of patriotic perennial. Still, the 2017 election season doesn’t officially kick off in Mecklenburg County until 12:00 p.m. today.

That's when the two week candidate filing period begins.

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