Charlotte Talks: Political Headlines Here And Around The Country

Nov 6, 2017

Monday, November 6 2017

On the eve of our local election, a look at several headline-making political stories here and around the country, including the Virginia governor’s race which has become important as a test of the national mood.  Meanwhile, a federal judge is hiring an outside expert to help analyze this state’s legislative maps.  Plus, there’s a new GOP tax plan on the table and developments in Robert Mueller’s investigation.  Host Mike Collins and a panel of political experts examine the political impact of all these stories and more. 

Tuesday is Election Day both here and in cities around the nation.

Here in Charlotte, we’ll elect our 6th mayor in 4 years, and our city council might look very different than it does currently.

Some elections across the country will have major ramifications in the national political spotlight, like Virginia’s Gubernatorial election.

In addition to the elections, there are several political stories making headlines this week-- A federal judge is planning to hire an outside expert to help with redrawing North Carolina Legislative Maps in order to fix racial bias found in some boundaries.

The GOP has released their new tax plan, there’s talk about President Trump’s statements after the New York City terrorist attack last week and how they differed from his response after the Las Vegas shooting last month; and of course, Robert Mueller’s progress in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Mike Collins will talk through all of that with a panel of political experts.

Guests:

Dr. Eric Heberlig, associate professor of political science at UNC Charlotte.

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, provost and professor of politics and history at Catawba College.

Loretta Boniti, political reporter for Spectrum News, based in Raleigh. Host of “In Focus”, a weekly public affairs show.