2014 Elections

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NC State Republican Party

After a century in the minority, the North Carolina Republican party seized power in 2010.  Since then, the party has been busy establishing a brand and advancing their agenda. With a Republican governor and resources from national groups, we'll talk with a leader of the state party about the midterm elections and their hopes for the state.

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Local News
9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Record Campaign Cash For Judges. But Are There Rules To Keep Justice Fair?

Campaign finance records show $1.3 million were spent on North Carolina’s sole Supreme Court primary this year.  It’s a dubious state record that raises concerns over the impartiality of justices relying on big dollar donations to keep their seats.

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Because Of Senate Run, Tillis Only State Lawmaker Who Can Take Lobbyist Money

House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

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Local News
11:43 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Looking Ahead To The General Election With Michael Bitzer

It’s House Speaker Thom Tillis versus incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in the general election. Tillis cruised to victory in the Republican primary, winning about 45 percent of the vote in the 8-person race. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer joined us to talk about this race and other observations from the primary results.

Listen to the discussion.

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Local And State Elections
5:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

Alma Adams speaks to supporters in Greensboro, N.C. on May 6, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

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Local And State Elections
12:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Closer Look At 'Child Molester' Attack Ad And Where Money Funding It Comes From

The North Carolina Bar Association has condemned an ad that attacks state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson in her re-election campaign. The 30-second spot claims Hudson “sided with child molesters” in a case that involved GPS tracking devices. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen looks at that ad and the group behind it.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff

Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

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Local And State Elections
9:58 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Johnson C. Smith University Hosts Seven 12th Congressional District Candidates For Debate

JCSU President Ron Carter introduces candidates (L to R) Alma Adams, George Battle, Marcus Brandon, Vince Coakley, Malcolm Graham, Curtis Osborne, Rajive Patel
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Early voting began Thursday in North Carolina, and this week we’ve seen numerous debates as candidates push to get their message out to voters. Wednesday night’s debate at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte had the most complete panel of candidates of any so far for the 12th Congressional District.

  

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Local News
1:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NC GOP Candidates For U.S. Senate Square Off In First TV Debate

Davidson College hosted the first live TV debate between the Republican candidates for one of North Carolina's U.S. Senate seats.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Four Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave their views on limited government, Obamacare and even a little college basketball Tuesday night at Davidson College. It was the first live televised debate in the race


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

NC/SC Midterm Election Update

Credit Flickr/Vox Efx

The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.

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