Charlotte City Council

Local Elections
10:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Democrats Keep Firm Grip On Charlotte

Councilman Michael Barnes will likely be named mayor pro tem of Charlotte, after receiving the most votes in the race for Charlotte City Council's at-large seats.
Credit City of Charlotte

Democrats maintained their 9 to 2 majority on the Charlotte City Council last night and easily kept hold of the mayor's seat, with Patrick Cannon winning by five percentage points.  

There are several new faces, but mostly just a shuffling of seats on Charlotte's city council. Democrats still control the dais, with the longest-serving among them moving to the center spot as mayor. Patrick Cannon says his victory is the realization of a lifelong goal from the time he became the city's youngest councilman at age 26.  

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12:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

CMPD Citizens Review Board On Path To Gain Some Power

Members of a coalition called "CRB Reform Now" attend a meeting of the Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Subcommittee which unanimously approved recommended changes to the police department's Citizens Review Board.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.

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9:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Charlotte's Mayoral Choice

Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock are vying to become Charlotte's next mayor.

Charlotte's next mayor will be either a long-time Democratic city councilman or a some-time Republican councilman with a long pedigree in Charlotte politics.  WFAE has this look at the city's mayoral choice come November 5.

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9:32 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ride Apps Stymie City Council

Lyft drivers strap a fuzzy pink mustache to their own vehicles and give rides to people who summon them through a smartphone app.
Credit Julie Rose

  The Charlotte City Council is wary of a spate of new tech companies in town that let people hail a lift from a driver who has not gone through the city's inspection and permit process for cabs and limos.

Companies including Uber and Lyft have drivers who use their private vehicles and appear to fall under a new state law that exempts "digital dispatching services" from city regulation.

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10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.

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9:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Panel Recommends More Power For CMPD Citizens Review Board

Attorney Matt Newton calls for "strengthening" CMPD's Citizens Review Board at a rally on Monday.
Credit Julie Rose

Public comment compiled by a task force over the last three months concludes CMPD's Citizens Review Board needs more power to investigate complaints of officer misconduct. A Charlotte City Council's Council-Manager Relations Committee will review the recommendations on Monday.

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7:24 am
Tue September 10, 2013

A Quick Primary Rundown

Today is primary election day. The election season has been relatively low-key, since no federal or state offices are up for grabs. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey on Mondayfor a quick look at the races for Charlotte mayor and City Council.

RUMSEY: First, recap the race for mayor.

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11:15 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dismal Turnout Expected For Primary Elections

Credit Denise Cross Photography

Early voting is underway for Charlotte’s electoral primaries—it ends Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Then, polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and close at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. Local primaries traditionally have dismal turnout. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections reports that, through Wednesday, about 3,000 people have taken part in early voting, about double the total in 2011, but still less than a tenth of the number in 2012’s presidential primaries.


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4:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Movie Studio Plan For Eastland Mall Moves Ahead

Studio Charlotte CEO Bert Hesse (left) listens and City Neighborhood and Business Services Director Pat Mumford outlines the status of a deal to develop the former Eastland Mall.
Credit Julie Rose

  Eastland Mall will be demolished to make room for a movie studio – maybe. The city council is moving forward, tentatively, with a proposal from Studio Charlotte, but a lot still needs to be worked out.

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2:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

FAA Has 'Concerns' About Airport Commission Bill

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and city attorney Bob Hagemann briefly address the media after a closed session Monday night to discuss airport-related legal action.
Credit Julie Rose

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has "several concerns" about recently-passed legislation to place Charlotte airport operations under the control of a regional commission.

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