Charlotte Politics

Ella Scarborough talked before Monday's vote that made her Mecklenburg County Commission chair.
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Mecklenburg County commissioners Monday night ousted chairman Trevor Fuller and picked fellow  Democrat Ella Scarborough as the board's new leader.  Scarborough won the job in a 5-4 vote in which Scarborough and fellow Democrat Pat Cotham sided with the board's three Republicans.

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Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will again discuss expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. But the council will not vote tonight on the provision.

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Later this month the Charlotte City Council is expected to do something it failed to do last year, expand the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. It was a contentious issue then, and remains one today. So, Monday night, the city tried something different. Something that relied on dialogue between those in the audience and dialogue from actors on stage.

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There will be no meeting of the Charlotte City Council tonight. But the city will host a meeting about one of the most contentious issues in Charlotte, expanding the local non-discrimination ordinance to include protections for LGBT individuals. Last March, the Charlotte City Council voted down this expansion after a contentious meeting. There were protesters outside, and passionate speakers inside (you can find our coverage of the meeting here.)

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It was a crucial vote about one of the region’s most congested roadways. The Charlotte City Council voted twice Monday night to support toll lanes around the region. And specifically the project on I-77 North now under construction. That vote was 7 to 4. This despite many council members accusing State officials of issuing financial threats if they didn’t approve the project.

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Jennifer Roberts begins her Tuesday with a busy official schedule to go along with her new official title. She was sworn in as mayor of Charlotte at a ceremony Monday night.

Her first official act, swearing in the members of the new Charlotte City Council. And Roberts'  relationship with them will determine the fate of a long list of initiatives laid out Monday night.

The 15th Floor: The Finalists

Oct 20, 2015
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The next mayor of Charlotte will get an annual salary of $23,000, an expense account worth up to $14,800 and an office atop the Government Center with truly spectacular views of the city. Obviously these are nice perks, but hardly the reason eight candidates are running to be mayor of the city.

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Next Tuesday, a runoff election will decide if Dan Clodfelter or Jennifer Roberts will be the Democrat’s nominee for mayor of Charlotte. On Wednesday morning, the candidates faced off at the McGlohon Theater, in a live debate on Charlotte Talks.

Michael Tomsic

In the Charlotte mayor's race, city councilman David Howard finished a close third in the Democratic primary, missing a runoff by just a few hundred votes. Now, Howard is endorsing the second-place finisher, current Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

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A conference hall at Queens University was filled Thursday night with spectators. They gathered to hear the top six candidates for Charlotte’s next mayor debate the future of the city.


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