Congressman Mel Watt

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 News
5:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

A Look At The Debate Over When To Elect Watt's Replacement

North Carolina's 12th Congressional District
Credit Google Maps

Governor Pat McCrory has scheduled the special primary election to replace 12th district Congressman Mel Watt for May 6th. That’s the same date as the primary for all races. And it means even a temporary replacement for Congressman Watt won’t be chosen until November. That has upset a lot of the governor’s critics. They accuse him of playing politics, because the majority minority district is a Democratic district. The leader of the state NAACP says the move denies people their constitutional right to representation. The governor says he’s doing what makes the most sense.

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Politics
9:05 am
Tue January 14, 2014

McCrory: Not Many Options For Special Election For Mel Watt's Seat

Governor Pat McCrory announced the special election for Congressman Mel Watt's seat will coincide with the general election schedule.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he didn't have many options for when to hold a special election for the 12th congressional district.  Mel Watt resigned from his seat on January 6 after he was sworn in as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

So Far, Six Enter Competition For Watt's Coveted House Seat

The 12th Congressional District was redrawn in 2011. A special election cannot be announced until Mel Watt (NC-12) formally resigns from his position.
Credit Google Maps

Now that Congressman Mel Watt has been confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will soon be an open seat in the 12th district.

So far, there are at least six candidates – all African-American Democrats – who are competing for his office in a special election. When that election will take place remains unclear.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Congressman Watt's Nomination Clears Key Hurdle

Credit Tasnim Shamma

The nomination of North Carolina congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate voted 57-40 to break Republican opposition to Watt’s nomination. Democrats were able to move the nomination forward thanks to a change in Senate rules that Democrats pushed through last month in response to numerous blocked nominations.  

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Local News
4:35 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watt Faces Senate Skeptics, Confirmation Unclear

Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt speaks at a senate hearing in Washington on Thursday. He's been nominated to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Charlotte Congressman Mel Watt's path to become the next head of the agency that oversees mortgage finance remains unclear after his senate confirmation hearing in Washington on Thursday.


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The Party Line
5:02 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

12th District's History, Future Will Be Getting More Attention

North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District has a storied and controversial history and the likelihood is that the district will garner even more attention when a variety of events converge within the next few months. 

With Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to head the Federal Housing Financing Agency, an open-seat contest has already attracted considerable attention, especially from black Democratic candidates seeking to replace the 20-year veteran legislator. 

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The Party Line
3:10 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Watt's 'Liberal' Ranking Slides As Congress Gets More Partisan

Michael Bitzer

My most recent post was entitled With Nomination in Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine.  While several cabinet nominees have faced delaying tactics by the minority GOP conference in the U.S. Senate for reasons perhaps other than the nominee’s qualifications, this week’s other Charlotte nominee may face not just delay, but a possible denial of his appointment.

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