Democratic Party

Sun. Headlines: Sgt. Cooke Gets Purple Heart

Apr 26, 2015

Army Sgt. Matt Cooke of Stanly County was given the Purple Heart award in Salisbury Saturday for his bravery in 2009 when another soldier opened fire on fellow troops at Fort Hood Texas. Thirteen people died and 32 others were hurt, including Cooke, who was shot while trying to protect another wounded soldier. Congressman Robert Pittenger said of Cooke, “You are a hero to me and so many Americans.”  Soldiers involved in the incident initially weren’t eligible for the Purple Heart, after officials classified the shooting as workplace violence, instead of combat.

Courtesy of the NCDP

For the past two years Randy Voller has been the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. His term has been controversial.

On Saturday, February 6, Democratic leaders will elect his replacement.

NC State Republican Party

Jun 19, 2014

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.

Midterm election season is in full swing. In North Carolina education reform and a pay raise for teachers is being hotly debated. Renewal of a large film incentive package is on the table, calls for infrastructure spending is rising and there are extremely tight races in districts all over the state. Several scandals have emerged, challenging both parties' images. Money is pouring in from outside of North Carolina with plenty of national interest on some local races. Against that backdrop we will talk to officials in the state Democratic and Republican parties in successive weeks. First up, the Democrats. 

Tasnim Shamma

When Dan Clodfelter was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.

There are four candidates in the running: assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, former Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.

They all participated in a public forum Tuesday night at the Asian Library near uptown.

New leadership and a surprise merger of sorts. No we’re not talking about the latest on Chiquita banana.  In this installment of our Thursday political conversation Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock talk about a week of good and bad news for the North Carolina Democratic Party. 

First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Charlotte

Nov 5, 2012
Lisa Angelo for Obama for America

Last weekend, volunteers for both campaigns knocked on doors and called voters to get them to head to the polls. There were also some big names in the area – at least for President Barack Obama.

Cabarrus County Democratic Chairwoman Grace Galloway admits she’s not happy with 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell and has not outright endorsed him. In response, members of the party's local executive committee wants to remove her from office.