Election 2012

Election 2012
9:34 am
Mon October 29, 2012

In Search Of The "Good Ole Girl System"

Pat McCrory

Republican Pat McCrory frequently references the need for a “fresh voice” in Raleigh during his campaign for North Carolina governor.

“It is gonna take an outsider – an outsider to break up this Good Ole Boy, Good Ole Girl system that has been in control for far too long within our state government,” said McCrory in his first televised debate against Democrat Walter Dalton.

Framing oneself as “an outsider who can bring change” is commonplace in political campaigns. But McCrory’s choice of words caught our attention – and left WFAE’s Julie Rose scratching her head.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Political Update with Michael Bitzer

Michael Bitzer

With the debates behind us, early voting underway, and the election less than two weeks from now, we’ll spend the hour with WFAE’s The Party Line blogger Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about how things stand now with both the Presidential Election and the elections that are taking place closer to home. We’ll discuss early voting, and its possible impact in the future. And we’ll take your calls too.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 3: Walter Dalton

We finish up our series of conversations with the three candidates for governor in North Carolina. We’ve talked with former Charlotte Mayor and Republican candidate Pat McCrory and with 3- time Libertarian candidate Barbara How. Today, we meet Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who is the Democratic candidate for governor. We’ll hear about why he thinks he’s the best one for the job.

Guest
Walter Dalton
- Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and Democratic candidate for North Carolina governor.

Election 2012
10:17 am
Mon October 22, 2012

The Week In Politics: "Unaffiliated" Voters, SuperPAC Enters Judicial Race, DNCC Funding Falls Short

There are more unaffiliated voters than ever before in North Carolina.
ragesoss/Flickr

Early voting is now underway in North Carolina. And this year, registration data show more voters are choosing not to affiliate with any political party. One quarter of the state’s electorate is now “unaffiliated”---a rise of 21 percent since 2008. In fact, in Mecklenburg County, unaffiliated voters have overtaken Republicans. But NOT SO FAST says WFAE’s political analyst Michael Bitzer. He’s been analyzing the data, and he tells Duncan McFadyen just because people are distancing themselves from parties, it doesn’t mean they’ve changed their partisan leanings.

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Election 2012
1:10 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Early Voting Locations

Early voting for the November election has begun in North Carolina.

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Election 2012
9:12 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Candidate Who? New Source For Info On NC Judicial Candidates

Mecklenburg County Courthouse
nccourts.org

The airwaves - and your mailbox - may be full of campaign messages for U.S. president or North Carolina governor, but further down the ballot you'll be expected to choose judges next month, too. 

Trouble is, you're not likely to find much if you search for information about those candidates online. They often don't have much money to spend campaigning, so even a Facebook page for the candidate can be hard to find.

"It's not easy!" admits Nancy Roberson, executive director of the Mecklenburg County Bar. "We had the same dilemma."

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Education
3:35 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Dalton Pushes Education Plan That Restores Recent Cuts

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton campaigned in Charlotte Friday to pitch his education plan for the state.  If elected governor, he says he'd push to restore education funding lawmakers cut in recent years.  That includes pre-kindergarten programs that prepare needy children for school.  It also includes raising teacher salaries over four years to the national average of $56,000.   

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Election 2012
12:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter?

University of Denver

Some people call political debates the “super bowl” of politics. The media was speculating that Wednesday night’s presidential face-off “could change everything.”

So, did it? And what about the North Carolina gubernatorial debate just a couple of hours before? Do debates actually change voters’ minds? Duncan McFadyen checked in with Catawba College Political Scientist Michael Bitzer.

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Election 2012
9:28 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Dalton, McCrory Meet In First Gov's Debate

Gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton (left) and Pat McCrory

The two leading candidates for North Carolina governor met in their first televised debate Wednesday night.  They touched on health care, education, energy and - of course - the need for more jobs.

"The first thing we need is change the culture of government and attitude to make sure our state government treats small businesses and all business as a customer - not an adversary," says Republican former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

McCrory outlined his jobs plan for the state, which includes getting rid of regulations that hinder growth and reforming tax system.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The National Debt

These numbers are continually fluxuating. This screenshot was taken on Wednesday.

We hear about it every day; that debt clock that shows the amount of our national debt piling up every second. What is less clear is what it means. How damaging is a large national debt and what are the best ways to manage it?. One proposal is a national amendment that would give states certain rights to approve or disapprove an increase in the federal debt. We’ll talk with experts who will help us better understand the national debt, what causes it and what prompted introduction of the amendment proposal.

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