Election 2012

Election 2012
1:03 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Roundup: 8th, 9th District Races Gear Up In Debates

The Charlotte area was busy with congressional debates this week. In the 8th district, incumbent Democratic Congress Larry Kissell faced with his Republican challenger, Richard Husdon.

And in the 9th District, Republican Rich Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts debated at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce event. They are running to replace retiring 9th District Republican Congresswoman Sue Myric.

Our political blogger, Michael Bitzer, analyzed the races and the debates with WFAE’s Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen. Here’s a transcript of their conversation:

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Election 2012
5:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Pittenger, Roberts Differ On Health Care, Transportation

Jennifer Roberts and Robert Pittenger debate at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Michael Tomsic

The two candidates who aim to represent North Carolina’s 9th District Congressional seat held their first debate Wednesday. Republican Robert Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican Sue Myrick.

Pittenger is a former three-term state senator, and Roberts is finishing her fourth term as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner. A small crowd turned out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to watch the debate.

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Election 2012
4:41 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Dalton Pitches Himself On McCrory's Turf

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Walter Dalton
Walter Dalton campaign

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton walked into the heart of his opponent's home turf Tuesday in the race for governor with a campaign appearance at the Charlotte Rotary Club.

Republican Pat McCrory won a record seven terms as Charlotte mayor and presided over big boom years. He's always had strong support from Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.

So what kind of audience do you think a room full of Uptown business and community leaders would be for the guy trying to beat McCrory?

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Election 2012
11:34 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Kissell, Hudson Have Lots Of Agreement In NC-8 Debate

The Republican Party looks to North Carolina’s 8th Congressional district as an opportunity to grow its 50-seat advantage in the U.S. House. The race between Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell and Republican challenger Richard Hudson is considered one of the closest in the country.

Yesterday the two candidates met at Wingate University for their first debate of the 2012 election.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Week In Politics: The 47%, Outside Money In NC Governor’s Race, 8th Dist. Congressional Debate

With less than two months to Election Day, candidates from the presidency down the ticket are facing more scrutiny. That was clearly evidenced in comments released this week in which Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, speaking at a fund-raiser, referred to 47 percent of Americans as “dependent on government.”

WFAE’s political analyst, Professor Michael Bitzer, joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to review the week’s political news.

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Local News
11:38 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Small Town Mayor Still Serving A Year After He Tried To Retire

Earl Poplin
www.mtgileadnc.com/government

Disputes over election results are somewhat common when the vote is close, and they usually get resolved. But there was no resolution to the disputed mayoral election in the town of Mt. Gilead, N.C.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

NC 'Pre-Registers' More Than 100K Teen Voters

A first time teen voter.
erin leigh mcconnell/Flickr

In the past two years, more than 100,000 16 and 17 year olds in North Carolina have registered to vote. Of course they can't actually cast a ballot until they turn 18, but North Carolina is one of just five states that allows teenagers to "pre-register" and the only state that requires local elections offices to conduct voter registration drives in public high schools.

The non-partisan group Democracy Now North Carolina pushed for the program to counter a history of poor voter participation in North Carolina.

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6:31 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Black Voters Agree To Disagree With Obama On Same-Sex Marriage

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Romney Returns To Rally Charlotte Supporters
6:31 pm
Sat May 12, 2012

Romney Returns To Rally Charlotte Supporters

Mitt Romney delivered a 15 minute speech to supporters Friday at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. Photo: Julie Rose

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