Election 2014

Local News
1:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Cotham Tops Meck. Commission Race As Democrats Maintain Majority

Pat Cotham

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


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Politics
5:17 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Tillis Wins, Meck Sales Tax Hike Loses Big

The podium at Thom Tillis' election night party at the Omni Hotel in uptown Charlotte.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE

1:05 a.m.   

The State Board of Elections says it may order a recount of the Supreme Court race between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson. The margin between Beasley and Robinson is just over 5,000 votes. State law allows for an automatic right to a recount in statewide races when the margin is under 0.5 percent or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower. Robinson will have to submit a written demand to the State Board before noon on November 18 if he wants a recount. 

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Politics
3:15 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Science And Strategy Of Getting Out The Vote

Finding 'drop-off' voters, yup, there's an app for that.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

On Tuesday, the polls will open, ballots will be cast and the victors of the 2014 midterm elections will be known...we hope.

Historically, the turnout in midterm elections is low. Whichever candidate or party can best mobilize their base is the victor.  It’s what’s known as the ground game. And there is a science behind the strategy.

Don’t let the calm nature of Bruce Epperson fool you. The 42-year-old is on a hunt. "I’m on Danview Avenue, 2800 block."

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Local News
10:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

An Odd Name Game On The Ballot

Credit From the 2014 ballot

There’s an odd thing about this year’s election ballot: In all four races for North Carolina’s Supreme Court, a known conservative candidate is listed first. Their liberal counterparts, second.

The races are officially non-partisan but that name placement may give a significant boost to those at the top.

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Sunday Headlines
10:31 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Senate Race Spending Tops $100M; Clinton To Visit

The two major-party U.S. Senate candidates in North Carolina are traveling the state this weekend trying to energize their allies with speeches and visits from out-of-state politicians. The campaigns of Republican Thom Tillis and incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also are raising a ton of money. With help from wealthy donors and outside groups, more than $100 million now has been spent on the North Carolina Senate race, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Sunday Headlines
10:27 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Group Says 'Administrative Errors' Led To Incorrect Voter Mailing

The director of a conservative political group is blaming administrative errors for mistakes in voter registration forms the organization mailed in recent weeks.  Donald Bryson is North Carolina's director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which mailed the forms. He said in a statement the forms had "minor administrative errors" and old information. 

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Hagan, Tillis Stick To Talking Points During First Live Debate

Hagan and Tillis debated live for the first time on Wednesday night.
Credit Courtesy of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

After some $30 million spent attacking each other’s political records, Senator Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared together last night for their first live debate.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NC State Republican Party

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.

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Local News
9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Record Campaign Cash For Judges. But Are There Rules To Keep Justice Fair?

Campaign finance records show $1.3 million were spent on North Carolina’s sole Supreme Court primary this year.  It’s a dubious state record that raises concerns over the impartiality of justices relying on big dollar donations to keep their seats.

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Local News
9:38 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Because Of Senate Run, Tillis Only State Lawmaker Who Can Take Lobbyist Money

House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

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