Election

Politics
10:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Controversial 'Justice For All NC' PAC Returns For Late Push On Judges

One new Justice For All NC ad
Credit Via Youtube

One of the most controversial special interest groups in North Carolina is back. The group is Justice For All NC. They are a conservative political action committee. They have a lot of cash and they very much want to influence your choice for North Carolina’s Supreme Court. 

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Local And State Elections
9:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Little-Known State Constitutional Amendment On NC Ballot

The race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina has gotten a lot of the attention this election.  But when you go to vote, you’ll be asked about a proposed change to the state constitution.  The amendment would allow a criminal defendant to have his right to a trial by jury be waived, per a judge’s approval, as long as the state is not seeking the death penalty.  We reached out to Jeff Welty who teaches public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill to find out more.

Local News
9:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voters To Weigh In On Sales Tax For CMS Employee Pay

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison speaks to parents, teachers, and principals at South Meck High School about the sales tax referendum.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters will decide next week whether to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent. If approved, Mecklenburg County’s sales tax would be 7.5 percent. Most of the increase would be used to boost the salaries of CMS employees. But there’s also money in there for the library system, Central Piedmont Community College and the Arts and Science Council. 

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Local News
3:28 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NC Early Voting Turnout On Pace To Beat 2010 Despite Fewer Days

Credit www.ncsbe.org

Turnout for early voting in North Carolina is on pace to exceed totals from the last midterm election even though the early voting period is seven days shorter.

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The Party Line
6:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

So Far, Early Voting Enthusiasm Wanes For GOP

Michael Bitzer

With the first four days of in-person early voting under way, the number of voters showing up to cast ballots in North Carolina indicates that there appears to be an energy level that may be running against the grain of conventional wisdom.

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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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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The 'Hatred Parade' Of Hagan And Tillis

Screen grabs from ads attacking Kay Hagan (top) and Thom Tillis (bottom).
Credit Via Youtube

“Tar Heeled and Feathered” is the headline of a report released Thursday.

No, it’s not about any scandal at Chapel Hill.

Instead, the study from the Center for Public Integrity focuses on new dubious distinctions for the U.S. Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

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Politics
10:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Thom Tillis, The Chair, And How A 'Debate' Became A Really Long Interview

Tuesday night's debate-turned-conversation. Thom Tillis and "the chair" are on left.
Credit Courtesy of Time Warner News

Normally, when a high profile politician sits down with a news program, it’s billed as an interview. If the politician in question is a big enough name, it’s called an exclusive. 

But Tuesday night, when Thom Tillis took his seat on the set of Capital Tonight on Time Warner News, it was billed as a debate. Then, after some behind the scenes drama, it went from a debate to something else.

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Local News
6:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Five Candidates Vie For At-Large Seats On Mecklenburg County Board Of Commissioners

From left: Scott Carlisle, Pat Cotham, moderator Shawn Flynn, Trevor Fuller, Ella Scarborough and Emily Zuyus participate in a debate for county commission.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Three at-large seats are up for grabs this election on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, which sets the county's budget and policies. Five candidates participated in a debate Tuesday at WTVI. One of the ways they differentiated themselves was on the referendum to increase the county sales tax.

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Commentaries
3:02 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

It's Time For A New Campaign Ad

It would be the answer to prayer if Election Day arrived before Halloween. Campaign advertising has reached a new low. Never before has character assassination been so perfected. I'm all for getting the truth out about a candidate, but this election year I am having a hard time separating the truth from truth that has been stretched, twisted and repackaged.

What are we to think of candidates whose campaign engages in half-truths and downright deception? Do we reward them with our vote or punish them by not voting at all?

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