Election

As we get to the May 8th primary election, we are seeing more and more television advertisements for various candidates, particularly in the hotly contested 9thCongressional District, but also in the 8th Congressional District just to the east of Charlotte.

In modern campaigns, the vehicle of choice among candidates has consistently been television. For political advertisers, TV offers a number of advantages that other forms of political communication can’t meet.

With President Obama’s visit to North Carolina and to UNC Chapel Hill last week, commentators have been observing that it’s the opening salvo in the Democrat’s attempt to re-energize the youth vote — a critical bloc that in 2008 helped to give Obama the win.

With early voting under way, North Carolinians have a variety of offices and issues to resolve leading up to the May 8th primary election.  But the voting contest that seems to be attracting the most attention is the proposed amendment to the state constitution regarding marriage.

Romney’s visit to Charlotte to “prebut” Obama’s upcoming September acceptance speech made headlines, but on the same day the Romney campaign released a second blow against the president, in the guise of Obama himself.

CMS School Board Forum Gets Interactive

Oct 19, 2011
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Twelve Charlotte Mecklenburg school board candidates will take the stage tonight in a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE. It's not clear what topics exactly they'll be quizzed about since that's up to audience members who will vote on cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Two More Years for Mayor McCrory

Nov 8, 2005

(11/08/05) It's a good thing Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory likes his job, because he's got a few more years in office. McCrory easily defeated Democrat challenger Craig Madans with 56 percent of the vote. This will be McCrory's sixth term in office. In other election news, voters rejected a multi-million dollar Charlotte Mecklenburg School bonds package, although they did approve one for Central Piedmont Community College. 

Charlotte Mayoral Preview

Nov 1, 2005

(11/01/05) Next week, Charlotte voters will go to the polls to, among other things, choose a mayor. Their options are clear: five-term incumbent and, very visible, Pat McCrory, or his challenger, Democrat Craig Madans. McCrory has defeated Madans in the past, but Madans is more confident than ever that he'll be able to unseat the Republican. It sets up a showdown that some say isn't much of a showdown at all. WFAE's Scott Graf reports.

Bond Referendum: For and Against

Oct 28, 2005

(10/28/05) Mecklenburg County voters will decide on November 8 whether to approve a $427 million school bond package. County voters have rejected just two bond referenda since 1966. But this is one of the larger amounts in recent years that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scools is requesting. WFAE's Simone Orendain explores what's at stake for those who support it and those who oppose it.

Dole Reacts to Miers' Decision to Pull Nomination

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05)Laura Strickler from our Capitol Hill Bureau caught up with North Carolina Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole in the Senate Halls. Strickler spoke with Dole about her ractions to Miers' withdrawal.

Charlotte Primary Election Coverage

Sep 28, 2005

(09/28/05) No upsets in Tuesday's Charlotte city council primaries. Incumbents Patsy Kinsey, Warren Turner, Susan Burgess and Andy Dulin were all winners in their respective primaries. All but Burgess are assured a seat on the council since they'll run unopposed in the November general election. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was also a winner in yesterday's primary. He won by a 3-to-1 margin over challenger Martin Davis. McCrory moves on to face Democrat Craig Madans. If he wins in November, McCrory will serve a record sixth term in office.

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