Election 2012
10:44 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Dalton, McCrory Debate 'Best Incentive' For Businesses

Walter Dalton (left) and Pat McCrory

The candidates for North Carolina governor have faced a lot of questions about how to attract new businesses to the state and keep current ones here. In their answers, Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton have shown differences on taxes and incentives, but also similarities on improving the state’s workforce.

But when the actual businesses are deciding between competing states, what are their most important criteria?

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Election 2012
4:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Dalton And McCrory Offer Different Takes On Strengthening Education

Walter Dalton speaks to school children.
Credit Lisa Miller

The two major candidates for governor both stress linking businesses and schools to make sure students graduate with the skills they need to land a job.  Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton also want to strengthen education in the early years.  But they favor different paths to get there.

Campaign season is full of promises even to the smallest constituents.  These Charlotte pre-schoolers have big plans for their futures.  Dalton sits cross-legged among them.  A few of them tell him they want to be Batman and Spiderman.  

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3:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

McCrory Feels At Home In Charlotte Rotary Address

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory had his time before the Charlotte Rotary Club on Tuesday. Democrat Walter Dalton got a polite, but cool reception from the group last month. For McCrory, the welcome was filled with anecdotes and inside jokes.

It was just “Mayor Pat” to this overflowing room of local business leaders. Clearly on his home court, McCrory played into that. Former councilman Edwin Peacock surprised McCrory with a clip from an old home movie showing the former mayor as a fresh-faced 21 year old refereeing a high school basketball game in Charlotte.

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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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9:04 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Latino Vote In North Carolina

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In a recent posting at NBC Latino, Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto noted that she during her time in the North Carolina, she came to find a growing and vibrant Hispanic/Latino community.

And in a recent opinion piece, she believes that “the importance of Latinos is just as big in the smaller state of North Carolina” as it is in traditional Latino swing states such as Nevada or Florida.

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Election 2012
9:30 am
Thu October 4, 2012

McCrory: No Upfront Cash To Lure New Business to NC

Gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton addressed the role of economic incentives in attracting new jobs to North Carolina during their first debate Wednesday night.  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Dalton says he doesn't like giving tax breaks and cash to lure businesses, but we have to offer incentives since other states do.

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Election 2012
11:44 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Are You Feeling Polling Fatigue?

Election season means more phone calls from political campaigns, public policy polling groups and media outlets who want to know who you're voting for and why.
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We've all received unwanted phone calls. From friends, family … maybe even your boss (thank goodness, for Caller ID, right?)

Telemarketers have certainly earned a reputation for interrupting us, but we can block many of those calls with the national Do-Not-Call registry.

But since it’s election season, the likely culprit of annoyance is a political candidate, a third party interest group, or maybe a media outlet conducting a poll. The point is, polls are everywhere.

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4:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Teens Line Up For Voter Pre-Registration

Lacey Williams of the Latin American Coalition helps a student at West Mecklenburg High School fill out a voter registration form.
Tasnim Shamma

Editor's Note: This story includes a correction

North Carolina is one of just five states that allows teenagers to "pre-register.” But, the state goes a step further:  local election boards are required to hold voter registration drives in all public high schools.  In Mecklenburg County alone, there are more than 5,600 teens pre-registered to vote. 

At West Mecklenburg High School, student-body president Brodrick Montgomery is inspired to grab a bullhorn.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

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

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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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The Party Line
12:46 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Had Enough Presidential Ads? Prepare For Increase

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