Election

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Young People and Politics

Young voters came out in record numbers in 2008 to elect Barack Obama as President. Four years later, a poll from Pew Research Center this summer says Americans under the age of 30 are less engaged in the upcoming election and in politics in general than they were in 2008. Are the parties and politicians listening to this particular voter group? Do young people feel like they are being heard?

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Week In Politics: Running Mates, Cut And Paste Ads, And The 'Charlotte Curse'

It's been a busy week in politics: Mitt Romney has finally chosen his running mate: Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The Romney/Ryan kickoff bus tour stopped in Mooresville over the weekend. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer joined Duncan McFadyen to talk about all the focus North Carolina is getting in the campaign.

MCFADYEN: Let’s listen to something they [Rep. Ryan and Gov. Romney] said at that campaign stop:

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Politics
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant.
Couche Tard/Flickr

We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It’s preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

And, yes, there is an ideological split. Conservatives prefer Chick-Fil-A. Liberals prefer KFC.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Romney, Ryan On The Campaign Trail In Mooresville

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis. (right) speak during a campaign rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Morresville, N.C. on Aug. 12, 2012.

About 1,700 people packed into the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville yesterday for what was billed as a victory rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

Tim Conway of Harrisburg waited outside with his 16-year-old daughter, hoping to get in. He said the choice of Ryan for a running mate makes for a perfect 1-2 punch. He likes that Ryan has experience as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party Spoiler

Leading up to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining WFAE’s Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

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The Party Line
12:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Two-Party System Successfully Blocks Competition

I was sitting in my office reading the news that third-party Americans Elect failed to secure a viable candidate when I got an e-mail from Julie Rose of WFAE, hoping for some insight on the issue.

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Black Voters Agree To Disagree With Obama On
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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The Party Line
12:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Primary Serves As General Election For Many Legislative Seats

Tuesday’s primary election is full of interesting competitions on the ballot: several competitive U.S. House districts (including the 9th and 8th here in the Charlotte area), a battle among Democrats to go up against Republican Pat McCrory, and the constitutional amendment regarding marriage.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Campaign Ads Confuse The Voting Landscape

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.

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