NC politics

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

The Making Of A Southern Democracy

In modern history, especially over the past six or seven decades, North Carolina has changed in many ways, in terms of growth, economy, race relations, and education. These changes were all affected by politics and political shifts throughout the years. A new book on North Carolina political history goes into great depth in explaining how intertwined many of these changes were with each other and how that depended on who was in office. We’ll be joined by the author of The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics From Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory, Tom Eamon, who will take us through some of the turmoil and political change to explain why elections and people in office matter, how race relations have changed the state and its politics and about the change in party balance from the 1950’s to today.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Money, Influence And Politics In North Carolina

Credit NC General Assembly

With Republicans in control of the legislature and Governor’s office, North Carolina has made a turn to the right. But that turn runs deeper than just the ideology of our elected representatives. There are some lesser-known organizations and individuals exerting influence and helping to set the legislative agenda. The influence of money on policy happens on both sides of the aisle and we take a closer look.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Perspective On 2013 Politics And A Preview Of 2014

By most accounts 2013 was a tumultuous political year. At the national level, bi-partisanship reached an all time high and a major battle ensued over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The IRS was embroiled in a scandal over targeting the tea party on tax status and the White House was accused of spying on foreign dignitaries. Closer to home we had a feud over who should control the airport, lawmakers comparing the ACA and President Obama to Hitler and Nazism and the rise of Moral Mondays. We'll look back at a wild year in politics and ahead on what to expect in 2014.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

AG Tensions Common Throughout U.S.

Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has been speaking out lately on a range of issues, at times disagreeing with laws signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory.    Cooper is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.   His public comments of late have sparked tensions with the McCrory administration and criticism from state GOP leaders.   For some analysis of the attorney general's role, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with James Tierney, a former Maine AG who now heads the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School in New York.

Interview with James Tierney, Columbia Law School

Local News
4:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Cherokees Spend Big In NC Politics

The NC GOP will hold its 2014 state convention at Harrah's Cherokee, which is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokees. The tribe is a major donor to political campaigns in the state.
Credit thegreatsmokies.net

North Carolina Republicans announced this week they will hold their 2014 convention at the state's only casino, operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians high in the Smoky Mountains.

The decision is of particular interest since many of the state's top Republicans – including House Speaker Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory – have recently come out against plans for a competing casino two and a half hours away. That proposal comes from the Catawba Indians of South Carolina.

The Cherokees worry the competition would hurt their own casino profits and they have considerable clout with North Carolina politicians.


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Sunday headlines
10:03 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Humane Society rescues 19 dogs from puppy mill

The Humane Society of Charlotte says it rescued 19 breeding dogs early Saturday from a puppy mill in western North Carolina.  The society said its emergency response team found a breeding operation at the site, with 19 Maltese and Maltese mix dogs between 4 and 10 years old.


Officials said the dogs had mouth, eye and skin problems resulting from a lack of veterinary care. They will be treated then sent to foster homes. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory's First 100 Days

Governor Pat McCrory

Our new Governor has barely settled in but has already made news by giving a substantial raise to his new cabinet appointees. He also repealed Gov. Perdue's Executive Order that was aimed at reforming the Judicial appointing process. Governor McCrory has also weighed in on the Trolley and stadium upgrades for the Carolina Panther. Other items on his to do list include compensation for victims of a mid 20th century sterilization program - an issue that he supported as a candidate - and he must manage how to implement The Affordable Care Act. Other topics include how he will handle traditional east/west NC relations in terms of roads, infrastructure, etc. We'll meet with our usual band of Political Science gurus to gaze into our new Governor's first 100 days in office, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

News Roundtable: North Carolina Politics

North Carolina State Legislative Building
Credit NC General Assembly

The Republican-run General Assembly has been busy in North Carolina. Less than half-way through the six month session and we've no shortage of controversial topics to tackle. Voter ID laws and tax reform are biggies. Then there's the frost relationship between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and his predecessor who's now in the Governor's Mansion. Charlotte finds itself scraping for state support to renovate Bank of America Stadium and prevent a takeover of the city-owned airport. We take it all in with a panel of political experts, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2012 End-Of-Year News Show

2012 in Charlotte has been anything but quiet. We've had our share of controversy, scandals, political turmoil, budget woes, and time on the national - and international - stage. Now that the year is coming to an end, we'll gather WFAE news reporters to go through some of the major stories to hit the Queen City this year. Join us for a 2012 News Roundup, when Charlotte Talks.

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The Party Line
4:47 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

NC Republican Legislators Likely To Get Their Congressional Wish

Michael Bitzer

With all the attention on the presidential and gubernatorial contests in North Carolina, you’d think there’s only one or two shows in town for this year’s election —but there are many other elections that will appear on voters’ ballots this fall.

Over the next few posts, I’ll be covering different races that are trying to command the electorate’s attention.  First, we’ll start with North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts.

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