Charlotte Observer
3:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Obama Focuses On Economy In NC State Speech

RALEIGH President Barack Obama is embracing a do-it-yourself approach to reviving the nation’s economy, saying Wednesday at N.C. State University that he wants to see the recovery accelerate.

“This has to be a year of action,” Obama told a crowd of students, Democratic Party officials and invited guests. “Where I can act on my own without Congress I’m going to do so. And today I’m here to act.”

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Local News
9:31 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Obama Uses Mooresville Schools To Push Plan To Get Internet In All Schools

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School
Lisa Miller

Mooresville’s public schools are used to visitors coming to learn how they blend technology with classes.  That’s because they’ve had a lot of success doing that.  But yesterday they got the ultimate visitor.  President Barack Obama used Mooresville Middle as a backdrop for his plan to provide all public schools across the country with high-speed internet.  

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Local News
8:17 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Obama Will Appoint Foxx Transportation Secretary

Mayor Anthony Foxx

White House officials have confirmed that President Obama will appoint Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation--a big leap onto the national stage for the local politician.

Audio Pending...

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The Party Line
1:14 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Democrats Continue Early-Voting Advantage, But Don't Assume Too Much

With a week to go in North Carolina’s early voting, can we see any trends that might lead one to hypothesize that one presidential camp could be leading over the other, or is it a coin-toss still in terms of the numbers?

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The Party Line
9:58 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Unlike Obama, Dalton Fails To Land A Punch In Debate

Michael Bitzer

We’ve had two debates for the chief executive for both the nation and the state, and while the Democratic candidates came out swinging in both, it was the president who obviously got his mojo back, and the lieutenant governor trying to make anything stick. 

Since the widely-panned performance at the first debate, the need to stem the bleeding by President Obama — particularly among his own party faithful — built up a level of expectations that could have rivaled the level Mitt Romney faced going into the first confrontation.

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

Had Enough Presidential Ads? Prepare For Increase

We know that North Carolina continues to be in the crosshairs of the presidential campaign; NBC News conducted an analysis of both spent and booked advertising, on television and radio. Only Ohio, Virginia, and Florida came in ahead of North Carolina in terms of advertising dollars.

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Election 2012
3:59 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Julian Castro Launches Voter Registration Drive Targeting Latinos In East Charlotte

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro answers questions from reporters after a speech at an Obama campaign office in East Charlotte on Tuesday.
Tasnim Shamma

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, was in east Charlotte on Friday. He spoke to volunteers to help launch a voter registration drive for Latinos in North Carolina.

Castro received a warm welcome from President Obama campaign volunteers in an east Charlotte strip mall.

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Election 2012
11:01 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Week In Politics: Democrats Fire Up For Obama, Galvanize Clinton As Elder Statesman

President Obama accepts his party's nomination Thursday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

President Obama made his case for a second term last night in Charlotte. It capped two weeks of political madness. Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer joins Duncan McFadyen to talk about the week in politics.

MCFADYEN: So, you were in the hall last night---all last week, I believe. What did you think of the president’s speech and the crowd’s reaction to it?

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Election 2012
5:48 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Romney Leads In New NC Poll

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway, a new poll has Mitt Romney with a f0ur point lead over President Obama in North Carolina. 

The poll conducted by Elon University in partnership with the Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer says 47 percent of likely voters in North Carolina right now would vote for Romney.  Forty-three percent favor Obama.   Political analyst Charlie Cook says North Carolina is the only swing state where Romney has a measureable lead.

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DNC 2012
10:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

North Carolina's James Taylor Preps For CarolinaFest

James Taylor performs a sound check in advance of CarolinaFest performance.
Julie Rose

North Carolina native James Taylor was in Uptown Charlotte Monday morning prepping for a performance later in the day.  He’ll headline CarolinaFest that kicks off official Democratic National Convention festivities.  Taylor – who was sporting an Obama t-shirt – was on stage at Trade and Tryon around 8 sound checking “You’ve Got A Friend” to the surprise and delight of local fans.  CarolinaFest is free and starts at noon.  Other performers include The Blue Dogs, Simplified, and actor Jeff Bridges’ band.  James Taylor is scheduled to go on at 5:15 on the Main Stage.