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The first day of early voting in North Carolina kicked off with long lines in Charlotte and an appearance from Hillary Clinton’s running mate Senator Tim Kaine. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

Final Presidential Debate Fact Check

Oct 19, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Early voting begins Thursday in Mecklenburg County and across North Carolina. Because of a federal appeals court decision, it's an earlier start this year than Republican lawmakers wanted.

Early voting cuts were part of a 2013 election overhaul the appeals judges described as "the most restrictive voting law North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow."

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Donald Trump made two campaign stops in North Carolina Friday. First a rally in Greensboro, then one 90 miles south here in Charlotte.

And despite a broken teleprompter at the Charlotte convention center, it can be argued the Republican presidential nominee stayed ‘on message’. He attacked the credibility of women who now say they were groped or forcibly kissed by Trump.  And he signaled, win or lose come November, Trump is unlikely to follow what has been a long held script in American presidential politics.

North Carolina voters will help to determine the balance of power in the United States Senate next month. Republican Incumbent Richard Burr is seeking a third and - he says - final term. Democrat Deborah Ross has provided a tougher than expected challenge. Thursday night the two major party candidates deliberated over foreign policy, voting records and Donald Trump. 

With women's status a key issue in the presidential race, celebrity women from the entertainment and sports worlds aren't shying from the political spotlight. Some are big donors to campaigns and PACs. And some like to hit the campaign trail, as Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan is doing for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina this week.

Second Presidential Debate Fact Check

Oct 9, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

 NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

 Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

First Presidential Debate Fact Check

Sep 26, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the first of three presidential debates.


Michael Bitzer

This week, we start off by discussing final early voting plans for 33 counties that couldn't reach their own agreement, including Mecklenburg. Then, what kind of impression did Hillary Clinton leave after her speech at Johnson C. Smith University? 

WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer of Catawba College talks maps and laps with WFAE's Sarah Delia. 

Local News Roundup On Charlotte Talks

Sep 9, 2016

On this edition of the news roundup, the state Board of Election met this week to discuss controversial early voting plans for local election boards. Michael Tomsic will join us from Raleigh to update us on the outcome of the meeting.

In other election news, Richard Burr received $9 million pledged by Super PACs for his U.S. Senate campaign—what this means for the tight Senate race and for opponent Deborah Ross as election day nears. Charlotte-area charter schools are receiving more Fs than A's on state report cards. We’ll talk about who did well and who did not-- and what that means for the future of charters here. Meanwhile, CMS is moving towards magnet programs that balance socioeconomic status to break up areas of disadvantage in the system. We’ll talk about the plans for that. And the Panthers have a Super Bowl re-match Thursday night- how we did against the Broncos this time around. Those stories and much more.