Politics

Charlotte Talks
10:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Financing Majority Control

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Monday, November 3, 2014

On Tuesday, the most expensive political race in history will end. Election Day will stop the flow of cash into the campaigns of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis but cash will continue to flow to the winner and all of the winners around the country as the influence of money on politics grows. And that is the subject of an award-winning book by frequent contributor Dr. Eric Heberlig of UNC Charlotte. 

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Local News
10:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

NPR's Michel Martin hosted a discussion on voting rights with Mecklenburg County Board of Elections director Michael G. Dickerson, Janai Nelson of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hans A. van Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and NPR correspondent Pam Fessler.
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North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

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Local News
10:02 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Non-Political Districts Would Have Benefited Democrats In 2012, Duke Analysis Shows

Current North Carolina districting.
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Republicans picked up three seats in North Carolina's 2012 congressional elections. The election used districts that had been redrawn by the state's Republican-controlled legislature following the 2010 census. Political gerrymandering is nothing new, but does it thwart the "will of the people" on election day? Researchers at Duke University say a mathematical model they've developed shows that if the exact same votes in 2012 had been cast in differently-drawn districts, the overall results would have changed. WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed the findings with Jonathan Mattingly, a Duke math professor and one of the study's authors.


Local News
1:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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When asked her top accomplishment in Washington, Senator Kay Hagan starts with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

From the 1950s to ‘80s, Marines and their families stationed at the base unwittingly used drinking water laced with chemicals like benzene. Along with Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC)—both North Carolina Republicans—Hagan pushed legislation to give medical care to those exposed.

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

“I met with generals,” she recalls. “We met with the commandant of the Marine Corps. We met with every entity you can imagine that had some sort of input.”

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Local News
10:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Tillis: A Primer

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On Thursday, WFAE will take a similar look at the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race, Thom Tillis, has had a hand in every new law in North Carolina the past four years. As Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tillis decides what bills the House votes on. Along with Senate leader Phil Berger and Governor Pat McCrory, he has led a conservative shift, which has touched nearly every aspect of state law. But, Tillis says, he has had one overarching focus:

“Working to get our economy back on track by repealing regulations that didn’t make sense and reducing taxes so businesses have more money to grow,” Tillis says.

Democratic Senate Candidate Hagan: A Primer

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NC News
9:22 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Early Voting And Other Election Matters With Analyst Michael Bitzer

Today is the first day of early voting in North Carolina for next month’s election.   Because of a law passed last year by Republicans in the General Assembly, the number of early voting days has been reduced.  The law also does away with same-day registration.  So, if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you won’t be able to cast a ballot this election.   Joining Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for our Thursday political chat is Catawba Science political professor Michael Bitzer.


Local News
7:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Elon Poll: Ballot Order Could Help Hagan In Race Against Tillis

Senator Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis
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  Come Election Day, the candidate who’s listed first on the ballot has an advantage. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. But a new survey from Elon University casts doubt on that logic, and that could be good news this November for Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry with more about the poll.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

With 3 Weeks To Go, Let's Analyze Electorate

With three weeks to go, a lot of prognostication is going on in the political analysis universe.

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Local News
8:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Top Talking Points And New Discussions In Third Senate Debate

Kay Hagan, Sean Haugh, Thom Tillis
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North Carolina Senate candidates met in Wilmington last night, for the final of three scheduled debates before the election. The candidates largely stuck to the talking points and attacks, which have become familiar during earlier debates and the 64,000 TV ads bought for the election.

Hagan criticized the state tax overhaul and budget, which Tillis oversaw, while Tillis hammered Hagan’s voting record as almost entirely aligned with President Obama.


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Politics
9:52 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Attacks Aplenty In Hagan-Tillis 2

Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis at their second debate.
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The candidates were not on a first name basis last night as Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis took part in their second debate. The tone was more formal… the rhetoric more biting. 

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