Politics

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Three

Mike Collins interviewing Kay Hagan at our booth on radio row at the arena.
Wendy Herkey

We continue our coverage of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.  Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton are the major attractions tonight and we’ll hear about what they had to say with Dr. Eric Heberlig from UNC Charlotte.  We go behind the scenes at The Daily Show which has taken up residence here for the week and hear from Senator Kay Hagan and Representative Mel Watt all when Charlotte Talks. 

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Democratic Convention Day Two

First Lady Michelle Obama gives her speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Erin Sutton

The Democratic National Convention has opened and is getting down to business. We continue our Charlotte-centric coverage by taking a closer look at how some creative businesses are finding ways to make hay while the sun shines - or doesn't, we'll pay a visit to the protest speakers platform, find out how security measures are impacting locals and visitors and we'll visit with some delegates from both North and South Carolina.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Convention Starts

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, known for her pins is wearing an Obama pin and a Charlotte crown.
Erin Sutton

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Democratic Convention Kick-Off

The moment we’ve been waiting for is now.  The Democratic National Convention officially kicks off on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena but events surrounding the convention begin (began) Sunday with protest marches downtown.  Labor Day is devoted to CarolinaFest, a big outdoor party to welcome conventioneers, locals and the media to town.  We look at what happened over the weekend and what’s ahead for the DNC and us.

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Jobs, Labor And Politics

North Carolina has long been a battleground state but not just in politics or history. Labor unions have long fought to have a bigger presence in the state but the anti-labor movement has succeeded in keeping North Carolina, and much of the south, as right-to-work states. That issue is not lost on some groups who note that the Democratic National Convention, the convention of a party that has historically been pro-union, is being held in a right-to-work state.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

The Middle Class

The very rich and the very poor are often the subjects of modern presidential campaigns. The rich come up every time there is a battle over tax reform and who should pay their fair share and the poor are often in the middle of battles over so-called entitlement programs and budget priorities. But for the vast millions of Americans in the middle class, this may be the most important election in decades. The Middle Class is being discussed with great fervor on both sides and most experts agree that the next President will be the candidate who appeals most to these voters.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Campaigns And The Economy

Everyone remembers the now famous phrase "it's the economy, stupid" that came out of Bill Clinton's first campaign for President. That phrase could be in full effect during the current Presidential campaign as well but the two candidates certainly see the issue from two different perspectives. Add to that the recent addition of congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential candidate. Ryan is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and has what some call "radical" views to reform the federal budget and revive the economy.

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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Madeleine Albright (Rebroadcast)

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Democratic Platform and the DNC

A shot from the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Tent Issues for the DNC As the Democratic National Convention edges closer to descending upon Charlotte we launch a series of examinations of the tent pole issues the Democratic delegates will support, debate and eventually adopt as part of their platform. Some of the issue are obvious like the economy, healthcare and foreign policy but party leaders also say that gay marriage may end up as a plank and gun control is back in the news as well.

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