Politics

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Senator Olympia Snowe On Bipartisanship

If you’re frustrated with Congress’s inability to get things done, imagine what it feels like to be in the Congress. Olympia Snow was a Senator for 17 years and after 40 years in public life as a moderate Republican decided to leave the Senate in 2012 because of that frustration. Now, she’s using her influence to campaign for government that works and shares her ideas on that topic.

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Local News
9:23 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Liz Hair Led The Way For Women In Mecklenburg Politics

Credit 1974 Observer file photo

Mecklenburg politics was pretty much a man’s world in the 1970s.  Liz Hair was a big force in changing that.  She died this week at 94. 


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Politics
1:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NC Democratic Party In Bad Fiscal Shape As It Tries To Move Forward

New leadership and a surprise merger of sorts. No we’re not talking about the latest on Chiquita banana.  In this installment of our Thursday political conversation Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock talk about a week of good and bad news for the North Carolina Democratic Party. 


Local News
3:39 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Many Counties Seek Exemption From NC Early Voting Requirements

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More than a third of North Carolina's counties are asking for an exemption from part of the sweeping election overhaul the General Assembly passed last year. Those exemptions would allow counties to cut early voting periods beyond what the new law already does.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Slow Democracy Movement

The Slow Food movement argues that the concept of fast food is a symbol of what’s wrong with the world today- centralization, top-down homogeneity, mass produced… and that we should embrace Local. Our guest today says that same philosophy should be applied to government. With government mistrust and low approval ratings for members of Congress at a near all-time high, Susan Clark, author of Slow Democracy, says we should pay attention our local government. Clark’s book outlines several guidelines designed to reinvigorate local democracy, and make local government relevant, citizen powered, and inclusive. We'll explore Slow Democracy and a future more focused on the local.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

NC Commerce Privatization Tries To Take Shape

John Lassiter sits as the head of the table during the first meeting of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The private board that Governor Pat McCrory wants to take control of recruiting and retaining businesses in North Carolina met for the first time Wednesday. But there’s not too much that board can do until the state legislature gives it more authority.


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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
4:53 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

GOP Hearing In Gastonia A Chance To Rally For Or Against Obamacare

Local witnesses sit in front of Congressmen Robert Pittenger, Darrell Issa, committee counsel and Patrick McHenry
Michael Tomsic

Republican congressmen held a hearing in Gastonia on Friday on the problems people in North Carolina are having with the Affordable Care Act. But it served as more of a political rally for people who oppose or support Obamacare.


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