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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Local News
3:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

CMS Board Candidate Forum

12 candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A more analytical approach to a massive budget, more input from a neighborhood before closing a school, and a lot more lawmakers in Raleigh who agree with educators in Charlotte.

Those are a few things candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board called for Thursday night at a public forum hosted by WFAE and MeckEd.

There are 12 candidates running for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s six district seats.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

AG Tensions Common Throughout U.S.

Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has been speaking out lately on a range of issues, at times disagreeing with laws signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory.    Cooper is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.   His public comments of late have sparked tensions with the McCrory administration and criticism from state GOP leaders.   For some analysis of the attorney general's role, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with James Tierney, a former Maine AG who now heads the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School in New York.

Interview with James Tierney, Columbia Law School

Local News
8:47 am
Mon October 21, 2013

NC Leaders Have To File Court Response To Voting Lawsuits Monday

North Carolina leaders have to lay out some of their arguments Monday for how they'll defend the state's sweeping new voting law from court challenges. Monday is the deadline for the state to file a response to lawsuits brought by the North Carolina NAACP and ACLU.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Political Update: Government Shutdown

The Lincoln Memorial
Credit J Sonder / flickr

A government shutdown and the prospect of the US defaulting on its debts for the first time in history add up to a perplexing mess. Government systems that have taken us through more than 200 years of our history appear broken. Meanwhile, the already struggling poor and middle classes are bearing the brunt of this dysfunction. We look at the damage that has been inflicted by the shutdown, what a default would mean, how we got here and how to find a better way to run a country.

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Local News
12:06 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Lawmakers Press Wos On Medicaid Payments, Food Stamp Delays, Pay Of Politically-Connected Staffers

N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos

The new system North Carolina uses to process Medicaid payments is still a nightmare for many providers. That's one of several controversies that legislative oversight committees focused on Tuesday in Raleigh. Lawmakers also found out more about food stamp delays. And they directed pointed questions at Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and her top staff.

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Local News
7:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lawmakers To Hear From Wos On Food Stamp Delays, Medicaid Overhaul, Salaries

North Carolina lawmakers will find out more Tuesday about why many families have been facing long delays for food stamps, what's next for the state's proposed Medicaid overhaul, and why certain Department Health and Human Services employees have received large raises.


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Local News
2:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Sen. Hagan Says Partial Government Shutdown Already Hurting NC

Sen. Kay Hagan in an earlier interview with Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins.
Credit Wendy Herkey

One of North Carolina's U.S. senators says the partial government shutdown is already hurting the state in large and small ways. It's the result of House Republicans refusing to pass a once-routine budget procedure unless they can defund or delay the president's health care law.

Now Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat up for reelection next year, says her office can't meet one of its most basic responsibilities for constituents – helping North Carolinians who call or show up with a wide variety of questions. 

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Local News
11:07 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Independent Zytkow Petitions His Way Onto City Council Ballot

Activist Michael Zytkow turns in a petition to run for Charlotte City Council to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Credit Grant Baldwin Photography

There will be an independent candidate on the ballot for Charlotte City Council’s 4th District this year. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections yesterday verified activist Michael Zytkow has turned in enough signatures to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate. It’s the first time in at least 15 years that an independent has successfully petitioned his way into the city council race.

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