Politics

Local News
6:40 am
Thu April 3, 2014

A Rundown Of Who Could Be Charlotte's Next Mayor

City council will vote on Monday to fill the empty mayor's chair.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The race for the next Mayor of Charlotte will be decided by 11 votes. No the fix is not in for our next election. Only members of the city council will be able to vote for the person who will fill out Patrick Cannon’s term. That vote is expected on Monday.


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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Charlotte city council members held hands on Monday night while Councilman Al Austin read a prayer for the city before the meeting.
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


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Local News
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charlotte's Next Mayor On Tonight's Council Agenda

Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?

But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.


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Local News
10:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ex-Mayor Gantt Discusses Cannon And Charlotte Government

Harvey Gantt

The downfall of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is hitting home with those who preceded him in the office.

Pat McCrory, who served seven terms as the city's mayor before becoming North Carolina's governor, vowed Thursday to take an active role in winning back voters' trust in the mayor's office.   Another ex-mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt, served from 1983 to 1987.

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Gantt about Cannon's arrest on federal corruption charges, and the role of mayor under Charlotte's "Council/Manager" form of government.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Carlee: Charges Against Cannon Don't Represent How City Runs

City manager Ron Carlee announced on Thursday afternoon that city council members will hold a special meeting on Monday evening to plan out how they will replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation. Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday.

Charlotte city council will meet on Monday evening to layout a timeline, possibly consider candidates and vote. City manager Ron Carlee held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in which he said the charges against Cannon don’t represent the way the city operates. 

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Crime
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

S.C. Councilman Charged With Intimidating Police Chiefs

Chester City Council member Odell Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. He faces up to five years in prison for allegedly threatening to "take out" the police chief and assistant police chief in a restroom.
Credit City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

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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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