Candidate Profile: Bob Etheridge

Apr 25, 2012

There are three main Democratic candidates in the race to become North Carolina's governor. Tuesday we heard from State House Representative Bill Faison, who says his priority is jobs. But the subject of today's story is focused on education.

Bob Etheridge is a former U.S. Congressman who also served as the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction for seven years. Bob Etheridge was born at home in Turkey, North Carolina, as the first of five children. He says neither his mother nor his father finished high school.

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Activist groups are frustrated with the City of Charlotte for providing too little information about protest opportunities Uptown during the Democratic National Convention. City officials say groups need to be patient.

The County now says Uptown parks will not be an option for large groups. Political conventions - Democratic and Republican - always draw protesters. The City of Charlotte has put all protest and special event permits on hold for the Uptown area while it prepares an application process for marches and rallies during the DNC.

Judicial Elections Put Voters - And Judges - In A Bind

Apr 13, 2012

The upcoming primary election on May 8 features a number of congressional and county races getting attention, as well as a controversial amendment about marriage. But voters may find themselves befuddled by a few races further down the ballot: judges, for example. Judicial elections are non-partisan, which means voters can't pick the easy way out and vote straight Democrat or Republican. But judicial candidates are also limited in what they can say about how they would rule in cases - so that makes it hard for voters to choose. For a better understanding of how this process works, WFAE's Julie Rose is here with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

South Carolina officials celebrated another big jobs announcement Thursday - Continental Tire will open a new manufacturing plant in Sumter County and hire 1,700 people. North Carolina leaders, meanwhile, have been busy blaming each other for losing the deal. 

McCrory's Political Teasing Has Advantages

Oct 5, 2011

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will almost surely make another run for the governor's office in 2012, but so far he's only hinting at a "big announcement" he plans to make early next year. There are some strategic advantages to McCrory delaying his formal announcement while still acting like a candidate.

Gay Marriage Ban On Ballot Omits Sentence From Bill

Sep 23, 2011

A ban on same-sex marriage will be on the North Carolina ballot in May. The wording on the ballot only includes half of the bill. Some worry this could make the amendment more difficult for courts to interpret. 

SC Unemployment Agency headed for big change

Mar 29, 2010

Major changes are in store for the South Carolina state agency responsible for writing unemployment checks. Governor Mark Sanford will sign a measure tomorrow morning removing the commission's top leaders and placing the entire agency under his own control.

The Obama Administration has rejected South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's request to use some of the stimulus money to pay down the state's debt. Governor Sanford threatened to reject $700 million from the stimulus plan unless he got permission to use it towards state debt. Now, he says he'll make another - more narrow - request to the White House before rejecting the stimulus money outright. 

Quick hire of Foxx's wife gets closer look

Mar 10, 2009

In July, the Mecklenburg County Department of Social services had a hiring freeze. DSS Director Mary Wilson posted a job anyway to oversee the department's business affairs division. After the job was only posted one day, she hired Samara Foxx at a salary of $100,000. Foxx is the wife of councilman and mayoral candidate Anthony Foxx. The Charlotte Observer and WCNC-TV first reported how Foxx came to be hired. 

(11/30/05) U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who the State Department says were recently denied entry into Venezuela. The members of Congress had flown there to meet with the country's vice president, Jose Vicente Rangel. From WFAE's Capitol Hill Bureau, Chad Pergram reports.