Local News
9:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Happy Fiscal New Year! Do We Have Anything To Celebrate Yet?

Credit NC General Assembly

Today is July 1. The 182nd day of 2014. To most of us, it’s just another Tuesday. But to those North Carolinians more in tune with a fiscal calendar than a Gregorian one – state lawmakers, for example – today is also the first day of 2015. And that means the budget is passed and the short legislative session is over. Right?

Not so fast.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.

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9:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Jeff Jackson Replaces Clodfelter In The State Senate

Jeff Jackson was elected as state senator for North Carolina District 37 by Democratic Party leaders who live in the district. Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Democratic Party leaders gathered at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte on Saturday to elect the newest state senator: Jeff Jackson.

Jackson will replace Dan Clodfelter, who resigned from his state senate seat on April 8 to become mayor of Charlotte.

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1:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election

There are four candidates running: ADA Jeff Jackson, former CMS board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.
Tasnim Shamma

When Dan Clodfelter was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.

There are four candidates in the running: assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, former Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.

They all participated in a public forum Tuesday night at the Asian Library near uptown.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tillis Expands Lead In Latest Polls, Could Avoid Runoff

Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

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Local News
11:04 am
Mon April 28, 2014

'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme

Former mayor Patrick Cannon, left, with Mohammad Jenatian in February at a gala of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance.
Charlotte Observer

There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:

Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.

"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."

What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:

"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

NC/SC Midterm Election Update

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The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

NC Budget Director Art Pope

Art Pope
Credit www.artpope.com

Art Pope is a very influential figure in North Carolina and, as he's risen through the ranks he's become a rather controversial one as well. Chairman, CEO and President of Variety Wholesalers and a foundation, he is also the state budget director, appointed to the job by Governor McCrory, for whose campaign Pope volunteered. A former legislator, Art Pope is making waves in his new job and joins us to talk about holding the state's purse strings. (This show was pre-recorded.)

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3:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

This Looks Familiar: Brannon's Site Lifts Passages

Credit www.gregbrannon.com

  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon’s campaign plagiarized several passages on his website. This marks the second time Brannon’s campaign has lifted content.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Clodfelter On New Job: 'Mayor Like Orchestra's Conductor'

Dan Clodfelter takes the oath of office at his swearing in ceremony
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Wednesday, Dan Clodfelter was sworn in as Mayor of Charlotte. 

There was the pledge of allegiance, an oath of office and prayer…more or less the standard affair.  Of course how Clodfelter became mayor was anything but. WFAE's Tom Bullock sat down with Charlotte's new mayor just after the ceremony.

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