Politics

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2012 End-Of-Year News Show

2012 in Charlotte has been anything but quiet. We've had our share of controversy, scandals, political turmoil, budget woes, and time on the national - and international - stage. Now that the year is coming to an end, we'll gather WFAE news reporters to go through some of the major stories to hit the Queen City this year. Join us for a 2012 News Roundup, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

SC Senator DeMint Resigns To Run Conservative Think Tank

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is stepping down in January to become president of The Heritage Foundation.

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has announced he's leaving the Senate in January to become president of The Heritage Foundation – a conservative think tank. In a statement, DeMint says he's leaving the Senate but - quote - "not leaving the fight." 

South Carolina Republicans knew Senator DeMint planned to retire after his second term in 2016, but they hoped to have him until then.

"Senator DeMint's been a rock star for us," says South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly. "He's become an icon for the conservative movement nationwide." 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff

We look at the debate over the looming fiscal cliff. Charlotte has long been seen as a financial hub in America so we'll turn to some of our own local experts to find out exactly what the fiscal cliff is, what the debate is all about, the likely outcome and what impact any deal may have on us all. We examine the fiscal cliff in detail, when Charlotte Talks.

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Politics
9:25 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Isn't The Election Over? Then, What's With The Hagan Ad?

American Petroleum Institute's ad featuring Sen. Hagan
Credit Courtesy of American Petroleum Institute

Just when you thought the political ads were over, there’s this TV ad that features U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

“Senator Kay Hagan can make energy a big part of improving our economy. She can choose economic growth and American jobs, not slow them with job-killing energy taxes,” says a female voice as images of workers interspersed with shots of Hagan appear on the screen.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Stuff Every American Should Know

Do you know how or why we started using fireworks on the Fourth of July?

As Americans, there are things we all think we know about the greatest country in the world, but do we really know stuff that every American should know? That's the premise put forth by prolific authors, Denise Kiernan and Joe D'Agnese. Previously they've illuminated the lives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and they specialize in lesser known items of American History.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Day After The Election Wrap-Up

Join us for “the morning after”… we’ll talk about Tuesday’s Election results, from local, regional and gubernatorial to the presidential election. Who are our new leaders? What does their election mean for our region, our state and the nation? We’ll do our best to give you the answers with WFAE reporters and political scientists, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pre-Election Show

Catawba College's Michael Bitzer, WFAE News' Michael Tomsic, Lisa Miller and Julie Rose join us to talk about the Election.
Credit Erin Sutton

Tomorrow’s the day we’ve been leading up to for over a year. Election Day is upon us, and this hour, for a final look at how the election looks here in Charlotte, we’ll be joined by WFAE News Reporters, along with our WFAE “The Party Line” political blogger, Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about the big local and state races, and a last minute look at the presidential election and more.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Political Update with Michael Bitzer

Michael Bitzer

With the debates behind us, early voting underway, and the election less than two weeks from now, we’ll spend the hour with WFAE’s The Party Line blogger Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about how things stand now with both the Presidential Election and the elections that are taking place closer to home. We’ll discuss early voting, and its possible impact in the future. And we’ll take your calls too.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 3: Walter Dalton

We finish up our series of conversations with the three candidates for governor in North Carolina. We’ve talked with former Charlotte Mayor and Republican candidate Pat McCrory and with 3- time Libertarian candidate Barbara How. Today, we meet Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who is the Democratic candidate for governor. We’ll hear about why he thinks he’s the best one for the job.

Guest
Walter Dalton
- Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and Democratic candidate for North Carolina governor.

The Party Line
1:27 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Election Day Voting Becoming Passé

Michael Bitzer

With in-person early voting underway in North Carolina, it might be helpful to break down its use in different areas of the state.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state has eight urban counties and 20 suburban counties that make up eight metropolitan areas. The other 72 counties are classified as rural counties.

Within the eight urban counties, 59 percent of the ballots cast were before Election Day, while suburban and rural counties each had 53 percent of their ballots cast during the early voting period.

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