Politics & Elections

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The expert who federal judges asked to redraw some North Carolina House and Senate district lines rejects Republican arguments that he set race-based population targets within new boundaries, saying he focused on other redistricting criteria instead.


Charlotte's City Council will get five new members - all under the age of 40 - when the new council is sworn in on Dec. 4. That represents a generational shift in city government, says WFAE's Tom Bullock.


WFAE's Election Night coverage begins at 7 p.m. with a special hosted by Tom Bullock. There's a lot to discuss, and Tom wants you to join the conversation by calling 704-926-9323. Now, watch Tom pitch tonight's coverage:


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With the election now just days away Candidate ME has become Candidate THEM, a modern twist on that election season classic - the voter guide.


William "Bump" Roddey has vowed to file an ethics complaint against Rock Hill Schools after losing Tuesday's runoff for Rock Hill mayor.

The York County councilman says the school should not have robocalled or emailed parents the night before the election.

Updated Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
This election season, political reporter Tom Bullock has been busy covering the race for Charlotte mayor and council through his Candidate ME podcast. This week, there’s more of that - he goes outside the city. Tom spoke to WFAE’s David Boraks about races for mayor and town board surrounding Charlotte. David says that concerns over growth are a consistent theme.

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Next Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day. A lot of attention has been paid to the race for Charlotte mayor.

But there are other members of the city council who are elected citywide. And those races haven’t garnered the same level of attention.

Morning Edition host Marshall Terry and reporter Tom Bullock talk through the eight candidates vying for an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council.

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With Election Day less than two weeks away and early votes already being cast, Candidate ME shifts into high gear. In this episode we introduce something new, real candidates call in to answer a mad lib and two important questions in order to sway your vote. And Host Tom Bullock unleashes positive and negative Candidate ME ads unto the world.

Davidson mayoral candidates (from left) Rusty Knox, Laurie Venzon and John Woods debated Wednesday at Davidson College.
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Growth is a key issue in this fall's election in the small town of Davidson, in north Mecklenburg County. The mayor faces two challengers in a race that has been shaped in part by a group called Save Davidson, formed to fight a proposed development.   

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It's fall. Halloween is just around the corner and the November election is not far behind. It therefore seems fitting for Candidate ME to delve into one of the true dark arts of campaigns, political advertising.