Politics & Elections

Young People and Politics

Aug 17, 2012

Young voters came out in record numbers in 2008 to elect Barack Obama as President. Four years later, a poll from Pew Research Center this summer says Americans under the age of 30 are less engaged in the upcoming election and in politics in general than they were in 2008. Are the parties and politicians listening to this particular voter group? Do young people feel like they are being heard?

It's been a busy week in politics: Mitt Romney has finally chosen his running mate: Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The Romney/Ryan kickoff bus tour stopped in Mooresville over the weekend. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer joined Duncan McFadyen to talk about all the focus North Carolina is getting in the campaign.

MCFADYEN: Let’s listen to something they [Rep. Ryan and Gov. Romney] said at that campaign stop:

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

Aug 13, 2012

We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage. So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina's favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It's preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

And, yes, there is an ideological split. Conservatives prefer Chick-Fil-A. Liberals prefer KFC.

Political analyst, J. Michael Blitzer, who's never chicken, joined Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk polls.

The Week In Politics: Chicken, Polls, And Smartphone Apps

Aug 13, 2012
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We heard a lot about chicken last week regarding the Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage.

So, in response to that controversy, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll on . . . chicken. The poll found that Chick-Fil-A is North Carolina’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. It’s preferred by 40 percent of voters. KFC is second at 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

And, yes, there is an ideological split. Conservatives prefer Chick-Fil-A. Liberals prefer KFC.

About 1,700 people packed into the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville yesterday for what was billed as a victory rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

Tim Conway of Harrisburg waited outside with his 16-year-old daughter, hoping to get in. He said the choice of Ryan for a running mate makes for a perfect 1-2 punch. He likes that Ryan has experience as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Madeleine Albright (Rebroadcast)

Aug 10, 2012

Madeleine Albright has always been a trailblazer. In 1997 she became the nation's first female Secretary of State, serving under President Bill Clinton. On that day Madam Albright became the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. But Dr. Albright was far more than a symbol of female empowerment. She guided U.S. foreign relations with a firm and steady hand often taking on dictators and despots. Despite her tough style, one of the Secretary's tools of diplomacy was uniquely feminine.

Details Of DNC 2012 Security Plan Unveiled

Aug 9, 2012

The Democratic National Convention will soon put Charlotte in the spotlight. But it will also create some hassles for Uptown residents and commuters. Wednesday, we found out where you can and can't go. The City of Charlotte and the Secret Service released their transportation and security plans for September 2 through 6. WFAE's Lisa Miller is in the studio to talk about what uptown will be like then.

Democratic Platform and the DNC

Aug 9, 2012

Tent Issues for the DNC As the Democratic National Convention edges closer to descending upon Charlotte we launch a series of examinations of the tent pole issues the Democratic delegates will support, debate and eventually adopt as part of their platform. Some of the issue are obvious like the economy, healthcare and foreign policy but party leaders also say that gay marriage may end up as a plank and gun control is back in the news as well.

The Week In Politics: Taxes, Guns, Third-Party Spoiler

Jul 27, 2012

Leading up to the November election, most Fridays, Catawba College political scientist Michael Bitzer is joining WFAE’s Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen to talk politics.

I was sitting in my office reading the news that third-party Americans Elect failed to secure a viable candidate when I got an e-mail from Julie Rose of WFAE, hoping for some insight on the issue.

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