Politics & Elections

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.

Romney Returns To Rally Charlotte Supporters

May 12, 2012

Primary Results Signal Tenor Of Races To Come

May 9, 2012

Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer, who writes for WFAE's Party Line political blog, discusses with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry the race for North Carolina governor and how passage of Amendment One may affect the general election. 

McCrory Ready For Fall Fight

May 9, 2012
Julie Rose

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory captured more than two-thirds of the vote to win last night's Republican primary for governor. WFAE's Julie Rose reports the McCrory campaign treated last night's victory as a kick-off for the real fight. 

Constitutional Amendment Passes In North Carolina

May 9, 2012
Tanner Latham / WFAE

Petra's, a bar in Plaza-Midwood, played host to Charlotte's anti-amendment results party. The mood was festive the whole evening. It was even positive because the vote was not more one-sided.

But patrons like Michael Blizzard were still disappointed. "I'm disappointed for everyone. Because, come tomorrow, I still won't be able to marry my boyfriend regardless. All this is going to hurt are people that it wasn't intended for," said Blizzard.