Politics & Elections

Tuesday’s primary election is full of interesting competitions on the ballot: several competitive U.S. House districts (including the 9th and 8th here in the Charlotte area), a battle among Democrats to go up against Republican Pat McCrory, and the constitutional amendment regarding marriage.

As we get to the May 8th primary election, we are seeing more and more television advertisements for various candidates, particularly in the hotly contested 9thCongressional District, but also in the 8th Congressional District just to the east of Charlotte.

In modern campaigns, the vehicle of choice among candidates has consistently been television. For political advertisers, TV offers a number of advantages that other forms of political communication can’t meet.

With President Obama’s visit to North Carolina and to UNC Chapel Hill last week, commentators have been observing that it’s the opening salvo in the Democrat’s attempt to re-energize the youth vote — a critical bloc that in 2008 helped to give Obama the win.

Candidate Profile: Walter Dalton

Apr 26, 2012

Earlier this week we profiled two Democratic candidates for governor: former U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge and State House Representative Bill Faison. Today, in the final installment of our series covering the main Democratic candidates, we'll hear from Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton. He's from the western town of Rutherfordton, where he was raised by his widowed mother.

With early voting under way, North Carolinians have a variety of offices and issues to resolve leading up to the May 8th primary election.  But the voting contest that seems to be attracting the most attention is the proposed amendment to the state constitution regarding marriage.

Candidate Profile: Bob Etheridge

Apr 25, 2012

There are three main Democratic candidates in the race to become North Carolina's governor. Tuesday we heard from State House Representative Bill Faison, who says his priority is jobs. But the subject of today's story is focused on education.

Bob Etheridge is a former U.S. Congressman who also served as the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction for seven years. Bob Etheridge was born at home in Turkey, North Carolina, as the first of five children. He says neither his mother nor his father finished high school.

Romney’s visit to Charlotte to “prebut” Obama’s upcoming September acceptance speech made headlines, but on the same day the Romney campaign released a second blow against the president, in the guise of Obama himself.

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Activist groups are frustrated with the City of Charlotte for providing too little information about protest opportunities Uptown during the Democratic National Convention. City officials say groups need to be patient.

The County now says Uptown parks will not be an option for large groups. Political conventions - Democratic and Republican - always draw protesters. The City of Charlotte has put all protest and special event permits on hold for the Uptown area while it prepares an application process for marches and rallies during the DNC.

Judicial Elections Put Voters - And Judges - In A Bind

Apr 13, 2012

The upcoming primary election on May 8 features a number of congressional and county races getting attention, as well as a controversial amendment about marriage. But voters may find themselves befuddled by a few races further down the ballot: judges, for example. Judicial elections are non-partisan, which means voters can't pick the easy way out and vote straight Democrat or Republican. But judicial candidates are also limited in what they can say about how they would rule in cases - so that makes it hard for voters to choose. For a better understanding of how this process works, WFAE's Julie Rose is here with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

CMS School Board Forum Gets Interactive

Oct 19, 2011
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Twelve Charlotte Mecklenburg school board candidates will take the stage tonight in a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE. It's not clear what topics exactly they'll be quizzed about since that's up to audience members who will vote on cell phones, tablets and laptops.

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