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On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast we focus on a single, perhaps defining, topic in the race for the next Governor: Pat McCrory's record on teacher pay. It’s an issue upon which he may very well be pinning his re-election hopes.

Ken Rudin
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All signs point to the fact that North Carolina has become a battleground in the race for the White House.

New polls out this week indicate a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and both campaigns are spending large sums of money on campaign advertisements.

The Senate race between Richard Burr and Deborah Ross is also in a dead heat. Will North Carolina's voters help the Democrats take back the Senate?

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ken Rudin, the political junkie, about the 2016 election.

Today is a special edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast. After 13 episodes of insightful, deep dives into the North Carolina political landscape, we've decided to branch out. We've invited someone who is not on the WUNC staff to join the podcast.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper outlined their economic visions today to a room full of business leaders in Pinehurst.

Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, 2014
Carol Jackson / WUNC

Recent political polls indicate Democrats have pulled ahead in several key races while Libertarians have reason to be optimistic heading into the general election.

The North Carolina Libertarian party needs either presidential candidate Gary Johnson or gubernatorial candidate Lon Cecil to carry at least two percent of the vote. If either does so, the Libertarians will automatically be able to place their future nominee on the ballot in 2020.

Today on the WUNCPolitics Podcast: Rep. Mike Hager, House Majority Leader from Rutherford County, announced over the weekend that he was resigning his seat. Why? And what does it mean moving forward?

The two major-party candidates for governor set a date for a debate - and it's likely to be the only one between now and election day.

And is everything in politics and campaigning the media's fault? Sure seems like it, if you listen to certain candidates.

Host Dave DeWitt and Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii discuss these topics and more.

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
Vox Efx / Flickr

County boards of election are racing to meet an August 19th deadline to put together new early voting plans.

The 10-day early voting schedule adopted earlier this year had to be scrapped when a federal court struck down North Carolina's 2012 voting law last month.

Ken Rudin
kenrudinpolitics.com

A federal court declared North Carolina's drawing of election lines unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel said the districts must be redrawn because they are racially gerrymandered. The court will allow the election in November to proceed under the old maps.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the decision, its consequences and other political news.

NC Senate Map
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A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court has ruled that North Carolina’s redistricting map for state house and senate members, redrawn in 2011 by the Republican-led General Assembly, are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

Judge James Wynn wrote the unanimous decision:

NC Senate Map
NCGA

A three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit State Court of Appeals has ruled that North Carolina's redistricting map for state house and senate members, redrawn in 2011 by the Republican-led General Assembly, is unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

The state epidemiologist in the division of public health resigned yesterday in protest over the McCrory administration’s handling of a controversy stemming from Duke Energy's handling of well water surrounding coal ash sites.

Image of US Capitol
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When Sen. Richard Burr declared his re-election bid last year, his odds looked good; he had had a large war chest and no clear opponent. But now, Democratic challenger Deborah Ross has emerged as a strong contender and polls show the two in a hot race.

Analysts are watching the race closely as it will play a significant role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest on the race.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

A federal court ruling created uncertainty in North Carolina's election process when it overturned the state's controversial voting regulations. The law would have required photo identification, reduced early voting days and eliminated same day registration.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that measure violates the U.S. constitution, because it discriminates against African-American and Latino voters. Local Board of Elections are now making changes that advocates say do not comply with the ruling.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

Local elections boards are raising questions about how to restore the early voting period after a court ruling struck down North Carolina's newest elections law.

On this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast: Another rousing game of "Is This A Thing?"

Managing Editor for News Dave DeWitt and Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii try to decide the level of importance of the following topics: vice presidential candidates visiting North Carolina this week; the various campaign strategies being employed in the race to become Governor; and how the latest court decision in the Voter ID case will impact turnout this fall.

Republican Vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.
Gerry Broome / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Speaking to a crowd of about 300 people at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said if Republicans take back the White House in November, they will cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and put Americans back to work.

Tim Kaine in Greensboro, N.C.
Chuck Burton / ASSOCIATED PRESS

At a rally in Greensboro Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine said voters cannot trust Donald Trump, criticized House Bill 2 and stressed the importance of this swing state in November.

Photo of Mike Pence and Pat McCrory
Evan Vucci / AP

With a little more than three months until the 2016 elections, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing strong backlash—even from some fellow Republicans—​against his latest verbal onslaught, in which he attacked the parents of a fallen soldier.

The controversy comes as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton opens a sizable post-convention lead in most polls. Will this latest controversy affect Trump's chances in North Carolina? And what effect could it have on Gov. Pat McCrory, who has campaigned with Trump in the state?

More than two decades ago Father Greg Boyle (middle) founded 'Homeboy Industries,' the largest gang-internvention program in the country. Here he is on Thanksgiving day in 2012 at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.
Homeboy Industries

Note: This segment originally aired February 2, 2016.

In 1986, Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle was appointed to a poor parish in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill, House Bill 2, was challenged in court Monday. U.S. district judge Thomas Schroeder heard arguments on a temporary injunction motion. He did not make a ruling on the measure.

And on Friday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Carolina’s controversial voter identification law on grounds of racial discrimination.

Don Yelton
Daily Show

In its decision to overturn North Carolina's voter identification law last week, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals cited numerous legal precedents and hundreds of pages of testimony.

In addition, the decision also cited a comedy show.

A picture of an 'I Voted' sticker.
Vox Efx / Flickr

A federal appeals court has found that North Carolina's voter identification law was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked.

An opinion issued Friday by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court's ruling that had upheld the law.

Coat-tail riding has begun, as candidates for statewide races fully embrace Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and a social media gaffe highlights the growing role of non-traditional campaigning.

An image of President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
AP images

Hillary Clinton is now the official Democratic nominee, making her the first woman in history to become a presidential candidate of a major party. President Obama took the stage last night to voice his support for Clinton with a speech filled with familiar themes about hope and change.

Durham CAN, Durham, Jerome Washington, Fayette Place
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A couple hundred people gathered in a historic African American Durham neighborhood Wednesday to bring attention to one of the last, undeveloped plots of land near downtown.

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