Politics & Government

Politics & Government
9:30 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Food Truck Trial In Greensboro

A limited number of food trucks will be allowed in part of downtown Greensboro this fall.

The Greensboro City Council voted 7 to 2 last night, in favor of a pilot program that will run during October and November. Ten supporters told the Council they believe food trucks will offer more affordable choices to students and employees downtown. No opponents of the measure spoke at the meeting.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Perdue Fires Up Delegates At DNC

Governor Bev Perdue gave an early-evening welcome to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Perdue appeared yesterday -- not so much as a political force -- but as a gracious, and at times excited host.

Gov. Bev Perdue: "Do we know how to have a party? Go Democrats!"

She struggled with a strained voice through most of her five minutes on stage. Still she quickly settled into the party's talking points. Perdue has always been an advocate for education.

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Politics & Government
5:50 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Charlotte's Mayor Welcomes Delegates

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx welcomed Democrats to his city for their convention last night. Many Democrats see the two-term mayor as a rising star in the party. He talked about his beginnings and his rise to become mayor of North Carolina's largest city. Foxx said Charlotte's development mirrors the message his fellow Democrats want to take from this convention.

Politics & Government
4:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Harvey Gantt Leaves A Legacy In NC

29-year-old Barack Obama, still in Harvard Law School, wearing a Harvey Gantt For U.S. Senate t-shirt
Harvey Gantt

This week at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, elected officials from this state will be in the spotlight. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Governor Bev Perdue spoke last night, and former Governor Jim Hunt will get his chance later today.

It’s also a big moment for others who paved the way. Harvey Gantt was the first black mayor of Charlotte. He also ran twice against Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate. And without the trails he blazed in the second half of the 20th century, this convention, and his adopted state, would be very different.

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Politics & Government
3:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

NC Democratic Delegates Ready To Go

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Charlotte. As Dave DeWitt reports, the state's delegates are raring to go.

G.K. Butterfield: "These conventions are about energizing your vote and winning elections!"

Dave DeWitt: Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield fired up the delegation at a breakfast this morning. The state's 188 delegates and alternates heard from elected officials on the importance of this week in Charlotte, and of taking their enthusiasm out into the field once the convention is over.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan…

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Politics & Government
9:20 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Street Party Kicks Off DNC Week

Dr. Scott Poppen with Doctors for America greets "patients" at Carolina Fest in Charlotte
Leoneda Inge

Downtown Charlotte was packed yesterday with locals and thousands of guests in town for the Democratic National Convention.

The Johnson C. Smith University Marching Band kicked off the massive Carolina Fest street party. Dawne McCain lives in Charlotte. She enjoyed all the foot traffic coming by her jewelry booth during the festival.

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Romney And Obama Fighting For NC Votes

The Democratic Convention begins today in Charlotte. The Democrats picked the city because they believed North Carolina would again be a crucial battleground state – and they hoped the convention would give them a boost in trying to win it for President Barack Obama. But at least according to one poll, the President trails Republican Mitt Romney in North Carolina. The Democrats are hoping to use the new demographics of the South to defy the pollsters.

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Politics & Government
4:06 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Elon Poll: Romney Leads Obama In NC

The Democratic Convention begins today in Charlotte. The Democrats chose to come to North Carolina’s largest city to boost their chances here in the fall election. But as Dave DeWitt reports, at least one recent poll has Republican Mitt Romney pulling ahead.

The Elon Poll gives Romney a 4-point lead. The poll was conducted during the Republican Convention last week. It polled more than 1,000 likely voters.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Mon September 3, 2012

State DNC Delegates Head To Charlotte

UNC Freshman Vibhav Kollu is the youngest North Carolina Delegate
Leoneda Inge

The 2012 Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte tomorrow.  And the North Carolina delegation will be one of the state’s most diverse ever.  There are more delegates of color, and for the first time there is an auxiliary group for Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Sexual and Trans-gendered delegates. 

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It’s the beginning of the school year and college students are everywhere on the U-N-C Chapel Hill campus.   And it’s clearly campaign season.

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Politics & Government
4:50 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Hundreds Protest Democratic Convention

NC DNC Protests
Dave DeWitt

The Democratic National Convention officially begins tomorrow in Charlotte. But the event began yesterday for some. Police say two of the 800 or so who took to the streets to protest were arrested. Officials had prepared for as many as 10-thousand protestors. As Dave DeWitt reports from Charlotte, what the marchers lacked in numbers, they made up for in passion.

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