Phil Berger Jr. http://wunc.org en Politics and Polling with Ken Rudin http://wunc.org/post/politics-and-polling-ken-rudin <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election for the 6<sup>th</sup> district Republican primary this week.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:56:43 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 39218 at http://wunc.org Politics and Polling with Ken Rudin End In Sight For Triad's Contentious GOP Runoff http://wunc.org/post/end-sight-triads-contentious-gop-runoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">Voters in the Triad will decide today between&nbsp;Republicans Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker in a primary runoff election.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 38968 at http://wunc.org End In Sight For Triad's Contentious GOP Runoff Triad News Update http://wunc.org/post/triad-news-update-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to the North Carolina Senate last week to cut back on the threat of coal ash pollution in North Carolina.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 14:01:31 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 35798 at http://wunc.org Triad News Update The Race To Replace Coble: 'It's A Wonderful Chance For A Republican' Says One Analyst http://wunc.org/post/race-replace-coble-its-wonderful-chance-republican-says-one-analyst <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Early voting for begins this Thursday and candidates for federal, state and local offices are making a final push leading up to the May </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> primary. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Republican leaning </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District a crowded field of conservative hopefuls is vying for the republican nomination to replace 83-year-old Howard </span>Coble<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who is retiring later this year. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Coble<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was first elected to the US Congress, North Carolina had about 60 percent fewer residents. That's about four million people. You could still smoke on planes. Michael Jordan was a rookie with the Chicago Bulls. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The long-time incumbent is stepping aside leaving a significant vacancy.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is a wonderful chance, the seat is open - well it's a wonderful chance for a Republican at least. It's a good year for Republicans. If you get the nomination for your party you're going to be in Congress. And once you're in Congress there is a good chance you can stay there," said Charles </span>Prysby<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a Political Science Professor at </span>UNC-Greensboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Meeting the public</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some of the men campaigning for the </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional seat were in an old lecture hall on campus at </span>UNCG<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last week. At the start of the forum there were fewer than 20 people in the audience. The forum featured four Republicans and a Democrat,.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students asked questions and the conversation flowed from education to climate change, the war on drugs to minimum wage and touched briefly on foreign policy.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It's surprising that you don't have more what I would call high quality Republican candidates," </span>Prysby<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says a common path to Congress is first working as a state legislator. None of the candidates in the </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have any experience in the General Assembly. By comparison, three candidates in the race for the open </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> congressional seat are current state legislators.</span></p><div>"Experienced candidates, people who have had elected office. So this is not a reflection on the inherent quality of some of the people - they may be absolutely wonderfully people. But of the nine Republicans I think only three have held elected office," added Prysby.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:01:02 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 34181 at http://wunc.org The Race To Replace Coble: 'It's A Wonderful Chance For A Republican' Says One Analyst Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward http://wunc.org/post/potential-successors-congressman-coble-step-forward <p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:02:54 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 26482 at http://wunc.org Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward