2012 Presidential Election

Politics & Government
6:30 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Big Test At DNC For "Extraordinary Event" Ordinance

Thousands of political activists, journalists and delegates soon will convene on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.  Charlotte’s “Extraordinary Event” ordinance remains a hot topic.

Leoneda Inge:  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union and the City of Charlotte have never been able to agree on all of the rules listed in the relatively new “Extraordinary Event” Ordinance.  Chris Brook, legal director of the state ACLU, is least fond of the rule prohibiting back-packs.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden Visits Durham

Vice President Joe Biden was in North Carolina yesterday, just one day after Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan visited the state. The vice president did his best to lay out the differences between the Democratic and Republican tickets.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Vice President Biden Brings Campaign To Durham

Vice President Joe Biden was in Durham today on the campaign trail. His visit comes just one day after Republican Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick visited North Carolina. Biden told a cheering crowd that he and President Obama want to do everything they can to support the middle class. But he says Ryan's budget plan, adopted by the U-S House, supports wealthy people by giving them tax breaks and cuts programs for the poor.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Michelle Obama Campaigns In North Carolina

First Lady Michelle Obama is at a campaign fundraiser in Raleigh this afternoon. Earlier today she made a stop in Greensboro.

Jeff Tiberii: Speaking in front of nearly 23-hundred, mostly standing, people at UNC-Greensboro, the First Lady urged Triad voters to give a few hours of their time this month. The “It Takes One” effort was announced last week as the campaign tries to mobilize voters for November’s election. Obama also told the audience how they can respond when others ask what President Obama has done since he took office.

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Politics & Government
6:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lawmakers Exclude Voting Funds From Budget

State lawmakers failed to include matching money in the budget they passed yesterday for federal funds to help administer the 2012 elections. The state must provide 660 thousand dollars in order to receive four million dollars in matching funds. It's authorized by the Help America Vote act, passed by Congress in 2002. Lawmakers included money in previous House and Senate budget versions, but not the consensus budget. Brent Laurenz heads the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Raleigh.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 6, 2012

GOP Star Paul Ryan Courts Triangle Voters

Paul Ryan
Asma Khalid

North Carolina is battleground territory in this year's presidential election. And so both parties are sending in the political heavyweights.

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Politics & Government
9:45 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Presidential Campaigns Saturate Triangle Airwaves

The findings of a new analysis are no surprise to anyone who's flipped on the TV recently, the Obama and Romney campaigns are saturating local airwaves. Three of the country's top ten political advertising markets are in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Analysis from NBC News/SMG-Delta shows the presidential campaigns are spending a lot of money in Raleigh Durham, it's the number five market in the country for the concentration of political ads. Dominico Montanaro is deputy political editor at NBC News.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Fayetteville Considers Scrapping Primaries

Municipal primary elections could be on the chopping block in Fayetteville. The City Council has voted to explore the idea of eliminating the biennial primaries, and their 84-thousand dollar price tag. Fayetteville's mayor is among those who've raised concerns about the potential change. The mayor wonders if ditching the primaries could unfairly benefit incumbents. But Councilman D.J. Haire, who proposed the measure, doesn't share that worry.

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Politics & Government
4:02 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Election Turnout Doesn't Match Hype

Bob Hall
Credit Democracy NC

Despite all the media coverage of last month’s elections, the majority of North Carolina voters did not cast a ballot.

44% of the state’s registered voters cast a ballot in this year’s midterm elections. That’s better than 37% in 2006, but Bob Hall with Democracy North Carolina says it’s still pretty low.

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