Sinopsis

The WUNCPolitics Podcast is a free-flowing discussion of what we're hearing in the back hallways of the General Assembly and on the campaign trail across North Carolina.

Episodios

  • Its The Voters Turn

    It's The Voters' Turn

    27/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    One week to go before Election Day 2020 and the votes continue to pour in by the millions. Behind every ballot cast is a voter wielding the pen and filling in the bubbles for who they want to see in office. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, we hear from a handful of voters across the battleground state of North Carolina about what’s on their minds. Host Jeff Tiberii also talks with WUNC politics reporter Rusty Jacobs about Granville County and why it's a region to keep a close eye on this election.

  • Closing In On Election Day

    Closing In On Election Day

    23/10/2020 Duración: 16min

    With less than two weeks until November 3, more than two million people have already voted. In our review of the week in state politics, Democratic strategist Aisha Dew and former chair of the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans Clark Riemer discuss when they expect to have results and how they’re feeling about the races. Plus, what to make – if anything – about the Governor’s comment on Cal Cunningham.

  • A Return To Record-Setting Campaign Spending

    A Return To Record-Setting Campaign Spending

    20/10/2020 Duración: 21min

    North Carolina is again home to the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the nation's history. During this 2020 election cycle, billions of dollars will flow through the somewhat mysterious apparatus of campaign finance. On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, Jeff Tiberii speaks about the financial landscape with Anna Beavon Gravely of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation , journalist Jeremy Borden , who is also a volunteer leader with the Open Raleigh Brigade of Code for America. and UNC-Charlotte political science professor Eric Heberlig .

  • Voters Surge, Along With Virus

    Voters Surge, Along With Virus

    16/10/2020 Duración: 16min

    This week: North Carolina voters turned out in record numbers for the start of in-person early voting. Lines were made longer by social distancing — the polls are open as cases of COVID-19 across the state are surging. Democratic strategist Aisha Dew and Republican Clark Reimer join host Jeff Tiberii to offer some insight into those developments, as well as a confrontational gubernatorial debate between incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper and challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

  • Political Polling: The Power Of A Snapshot In Time

    Political Polling: The Power Of A Snapshot In Time

    13/10/2020 Duración: 19min

    Political polling isn’t a crystal ball into election outcomes this November, but it is a useful tool to help us understand where certain groups of voters stand in a given point in time. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii examines what makes a good poll, and what might make a survey less reliable. Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center , provides a behind-the-scenes look at political polling. And David McLennan, director of the Meredith Poll in Raleigh, talks about the polling process in this battleground state of North Carolina.

  • Scandal and Sickness In One Of 2020s Pivotal US Senate Races

    Scandal and Sickness In One Of 2020's Pivotal US Senate Races

    10/10/2020 Duración: 18min

    The stakes in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race were already significant – with the winner potentially signaling which party could control the chamber in the next Congress. In recent days, the campaign narratives were upended as Republican incumbent Thom Tillis tested positive for COVID and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham acknowledged sending sexual text messages to a woman that is not his wife. Rob Schofield and Becki Gray join host Jeff Tiberii to discuss the possible electoral impacts of the news. They also review the latest in mail-in balloting, and offer reaction to a North Carolina Congressman’s racist tweet.

  • The House Battleground

    The House Battleground

    06/10/2020 Duración: 21min

    Democrats seeking to transform the landscape of North Carolina politics must take back the state House. Republicans captured a majority ten years ago, expanded it to veto-proof status in 2012, and in doing so have since fundamentally shifted governance in North Carolina. The GOP is aiming to hold on to its majority this election season, and – with redistricting on the horizon – trying to maintain control for another decade. On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with state legislators Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Orange, Caswell) and Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) about the campaigns, key districts and one divisive strategy.

  • What Does Trumps Positive Test Mean For The Final Month Of The Campaign In NC?

    What Does Trump's Positive Test Mean For The Final Month Of The Campaign In NC?

    02/10/2020 Duración: 20min

    This week: Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test has upended the already unstable political landscape. With just more than a month until Election Day, it is unclear how the president going into quarantine will affect the key battleground of North Carolina. In their review of the week in state politics, Rob Schofield and Becki Gray react to the major news, reflect on the final debate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, and discuss whether the State Board of Elections went too far in changing rules for mail-in ballots.

  • The Path To A Legislative Majority Goes Through New Hanover County

    The Path To A Legislative Majority Goes Through New Hanover County

    29/09/2020 Duración: 18min

    North Carolina's ballot stretches well beyond the top of the ticket. One big question looming in 2020 is whether Democrats will regain control of at least one chamber of the General Assembly, or if Republicans will hang on to the reins with their simple majority. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii dives into a key state senate race in New Hanover County. He speaks with the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Aaron King about the political landscape for legislative races. And Democratic Sen. Harper Peterson discusses how President Trump's presence on the ballot plays into his bid for reelection in closely contested District 9.

  • North Carolinas Most (And Maybe Only) Competitive U.S. House Race

    North Carolina's Most (And Maybe Only) Competitive U.S. House Race

    23/09/2020 Duración: 19min

    North Carolina has 13 congressional districts, though only one race is likely to be particularly close this fall. After a judicial panel determined the old map illegally favored Republicans and the boundaries were redrawn last year, the 8th District is now a competitive outlier. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii talks with Chris Cronin, political science professor at Methodist University, about the impact voters in Fayetteville could have on the outcome in the 8th District race. And we hear from Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the Democratic nominee challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Richard Hudson.

  • Sen. Tillis Debates Cunningham, And Forest Vows To Lift Mask Mandates As Governor

    Sen. Tillis Debates Cunningham, And Forest Vows To Lift Mask Mandates As Governor

    18/09/2020 Duración: 19min

    This week: Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham had their first debate. The Democrat's answer to a hypothetical question about the COVID-19 vaccine caught some attention. On the reopening front, Gov. Roy Cooper announced elementary schools could welcome back all their students soon — as long as they wear masks and practice social distancing. Meanwhile Cooper's opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, said face covering requirements would be dropped come January if he were to win the governor's race. Offering insight and making their debut as our commentators are Aisha Dew of Higher Heights and Clark Riemer , former chair of the North Carolina Young Republicans and a staffer in the state House.

  • Lanisha Jones Will Keep Fighting For Voting Rights

    Lanisha Jones Will Keep Fighting For Voting Rights

    15/09/2020 Duración: 15min

    When Lanisha Jones went to vote in the 2016 election, she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong. She thought she was simply exercising her right to vote. But in 2019, the district attorney in Hoke County charged her with voting illegally because at the time she was still on probation from a felony conviction. Since then, Jones has been fighting the charges, and says she was unfairly targeted for committing a crime she didn't know was a crime when she voted. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberri joins colleague Leoneda Inge, co-host of WUNC’s podcast Tested, to talk with Jones about the charges, and how her experience fits into a larger story of disenfranchisement in North Carolina.

  • Are DeJoys Donations Trouble For North Carolina Republicans?

    Are DeJoy's Donations Trouble For North Carolina Republicans?

    11/09/2020 Duración: 15min

    This week: A Washington Post story alleged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy cajoled GOP campaign donations from employees of the logistics business he ran in Greensboro. Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation consider whether the latest controversy surrounding DeJoy will affect Republican candidates in North Carolina this year. Also, census watchers are sounding the alarm to Congress about a potential undercount in the state, and the major party candidates for U.S. Senate have their first debate next week.

  • Decoding The Dashboards, A Tested Takeover

    'Decoding The Dashboards,' A Tested Takeover

    08/09/2020 Duración: 12min

    As COVID-19 cases climb at many colleges and universities in North Carolina, schools are maintaining dashboards to track and present different data and terminology. But are the dashboards enough of a resource to keep students and faculty informed about the virus on their campus? On this edition of the Politics Podcast, we're featuring an episode from Tested, a podcast at WUNC that takes a hard look at how North Carolina and its neighbors are facing the day's challenges. Tested host Dave DeWitt talks with WUNC education reporter Liz Schlemmer about the role of dashboards in tracking COVID-19 cases at colleges and universities.

  • Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, And Trump Stops By

    Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, And Trump Stops By

    05/09/2020 Duración: 21min

    This week: State legislators gaveled in for a brief two-day session and don't intend to return until next year — that is, until after the elections are over. Their singular charge was to allocate North Carolina's remaining pandemic relief funds from the federal CARES Act. Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss the good – and the bad – in the latest relief package. And they react to President Trump's visit to Wilmington, where he tacitly encouraged people to vote twice.

  •  Reporting On A Pandemic In A Time of Grief

    Reporting On A Pandemic In A Time of Grief

    25/08/2020 Duración: 21min

    As an investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press, Kate Martin has been persistently reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina for months. She’s determined to uncover the answers to questions others are not asking and hold officials accountable. As she’s pressed on with her reporting, Martin has been grappling with personal hardship. Her father passed away in late May. On this episode of the Politics Podcast from WUNC, Martin discusses the grind of reporting in a crisis, her father’s death, and a recent public moment when her family and profession collided.

  • Mail-In Ballot Requests Soar, And The Pick Is In

    Mail-In Ballot Requests Soar, And The Pick Is In

    14/08/2020 Duración: 22min

    This week: American political history was made as Joe Biden introduced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the presidential race. Her presence on the ticket might impact voter turnout in North Carolina. Then again, it might not. Meanwhile, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest dropped a lawsuit against his gubernatorial opponent, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield from NC Policy Watch discuss those developments, plus: what Postmaster General Louis DeJoy means for 2020, and signs of relief for North Carolinians who are still out of work.

  • Former Gov. Jim Hunt Talks COVID, The Wilmington Ten, And Jesse Helms

    Former Gov. Jim Hunt Talks COVID, The Wilmington Ten, And Jesse Helms

    11/08/2020 Duración: 20min

    Jim Hunt was first elected Governor of North Carolina in 1976 when he was just 39 years old. He served four terms in the Executive Mansion, spanning four different decades. During his time in office, Hunt remained a steadfast supporter of public schools and prioritized education policy. In 1984, Hunt also set his sights on the U.S. Senate, and lost a bitter race to longtime Senator Jesse Helms. On this episode of the Politics Podcast from WUNC, Hunt discusses his legacy as a governor, recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and a time he hitchhiked to the Midwest.

  • Governor Criticizes Republicans Requests For Mail-In Ballots Soar

    Governor Criticizes Republicans; Requests For Mail-In Ballots Soar

    07/08/2020 Duración: 14min

    This week: Governor Cooper criticizes President Trump and Lt. Governor Forest over their pandemic responses. And close to 150,000 voters have requested absentee ballots for the November election. This week a federal judge ruled that a witness requirement will remain in place, however, voters will have a chance to correct administrative errors on their ballots. Becki Gray and Rob Schofield discuss Cooper's criticisms, the latest in mail-in balloting, as well as a troubling video released by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department.

  • Hello Mr. President, Goodbye State Fair

    Hello Mr. President, Goodbye State Fair

    31/07/2020 Duración: 15min

    This week: North Carolina played host to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Meanwhile, David Lewis, a powerful state legislator, will not be on the ballot, as previously expected. And with the State Fair canceled for the first time since the second World War, Becki Gray and Rob Schofield ponder whether college athletics can realistically take place this fall.

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