Charlotte Talks News Roundup: Divided City Council Backs RNC, Local Reaction To Trump/Putin Meeting

Jul 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Clockwise from top left: David Boraks, Mary C. Curtis, Erik Spanberg, Ann Doss Helms

A narrow "yes" vote to support Charlotte's hosting of the 2020 Republican convention. Carolina lawmakers weigh in on President Trump's controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin. CATS begins mapping out its expansion plans. Mike Collins and a panel of reporters analyze the local headlines.

The Charlotte City Council voted in favor of the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention, but the narrow 6-5 vote came after strong comments by council members and citizens. We go through the debates, the vote and where our bid stands.

President Trump’s failure to back U.S. intelligence agencies during his press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki drew criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. We’ll talk through what our local lawmakers had to say.

One week after the CIAA announced that it’d be opening up its search for a tournament host city beginning in 2021 rather than staying in Charlotte, several cities have shown interest in hosting the tournament. We’ll talk about who has thrown their hat in the ring.

And CATS has revealed plans for new transit options, including an uptown tunnel.


David Boraks, WFAE reporter (@davidboraks)

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist (@mcurtisnc3)

Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer education reporter (@anndosshelms)

Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal  senior staff writer (@CBJSpanberg)

Watch the Lip Sync Challenge videos we talked about on today's roundup, by the Charlotte Mecklenburg and Tega Cay police departments:

Click to watch CMPD's video on Facebook.