Politics

The nonprofit charged with hosting the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte has recruited more than 100 past and present elected officials and community leaders to help in the effort. The majority of the names on the "Charlotte in 2012" host and steering committees are Democratic city and county officials, state lawmakers and members of Congress - both current and former. But a handful of Republicans have agreed to help out: former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and the three Republicans currently serving on the City Council. 

CMPD Gears Up for DNC

Sep 26, 2011

Charlotte's chief of police has assigned three officers - including Deputy Chief Harold Medlock - to focus all of their time on preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. 

Gay Marriage Ban On Ballot Omits Sentence From Bill

Sep 23, 2011

A ban on same-sex marriage will be on the North Carolina ballot in May. The wording on the ballot only includes half of the bill. Some worry this could make the amendment more difficult for courts to interpret. 

Top GOP Candidates Come To SC For DeMint

Sep 5, 2011

Ex-Wife Challenges Councilman For Seat

Aug 18, 2011

Twenty-eight candidates are running for Charlotte City Council this year. The race for district two which covers the northwest part of the city could get particularly interesting. James Mitchell has represented that district for twelve years. But his ex-wife Vivian Mitchell is running against him. She says she's not running out of spite. "Why would I want to take revenge on my husband? That doesn't make any sense to me," says Mitchell. The Mitchells divorced last November. Vivian Mitchell ran for school board in 2009. She says she wants to focus on job creation.

Legislature Sets Local Commission Voting Districts

Jul 28, 2011

17 Candidates File For 3 CMS School Board Seats

Jul 15, 2011

Meck's Thom Tillis To Be House Speaker

Nov 22, 2010

Republican lawmakers over the weekend chose Rep. Thom Tillis of Cornelius to be North Carolina's next House Speaker. Republicans chose Tillis over Rep. Paul Stam of Apex, fellow Mecklenburg Republican Ric Killian and Mitch Gillespie of McDowell County. Tillis says the competition was civil, and the caucus will unite behind him. "There are a lot of people who are so accustomed to our caucus kind of having infighting and having some dysfunction that it is hard for them to believe how we'll we are operating," Tillis told North Carolina Public Radio.

NC Legislature Sees Historic Shift Of Power

Nov 3, 2010

Murray To Be Next Mecklenburg DA

Nov 3, 2010

Ex-Sheriff Pendergraph Wins Seat On Commission

Nov 3, 2010

Democrats held on to their majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission, but lost a seat with the defeat of incumbent Dan Murrey. Former Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, a Republican, will take his spot. Democrats now hold a 5-4 majority over Republicans. Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts was the top vote-getter. She edged Pendergraph by 934 votes. Democrat Harold Cogdell took the third at-large seat. Roberts says she's pleased with the outcome considering it was a bad night for Democrats nationwide and controversial budget cuts that commissioners have made the last two years.

Judge Bell Wins, Three Others Ousted

Nov 3, 2010

Third-Party Groups Crash Land On NC Politics

Nov 1, 2010

North Carolina Republican Party Chariman Tom Fetzer is crying foul on touchscreen voting machines in 36 counties, including Mecklenburg. He says votes intended for Republicans are being counted for Democrats. He says the party has received complaints from early voters in 12 counties, but assumes that similar machines in other counties have the same problems. Mecklenburg Board of Elections spokeswoman Kristin Mavromatis says her office has only received five complaints out of more than 36,000 early voting ballots that have been cast.

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