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Inside Politics: Election 2022
Every other Tuesday.

The podcast looking at this year's election, Inside Politics: Election 2022 will talk about the big issues like North Carolina's new political maps, the leadership of the political parties, race and equity, and the happenings on the campaign trail. We'll also look at the role of the coronavirus pandemic in campaign messaging and political advertising. We'll see where the candidates are connecting — and where there are disconnects.

Hosted by WFAE's political reporter Steve Harrison and former Charlotte Observer reporters Tim Funk and Jim Morrill.

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Latest Episodes
  • Today, we’re talking national and regional politics. You can’t have that conversation without talking about former President Donald Trump and the January 6 hearings on Capitol Hill. We have a guest with a lot of knowledge of Trump and who recently spoke to the January 6 committee: Mick Mulvaney.
  • If you’ve followed North Carolina politics at all in the last decade, then you know that gerrymandering has been an especially contentious issue in politics and in the courtroom as numerous versions of Republican maps have been thrown out. We have two guests to address this topic — Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue and Jeanette Doran, general counsel for the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law.
  • The North Carolina Board of Elections, in a party-line vote, rejected the Green Party’s petition to get ballot access, saying there were “obvious signs of fraud or irregularities.”We’ll discuss the board’s reasoning and talk to the Green Party’s U.S. Senate candidate, Matthew Hoh. And look back on a previous mayor election with Bruce Clark, who managed the campaign of former Mayor Anthony Foxx 13 years ago.
  • We take a look at the Jan. 6 hearings and North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Followed by a talk about our lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, who’s been in the news for a series of controversial comments.
  • The politics of race, guns and North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race are the focus of this episode of Inside Politics: Election 2022.
  • On this episode Inside Politics: Election 2022, we discuss the results of the May 17 primary in North Carolina and look ahead to the general election. We’ll also take a look at the upcoming Charlotte City Council election in July.
  • In this week’s episode of Inside Politics: Election 2022, we’re going to discuss the race for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina. It’s expected that former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will win the Democratic primary on May 17. On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former Gov. Pat McCrory are the leading contenders.
  • In this episode of Inside Politics: Election 2022, we take a look at Charlotte City Council. Specifically, we're going to dig into the race for the council's four at-large seats. That’s where former Mayor Patrick Cannon is running in the Democratic primary on May 17. Cannon spent time in federal prison for accepting $50,000 in cash and gifts when he was on council and mayor.
  • We hear from Aimy Steele, founder and executive director of the New North Carolina Project. Then, Chris Cooper, a political scientist at Western Carolina University, joins us to talk about the rise of the unaffiliated voter in North Carolina.
  • In the first episode of Inside Politics: Election 2022, we discuss the political maps in place for North Carolina’s congressional and legislative races. Then we’ll assess the state of North Carolina’s Democratic and Republican parties, and their challenges.