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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
  • In this episode, we wrap-up the 2022 election results.
  • In this episode, our guests are Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board member Jennifer De La Jara, who is not on the ballot but has been outspoken in her disgust with conservative critics like our other guest, Brooke Weiss. She’s the chair of the Mecklenburg County chapter of Moms for Liberty.
  • In this episode, we're joined by the two candidates for North Carolina’s 14th Congressional District: Democrat Jeff Jackson and Republican Pat Harrigan. Their differences will certainly be clear, but they also have something in common: Both served in Afghanistan.
  • What we thought wouldn’t happen in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race is set to occur. Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican Ted Budd are scheduled to debate on October 7.
  • Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is one of the most divisive figures in North Carolina politics.In this episode, we discuss his recently released book and his politics. Some of what he says in this conversation is sure to offend some listeners on issues like abortion and LGBTQ rights, even the Civil Rights Act. We felt like it was an important conversation to have because of his position and his interest in running for another office.
  • It’s an odd time for reporters who cover elections. It’s a lot harder than it used to be to talk to some candidates. The emergence of social media has certainly played a role. But there is something else at play: A reluctance by some candidates, mainly Republicans, to agree to interviews or even participate in debates.
  • A look at the politics of abortion and how it relates to North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.
  • 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.