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The politics of abortion in the NC Senate and General Assembly races

On this episode, we discuss the politics of abortion and how it relates to North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.

While Republican nominee Ted Budd is not speaking out on the issue, Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley is, in commercials and on the campaign trail.

We’ll also address abortion in legislative races.

Our guests are state Sen. Natasha Marcus of Mecklenburg County and Doug Heye, a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee and veteran of several North Carolina campaigns.

Natasha Marcus, who lives in Davidson, is in her second term as a state senator. She’s also the chair of the Mecklenburg delegation in the General Assembly. Before being elected in 2018, Marcus was a co-founder of the Democrats of North Mecklenburg. She also is a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

Republican strategist Doug Heye is a frequent political analyst for FOX News, CNN and MSNBC. And he knows North Carolina well: He’s a Winston-Salem native, worked on three Senate races in the state — for Jesse Helms, Lauch Faircloth and Richard Burr — and served for a time as Sen. Burr’s spokesman in Washington, D.C.

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.
Tim Funk is one of the hosts of the "Inside Politics: Election 2022 podcast." He spent most of his 40-year journalism career at The Charlotte Observer, covering politics in its Raleigh bureau and, later, as its Washington correspondent. His other Observer beats over the years included race and immigration, TV and radio, and faith & values.
Jim Morrill is a native of the Chicago area who's worked in the Carolinas since 1979. He covered politics and government for the Charlotte Observer for almost 40 years. He's won several press awards and in 1999 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He's taught about NC politics at UNC-Charlotte and Davidson College.