Charlotte Talks: An Update On State And National Politics

Feb 26, 2019

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

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State and national politics are moving at break-neck speed from a new election in the 9th Congressional District to a national emergency facing legislative pressure. Today, a recap of what's happened in the last week and what it all means.

On Thursday during the N.C. State Board of Ethics and Elections hearing on the 9th Congressional District, Republican candidate Mark Harris, who the board refused to seat after unofficial results put him in the lead, called for a new election.

The end of an intense hearing into election fraud that will leave the Congressional seat vacant for months, and with a new election on the way, who will be running? And when is it likely to happen?

Over the weekend, a Wake County judge ruled that two new amendments are unconstitutional, and the leader of the N.C. Senate says that logic could call every piece of legislation passed since June 2017 into question.

Meanwhile, the national political scene is just as crazy. A group of 16 states have sued the White House, saying President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern U.S. border to fund a wall is unconstitutional. On Friday, House Democrats introduced a bill to revoke the declaration and Michael Cohen is set to testify several times in Washington throughout the week.

GUESTS

Michael Bitzer, professor of politics and history at Catawba College

Steve Harrison, political reporter at WFAE

Susan Roberts, professor of political science at Davidson College