Charlotte Talks: Gerrymander Ruling Kicks Off Election Season
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
It's already an election year, and Tuesday's gerrymandering ruling has already provided a jolt to North Carolina politics. Mike Collins and political experts look at the impact of the ruling, and the landscape heading into the mid-term elections.
Don't look now, but we're in another election year, and it's already off with a bang in North Carolina, where the state's congressional map has been struck down as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
On the other side of the aisle, Republicans' tax cut victory before Christmas has already been overshadowed by a tell-all book about the Trump administration, and a schism between the president and former adviser Steve Bannon.
In Raleigh, Democrats, including Gov. Roy Cooper, are hoping to chip away at the Republicans' veto-proof majority in the General Assembly.
Can Democrats win big? How much of a factor will President Trump play, both nationally and in local races?
Michael Bitzer, professor of political science and provost, Catawba College (@BowTiePolitics)
Dan McCorkle, Democratic strategist
Paul Shumaker, Republican strategist