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Charlotte Talks: Primary Upsets Topple Incumbents / The Ethics Of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A recap of Tuesday's primary, which saw the defeats of several incumbents, then a conversation about physician-assisted suicide legislation in North Carolina.

PART ONE

North Carolina voters went to the polls Tuesday looking for change, most notably in the 9th Congressional District, where Republican Robert Pittenger became the first congressional incumbent in the country to be voted out in 2018.

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Turnout for Tuesday's primary was just over 11 percent, or nearly 79,000 votes.

Former Charlotte pastor Mark Harris eked out an 814-vote victory over Pittenger, setting the stage for a November matchup with Democrat Dan McCready that is seen as one of the most competitive races in the country.

Two Mecklenburg lawmakers were among the eight General Assembly members defeated Tuesday, and Mecklenburg sheriff Irwin Carmichael came in last in a three-man race that was a referendum on the 287(g) immigration program.

GUESTS

David Boraks, WFAE reporter (@davidboraks)

Jonathan Kappler, executive director, North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation (@jonathankappler)

PART TWO

The North Carolina House is set to soon consider legislation on physician-assisted suicide. HB 789, walso known as The End of Life Option Act, would add North Carolina to the eight jurisdictions which allow the practice.

According proponents, the bill “gives mentally capable adults, who are terminally ill, with six months or fewer to live, the option to request a doctor's prescription for medication that allows them to die peacefully, at whatever point the patient determines their suffering is unbearable.”

GUESTS

Ed Tiyakian- Founder and Executive Director of Dying Right NC

Dr. David Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Medical & Dental Associations

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