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Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

The conventions have wrapped, and religion – something we’re told should never mix with politics – was touted by both parties, albeit in different ways.

Voting Groups Scramble To Reach College Students In Pandemic

Aug 30, 2020

RALEIGH — Chase Gaines wishes he could get more young people in North Carolina to answer their front doors and take his GOP flyer.

Postal Chief DeJoy Has Long Leveraged Connections, Dollars

Aug 30, 2020
Louis Dejoy
Charlotte host committee for the 2020 RNC

WASHINGTON — During its search for a new postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates screened by an outside company. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy, who ultimately got the job.

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In this fall’s U.S Senate race, incumbent Republican Thom Tillis has accused Democrat Cal Cunningham of not weighing in on what’s become a hot political issue since the killing of George Floyd: defunding the police.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

The first half of this season of virtual political conventions is over. Democrats – and some Republicans - spent the past week making their case why President Trump should be denied a second term. Now it’s time for the Republican rebuttal.

Biden/Harris campaign

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

The summer of virtual political conventions gets underway with the Democrats nominating the historic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Democrats In Conservative SC Now See Opportunity For Gains

Aug 16, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — There's an unusual feeling emerging among Democrats in South Carolina: energy.

Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

A roundup of the political scene as this unlike-any-other election year nears some familiar mileposts: the selection of a running mate and the conventions. But even those are going to be unusual.

Department of Defense

Monday, August, 3, 2020

The world changed in a flash 75 years ago with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. That seismic event also established a nuclear precedent for presidential authority.

Pence Urges In-Person School During Visit To North Carolina

Jul 29, 2020
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APEX — Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday that schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning as he visited a classroom of masked fourth graders at a North Carolina private school.

In NC Visit, Trump Seeks Political Shot In The Arm In Vaccine Push

Jul 28, 2020
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic put his political fate in grave jeopardy. Now he’s hoping to get credit for his administration’s aggressive push for a vaccine -– and crossing his fingers that one gets approved before Election Day.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Can companies mix business with politics -- without losing customers? It's a tough act to pull off in our hyper-politicized climate. 

Library of Congress

Monday, July 20, 2020

Some of the protections that were stitched into the country's social safety net because of the pandemic are nearing an end, including extra unemployment benefits and moratoria on evictions. But the need for public relief shows no sign of ending. 

Flickr / Marco Verch

Monday, June 29, 2020

Election polling is one of the few campaign norms still intact during the pandemic. What are they telling us about the race, and has polling changed since Donald Trump's 2016 Electoral College surprise?

Savannah, Georgia

Top Republican officials toured Savannah, Georgia, on Monday as a possible site for much of the Republican National Convention.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Temperatures are rising, from Minneapolis and Washington to Charlotte. On Politics Monday, a recap of weekend protests and the latest on the showdown over the Republican convention.

Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Monday, May 18, 2020

Four years ago, it was the "Stop Trump" movement. After the Republican nomination was decided, it became "Never Trump." It failed on both scores, but anti-Trump Republicans are still around and hoping to influence the outcome in 2020. 

LBJ Library

Monday, May 11, 2020

The "veepstakes" is underway to pick a running mate for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, himself a former No. 2. The vice presidency tends to be overlooked, but it's a consequential position that is a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Eight VPs have assumed the office through tragedy, and author Jared Cohen looks at their significance.

This program originally aired April 16, 2019

Flickr / Lorie Shaull

Monday, May 4, 2020

Protests against stay-at-home orders in North Carolina and elsewhere have questioned their constitutionality. 

Sen. Richard Burr's sale of up to $1.7 million in stocks shortly before the recent market crash was one of the lawmaker's only market-beating trades since record keeping began eight years ago, according to a new study.

The new analysis, presented by researchers at Dartmouth College, shows just how unusual the North Carolina senator's transactions were. On a single day, Feb. 13 of this year, Burr unloaded a significant portion of his net worth — a departure from his typically low-volume trading history.

Spectrum Center
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The leaders of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte said Wednesday that the August convention is still moving forward "full speed ahead" but they said the convention could look very different if the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Sen. Burr Sold D.C. Townhouse To Donor At A Rich Price

Apr 14, 2020
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
NC Farm Bureau

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, has come under fire in recent weeks for unloading stock holdings right before the market crashed on fears of coronavirus and for a timely sale of shares in an obscure Dutch fertilizer company.

The White House

Monday, April 13, 2020

Washington is marshalling its resources to combat the coronavirus and its economic fallout. But the public’s confidence in the federal government to handle the crisis is slipping.

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North Carolina’s top Republican lawmaker, Sen. Phil Berger, is urging state health officials to begin random sample testing of a few hundred people for the coronavirus. Berger said the data could allow the state to reopen some businesses.

FBI Reaches Out To Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Tied To Virus

Mar 30, 2020
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
NC Farm Bureau

WASHINGTON — The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

Nadya Peek / Flickr

Monday, March 30, 2020

How will the coronavirus change the way America votes? Many states are looking to expand voting-by-mail.

Chris Miller

Monday, March 23, 2020

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the dust was settling on an impeachment trial and Bernie Sanders was seen as a runaway train in the Democratic presidential race?

You generally won't hear North Carolina's political parties endorse a candidate in primary contests, but national groups do. Last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's pick won the party's nomination for U.S. Senate. Cal Cunningham beat three other candidates, including Erica Smith, an African American woman who has served three terms in the state legislature.

The DSCC's endorsement of Cunningham prompted liberal activist William Barber to call out the group.

President Trump chats with North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
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WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump on Friday named Rep. Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney, who been acting in the role for more than a year. 


NPR has been focusing on areas in and around Charlotte as part of its Where Voters Are series. NPR's Sarah McCammon has been here twice in the past two weeks, and she joins WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf the morning after Super Tuesday to share what she's learned.