Archives for April 2015

Looking at Baltimore, is Charlotte doing enough to foster good community-police relations?

CHARLOTTE, NC — The big story across the country over the last few days has been unrest in Baltimore. The violence is in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died from injuries he is believed to have sustained while in police custody. Mary C. Curtis, WCCB Political Contributor, sits down with Terrance Bates to put the protests in context.

Breaking Down the Petraeus Sentencing

CHARLOTTE, NC — After what the Federal Court Judge called “a serious lapse in judgment,” Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced to 2 years probation and given a $100,000 fine. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis gives some insight into the Petraeus case and why the judge went fairly easy on the former CIA director considering the seriousness of his lapse in judgment.

PRESSing Matters with Nick Taliaferro on WURD Philadelphia

David Swerdlick, Assistant Editor for The Washington Post, and Mary Curtis, Award Winning Journalist, join the round table  discussion for this week’s national top stories, such as Hilary Clinton, candidate or no, and  Michael Dyson says ”so long” to Cornell West.

U.S. Supreme Court challenges North Carolina’s voting district lines

North Carolina’s highest court will have to review the state’s new voting district lines, and race is at the heart of the debate. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis stops by the studio to give some insight into what’s happening with these new lines and what it’s going to mean in 2016.

The President’s Key Points at Charlotte Town Hall

CHARLOTTE, NC — Wednesday Charlotte welcomed President Obama to Uptown Charlotte as he spoke about key issues throughout North Carolina. WCCB’s Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis sits down with Terrance following the President’s visit to discuss some of the key points in his speech.

Obama Brings a Dollars-and-Sense Message to Women in NC

In a swing state, the president offers a mix of policy and legacy as 2016 approaches, while some supporters wonder what’s next from Hillary Clinton.


Previewing the President’s Visit to Charlotte

 CHARLOTTE, NC — President Obama is speaking in Charlotte today about the Fairness Act and the issues facing many of today’s working class families. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis sits down to talk about the President’s visit, his expected key talking points, what local bloggers are saying as his arrival draws near.

Michelle Obama: The Candidate?

Too soon, too soon, of course.

After observing close-up the kind of headwinds her husband has met in Washington, D.C., and beyond, there is absolutely no indication that first lady Michelle Obama is looking to place her own name on any ballot. She has, in fact, said the opposite, although in his just-released book, Michelle Obama: A Life, veteran journalist Peter Slevin reports that she has always been a full partner in her husband’s political career. But it is significant that former first lady, U.S. Sen. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hired Michelle Obama’s former communications chief as Clinton enters her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.



Charlotte in the National Spotlight with New Jobs Funding

CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte has been chosen as one of 9 cities to receive $2.2M in public funding, thrusting the city into the national spotlight.

The funds are to help low-income residents train and find higher paying jobs. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis talks with Terrance about what the plan and funds actually mean to the city and it’s residents.

Is North Carolina Next with a Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WCCB Charlotte Political Contributor, Mary C. Curtis sits down with Rising’s Terrance Bates to discuss the back and forth legislation that could allow businesses to refuse service over religious preferences.