Archives for March 2016

House Bill 2 and What It Means for North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC — House Bill 2 continues to divide North Carolina and is drawing a lot of criticism from around the country. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis breaks down the economic and political implications that House Bill 2 could have on the state and right here in Charlotte.

Christ Is Risen, But Campaign Discourse About Faith Has Fallen

Fewer Americans are flocking to religion, but you wouldn’t know that from the current presidential election cycle.

The politics of Washington are on pause for Easter break, but the campaign trail does not relent. And despite our separation of church and state, religion has been front-and-center this election season, often in ways that emphasize division rather than reconciliation.


‘Calm’ May Not Fit Country’s Mood, but It’s Obama’s Only Choice

Sometimes, even when I suspect that he knows it will hurt him, President Barack Obama does not follow the script. The evening of the day when terrorists struck in Belgium, the president and his family attended a Major League Baseball exhibition game in Cuba. Why didn’t he rush back to Washington, D.C., or to Belgium to show solidarity with our European allies? “The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives,” he told ESPN during the game.

Agree or disagree with the choice—and Republican critics didn’t hesitate to strongly disapprove—Obama showed the calm that has characterized his presidency but that may be out of step with Americans’ fear of terrorism reaching our shores again. (At least, that what’s GOP presidential candidates and their supporters are hoping.)

When Obama was running for president in 2008, however, calm was one of the few emotions allowed in his public persona. If he had introduced himself in red-faced, hair-on-fire mode (think the current Republican front-runner), his campaign would have ended before it began.

How The Brussels Terror Attacks Are Shaping Campaign 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A raid in Brussels now connects the deadly Belgium attacks to the November terror attacks on Paris. All presidential contenders are now calling for action in the wake of those attacks. Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to beef up the fight against ISIS.
Republican rivals Ted Cruz and Donald Trump say law enforcement should step up policing of Muslim neighborhoods.

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in on the next step for Campaign 2016.

North Carolina, Explained

After decisive primary, it’s still a battleground, and the state likes it that way.

Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Move Even Closer To Party Nominations

CHARLOTTE, NC — Presidential front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved even closer to securing their party’s nominations after yesterday’s Super Tuesday, but what else will it take?

WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis talks more about the Super Tuesday results, and what’s next for Campaign 2016.

The Importance of the North Carolina Primary

CHARLOTTE, NC — GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s lead got even bigger last night over his fellow Republican hopefuls, but will that momentum hold as Campaign 2016 comes to North Carolina.

WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis talks with us from Washington, DC about what’s next in the race for the White House.

Super Tuesday and What’s Next for Campaign 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC — Going into Super Tuesday the stakes were high for GOP candidates hoping to stop Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders was looking for a few more wins to remain a contender against Hillary.

WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis joins us from Washington, DC with a look at the results from Super Tuesday and what’s next for Campaign 2016.