Archives for August 2016

The Unique Issues in Campaign 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC — Campaign 2016 is heating up for what could be the most unconventional debate series the country has ever seen. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in on the wide range of issues that have been the focal points of both the Clinton and Trump campaigns

African-Americans Hear Trump Loud and Clear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s so refreshing to know that Donald Trump cares about me. I was in that Charlotte crowd when he made one of his first outreach efforts to African-Americans. Because the supportive Trump fans gathered in the portioned-off section of the convention center included few actual African-Americans, he could very well have been talking just to me when he said Democrats and Hillary Clinton have totally taken African-American votes for granted. “What do you have to lose by trying something new?” he asked.

That appearance set the tone and backdrop for the Republican presidential nominee’s practice of talking about African-Americans to predominantly white audiences. Though I was joined by members of a local black church that has endorsed Trump, and we were all carefully watched by a diverse group of unsmiling security personnel whose glances I tried to avoid so I would not meet the same fate as an Indian-American Trump supporter tossed out of a rally when he was profiled as a potential troublemaker.


To Celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Keep Fighting for Voting Rights

No matter what anyone thinks about the politics or policies of Hillary Clinton, no one can deny that the progress the country has made—in the form of more women elected to high office and more women behind the electoral scene—is rooted in the expansion of access to the vote.

But Women’s Equality Day is a good time to remind ourselves that the right to vote has always been contested in this country. This is just as true in 2016 as it was a century ago.

Trump’s Recent Pitch to Minority Voters

CHARLOTTE, NC — Donald Trump has been working to sway minority voters in recent days, and that includes backing off of his hard line immigration policy. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis discusses the new approach Donald Trump has been taking and whether it will be effective in this long run.

The Latest With NC Voter ID Laws and the Upcoming Election

CHARLOTTE, NC — North Carolina’s Voter ID Law is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Mecklenburg County residents are learning they could have less time to cast an early ballot in this year’s election.

WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis is weighing in on these voter issues and what they could mean as the election draws closer.

The Latest Possible Move to Oust Donald Trump

CHARLOTTE, NC — A petition is being circulated that is calling on the Republican National Committee to hold a special meeting to discuss replacing Donald Trump as the GOP Presidential Nominee. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in on all of the twists and turns in Trump’s race for the White House.

Will Donald Trump Meet with Minority Journalists?

If he really wanted to boost his brand, to continue what put him on top, Republican presidential nominee Trump missed a prime opportunity this past weekend, turning down two invitations that surely had the potential to change the conversation far better than an economic address that was short on details that don’t quite add up.

Hillary Clinton and the Glass Ceiling

We heard a lot of talk about breaking the glass ceiling when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to be their presidential candidate. In her acceptance speech she said, “when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.” So we’re going to look at how this nomination could affect other glass ceilings for women – in politics and business, and for feminism.

Kelly Finley – senior lecturer and undergraduate advisor, Women’s & Gender Studies, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Dawn Chandler – associate professor of Management, McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte

Mary C. Curtis – journalist and columnist at Roll Call and NBCBLK; she is also a contributor to NPR’s Code Switch