Archives for August 2018

Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Teachers Struggle to Pass Licensing Exams; Panthers vs. Bills

On this edition of the local news roundup…

The start of the CMS school year is only a couple of weeks away, and there are hundreds of teacher vacancies in the system that need to be filled. That’s happening at the same time that many elementary teachers are failing to pass their licensing exams. Think you could pass the exam?

The apologies continue from Wells Fargo, who is now acknowledging an error that led hundreds of customers to foreclosure on their homes. We’ll give you the latest.

A judge has declined to rule on lawsuits regarding constitutional amendment questions appearing on ballots this fall in North Carolina- that’s as the deadline to finalize those ballots looms. Our reporters explain.

And the Panthers play Buffalo in pre-season football Thursday night. How do the Catslook?

Mike Collins will bring you those topics and more, along with our roundtable of reporters on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Alexandra OlginWFAE Reporter

Ann Doss Helms, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

Shawn Flynn, Managing Editor for Spectrum News 

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Trump’s Culture War Is Entering Its Scorched-Earth Phase

OPINION — President Donald Trump is crediting his raucous Ohio rally for propelling Troy Balderson over Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor in a U.S. congressional special election that is officially still too close to call. But what if his fiery rhetoric and the image of a sea of angry faces, attacks on the media and signs supporting the murky QAnon conspiracy actually derailed what should have been an easy Republican victory?

What does an Ohio special election say about the November midterm elections?

In an Ohio congressional district that has sent Republicans to Washington for decades, the special election race on Tuesday is currently too close to call, with Republican Troy Balderson leading Democrat Danny O’Connor by less than one percentage point. What does it mean for chances of a November blue or red wave? Did President Trump’s weekend rally there help Balderson? What about suburban GOP women? What about turnout? Will Democrats re-think Nancy Pelosi as speaker, and will that to help their chances?

More questions, as the two Ohio candidates will meet again in November.

How Foreign Influence on Social Media Affects Elections

CHARLOTTE, NC — Facebook said this week that it has detected and removed 32 pages and fake accounts that it identified – built to sow divisions in the U.S. and potentially disrupt the midterm elections. Earlier, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri announced thwarted attempts to break into her office’s accounts.

The tactics are similar to those our intelligence agencies say have been used by Russia to influence elections in the U.S. and other countries.

Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled an open meeting to examine how foreign intelligence agencies conduct influence campaigns in the U.S. through various social media platforms.