Local News Roundup: NC Delegation Reacts To Biden Inauguration; Trump Pardons Hayes; Search For Council Member Mitchell Replacement

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

On the next Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup …

Former President Donald Trump issued dozens of pardons on his last full day in office Tuesday. North Carolinians were included in that number, like Robin Hayes, the former chair of North Carolina’s Republican Party and former congressman from North Carolina’s 8th District, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI. Trump also pardoned Waxhaw’s Carl Andrews Boggs and Charlotte’s Patrick Lee Swisher. We’ll discuss.

Last week, we talked about the resignation of longtime City Councilman James “Smuggie” Mitchell, who left his post on council because of a conflict with his new job as a part owner of a Charlotte construction company. This week, City Council began accepting applications to replace the at-large council member. The process is scheduled to be completed Feb. 1 with the announcement of Mitchell’s replacement.

The months-long look into North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr’s insider trading allegations has been dropped by the Department of Justice. Burr has consistently denied the allegations. We’ll catch you up on what’s happened.

As the U.S. surpasses 400,000 deaths to the coronavirus, vaccines in North Carolina are ramping up. Dr. Mandy Cohen, the NC DHHS Secretary, said this week that 450,000 people have been vaccinated in North Carolina so far. What’s ahead on vaccinations in North Carolina and in Mecklenburg County (where this week we had our first pediatric death at the hands of the virus)? We’ll have an update.

Mike Collins and our roundtable of reporters delve into the week’s top news on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

Guests:
Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter
Nick Ochsner, WBTV’s executive producer for investigations & chief investigative reporter
Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com, host of the Rollcall podcast “Equal Time” and contributor at WCCB-TV
Claire Donnelly, WFAE health reporter

Inauguration Day And The Days Ahead For Biden, Trump And America

The American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power from president to another will take place after undergoing a violent test of its strength.

The nation’s capital is a fortress after the deadly events of two weeks ago by a crowd that was whipped up by the outgoing President Trump, who – true to form – is breaking with norms and snubbing the incoming President Biden.

Awaiting Biden in the Oval Office are some of the heaviest challenges to face a new president: a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, economic headwinds and balancing unity with the reckoning Trump is bound to face as an ex-president.

GUESTS

Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist and host of the “Equal Time” podcast (@mcurtisnc3)

Michael Kruse, POLITICO, senior staff writer (@michaelkruse)

Mary C. Curtis: Inauguration Day for Joe Biden

CHARLOTTE, NC — Joe Biden swears the oath of office Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation.

WCCB Political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more on what lies ahead for the Biden administration.

 

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Previewing Inauguration Day 2021, with host Harold Fisher.

POLITICAL WRAP: Biden Inauguration; Tight Security in Washington

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s been 12 years since Joe Biden took the Oath of Office for Vice President of the United States.

Things will look much different on Wednesday as Biden takes the Presidential Oath, amid a pandemic, and security concerns in Washington and across the country.

House Democrats To Move Forward To Impeach President Trump, New Security In Place At Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Democrats plan to move forward and introduce Articles of Impeachment for President Donald Trump.

And, security measures around the U.S. Capitol have been increased in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault by a pro-Trump mob.

Mary C. Curtis: Biden Transition Begins

CHARLOTTE, NC — The White House has given its blessing for President-Elect Joe Biden to receive the president’s daily briefing.

The decision comes a day after President Trump gave the go-ahead to begin transitioning. Meanwhile, the president is still refusing to concede.

WCCB political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more.

You can also check out Mary’s podcast ‘Equal Time.’

The power of Jill Biden and the women Joe Biden trusts

When Barack Obama won the presidency, many tipped a hat to Michelle Obama, his wife and partner, including Barack Obama himself. It was true in 2008 that the candidate was a smart man, a gifted orator and an exceptional politician as he broke through to become the first Black president of the United States. But he could not have done it without Michelle Obama.

That’s my take, anyway.

POLITICAL WRAP: Biden Prepares Transition; Trump Refuses to Concede

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After an historic election, President-Elect Joe Biden is preparing his transition team, while President Donald Trump and his closest allies, refuse to concede.

With the results showing a divided nation, how can the country come together?

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis gives us her take in the video above.

2020 ‘Harris Has the Potential To Change the Face of U.S. Politics’

When Kamala Harris takes the oath of office on January 20, 2021, more than one ceiling will shatter: America will have its first woman vice president, as well as its first Black and South Asian-American vice president. She will be second in line for the most powerful office in the world.

Once the presidential election was called for Joe Biden Saturday, social media—and streets—erupted with enthusiasm from people who were even more thrilled about his running mate. These are Americans who now see new doors open for their daughters, their immigrant families, themselves.