Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: Panthers May Move HQ To SC; New Candidates For 9th District

The news in the 9th Congressional District continues as candidate filing opened this week in the 9th District’s new race. This comes after the State Election Board ordered a new election because evidence of election fraud was uncovered. We’ll discuss the latest on who is putting their name in the hat.

We’ll also give you an update of the ongoing investigation into the 9th District, including new details from search warrants released this week.

Carolina Panthers Owner David Tepper went across state lines to meet with Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina this week, and McMaster says the state will be working on legislation to help the team to move its corporate headquarters and practice fields to the state. What implications will this have for the future of the team and the stadium in Charlotte, and what is Charlotte’s response?

In addition to a possible move, the Panthers say that Bank of America Stadium is overvalued by as much as $485 million and the value should be cut.

A nationwide college admissions cheating scheme was made public this week when dozens of people were charged with fraud at universities around the country. North Carolina was not immune, as Wake Forest University’s volleyball coach appeared on the list of those in the case.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins and a panel of journalists cover those stories and much more on the Local News Roundup.

Guests:

Ely Portillo, reporter for the Charlotte Observer

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

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE

Steve Harrison, WFAE’s political reporter

Opinion: Saying ‘Not Trump’ Is Not Enough for GOP

When Donald Trump is the bad cop, everybody can be the good cop.

The State of North Carolina after Midterms

CHARLOTTE, NC- It’s been one week since mid term elections wrapped up, but where does North Carolina stand now. Is the state red, blue or somewhere in the middle? Political Contributor Mary Curtis says even though the state voted Republican, it’s not necessarily red. Recent races have shown small margins of victory, pointing to problems like voter turnout. For Democrats to be successful in the future, she says the party needs to work on getting more voters to the polls, have a good slate of candidates and sell their message.

Election Day Preview in North Carolina


CHARLOTTE, NC- Political Contributor Mary Curtis provides insight into today’s election and why it’s one that controls the outcome of power in the U.S. Senate. The race between Incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis is the most expensive ever costing over $100 million. NC poll are open until 7:30pm and SC polls are open until 7pm.

Are Democratic candidates who steer clear of Obama pushing away black voters?

The third in a list of five myths about black voters by The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson is: Candidates who distance themselves from President Obama risk losing black voters. That may be a myth, because African Americans in the United States lived with compromise before they could even vote, much less vote for a black candidate for the top office in the country. But in this year’s midterm election, the loyal-for-the-most-part Democrats may mark their ballots with weary resignation and some dissatisfaction.

NC Senate race, less than one week out

CHARLOTTE, NC- Political Contributor Mary Curtis stops by to break down Senator Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis’ last push less than one week before the election. She explains why last minute endorsements from celebrites like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Hillary Clinton are so important and how people really feel about those television ads.

Hillary Clinton — politician and grandmom — plays to Kay Hagan’s base in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE — Was it happy coincidence that Hillary Clinton’s granddaughter is called Charlotte? It certainly helped the former senator, former secretary of state, former first lady and perhaps future presidential candidate get the audience in the Charlotte Convention Center ballroom cheering with the line, “I can’t tell you how much we love the name.” Another grandmother, Kay Hagan, said, “What a name that was picked for her new grand-baby!” It was all to the point in a homey sort of way, framing the message of the day — family, women’s issues and equality and opportunity. During the wait before both took the stage, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” set a no-nonsense mood.

How Will The Ebola Crisis Affect the Election?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Recent threats to national security could change how people vote at the polls this November. WCCB’s political contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in on how the Ebola crisis is influencing voters. Curtis says people have been fearing the Ebola threat more since it arrived in Dallas. Plus, Thom Tillis sat next to an empty seat during a state television program. Sen. Kay Hagan was invited, but declined to attend back in July.

Breaking Down the Third N.C. Senate Debate

Voters got a chance to hear from all three U.S. Senate candidates in Thursday’s debate in Wilmington. Libertarian Sean Haugh stood alongside major party candidates Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan.

WCCB political contributor Mary C. Curtis is helping us understand the tactics they brought used in the final debate.

Curtis says Haugh is consistent with Libertarian philosophy which is less government involvement.

Experts: Same-Sex Marriage Debate Could Sway NC Senate Race

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Watching debate between North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tills with less than a month to go until the midterms. “Hagan and Tillis have very distinct and different opinions on opposite sides, and they make that very clear,” said WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis. The polls show a close race.