Senate GOP Health Care Bill. What’s Next?

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Republican Party’s long-promised repeal of ‘Obamacare’ is on the brink after Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, short of GOP support, delayed votes planned for this week.

President Trump is working with Republican senators to push their health care bill over the finish line. Mr. Trump is urging lawmakers to reach an agreement after the July 4th recess.

With no Democratic support, there are only two votes to spare. At least nine Republicans oppose the bill in its current form.

Political Contributor , Mary C. Curtis offers more perspective on the delayed health care vote, problems with the proposed bill, and a potential compromise.

Will Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, run into Senate roadblocks?

CHARLOTTE, NC —  The White House is paving the way for Constitutional Conservative Neil Gorsuch to fill the open spot on the nation’s highest court. Right now, it doesn’t seem like Democrats will put up much of a fight over his Supreme Court nomination. WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

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.

VA problems a political issue in military-rich North Carolina

Very few issues can bring contentious Democrats and Republicans in the North Carolina general assembly together. But this week, marking national military appreciation month, a joint resolution expressing gratitude and appreciation for “the men and women of the United States armed forces” won unanimous support.

Those men and women and their families are important constituents and the military ranks as a major economic driver in a state with, as the resolution mentioned, six major military bases, nearly 800,000 veterans, and the third largest military force in the country, with close to 120,000 active duty personnel and another 12,000 members of the North Carolina National Guard.

So the current investigation of allegations of slow wait times and false record-keeping at the VA that is being closely watched all over is of special interest in North Carolina. In the midst of a tight U.S. Senate race, it’s inevitable politics as well as concern would be part of the reaction.