With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just a soundbite. North Carolina’s veteran reporter and anchor, Tim Boyum, loosens his signature bow tie to give listeners a glimpse behind the curtain, showing us who these power players really are and why they do what they do.
Through Tim’s candid conversations on “Tying It Together,” his guests reveal their most fascinating life stories, passions, and help all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our communities.
Dana Cope details the price he paid after stealing thousands from state employees
For more than a decade, Dana Cope grew the State Employees Association’s political power at the state legislature, representing 60,000+ state employees. So much so, a national union joined forces, and he ended up at the White House and exotic locations around the world.
Then, it all came to a screeching halt. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the same organization. After serving four years in prison, Cope is sharing his story for the first time in great detail.
From behind the scenes of the association’s growing power, to the details of his crime, his time in prison, and now his apology to everyone that used to work for him.
It’s episode you do not want to miss.
Something was in the water at Camp Lejeune. Hear from one of the victims
This summer, Congress passed a bill called the PACT Act, and the president signed it into law. It gives significant help to veterans impacted by burn pits. But it also helps victims and families from water contamination 40 years ago at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. It allows them to receive compensation. You have probably seen the law firm ads recruiting potential clients. This week we talk with one of the victims, as well as Larry Hall, who is a former marine, former state lawmaker, and former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He’s now working with a law firm representing dozens, if not hundreds, of these families.
N.C. is still rebuilding after hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Why?
Nearly six years after Hurricane Matthew and four years after Hurricane Florence, thousands of families are still waiting for repairs or the rebuilding of their homes. Hurricane recovery is complicated in terms of state and federal programs, and there's plenty of red tape. This week, North Carolina Director of Recovery and Resiliency Laura Hogshead is on the show, and she will detail how many people are still waiting and why it takes so long. She will answer many of the critics’ questions that remain as a legislative committee begins its own look into the long-term recovery.
50 years later: N.C. Olympian opens up in rare interview on athletes killed by terrorists
A 7-foot-2 Avery County man and NC State legend was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. Tommy Burleson got caught in the middle of a moment when terrorists were taking athletes to a bus and helicopter where they were taken to the airport and killed during a shootout. Burleson vividly remembers a gun to his back and then his head as he could hear the whimpers of the Israeli athletes when they were shuffled out behind him as he faced a wall. The event leaves him with nightmares to this very day. This summer, I spent some time with Burleson in his hometown where he told the story that he rarely shares in public.
Is a red wave coming to N.C. this fall? State Democratic strategist unpacks his predictions
Last week we had on a top GOP consultant to forecast the fall election. This week we bring on Democrat Morgan Jackson, who is a top advisor for Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. We talk about the impact of the abortion ruling this summer and whether he thinks Democrats can hold off Republican supermajorities and the U.S. Senate race. We'll also talk about the oversized role suburbs will play in this election and moving forward.
Election forecast: Will the predicted red wave still hit?
Will there be a red wave this election, or no?
For a huge chunk of this year, political experts have predicted a potential red wave for both historical reasons and the current state of the economy. However, following the abortion ruling earlier this summer and other factors, that talk has quieted in recent weeks.
Longtime Republican consultant Paul Shumaker joins us to give his take as we head toward Labor Day weekend, his thoughts on the status of the U.S. Senate race and the future of North Carolina politics.
Tim Boyum is the man. So well connected to the political scene here in North Carolina.
Greatest. Podcast. Ever.
Fun, informative, and interesting. If you care, even passively, about politics this is a must hear.
Not well done.
Low quality podcast. The podcaster has the charisma of potato; which is to say, none. Biased and not interesting.