WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie, state government reporters Travis Fain and Bryan Anderson and other members of the NC Capitol team discuss North Carolina politics and state government doings.
Primary money, Leandro redux, historic capitol records
Dark money seeps into North Carolina primary races from some unexpected places. The decades-old Leandro public education lawsuit is back in court. And state historians unveil research into the enslaved people who built the state capitol building. WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and WRAL State Government Reporter Will Doran break down the week in North Carolina politics.
The Wrap: Biden's visit and the battle over home insurance rate hikes
President Joe Biden came to Raleigh to talk broadband internet investments and "Bidenomics" before grabbing a milkshake with Gov. Roy Cooper. WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and WRAL State Government Reporter Will Doran discuss how it foreshadows the messaging we'll be seeing from both sides in the 2024 presidential campaign. The GOP primaries for two wide-open congressional seats are also heating up. Plus, insurance companies are asking for a big hike to homeowners rates, and people are not happy. Could it impact the elections?
HOAs, gerrymandering and the campaign trail
On this week's episode of The Wrap, WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and WRAL State Government Reporter Will Doran have the latest on the multiple lawsuits against the state's new voting maps. Plus: Lawmakers' latest attempts to rein in the power of HOAs, and a look at who's campaigning in North Carolina this week.
Who won 2023 in NC politics?
With another year nearly over we ask: Who won 2023? WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and State Government Reporter Travis Fain have lots of thoughts, and now you're gonna hear about them! Plus: Another redistricting lawsuit, a candidacy challenge in Wake County and blowback on the push to keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot. We also turn our attention to 2024, predicting North Carolina's casino debate will return and that the state's child care shortage will demand attention.
NC campaign filing closes, with some surprises
The 2024 primaries are set, and several people surprised North Carolina political observers by opting not to run. Also: There's another Mark Robinson in North Carolina politics now, and this one's a Democrat. Plus: Out with the old and in with the new (again) in the UNC chancellor's office. WRAL state government reporters Travis Fain and Will Doran break down the week that was in state politics.
Campaign filing season, and an exit at UNC
UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz is out at UNC-Chapel Hill, reopening North Carolina's long-running conversation on political meddling and fair governance in the state's university system. Plus: It's election filing season! Listen to WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and WRAL State Government Reporter Travis Fain read a long list of names as candidates sign up for key races. And: Is Jesus Christ going to bring down retribution on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson's political opponents? Tune in.
Great new addition
Laura Leslie and Travis Fain bring sharp minds, broad knowledge, years of experience and just the right amount of attitude to their coverage of North Carolina politics and government. Okay, okay - yes, I am their editor, but this is a perfectly objective endorsement. Give em a listen.
The show is very low on volume. There are episodes that even if I turn up the volume to the max I still have a hard time hearing the hosts clearly.
I listen to number of NC political podcasts and I often have to turn up the volume when it comes to this podcast, and turn it back down for the others!
They TRY to be fair…
I’ve been listening for several weeks now, and I can tell they are trying to be even-handed, but they do not represent the motives/intent behind conservative or Republican stances/actions well. Like yesterday’s episode, where they quickly summarized ESG as simply being good environmental and social governance, insinuating that Republicans are against good environmental and social governance. That is not what they’re against. They’re against giving up the DEFINITION of those things to a small cadre of people who then try to shape society from the top down. Same with how they represent the Right on LGBT issues. There is a fundamental lack of understanding or appreciation that shows itself in a lot of these summaries.