20 episodes

Port City Politics is a podcast collaboration between WECT and WHQR. Every week, WECT’s investigative reporter Michael Praats and WHQR’s News Director Ben Schachtman will break down the latest happenings in local politics.

Port City Politics Michael Praats and Benjamin Schachtman

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Port City Politics is a podcast collaboration between WECT and WHQR. Every week, WECT’s investigative reporter Michael Praats and WHQR’s News Director Ben Schachtman will break down the latest happenings in local politics.

    Jody Greene will probably again be Columbus County's Sheriff, but for how long? Plus, the Iannone trial, diverted flight, and 'swatting'

    Jody Greene will probably again be Columbus County's Sheriff, but for how long? Plus, the Iannone trial, diverted flight, and 'swatting'

    • 34 min
    NHCDP Chairman Andre Brown talks 2022 election results, and what's next

    NHCDP Chairman Andre Brown talks 2022 election results, and what's next

    On this episode, we sit down with Andre Brown, chair of the New Hanover Democratic Party. We’ll talk about the tough, but relatively close, loss of all four school board spots in this year’s election — and what that means for the coming years. Plus, what’s next for the party as many are already gearing up for the 2023 municipal elections.

    • 27 min
    Will Knecht, New Hanover County GOP chair, is our guest, plus a sensitive story on WPD's racist cops

    Will Knecht, New Hanover County GOP chair, is our guest, plus a sensitive story on WPD's racist cops

    On this episode, we welcome our first guest, Will Knecht, chairman of New Hanover County's Republican Party. We'll ask him about his party's strong showing in the 2022 election, and how he handles divergent, and sometimes extreme, views within the party. Plus: a story over two years in the making, featuring disturbing audio of three racist officers fired from the Wilmington Police Department.

    • 29 min
    Former Trustee calls out complacent CFCC board, Winnabow's incorporation hopes, and more sign shenanigans

    Former Trustee calls out complacent CFCC board, Winnabow's incorporation hopes, and more sign shenanigans

    On this episode, the latest on now former-CFCC Trustee Jimmy Hopkins, who has added to the chorus of allegations against the college, describing a culture of complacent oversight and retaliation against critics. Then, will there be a Town of Winnabow? Probably not, but we get into why some were looking into it. And, a(nother) word about campaign signs.

    • 33 min
    Sheriff Jody Greene resigns... so he can run again. Plus, Nelson Beaulieu accused of sign theft

    Sheriff Jody Greene resigns... so he can run again. Plus, Nelson Beaulieu accused of sign theft

    On this episode, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene has resigned — so that he can get back to running for … Columbus County Sheriff. Greene continues to fend off allegations of racism, intimidation, and inappropriate sexual conduct with an employee. Plus, Nelson Beaulieu, a Democratic incumbent candidate for the New Hanover County Board of Education, is under investigation for allegedly stealing a campaign sign he called libelous.

    • 25 min
    Recusal confusion, public records delays, Julia Olson-Boseman, and Jimmy Hopkins

    Recusal confusion, public records delays, Julia Olson-Boseman, and Jimmy Hopkins

    On this episode we dig into questions about whether or not Wilmington Council Charlie Rivenbark should have recused himself from a recent rezoning vote. Plus, the Wilmington City Clerk’s office is taking a very long time to fulfill public records requests – which violates, at the very least, the spirit of state records law. And, the latest on upcoming stories on County Chairwoman Julia Olson-Boseman and now-former Cape Fear Community College Trustee Jimmy Hopkins.

    • 38 min

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I really appreciate these weekly updates that dive deep into local political issues. The hosts are very intelligent and explain the relevant state & local law in a way that is concise and easy to understand.

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