20 episodes

The WUNC Politics Podcast is a free-flowing discussion of what we're hearing in the back hallways of the General Assembly and on the campaign trail across North Carolina.

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The WUNC Politics Podcast is a free-flowing discussion of what we're hearing in the back hallways of the General Assembly and on the campaign trail across North Carolina.

    A Return To Record-Setting Campaign Spending

    A Return To Record-Setting Campaign Spending

    North Carolina is again home to the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the nation's history. During this 2020 election cycle, billions of dollars will flow through the somewhat mysterious apparatus of campaign finance. On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, Jeff Tiberii speaks about the financial landscape with Anna Beavon Gravely of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation , journalist Jeremy Borden , who is also a volunteer leader with the Open Raleigh Brigade of Code for America. and UNC

    • 21 min
    Voters Surge, Along With Virus

    Voters Surge, Along With Virus

    This week: North Carolina voters turned out in record numbers for the start of in-person early voting. Lines were made longer by social distancing — the polls are open as cases of COVID-19 across the state are surging. Democratic strategist Aisha Dew and Republican Clark Reimer join host Jeff Tiberii to offer some insight into those developments, as well as a confrontational gubernatorial debate between incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper and challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

    • 16 min
    Political Polling: The Power Of A Snapshot In Time

    Political Polling: The Power Of A Snapshot In Time

    Political polling isn’t a crystal ball into election outcomes this November, but it is a useful tool to help us understand where certain groups of voters stand in a given point in time. On this episode of the Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii examines what makes a good poll, and what might make a survey less reliable. Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center , provides a behind-the-scenes look at political polling. And David McLennan, director of the Meredith

    • 19 min
    Scandal and Sickness In One Of 2020's Pivotal US Senate Races

    Scandal and Sickness In One Of 2020's Pivotal US Senate Races

    The stakes in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race were already significant – with the winner potentially signaling which party could control the chamber in the next Congress. In recent days, the campaign narratives were upended as Republican incumbent Thom Tillis tested positive for COVID and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham acknowledged sending sexual text messages to a woman that is not his wife. Rob Schofield and Becki Gray join host Jeff Tiberii to discuss the possible electoral impacts of

    • 18 min
    The House Battleground

    The House Battleground

    Democrats seeking to transform the landscape of North Carolina politics must take back the state House. Republicans captured a majority ten years ago, expanded it to veto-proof status in 2012, and in doing so have since fundamentally shifted governance in North Carolina. The GOP is aiming to hold on to its majority this election season, and – with redistricting on the horizon – trying to maintain control for another decade. On this episode of the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with state

    • 21 min
    What Does Trump's Positive Test Mean For The Final Month Of The Campaign In NC?

    What Does Trump's Positive Test Mean For The Final Month Of The Campaign In NC?

    This week: Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test has upended the already unstable political landscape. With just more than a month until Election Day, it is unclear how the president going into quarantine will affect the key battleground of North Carolina. In their review of the week in state politics, Rob Schofield and Becki Gray react to the major news, reflect on the final debate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, and discuss whether the State Board of Elections went too far in

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

slaintejoe ,

An excellent deep dive into NC politics

The biweekly format with a one-on-one interview and a panel discussion is a welcome development.

I cannot, however, recommend playing a drinking game around Becki Gray’s use of “I think we need to be really careful...” to deflect from some conservative controversy or scandal. You’ll be blotto well before the pod ends.

AceDameter ,

Finally!

As a proud supporter of NPR, it's refreshing and to find a local NC public radio station that matters.

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