WUNC Politics Podcast

Lawmakers engaged in some heated debate during budget week at the North Carolina General Assembly.

The conversation over education funding, local earmarks, and missed opportunities carries over into this week's review of politics.

This week’s WUNCPolitics podcast is an extended version of our regular Week In State Politics segment that airs every Friday with Rob Schofield, executive director of the progressive N.C. Policy Watch, and Becki Gray, senior vice president of the conservative John Locke Foundation.

Primaries are less than a week away and even though Democrats hope this year’s mid-term elections will be swept up in a blue wave, flipping GOP congressional districts in North Carolina will still be a tall order.

WUNC’s Data Reporter Jason DeBruyn joins us this week to talk about the latest campaign finance reports.

Democrats suing Republican legislative leaders over a law canceling judicial primaries this year subpoenaed records from the North Carolina GOP, which, this week, turned up memos outlining the state Republican Party's strategy targeting political opponents.

Susan Roberts, political science professor at Davidson College, joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

Roberts teaches about the presidency and offers her thoughts on what makes Donald Trump both unique, and similar to other commanders-in-chief. She also makes a bold prediction for the next speaker of the U.S. House, and shares which team she will be rooting for.

Denver Post reporter John Frank joins this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast to discuss the findings of a new independent report about sexual harassment at Colorado's Capitol.

Patrick Woodie is President and CEO of the NC Rural Center, and is nearly complete with an 80-county road trip across the state.

He sits down for this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast to discuss broadband, healthcare, and improving the quality of life in our state's rural regions.

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Politics Reporter Rusty Jacobs sits down with Meredith College Political Science Professor David McLennan, who also directs Meredith Poll.

The two talk about the races for U.S. Congress in North Carolina that are most likely to be competitive in next month’s primary, and this fall’s general election.

Bob Orr is a former justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. These days, he is an advocate for college athletes, remains passionate about constitutional law, and has been reading about Reconstruction-era history.

Orr, a one-time gubernatorial candidate, discusses those topics, as well as firearms and the likelihood of a 'blue wave' on the latest edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

On this week's WUNC Politics Podcast, Colin Campbell of the NC Insider sits down for a conversation about writing his weekly column, an ongoing feud over the state board of elections, and harassment protocols at the General Assembly.

He and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii also talk beer on boats, and a little NCAA Basketball.

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Billy Ball, of NC Policy Watch, and Elena Schneider, of Politico, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss the latest political news.

With candidates filing to run for state legislative seats, another lawsuit was filed this week, challenging a few of the political boundaries.

Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, and Becki Gray, of the John Locke Foundation, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss this latest redistricting challenge, as well as what firearm, or school safety policy changes, may be feasible in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. They also discuss the influence of famed Evangelist Billy Graham, who died this week at the age of 99.


There was another mass shooting in the United States this week. That means another round of emotional reactions, social media sparring and carefully delivered messages by elected officials. If recent shootings serve as any example, it's also likely that no legislative action will follow.

It was a hectic week in downtown Raleigh, where lawmakers sparred with Governor Roy Cooper, debated the components of a multifaceted bill, and closed in on the 2018 election, which begins Monday with candidate filings.

Lauren Horsch, a reporter with the NC Insider, reviews the week with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii and notes her favorite winter Olympic sport.

Elected officials from both parties and at all levels of government are working on curbing the opioid crisis.

In 2017, President Donald Trump seated a commission to make recommendations on the issue, state lawmakers passed a measure changing prescribing guidelines, and municipalities mobilized more first responders to carry an opiate reversal agent.

Thanks to winter weather, it was a slow work week for many in North Carolina. However, the political world trudged along with more redistricting and judicial developments.

Fans of the Carolina Panthers will watch their team in the Wildcard round of the NFL playoffs this Sunday in New Orleans. Soon those fans will wait to see what happens with the franchise.

On the latest episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Gary Robertson sits down to discuss a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics.

The Associated Press statehouse reporter shares details from recent conversations with Governor Roy Cooper and Senate Leader Phil Berger, weighs in on "the story of the year," and shares his favorite Christmas song.

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with Gerry Cohen, who first ventured into the North Carolina General Assembly more than 45 years ago while working on his graduate thesis.

North Carolina's largest managed care health organization came under further fire this week when it was taken over by a state agency.

Democrats received a boost this week, as a wave of candidates celebrated victory in the first round of elections during the Trump Presidency.

Historically the party not in the White House fares well at the ballot box in the first couple years of a new administration. Brent Woodcox, special council to Republicans at the legislature, joins the podcast to talk election results, his concerns over Donald Trump, and local craft beer.

Democrat David Price has seen plenty during his 30 years in the U.S. House, from the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to the chaos of a Trump Administration.

Jonathan Kappler got hooked on North Carolina politics during high school when he served in the House as a page. Today he's the Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.

As lawmakers reached across the aisle in an effort to move forward on changes to the Affordable Care Act, Washington erupted in another controversy this week.

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with former WUNC reporter and producer Jorge Valencia. Jorge now reports from Mexico City for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix.

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with WUNC Political Reporter Rusty Jacobs.

In North Carolina, women make up more than 51 percent of the population, yet they hold less than a quarter of the seats at the state legislature.

In recent weeks two major hurricanes have struck the United States, President Trump has continued to criticize journalists, and on Friday morning London suffered another attack when a homemade bomb went off on a commuter train. The news cycle has been uncharacteristically busy for the end of summer.

This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation with David Ford, reporter and host at WFDD.

This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with State Treasurer Dale Folwell.

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