The Voter Update | 2008 Archive
Examining the Aftermath of Election '08
It was an historic vote that saw the election of the nation's first African American president and North Carolina's first female governor, while the Tar Heel state turned blue for the first time in 30 years. What could the election mean for the present and future of politics across the nation and here in North Carolina? We find out in this special hour-long edition of The Voter Update. Plus, the sounds of election 2008. This week's guests: Dr. Andrew Taylor, N.C. State University Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling Damon Circosta, N.C. Center for Voter Education
Breaking Down the Ballot
With the national party conventions fast approaching, we get insight into this year's key races and the future of Tar Heel elections from Andrew Taylor, chair of the political science department at N.C. State University. Plus, we revisit the presidential election of 1972.
100 Days and Counting
As election 2008 enters its final hundred-day stretch, we speak with Tom Jensen from Public Policy Polling to get insight into emerging trends in this year's races and what they may hint at for Election Day. Plus, is it time to shine light on the way state lawmakers decide to spend your tax dollars? We talk with Jane Pinsky from the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform on ways to bring transparency to the state's budget-making process. Also, another look at the presidential election of 1968.
A Look Back at the Legislative Session
The N.C. Legislature has wrapped up its annual session, after passing a $21.4 billion budget. How did legislators decide to spend your tax dollars? What lies ahead for lawmakers at the polls this fall and what awaits them when the new session launches next year? We speak with Dan Kane from the Raleigh News & Observer to get an inside look at this year's legislative session. Plus, is Sunday voting on the way for your county this fall? We talk to Jenn Frye from Democracy North Carolina to find out. Also, we revisit the presidential election of 1968.
N.C. Legislative Session Nears the End?
As the N.C. General Assembly pushes toward the end of this year's “short” session, we get the latest from the legislature from Rep. Grier Martin (D-Wake). Plus, is this the year of the woman for Tar Heel politics? We ask Louisa Warren of N.C. Women United. And what does a new Supreme Court ruling mean for campaign finance reform in North Carolina? Get the answer from Damon Circosta of the N.C. Center for Voter Education.
The Minority Report
We get insight into the North Carolina legislature and the Republican election effort from House Minority Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake). Plus, Chase Foster from N.C. Voters for Clean Elections explains Chapel Hill's new Voter-Owned Elections program.
A GOP Perspective in the General Assembly
Get a Republican's view inside North Carolina's legislature from Rep. Nelson Dollar (Wake). Plus, Tom Jensen from Public Policy Polling takes the pulse of the Tar Heel State on the upcoming fall elections.
Life as a Lawmaker
Get an inside look at life as a North Carolina legislator from Rep. Ty Harrell (D-Wake). Plus, Torrey Dixon from FairVote North Carolina offers insight into instant runoff voting and a national popular vote for the presidency.
An Inside Look at the Legislature
We get an inside look at the North Carolina legislature from Laura Leslie, state capitol reporter for WUNC FM. Plus, Brian Irving from the North Carolina Libertarian Party tells us how his party won the right to be on the state ballot this fall and what it could mean for the election
N.C. Makes Mark on Presidential Race
We visit North Carolina's polls on its historic primary election. Plus: ways to engage a new generation of voters, an inside look at the GOP plan for victory and how two new court rulings could impact Tar Heel elections. Guests: John White, (Generation Engage) Ballard Everett (Republican consultant) and Damon Circosta (N.C. Center for Voter Education)