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The WUNCPolitics 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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Rob Christensen has reported on, written about, and observed North Carolina politics for 45 years.

The longtime journalist is retiring from the News & Observer this month. He joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast to reflect on country stores, flying in small planes, and an occasionally contentious relationship with Jesse Helms.

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WUNC Data Reporter Jason de Bruyn joins this edition of the WUNCPolitics podcast.

Among the topics discussed are an on-going investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District, as well as major job expansion announcement that left North Carolina leaders disappointed.

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North Carolina is again drawing the attention of the country for a rare political story.

Alleged election fraud in Bladen and Robeson Counties has led to an investigation by state officials, and members of Congress stating a new election may be possible.

Kirk Ross, who has been writing about the developing 9th Congressional story for the Washington Post, joins this week's podcast to discuss his reporting, and what we know about a fluid situation.

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There was plenty of North Carolina political news in Raleigh, and points beyond this week.

Lauren Horsch of the NC Insider discusses legislative efforts to pass voter ID legislation, the divide over economic incentives, as well as the surprising stall of a nominee to the federal bench. Horsch is also quizzed on her knowledge of Durham (spoiler: she knows the Bull City well).

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The 2018 midterm election is complete, and Jonathan Kappler provides a debrief on this episode of the podcast.

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This week's WUNCPolitics Podcast takes a deep dive into a topic that's a decade in the making.

“Right Turn” is a documentary-style podcast using archival interviews and conversations with key players to tell the story of the rise of the Republican Party this decade.

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Former North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Bob Orr is the guest on this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

Orr talks about judicial races on the midterm ballot, his continued frustrations with President Donald Trump, the chances he'll still be a Republican in 2020, and the verdict from a federal corruption trial that concluded this week.

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With the mid-term election less than three weeks away, former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is the guest on this week's WUNC Politics podcast.

The 74th Executive of North Carolina covers an array of topics - including the lack of civility in our current political climate, his opposition to some of the proposals to amend the state constitution, and a fellow GOP Governor he has an eye on.

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As Florence recovery marches on across portions of North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper calls on the Legislature to appropriate a $750 million down payment. His request came the same week as a new report out from the United Nations on the short-term effects of climate change.

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State lawmakers were civil and efficient during a one-day special session, when they approved the first steps of relief for victims of Florence.

Meanwhile, a major political donor is under federal investigation, community leaders are discussing long-term plans for aging water and sewer systems, and guest Colin Campbell shares a new approach to improving discourse on Twitter.

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Testimony about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, new campaign ads in competitive Congressional races, and the most Gerrymandered maps in the country.

Chris Cooper, Professor and head of the Department of Political science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, returns to the WUNCPolitics podcast to weigh-in on the mid-terms and the GOP's defense of state supermajorities.

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North Carolinians are likely to feel the impacts of Hurricane Florence for years to come.

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii talks with Charlotte Observer Reporter Jim Morrill about the influence the storm has already had on political advertisements.

Also, praise of storm prepartaion that crossed partisan lines and the story of an out-of-place smell.

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Colleges campuses are again bustling and that means more young adults seeking mental health services.

Taylor Knopf, a reporter with NC Health News, joins WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss the increasing demand on campus, as well as efforts to try to improve upon infant mortality rates and childhood poverty in the state.

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Since 1990, North Carolina's population has grown by more than 3.5 million residents.

Rebecca Tippett, founding director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, discusses where the bulk of that growth can be found, the varying needs that follow, and how we simply consider populations may change 30 years from now.

To read more about Tippett, and her colleague's research, visit their blog.

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It was a neck-straining Tuesday in the world of politics.

Among the headlines were convictions for two of the president's closest confidants, a panel of judges ruling to block two North Carolina ballot questions, and more fervent debate over confederate monuments.

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Lawsuits challenging proposed changes to the state constitution, forecasts that show one North Carolina Congressional race in a dead heat, and former governors convening to assail state lawmakers.

Even with the General Assembly and U.S. Congress out of session, plenty played out in the political world this week.

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This year's session at the General Assembly felt, at times, like a blur.

WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie joins the podcast to discuss the pace of the Legislature, some of the most significant measures, and how policy may influence the already underway election season.

Leslie, who worked at WUNC from 2004 until 2011, also weighs in on the departure of a key legislative staffer and shares what she misses most about public radio.

Editor's Note: The WUNCPolitics Podcast will take a break for the rest of July and will be back in early August.

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The Republican-controlled General Assembly wrapped up its short session Friday, passing an adjusted budget in time for the start of the fiscal year, above the objections of Democrats and Governor Roy Cooper’s veto.

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Lawmakers are expected to send forth multiple proposed constitutional amendments in the coming days.

Jonathan Kappler, Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss the electoral effects of those possible changes. He and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii talk about a SCOTUS redistricting punt, the passing of a UNC-system chancellor, and the best beach in NC.

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It's been a frenetic week at the North Carolina General Assembly.

Legislators have had multiple late nights of deliberations as they work to end the short session by the end of the month. Among a cluttered list of issues are rape kits, individual property rights, and even raw milk.

Lauren Horsch of the NC Insider joins WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss a range of topics on the latest episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

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Budgets, ballots and baseball are among the topics on this week's politics podcast.

WUNC Political Reporter Rusty Jacobs and Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii discuss the Governor's veto of lawmakers state spending plan, motivations behind a proposed constitutional amendment to require photo identification in order to vote, and the legends of Pedro Martinez and Bernie Williams. 

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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.

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Republican lawmakers are rolling out a "living wage" provision as part of the state budget.

It would apply to full-time permanent state employees, and is sure to be a stumping point on the campaign trail later this fall.

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On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast, host Rusty Jacobs has an extended conversation about the aftermath of the Teacher Rally, possible incentives for Apple, and the coming budget discussions in the General Assembly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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