politics

Why Charlotte’s mayor and city council could get a big pay bump

Mayor Vi Lyles and the 11 members of city council could see their pay increase substantially under the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022. Why it matters:...

Exclusive: What council Republicans really think of Charlotte’s big 2040 plan

Publicly, Charlotte’s two Republican city council members have kept it collegial with Democrats while working to get the 2040 Comprehensive Plan revised....

Pat McCrory is running for Senate

Pat McCrory, the seven-term mayor Charlotte loved who became the one-term governor Charlotte helped vote out, is running for higher office now: U.S. Senate....

Analysis: Suburban voters make up 60% of N.C.’s GOP defections

More than 20,000 North Carolina voters have left the Republican Party to become unaffiliated since Election Day, and nearly 60% of them are from suburban...

NC’s youngest public official doubles as a viral TikTok creator

Ken McCool, a 22-year-old commissioner from Matthews, created a TikTok account to reach young constituents. He wound up reaching people all over the world. Why...

Pat McCrory’s radio show climbed to No. 1. Will he give it up for a Senate run?

Four years ago, Pat McCrory couldn’t find a job. He’d lost his governor’s seat by about 10,000 votes. Universities didn’t want to hire him...

Exclusive: How Charlotte’s favorite millennial politician dad decided to run for Senate

Jeff Jackson spent the holidays doing two things: weighing the positives and negatives of a run for U.S. Senate, and bouncing up and down on a trampoline with...

Charlotte employers pause political contributions following Capitol riots

Some large Charlotte employers are suspending political donations or reviewing their policies following the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. Bank of...

Job opening on city council: What’s next after James Mitchell’s abrupt resignation

James “Smuggie” Mitchell’s abrupt resignation from city council after 20 years Monday morning caused actual head turns from his colleagues in...

What Vi Lyles texted Dan Bishop the day of the D.C. riot

On the same night he voted to object to the certification of the presidential election, Republican Rep. Dan Bishop took the floor in the U.S. House and read to...

Sen. Tillis supports certification of Biden’s victory

Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday he’d vote to certify Joe Biden’s election in the joint session of Congress. Why it matters: The Republican from the...

A split N.C. Supreme Court could be a more politicized one

In one of the tightest elections in state history, Paul Newby defeated Cherri Beasley in the race for North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice by about 400...