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This podcast will not only bring you the latest news on the 2017 races, but we're also going to go past the crafted messages and public face of campaigns to show you the art, science and, yes, shenanigans of campaigning. The stuff behind the scenes. This is Candidate ME, a hypothetical campaign to be Charlotte's mayor.
||CleanCandidate ME 11 - What Happens Next?||Yes, this podcast could have stopped with episode 10. Instead we channeled our inner Spinal Tap and made this one "go to 11." Why?||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 10 - Candidate THEM||Notice something different with our logo? With the election now just days away Candidate ME has become Candidate THEM, a modern twist on that election season classic - the voter guide.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowth And Roads Key Issues In Suburban Charlotte Elections||Updated Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, 11:24 a.m. This election season, political reporter Tom Bullock has been busy covering the race for Charlotte mayor and council through his Candidate ME podcast. This week, there’s more of that - he goes outside the city.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 9 - Find The Sum||With Election Day less than two weeks away and early votes already being cast, Candidate ME shifts into high gear. In this episode we introduce something new, real candidates call in to answer a mad lib and two important questions in order to sway your||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 8 - Ad It Up||It's fall. Halloween is just around the corner and the November election is not far behind. It therefore seems fitting for Candidate ME to delve into one of the true dark arts of campaigns, political advertising.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME Bonus - What Happened (Charlotte Edition)||Yes, Candidate ME was scheduled to be on a break. But then Tuesday, September 12 rolled around, the mayor was voted out, other incumbents were defeated and the Charlotte City Council changed in significant ways.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 6 - The Waiting...||Tuesday, September 12, is a make or break day for candidates. It's primary day after all, the day the candidate herd is culled. What is that day like for political consultants and candidates who have to simply wait for results?||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 5 - The Political Fight For Little Charlotte||We're back with a full length episode. And since Tom can't be picked for jury duty for another two years, we'll remain back for the foreseeable future. This week's episode is all about the race for the District 1 seat on Charlotte's city council. And wh||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME Episode 5 Preview||Yes, my jury duty is over. But uncertainty over just when it would end (and the sun's sudden brief disappearance) meant I had to push back some key interviews to late in the week. Which left me with too little time to finish up a full podcast this week.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME? An Ode To Where Our Pretend Candidate Is||Have you noticed? Candidate ME hasn't been on the campaign trail this week. Host Tom Bullock puts on his (family friendly) limerick hat to explain why, and when Candidate ME will return, as best he legally can. _||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCampaigns Will Bug You More Often The Longer You Wait To Vote||WFAE political reporter Tom Bullock has a new podcast primarily tied to the Charlotte mayor’s race. It also delves into other municipal races.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 4 - Mr Postman...||In this episode, Tom breaks a campaign promise and asks our political gurus for their pick as the biggest broken political promise in Mecklenburg County. Then Candidate ME takes a look at absentee mail-in ballots - the potential problems and even a rece||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 3 - The A$K...For Money Light And Dark||This week, we're saving the best for last. As in the last interview in this episode. It's a rare look inside the world of 'dark money' groups looking to influence you and your vote. These groups can and do keep their donor lists secret and they aren’t||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 2 – Political Flip or Flop?||Lawmakers in North Carolina have long loved to (politically) party with the gerrymander. And both major parties are guilty of twisting districts to help keep themselves in power. With the latest rounds of court ordered redistricting officially now||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandidate ME 1- So You Want To Be A Candidate?||Get ready folks, the 2017 election season is now officially underway. Which means dozens and dozens (and dozens) of candidates and their campaigns are hard at work trying to sway you to their side. What if one of these campaigns opens their doors and||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome To Candidate ME||Welcome to the 2017 election season. This is an odd numbered year, which means politics really does go local, with contests for school board, town and city councils and, of course mayors. WFAE will, of course, bring you our usual full coverage of these||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Best look into local elections I've seen
As a Charlotte citizen, this podcast has done such a great job of demystifying what goes on in the background of local elections and campagins. The two campaign managers providing context and discussion around ongoing local and past campaigns has been outstandingly useful.
This podcast has also given me some of the best coverage around the local election and candidates. It's as close to the NPR Politics podcast as I've gotten in regards to local issues and politics. More please!