Amendment 1 & the May primary, on a special episode of 282
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Justin Ruckman
For our first episode back from a break, we’re talking about Amendment 1, and the May primary. Plain and simple.
The North Carolina primary is May 8. The issue that’s been drawing a lot of attention for several months is Amendment One, which is a proposed bill to amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, which would, in effect, ban same-sex marriage. Let’s discuss the sides that are for and against this bill, what kinds of grassroots efforts are there, what are the civic organizations and faith-based groups saying, what have the Republican and Democratic leaders said, is voter turnout at this primary expected to be larger than in years past because of Amendment One, etc.
Secondly, in regards to the May 8 primary, are there any particular races we expect to be hotly contested or a blowout? Is the controversy over Amendment One overshadowing the public’s attention on educating themselves on the candidates running for office? For more info, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections site, and see a list of the candidates running.
North Carolina is a battleground, a.k.a. swing state, in the 2012 presidential election, and the intensity has increased after a Democrat (Barack Obama) won the state in 2008, the first time since 1976. As the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte seems to be greatly impacted. There are obvious things like the Democratic National Convention selecting Charlotte as its 2012 host city. But there are several other political organizations, conventions, and conferences setting up shop here. The Democratic and Republican parties have expanded their offices here and their national party leaders are visiting often; the Hip Hop Caucus has leadership teams in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham for its Respect My Vote Campaign; BlogCon, put on by D.C.- based FreedomWorks, recently brought hundreds of conservative bloggers to Charlotte for a two-day conference; to name a few examples. Let’s discuss what the climate is going to be like over the next few months as the election nears.
Carlton is joined this week by the following panel:
- Ashlei Blue: Charlotte Regional Field Director for The Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families
- Bruce Carroll: Gay Patriot
- David Swindell: Associate Professor of Political Science at UNC Charlotte, and director of the Ph.D. in Public Policy Degree Program