Under the Dome

Domecast podcast looks ahead to 2016 NC elections

Roy Cooper greets supporters as he comes to the stage to announce he is running for governor at an event at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount on Oct. 12, 2015.
Roy Cooper greets supporters as he comes to the stage to announce he is running for governor at an event at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount on Oct. 12, 2015. cseward@newsobserver.com

Domecast, our weekly podcast on government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of Oct. 17-18.

Two Democrats, Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross, launched their campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate this week. The News & Observer's Craig Jarvis and Colin Campbell recap the big announcements. Andy Taylor, political science professor at N.C. State University, weighs in with analysis of the 2016 campaigns.

A number of legislators and other elected officials say they won't run again next year. Patrick Gannon and Benjamin Brown of The Insider explain who's stepping down and why.

Then The N&O's Taylor Knopf joins the other panelists for Headliners of the Week. Nominees include State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Board of Elections Chairman Josh Howard and Rep. Larry Pittman.

Andy Curliss of The N&O hosts.

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