Under the Dome

DOMECAST podcast takes on political debates, legislators’ Supreme Court defeat

Democrat Walter Dalton, left, and Republican Pat McCrory shake hands prior to their third and final televised gubernatorial debate at Minges Auditorium on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount in 2012. McCrory’s re-election campaign has declined to debate any of his Republican primary challengers this year.
Democrat Walter Dalton, left, and Republican Pat McCrory shake hands prior to their third and final televised gubernatorial debate at Minges Auditorium on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount in 2012. McCrory’s re-election campaign has declined to debate any of his Republican primary challengers this year. AP

Domecast, our weekly podcast on government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of Feb. 6-7.

The Iowa presidential caucuses turbo-fueled the general public’s awareness that election season is blazing all around us and, believe it, North Carolina’s primaries are just over a month away.

This week, Colin Campbell of The News & Observer brings us up to speed on candidates’ fundraising, tells us what to expect in the way of televised debates – a quirky topic – and looks at legislative staffers who work second jobs on their bosses’ re-election campaigns.

The N&O’s Craig Jarvis catches us up on Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent state Supreme Court win against legislative leaders in a fight over political appointment power. The N&O’s Lynn Bonner helps us understand a controversy between the Department of Public Instruction and senators who are critical of the department’s alternate plan for specially marked funds.

As always, we close out with our Headliners of the Week segment.

Benjamin Brown of the Insider State Government News Service hosts.

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