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DOMECAST podcast introduces PolitiFact North Carolina, tackles US Senate primary

Democratic U.S. Senate candidates from left, Kevin Griffin, Ernest Reeves, Chris Rey and Deborah Ross take their seats Thursday, February, 25, 2016 prior to a televised debate at WRAL's studio in Raleigh.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidates from left, Kevin Griffin, Ernest Reeves, Chris Rey and Deborah Ross take their seats Thursday, February, 25, 2016 prior to a televised debate at WRAL's studio in Raleigh. tlong@newsobserver.com

Domecast, our weekly podcast on government and politics in North Carolina, is ready for the weekend of March 5-6.

We begin this episode with Bill Adair, founder of PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker that has partnered with The News & Observer to inspect the claims of candidates and their campaigns here in North Carolina. PolitiFact North Carolina will launch soon as a standalone website, and its fact check articles will appear in The N&O in print and online. Adair explains how it works and how politicians high and low are wary of being “PolitiFacted.”

In our second segment, Colin Campbell of The N&O goes deep into the state’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. We get a closer look at the candidates, where they stand and how they differ, including audio clips of them explaining their proposals.

And we close it out, as always, with Headliners of the Week. Who wins? It gets somewhat awkward for one departing member of the Domecast team.

Our panel this week – a big one – includes Lynn Bonner and Craig Jarvis of The N&O, Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer, Patrick Gannon and Benjamin Brown of The Insider State Government News Service and Anna Douglas of McClatchy’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Campbell hosts.

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