Longleaf Podcast

25 EpisodesProduced by Longleaf Politics

North Carolina’s top political news podcast. In each episode, we'll dive into a hot topic in N.C. politics — in 20 minutes or less. We bring you interviews from leading newsmakers and commentary with an independent conservative bent. The Longleaf Podcast is a production of Longleaf Politics, the s… read more

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Episode 025: Fording Cross Creek with Matt Richardson

November 30th, 2018

21:51
We chat with the author of Cumberland County's new political blog Cross Creek Divide on the state of Fayetteville politics, Cumberland as a …

Episode 024: What Democrats get wrong about gerrymandering

November 12th, 2018

7:56
Is it gerrymandering or geography? In this episode, we take on the most common counterarguments to the piece in this week's Longleaf Politics …

Episode 023: 5 ways to stay involved in politics after the election

November 11th, 2018

7:41
The 2018 elections had extraordinarily high turnout for a midterm year. Thousands more people, from all political persuasions, were involved. Here …

Episode 022: Bad candidates

November 9th, 2018

7:58
We're back with a mini-episode about candidates for political office who aren't just flawed, but actually on record saying reprehensible things. A …

Episode 021: Biggest winners and losers of the 2018 elections

November 8th, 2018

11:30
Now that the dust has settled a little bit from Election Night, we spend this episode breaking down the biggest winners and biggest losers from the midterm elections. It was hard to spin it as anything but a bad night …

Episode 020: A 4-minute recap of North Carolina's midterm elections

November 7th, 2018

4:20
We run through the 5 top stories to come out of the 2018 midterm elections in North Carolina. The biggest: Republicans have lost their supermajority …

Episode 019: DECODED — Why the national media writes hit pieces on N.C. politics

November 5th, 2018

12:30
This is the first episode on a new series I'm calling DECODED. We'll break down stories in the national or regional media about North Carolina …

Episode 018: Improving political discourse with Indiv

October 30th, 2018

10:29
The team at Indiv has sponsored this podcast for the last few months, and this week we wanted to bring you the story of how the app came about and …

Episode 017: How to keep campaigns civil + bold predictions for 2018

October 26th, 2018

16:53
With 10 days remaining until Election Day, we catch up with North Carolina political experts Tonya Jameson (Democrat) and Lawrence Shaheen …

Episode 016: Breaking down N.C.'s extraordinary early voting totals

October 25th, 2018

13:31
We speak with Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College, about this year's early voting. Bitzer is doing a phenomenal job …

Episode 015: Do local electeds need longer terms?

October 12th, 2018

19:47
Charlotte's City Council is again proposing increasing the length of their terms from two years to four years, saying that they are not able to be effective when they're campaigning so much. We speak with Mecklenburg …

Episode 014: Running for judge in a new era

October 3rd, 2018

12:40
We speak with Paulina Havelka, a Republican in Mecklenburg County, on her race for District Court judge, how new districts created by the General …

Episode 013: How young people will shape the GOP

September 26th, 2018

13:46
We spend this episode with Catherine Whiteford, national committeewoman of the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans and a candidate for …

Episode 012: How to get off the fence and run for office

September 18th, 2018

16:52
We speak with Susan Harden, a Democratic candidate for a district seat on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. She's one of a groundswell of first-time female candidates motivated by the 2016 elections to get …

Episode 011: N.C.'s boldest education experiment

September 11th, 2018

20:27
We talk with two of the leaders of the Innovative School District effort to turn around chronically underperforming schools just a few days after …

Episode 010: On the road with Sen. Jeff Jackson

September 6th, 2018

15:32
We catch Sen. Jeff Jackson in between campaign stops as he works to help Democrats break the Republican majority in the General Assembly. We talk …

Episode 009: The "bombshell" congressional district ruling

August 29th, 2018

20:41
We unpack the federal court decision that's thrown the 2018 elections into disarray with Professor Michael Bitzer of Catawba College and Republican …

Episode 008: Toll lanes a "dead end," says Sen. Jeff Tarte

August 22nd, 2018

17:15
We go in-depth on the I-77 toll lane contract debate with Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius Republican and outspoken opponent of the "managed lanes" …

Episode 007: How Indivisible NC is working in Southport

August 16th, 2018

16:23
We speak with Martha Johnson, who created the Indivisible NC affiliate in Southport — called Southport Indivisible - Stepping Forward. We go under the hood of the left-leaning grassroots organization that's seeking …

Episode 006: Campaign strategy with Jim Burton

August 10th, 2018

15:28
We speak with Jim Burton, owner of Burton Research and Strategies and former N.C. House caucus director, about how candidates can effectively communicate on important issues, how 2018 messaging will differ from 2016, …

Episode 005: Politics and law with Brent Woodcox

August 1st, 2018

14:24
We speak with Brent Woodcox, special counsel to the North Carolina General Assembly, about how things are done differently under Republican control, …

Episode 004: On the campaign trail with Chad Stachowicz

July 24th, 2018

17:18
We talk with Chad Stachowicz, a Charlotte tech company founder and CEO and the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 39, about why he decided to run for office and what he's hearing as he knocks on doors around …

Episode 003: Can Charlotte become a political town?

July 20th, 2018

20:29
Charlotte was just awarded the 2020 Republican National Convention, but the city is much better known for business than politics. Longleaf Politics …

Episode 002: What a 2020 RNC in Charlotte would be like

July 17th, 2018

16:09
Longleaf Politics publisher Andrew Dunn speaks with Matthew Ridenhour, a Republican county commissioner in Mecklenburg County and a two-time delegate …

Episode 001: Things to watch as 2018 elections heat up

July 13th, 2018

20:19
Longleaf Politics publisher Andrew Dunn is joined by Charlotte Republican political consultant Lawrence Shaheen and Democratic campaign manager Tonya …
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