Under the Dome

Under the Dome

Each week, the Under the Dome team at The News & Observer brings you the most in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina. Learn more at newsobserver.com/dome

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August 8, 2022 22 min

Longtime News & Observer reporter Tammy Grubb joins Under the Dome to talk about her new series Women & Children First? highlighting single mothers raising children under the age of 18 who make up more than a third of the families meeting outdated federal poverty guidelines in North Carolina. Read the first installment of the series here https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article263097898.html

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The News & Observer and NC Insider kicked off a new "Politics at the Pub" event series Wednesday. Our first gathering was at The Raleigh Times and was sponsored by Randolph Cloud & Associates and Fidelity Investments. Listen in on the discussion with our Under the Dome politics team.

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New federal and state campaign finance reports show money is rolling in for candidates... Some more than others. The News & Observer's Will Doran and Washington DC correspondent Danielle Battaglia dive into what the numbers say about key races. Plus, Headliner of the Week!

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Danielle Battaglia and Will Doran discuss how North Carolina is honored with the distinction as the best state for business and lawmakers are credited with putting partisan politics aside.

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In this episode of Under the Dome, N&O politics reporters Dawn Vaughan and Kyle Ingram discuss the Green Party ballot drama, Democrats' midterm strategy and more North Carolina political news. Plus our picks for Headliner of the Week.

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July 5, 2022 19 min

In this week's Under the Dome episode, Dawn Vaughan and Lars Dolder of The N&O and Insider discuss the final votes of the state budget bill now on Gov. Cooper's desk and what happens next. Plus our picks for Headliner of the Week.

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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, leaving the question of whether abortion is legal for the states to answer. The News & Observer's Will Doran spoke to The Charlotte Observer's Hannah Smoot about North Carolinians' reactions and the future of abortion rights in the state.

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In this look ahead for the week of June 20, N&O reporter Dawn Vaughan and N&O politics intern Kyle Ingram discuss his interviews with the NCGA's LGBTQ members, plus what to expect as the state budget process moves forward. And, of course, our Headliners of the Week.

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After the shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, gun control remains the biggest topic of conversation on Capitol Hill. Danielle Battaglia from McClatchy DC talks to North Carolina Congresswoman Deborah Ross about gun laws, "Dreamers," plus her favorite spots on Capitol Hill and in her district.

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Medicaid expansion, legalization of medical marijuana and a ban on instruction of LGBTQ issues in K-3 classrooms were all approved by the North Carolina Senate last week. Reporters Avi Bajpai and Will Doran break down the latest developments with each bill and their chances of being signed into law.

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NC lawmakers have a full agenda this summer and reporter Will Doran walks us through Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana, the “Parents Bill of Rights,” and more.

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Preview of the 2022 "short" legislative session with Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran.

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News & Observer reporters Will Doran and Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan break down what happened with Madison Cawthorn, the successes Black Democrats had, and Gov. Roy Cooper’s big gamble.

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It's finally primary week! In this episode of Under the Dome, Dawn Vaughan and Danielle Battaglia talk about the big races in the North Carolina primary on May 17 and what's at play. Plus stay tuned for their picks for Headliner of the Week.

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The News & Observer's Danielle Battaglia and Avi Bajpai discuss the ways in which the leaked ruling from the United States Supreme Court could impact midterm elections here in North Carolina.

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With early voting underway, News & Observer reporter Dawn Vaughan and Insider editor Brian Murphy talk about how turnout will impact the primary, what growth in Southern Wake County means, plus their picks for Headliner of Week.

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NC Insider editor Brian Murphy discusses the open Democratic primary for U.S. House in District 4 with former state Sen. Floyd McKissick and Asher Hildebrand, the former chief of staff for retiring Rep. David Price.

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In this Under the Dome episode for the week of April 18, 2022, News & Observer reporters Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran talk about the power of major endorsements in the North Carolina primary and what other factors are at play for the upcoming election. Plus Dawn and Will's picks for Headliner of the Week.

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News & Observer reporters Avi Bajpai and Lars Dolder check in from former President Donald J. Trump's political rally in Selma, North Carolina, on Saturday night. 

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NC Insider editor Brian Murphy and News & Observer business reporter Lars Dolder discuss the VinFast announcement, economic incentives, and how the state's chase for a car manufacturer led to this point. 

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