What North Carolina Schools are Doing to Protect Students

CHARLOTTE, NC– Another day, and unfortunately, another school shooting, this time in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The circumstances change, but the tragedies continue. In Wake County this week, three schools were put on lockdown after threats. And a UNCC student was arrested for making threats.

And all this is before the March 24 “March for Our Lives,” scheduled in WashingtonDC., to rally for gun control and school safety measures, and organized in spirit and action by students in Parkland, Fla., after a shooting at their high school killed 17 last month.

Other marches will be happening across the country and around the world.

So, what are North Carolina schools doing? Are they taking cues from actions in other states?

National School Walkouts in Charlotte: What’s Next?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Thousands of students across the country, and right here in Charlotte, are expected to walk out of their classrooms today to demonstrate against gun violence.

Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis talks about the planned protests, and steps students and families can take moving forward.

Raleigh PD to Recruit in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC — First it was Raleigh being included on the Amazon short list while Charlotte did not make the cut. Now, Raleigh police are coming to Charlotte Friday to meet potential recruits, while our city struggles with its own shortage of officers.

Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis breaks down why this matters, starting with CMPD’s shortage of officers.

The Reverend Billy Graham’s Life & Legacy

Charlotte, NC — From presidents to the people, thousands have lined up to pay respects to Billy Graham. He preached to millions across the world, and when he died at the age of 99, praise, prayers and good wishes poured in from all over. Charlotte was his hometown, and where he came home to rest – after being chosen to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a very rare honor, indeed.

Besides his impact on spirituality, a particular kind, Billy Graham also was associated with politics. So, what does his death mean for the future of the role of religion in politics?

President Trump’s First State of the Union Address

CHARLOTTE, NC– After a contentious and divisive first year of the Trump presidency, the president and members of Congress have a chance to at least start to move toward the bipartisanship that most Americans want so the government will work for the American people. But is it possible for Democrats and Republicans to come together after so much has happened with so much to do

Debate on CMS Expanding Definition of Diversity

CHARLOTTE, NC — At the school board meeting on Tuesday night, those on different sides of a difficult issue had their say. In the end, the board voted 7-2 to adopt a more inclusive definition of diversity, expanding it to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, along with race, gender, national origin and religion.

Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis talks about whether the policy makes students feel welcomed or replace parent’s teaching on personal issues

Court panel says N.C. voting maps use unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. What’s next?

CHARLOTTE, NC — North Carolina lawmakers are redrawing the state’s Congressional district maps, after judges called the old ones unconstitutional.

They have two weeks to get it done.

A panel of Federal Judges ruled Republicans’ created an unfair advantage when they used race and other partisan factors to create the current maps.

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis stopped by Rising to offer some perspective.

The Olympics as Diplomacy

CHARLOTTE, NC – South Korea has offered to talk with the North about joining next month’s Olympics…so could this potentially signal that the Korean Peninsula wants to use the winter games as a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis?

The nuclear taunting between the U.S. and North Korea has escalated, with President Trump tweeting that his “button” is bigger that the North Korean leader. Will South Korea’s paying “good cop” to Trump’s “bad cop” be an opening for a compromise?

The Olympics, in the past, have been center stage for political statements that have led to diplomatic discourse – in positive and negatives ways. Will the 2018 winter games bring a breakthrough? Or is North Korea playing for time and using overtures as a way to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S.?

Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis offers more perspective.

2018 Politics Preview and Predictions

CHARLOTTE, NC — Will 2018 beat 2017 when it comes to political surprises? WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis takes a look at what’s in store in Charlotte and beyond.

Senate Passes Largest Tax Overhaul in Three Decades

CHARLOTTE, NC — A New Bill Ends the Year and Transforms the Tax System. It looks as though the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress will get its win, a legislative accomplishment, and a big one. The major overhaul of the nation’s tax system will be passed without any support from Democrats and without one public hearing. Polls show that it and President Donald Trump are unpopular, but will that change as the effects of the bill start to shake out?

Political Contributor, Mary C. Curtis weighs in.