Local News Roundup: Census Data; City Council Approves NDO; CMS Discusses Title IX; Mask Mandates In Charlotte-Mecklenburg?

Title IX training and discussions of how students should report sexual assaults and harassment at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were part of a latenight board meeting for the district this week. And as the new school year begins later this month, school leaders are hoping to meet the academic and health challenges caused by the pandemic.

Charlotte City Council approved a new nondiscrimination ordinance that leaders call “historic” and “the right thing to do.”

Mayor Vi Lyles made waves this week during her weekly press conference about mask mandates and who has the power to make them.

We provide an update on COVID-19, as numbers of cases and hospitalizations in our region return to high levels, and as some schools who are already in session reverse masking policies after having outbreaks of the illness. We’ll also discuss how Gov. Roy Cooper’s $100 incentive to get the vaccine has sparked a new surge of vaccinations.

Guest host Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal and our roundtable of reporters delve into those stories and all the week’s top news on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.

GUESTS:

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com, host of the Rollcall podcast “Equal Time” and contributor at WCCB-TV

Katie Peralta Soloff, reporter for Axios Charlotte

Claire DonnellyWFAE health reporter

Joe BrunoWSOC-TV reporter

POLITICAL WRAP: NY Governor Cuomo Under Fire Over Sexual Harassment Allegations; Nursing Home Deaths

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted advances.

Cuomo says he isn’t going anywhere, even as New York’s two Senators and a majority of the state’s democratic congressional delegation call on him to resign.

The Governor is also in hot water for allegedly under reporting  COVID 19 deaths in nursing homes.

POLITICAL WRAP: Pressure on States to Reopen; Biden Addresses Sexual Assault Allegation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Growing pressure on states to reopen, amid continued protests.

Monday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will lift the state’s “home or work” order, with North Carolina set to enter phase one by the end of the week.

And Presidential candidate Joe Biden breaks his silence on a sexual assault allegation from a former Senate staffer.

Republican allege a double standard compared to the scrutiny faced by Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearing.

Our political contributor Mary C. Curtis has more in the video above.

Fashion Activism at 75th Golden Globes

Hollywood’s ‘Party of the Year’ is Sunday night in Los Angeles. The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards celebrate the best in film and American television, but this year, actors and actresses are using their fashion to send a message about sexual harassment. Mary Curtis, an award-winning journalist and columnist with Roll Call, discusses with CGTN’s Wang Guan.

Opinion: When Holiday Values Meet Policy, It May Be Awkward

Just as the generosity of Angel Tree donations and turkey giveaways clash with the kill-or-be-killed stampede of folks looking for a Black Friday bargain, the warm holiday greetings lawmakers disseminate this time of year might strike a dissonant cord when compared to the current policies and politics coming out of Washington.

Sexual Misconduct in Politics

CHARLOTTE, NC — President Trump has not exactly endorsed embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore but he has come out saying Washington doesn’t need a Democrat like Moore’s opponent Doug Jones. And long-serving House member John Conyers has been revealed to have paid a settlement with a former staffer though he has denied her allegation. (Mary C. Curtis)

Will sexual harassment devolve into just another partisan issue – or will Democrats and Republicans see it as a problem that needs new policies in place? Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis weighs in.

The financial cost of sexual harassment and assault in the U.S.

CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Mary C. Curtis, award-winning columnist at Roll Call and NBCBL, on the financial impact of sexual harassment and assault at workplace.

Roy Moore Dilemma – And a Changing Culture

CHARLOTTE, NC — As more women continue to charge Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore with inappropriate behavior, Moore continues to remain defiant and in the race – and he could win. Alabama is a solid red state. But a growing number of his fellow Republicans in the Senate have called for him to leave the race. If he does win, that might trigger an ethics investigation. (Mary C. Curtis)

In the arts, media, politics and pretty much everywhere – no profession is immune – sexual harassment is getting called out. Is it the sign of a cultural shift?

Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein moment, a cultural turning point?

CHARLOTTE, NC– Hollywood is reeling at revelations that have been swirling for years, that Harvey Weinstein has a history of sexual harassment and rape. Actresses are speaking about their experiences, his high-profile wife has left him, and politicians who accepted his donations are giving the money to women’s organizations. (Mary C. Curtis)

Rising talks with WCCB Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis about what could be a tipping point in all offices, nationally and locally