December 1, 2022

Each week, join Dawn Vaughan for The News & Observer and NC Insider’s Under the Dome podcast, an in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina.

Each week, join Dawn Vaughan for The News & Observer and NC Insider’s Under the Dome podcast, an in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina.

This week on The News & Observer’s politics podcast, Under the Dome, Dawn Vaughan talks with Western Carolina University politics professor Chris Cooper.

At WCU, Cooper is also director of its Public Policy Institute. He has been frequently interviewed by media about the 2022 election, but in this episode we find out how he got into politics and that time he played basketball with now-UNC men’s basketball coach Hubert Davis.

Looking ahead, Vaughan and Cooper discuss what the dynamics will be in the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2023 long session — between the House and Senate, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, and the political parties.

Plus our picks for Headliner of the Week. Spoilers: one is about Election Day and the other is about holiday parade season.

Listen to our latest episode below and catch up on previous episodes. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible, iHeart, Pandora, Amazon Music and Stitcher.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan covers North Carolina state government and politics at The News & Observer. She previously covered Durham, and has received the McClatchy President’s Award, N.C. Open Government Coalition Sunshine Award and several North Carolina Press Association awards, including for politics and investigative reporting.

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