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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Look ahead: Women and children first?
Longtime News & Observer reporter Tammy Grubb joins Under the Dome to talk about her new series Women & Children First?
20 min
2
Special episode: Politics at the Pub
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.
24 min
3
Look ahead: Mo Money Mo Problems? The latest ca...
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!
17 min
4
Look ahead: North Carolina named No. 1 in Business
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.
21 min
5
Look Ahead: Ballot drama and control of the leg...
N&O politics reporters Dawn Vaughan and Kyle Ingram discuss the Green Party ballot drama, Democrats' midterm strategy and more North Carolina political news.
14 min
6
Look Ahead for July 5, 2022
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.
17 min
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Look Ahead: What does SCOTUS overturning Roe vs...
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.
18 min
8
Look ahead: LGBTQ caucus and the fast-track budget
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.
12 min
9
Look ahead: From Capitol Hill, gun control and ...
After the shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, the biggest topics on Capitol Hill is gun control. Danielle Battaglia from McClatchy DC talks to North Carolina Congresswoman Deborah Ross about gun law, "Dreamers," and her favorite spots on Capitol Hill and her district.
21 min
10
Look Ahead: What's next for these 3 bills passe...
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.
20 min
11
Look Ahead: NC Republicans torn over Medicaid e...
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.
11 min
12
Look Ahead: The General Assembly is back!
Preview of the 2022 "short" legislative session with Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran.
16 min
13
Bonus Episode: Breaking down the 2022 primary r...
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.
18 min
14
Look Ahead: It's primary week! Who's on the bal...
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.
14 min
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Closer look: How the SCOTUS leak could impact l...
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.
24 min
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Look Ahead: Drip, drip, drip — impact of early ...
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.
15 min
17
Look ahead: The Democratic primary for U.S. Hou...
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.
39 min
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Look Ahead: How much will endorsements matter i...
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.
21 min
19
Closer look: Trump and friends in Selma, North ...
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.
30 min
20
Look ahead: Economic incentives, big companies ...
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.
21 min
21
Look ahead: A new system to combat the opioid c...
News & Observer reporter Avi Bajpai talks with Nabarun Dasgupta, an epidemiologist at UNC-Chapel Hill, about the current state of the opioid crisis in North Carolina.
27 min
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Look ahead: Are Lt. Gov Mark Robinson and U.S. ...
Danielle Battaglia from McClatchy DC and Will Wright from the Charlotte Observer discuss recent reporting about the degree to which Lt. Gov Mark Robinson and U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn might represent the future of the Republican Party. 
18 min
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Look ahead: Madison Cawthorn, the GOP primary i...
NC Insider editor Brian Murphy and Western Carolina University political science and public affairs professor Chris Cooper discuss how Rep. Madison Cawthorn's latest controversies could impact the chances of other candidates in the crowded 11th Congressional District
30 min
24
Look Ahead: Masks off, primary candidates and s...
In this Week Ahead episode of Under the Dome for March 7, Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran talk about masks coming off in schools, the final primary showdowns of candidates and if the legislature might actually adjourn. Plus we shared a Dome favorite: Headliner of the Week.
19 min
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The week ahead: February 28, 2022
NC Insider editor Brian Murphy and News & Observer reporter Will Doran discuss the most competitive legislative districts for 2022 in North Carolina's new maps.
26 min
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The week ahead: February 21, 2022
News & Observer reporters Will Doran and Dawn Vaughan take a look at what's on deck in North Carolina politics for the week of February 21, 2022.
19 min
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The week ahead: February 14, 2022
The News & Observer's D.C. reporter Danielle Battaglia discusses the top three things in North Carolina politics this week.
15 min
28
Under the Dome: Sports Wagering
NC insider editor Brian Murphy discusses the latest on North Carolina legislation to legalize online sports gambling with the N&O's Avi Bajpai.
25 min
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The week ahead: January 31, 2022
News & Observer reporter Will Doran takes a look at what's on deck in North Carolina politics for the week of January 31, 2022.
14 min
30
The week ahead: January 24, 2022
News & Observer reporter Danielle Battaglia looks ahead at the week in politics.
7 min
31
The week ahead: January 17, 2022
NC Insider editor Brian Murphy and News & Observer reporter Will Doran explore what next in the North Carolina redistricting saga, including the Supreme Court's hearing.
25 min
32
The week ahead: January 10, 2022
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
10 min
33
The week ahead: January 3, 2022
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
22 min
34
The week ahead: December 13, 2021
News & Observer reporter Will Doran and Insider editor Brian Murphy evaluate the state of affairs in North Carolina redistricting litigation.
24 min
35
The week ahead: December 6, 2021
News & Observer reporter Will Doran looks aheads to the week in North Carolina politics.
18 min
36
The week ahead: November 29, 2021
Dawn Vaughan talks with D.C. correspondent Danielle Battaglia about Build Back Better and other upcoming Congressional news, as well as more campaign moves at the state level.
12 min
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The week ahead: November 22, 2021
Insider editor Brian Murphy and McClatchy DC reporter Danielle Battaglia discuss how the races for North Carolina's congressional seats are shaping up.
26 min
38
The week ahead: November 15, 2021
Reporters Lucille Sherman and Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan discuss the potential close of budget negotiations and an early shakeup in the 2022 congressional matchups.
14 min
39
The week ahead: November 8, 2021
Insider editor Brian Murphy and News & Observer reporter Will Doran take a look at the issues likely to make political news in the coming week.
22 min
40
The week ahead: November 1, 2021
News & Observer politics reporter Dawn Vaughan tells you what to Look Ahead for -- more money and maps! -- in North Carolina politics for the week of Nov. 1, 2021.
9 min
41
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Davi...
U.S. Rep. David Price discusses his decision not to run for another term in 2022.
25 min
42
The week ahead: October 25, 2021
The week ahead: October 25, 2021
19 min
43
Closer look: Big changes in NC’s energy future
State politics reporter Lucille Sherman talks with climate change and environmental reporter Adam Wagner about a new North Carolina energy law and how it came to be.
17 min
44
The week ahead: October 18, 2021
News & Observer reporter Will Doran discussed what to expect from the North Carolina General Assembly the week of Oct. 18, 2021.
18 min
45
Monster, Part 4: All eyes on Raleigh
Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes outlines the things you must know about mapmaking under way in North Carolina.
29 min
46
The week ahead: Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
Dawn Vaughan and Will Doran tell you the biggest things to watch: Redistricting and budget negotiations, both of which are well underway.
15 min
47
Monster, Part 3: Math on the front lines
With a little help from the pros, reporter Tyler Dukes explains how math could help fight gerrymandering.
23 min
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The week ahead: October 4, 2021
Danielle Battaglia and NCInsider editor Brian Murphy touch briefly on topics under consideration at the North Carolina General Assembly and also look back at a momentous night in North Carolina politics one year ago.
20 min
49
Monster, Part 2: What gerrymandering isn't
Identifying a gerrymander isn't always straightforward. Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes explains.
24 min
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The week ahead: September 27
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
11 min
51
Monster, Part 1: So you want to make a map...
Investigative reporter Tyler Dukes explores the often conflicting rules of redistricting in North Carolina.
26 min
52
The week ahead: September 20
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics for the week of Monday, Sept. 20
14 min
53
Closer look: The debate over school mask mandates
A closer look at the debate over mask mandates in North Carolina schools.
23 min
54
The week ahead: September 13, 2021
The week ahead: September 13, 2021
9 min
55
Closer look: Mo money, less problems?
Should North Carolina lawmakers make more money?
14 min
56
The week ahead: September 6, 2021
The week ahead: September 6, 2021
12 min
57
The week ahead: August 30, 2021
The week ahead: August 30, 2021
15 min
58
Closer look: Kids in court
15 min
59
The week ahead: August 23
The week ahead: August 23
17 min
60
Closer look: Ending the longest war, from the p...
NC state Rep. Grier Martin talks about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan,
15 min
61
The week ahead: August 16
What's happening in North Carolina politics this week?
14 min
62
Closer look: History of the Legislative Building
Closer look: History of the Legislative Building
21 min
63
The week ahead: August 9
The week ahead: August 9
8 min
64
Closer look: An interview with state Sen. Natal...
Closer look: An interview with state Sen. Natalie Murdock
28 min
65
The week ahead: August 2
Budget talks, high school sports and critical race theory. Here's what's coming this week in North Carolina politics.
8 min
66
Closer look: Legislative scrutiny of the state'...
Why North Carolina lawmakers want the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to be more transparent
15 min
67
The week ahead: July 26, 2021
The week ahead: July 26, 2021
18 min
68
Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
14 min
69
The week ahead: July 19th
The week ahead: July 19th
22 min
70
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Debo...
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross
28 min
71
The week ahead: July 12
The week ahead: July 12
15 min
72
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jo...
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jones was finally granted tenure at UNC
29 min
73
The week ahead: July 5
The week ahead: July 5
16 min
74
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
17 min
75
Closer look: The governor's powers
How, and why, North Carolina's legislature wants to limit the governor's powers
18 min
76
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
25 min
77
The week ahead: June 14
The week ahead: June 14
14 min
78
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
21 min
79
The week ahead: June 7
The week ahead: June 7
6 min
80
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
23 min
81
The week ahead: May 31
The week ahead: May 31
20 min
82
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing home...
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing homes and other health care facilities
20 min
83
The week ahead: May 24
The week ahead: May 24
14 min
84
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the le...
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the legislature
18 min
85
The week ahead: May 17
The week ahead: May 17
9 min
86
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
20 min
87
The week ahead: May 10
Here's what's happening in North Carolina politics this week.
15 min
88
Closer look: Deregulating the practice of some ...
A dive into a deregulation bill supported by a vast majority of North Carolina lawmakers.
20 min
89
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
25 min
90
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The ...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The Final Chapter
27 min
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The week ahead: April 26
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
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Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Four
24 min
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Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Three
23 min
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The week ahead: April 19
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
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Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Two
23 min
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Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter One
20 min
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The week ahead: April 12
News & Observer political reporters discuss what's coming up this week in North Carolina politics.
15 min
98
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Cliffor...
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Clifford's Law"
13 min
99
The week ahead (sort of): April 5
The bills NC lawmakers want to pass this year
17 min
100
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public polic...
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public policy intersect
31 min