Brian Turner

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh for their long session, we’re taking the time to speak to the members from out here in the west.  Today, Brian Turner, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Turner represents District 116 in the House of Representatives.

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State lawmakers returning to Raleigh next year now have a big job to do:  redrawing their own districts.  A unanimous court ruling mandated the legislature redraw maps and hold special elections in November of 2017.  This comes after the same court found the Republican-dominated legislature’s maps unconstitutional for racial gerrymandering.  Democratic Representative Brian Turner of Buncombe County says this latest ruling re-emphasizes the need for independent redistricting.

Asheville Citizen-Times

Political observers and the public alike were scratching their heads after a bill that would impose districts on the city of Asheville for city council elections failed.  The bill was being pushed by a powerful state lawmaker and had sailed through two committees and the full Senate with little but Democratic resistance.  And then, on its last stop in the full House, all of that changed.  Debate seemed to persuade lawmakers at the last minute, and that is something rarely seen in politics today.  But in truth, there were probably multiple factors at play, and they had occurred not just over

In a stunning defeat, the North Carolina House voted down a bill that would have made changes to the Asheville city council.  

Senate Bill 897 was introduced by Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Henderson County over the strong objection of the entire city council and all other state lawmakers representing Buncombe County.   It would split Asheville into six districts drawn by the General Assembly for the purpose of electing council members.  But the bill failed by a vote of 48-58. 

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In a stunning defeat, the North Carolina House voted down a bill that would have made changes to the Asheville city council.  Senate Bill 897 was introduced by Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Henderson County, over the strong objection of the entire city council and all other state lawmakers representing Buncombe County.  Apodaca is considered one of the most powerful lawmakers in the General Assembly.  But this bill went down by a vote of 48-58. 

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Residents of western North Carolina had an opportunity to weigh in on Congressional maps this morning in a public hearing at UNC Asheville.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb reports.

Will State Lawmakers Consider More $ for Teachers?

Jan 28, 2016

This week the  N.C. Superintendent  for  Public  Instruction urged state lawmakers to boost teacher pay.  The call for an across the board pay hike will likely be considered when state lawmakers return to Raleigh this spring. That’s the forecast from two area members of the State House.  David Hurand has more….

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Brian Turner

Nov 12, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in a series of "Legislative Wraps."   Our series continues with Rep.

In Their Words: WCQS Speaks With Lawmakers

Apr 17, 2015

As part of an ongoing series, WCQS is reaching out to lawmakers from western North Carolina and beyond for in-depth, wide-ranging discussions on the issues that matter to you.  The goal of the series we're calling "In Their Words" is for you to have a chance to hear from the people running our local, state, and federal government in an open, honest, unfiltered way.  We will update the series over time.

In Their Words: Rep. Joe Sam Queen

Apr 14, 2015
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We’ve been hearing from area lawmakers over the past week.  Many were home last week for their version of spring break and that gave us a chance to speak with many of them.  Today we hear from Joe Sam Queen.  He’s a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in the state House. 

Area Democrats are not backing down on their call for the state to expand Medicaid, something the Republican-led General Assembly has refused to do.   Queen says North Carolinians are already footing the bill.

In Their Words: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Apr 9, 2015
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We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess.  WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted.  Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County.  We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.

In Their Words: Rep. Brian Turner

Apr 8, 2015
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This week, state lawmakers are on their version of spring break, and many local legislators are home.  That gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the current session with many of them.  We reached out to members of both parties, and will air excerpts from the interviews in the order they were conducted.  We start today with Representative Brian Turner.  He’s a Democrat representing Buncombe County.  The first-term legislator scored an upset win over Tim Moffitt in November’s election, one among just a few bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise tough election cycle.