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2:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote is twenty-five days  before  a scheduled election.  Therefore, the deadline to be eligible  to vote in the May 6th primary is Friday April 11th.   Buncombe County Election Services Director Trina Parker spoke explained the nuts and bolts  of registering to vote to David Hurand.

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9:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Shape of the 49th State Senate District Race

Republicans will choose between  R.L. Clark, Mark Crawford, and Clarence Young to determine who will run against Democrat Terry Van Duyn to represent the 49th State Senate District.  Earlier this month Buncombe County Democrats chose Terry Van Duyn to fill the seat formerly held by the late Martin Nestbitt.  Martin died in early March at the age of 67.

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4:49 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Buncombe County Democrats To Name New Senator

Buncombe County Democrats will meet Thursday evening at the County Court  House to elect a new State Senator to serve out the remainder of the term of Martin Nesbitt.  Nesbitt died in early March at the age of 67.   The Chair of the Party, Kathy Sinclair told David Hurand,  156 members of the party executive committee who live in the 49th Senate District will choose from a field of three men and three women. 

Three Republicans are on the May 6th primary ballot.  The winner will  face whomever the Democrats ultimately choose to run in November.  

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12:09 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Water Lawsuit Update Draws a Crowd

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer says she expects the city's legal challenge of House Bill 488 to be heard next month and a ruling on the bill, which transfers ownership of the city owned water system to a regional authority, to follow within 30 days.   David  Hurand has more.....

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12:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Asheville Abortion Clinic Target of McCrory Adm.

Internal communication records released following a request from the on line investigative reporting service Carolina Public Press reveal the McCrory Administration went to great lengths to orchestrate publicity surrounding the temporary closure of an Asheville abortion clinic last summer.  David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter and frequent WCQS contributor Jon Elliston,

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12:49 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Democrat Files Ethics Violation Charge Against Rep. Moffitt

Representative Tim Moffitt (R) House District 116

It's early in the  campaign season for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly but the race to represent House District 116 is  off to a rather unusual start.  Democratic Party challenger Brian Turner has filed a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections against incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt.  Turner alleges Rep. Moffitt offered to help him find a job if he would drop out of the race.  Moffitt denies the allegation.  David Hurand has more...

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3:34 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Asheville Democrat Won't Fill Senate Vacancy

Representative Susan Fisher District 114

State Representative  Susan Fisher says  she is not a candidate to fill out the Senate term of the late Martin Nesbitt.    Senator Nesbitt died last week at the age of 67.  His unexpected death is an enormous  loss for his party and the region's clout in the North Carolina General Assembly.  David Hurand has more on the search to fill  the 49th District Senate seat.

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6:35 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mourning Martin Nesbitt

Credit North Carolina State Legislature

Friends, family members, and state and local lawmakers gathered yesterday to remember the life and work of Senator Martin Luther Nesbitt, Jr. About 1,000 people attended the public funeral at Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden to remember the man who represented Buncombe County for decades. Senator Dan Blue called Nesbitt a true mountain man who placed people over politics, citing his 20032 clean smokestacks act as a great legislative achievement. Former Lieutenant Governor Dennis Wicker also delivered a eulogy, calling Nesbitt a champion of those without a voice. Pastor Bruce Frank led the g

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5:38 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

State Senator Martin Nesbitt Remembered

Credit www.ncleg.net

Senator Martin Nesbitt's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m at Biltmore Baptist Church.  The longtime Mountain  lawmaker died last week.   According to a party spokesman the Buncombe County Democrat was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer.  David Hurand has more on his career in the North Carolina General Assembly..

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8:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

The Cost of Public Records Requests

A dispute over how much government agencies should charge when asked to provide public records appears to have drawn in the Administration of Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.  Investigations and Open Government Editor at Carolina Public Press  Jon Elliston spoke with David Hurand.   Elliston says the issue is how each side interprets the state’s public records law…..

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