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Wake County State Senator Josh Stein recently paid a visit to Western North Carolina.   Stein, a Democrat is seeking his party's nomination for Attorney General.   Stein has served in the North Carolina General Assembly since 2009.  Stein earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Harvard. He served as Senior NC Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection between 2001 and 2008.  His boss, Attorney General Roy Cooper, has announced he will challenge Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

Rep. McGrady of Henderson County Will Run Again

Nov 25, 2015
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North Carolina State Rep. Chuck McGrady, Republican of Henderson County, has ended speculation in announcing he will seek another term in the House.  McGrady had hedged on whether to run again in an interview with WCQS shortly after the session ended.  But he said his growing clout in the legislature had given him the opportunity to fight for issues he cares about – the environment being a big one.

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Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer is taking the helm of a coalition of mayors across the state.  Manheimer was elected chairwoman of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.  She was previously vice-chair.  The coalition of dozens of mayors from the state's larger municipalities works to be an advocate for the interest of cities in the legislature.  The coalition will be busy during the legislative session beginning in April of next year.  A number of bills could affect cities and towns.  She noted examples of successes in the

Three new Asheville City Council members, Keith Young, Brian Haynes, and Julie Mayfield will be sworn in next month.  Asheviille  Citizen Times reporter Joel Burgess has been crunching the numbers, analyzing campaign spending and precinct voting.  He spoke with David Hurand about Keith Young's surprising first place finish.

Some will see it as a prudent move, others guilt by association. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced he has asked the federal government to cease resettling Syrian refugees in North Carolina. He was one of at least 23 governors, including Nikki Haley of South Carolina, to do so. But are refugees really a threat?

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.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. John Ager

Nov 5, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with state lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in Raleigh.  We continue our series with Rep. John Ager, Democrat of Buncombe County.  As a farmer, Ager was able to speak about a range of topics dealing with agriculture and the environment.  Highlights of the interview are below.  The full conversation is above.

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The only incumbent in the race for Asheville city council lost as three new faces will join the council.  Unofficial results from Tuesday's election (as of midnight) show Keith Young finishing first with 18.22% of the vote.  Brian Haynes finished a close second with 18.08%.  And in third was Julie Mayfield with 17.65%, despite finishing first in the primary.  The race was for three seats on the city council, so those three are the winners.

The Republican majority in the North Carolina House of Representatives was often divided this year. In July, members met for hours behind closed doors and narrowly approved re-organizing the seats on the Greensboro City Council. In September, the 74 members of the Republican caucus were divided and eventually defeated a plan that would have overturned city and county nondiscrimination ordinances across the state. House Speaker Tim Moore said he negotiated with libertarian members of his caucus to approve a plan to offer incentives to companies willing to move to North Carolina. He said he held regular meetings to negotiate other compromises. Yet, in his opinion, divisions were few.

Six pro-immigrant protesters were arrested outside of the North Carolina Governor's mansion in downtown Raleigh on Thursday after they blocked rush-hour traffic in protest of a controversial new law that encourages local police collaboration with federal immigration authorities. The demonstrators walked into traffic lanes of Blount Street at about 4 p.m. as more than 200 people encouraged them with chants of "We are America!" and "No papers, No fear!" The six demonstrators locked their arms together with long plastic traps as a man quickly shackled their ankles together.