A neighbor versus neighbor political race is taking shape in North Carolina House District 115. Democrat John Ager has announced he will seek his party's nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Nathan Ramsey. Ager spoke with David Hurand.
Ramsey is expected to officially file for reelection Wednesday. In a statement issued Sunday, Ramsey said he will continue to focus his attention on solutions rather than partisan politics. He added that he will continue to vote against his party when it's in the best interest of the people of Western North Carolina.
The 2014 General Election is nearly eleven months away but one race for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly is already taking shape. David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jon Ostendorf about the campaign to represent House District 116 and what could prove to be a very expensive race.
Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca, chairman of the state Senate’s powerful Rules and Operations Committee, touted the General Assembly’s flood of new legislation in a meeting last week with the Asheville-based Council of Independent Business Owners.
The recent announcement by Representative Howard Coble that he won't seek re-election may have an impact on the clout of the North Carolina delegation to Congress. It may also serve to enhance the influence of 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about Coble's decision.
Crime statistics have been compiled by North Carolina counties since 1973, but not by all counties. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the the numbers and the Crime Index.
Attorney Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville. Manheimer was any easy winner over her challenger, former city employee John Miall. The polls had only been closed a little over an hour when it became clear that the current Vice Mayor would win by a comfortable margin. Unofficial results show she captured over 68% of the vote.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina. Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services. Before her address, Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand
Earlier this month, plaintiffs challenging North Carolina's 2011 Congressional redistricting plan filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby (new-bee) to recuse himself from the case. David Hurand spoke with Sue Sturgis, editorial director for Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies about the latest round in the battle over political boundaries.
Seven members of the North Carolina U.S. House Delegation voted to fund the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, six voted no, including Republican Mark Meadows of the 11th Congressional District. Rep. Meadows was the author of a letter that was signed by 79 of his Republican colleagues that urged House leaders to support the shutdown as part of a strategy to deny funding of the Affordable Care Act. David Hurand has more.....