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7:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Election 2014: Henderson County Sheriff and His "Posse"

David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Jon Ostendorff about the race for Henderson County Sheriff, where incumbent Republican Charlie McDonald and his challenger Democrat Marty Ktax have differing opinions about the creation of an emergency "posse."

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6:55 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Election 2014: Moffitt v. Turner in House District 116

The district has been a relatively safe seat for Republicans but some think the outcome could be closer this November.  David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the race between incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt and Democrat Brian Turner.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Election 2014: David v. Hipps in NC Senate District 50

David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Jon Ostendorff about what may turn out to be a much closer race than anticipated in state senate district 50, ehich includes the seven far-west counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Macon, Swain, and Jackson counties.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

WNC Advocates for Marriage Equality Hail Supreme Court

Marriage edquality advocates in Western North Carolina are hailing today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand appeals  court rulings that allow same sex couples to marry in five states.  Many observers were surprised the Court decided not to hear the  challenge  and follow it with a ruling that could have applied to all 50 states.  Lindsey Simerly is with the Campiagn for Southern Equality.   She spoke  with David Hurand.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Our Voice Celebrates with Guest Anita Hill

Our Voice, the Buncombe County rape crisis center is celebrating its’ 40th anniversary  with a special event and its’ keynote speaker is Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s studies at Brandeis University,  Anita Hill.   In 1991 Hill was a little known Washington D.C. attorney who was thrust into the spotlight during U.S  Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Send Sheriffs Guns and Money

Another case involving the mishandling of evidence seized in criminal investigations in Western North Carolina has come to light.  This time

the seized guns and cash are now part of the sheriff’s race in Cherokee County.    Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Ellison has been covering the story.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Politics
10:57 am
Wed August 27, 2014

North Carolina's Most Influential Lobbyist

A former Speaker of the North Carolina House is ranked as the state’s most influential lobbyist.  And a father- son duo from Western North Carolina also made the list compiled by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.  David Hurand our story....

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Politics
6:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Social Media Enters 6th Congressional District Race

Now that Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s more than $21 Billion dollar budget, lawmakers and voters may shift their attention to political races.  David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about the race in the 6th Congressional District where a candidates’ post on Facebook has become the focus of the campaign……

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Politics
5:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

NC Budget Director To Step Down

North Carolina's budget Director Art Pope is leaving his post.  Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.  The governor said Pope's departure was anticipated and was not related to his controversial role in the McCrory Administration. 

McCrory praised Pope for his public service and his knowledge of state government. 

Pope said he will return to running his family's retail business, Variety Wholesalers.  He declined to discuss in detail his future political plans. 

Politics
2:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Mountain Moral Monday Looks Forward to November

Credit Greta Johnsen / WCQS

Thousands of Western North Carolinians congregated yesterday in Asheville at the Mountain Moral Monday rally.

The event was a Western iteration of the Moral Monday gatherings in Raleigh to protest the policies of the North Carolina General Assembly.

It marked the 67th rally since protests began in April 2013.

About 5,000 people showed up, bringing camping chairs and carrying signs. That's about half the number of people who showed up last year.

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