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.
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.....
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,
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...
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.
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
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..
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…..
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.