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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2:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Neighbor vs Neighbor Political Battle Possible in WNC

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.

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8:12 am
Fri December 13, 2013

State Representative Tim Moffitt vs ....

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.

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2:44 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Apodaca touts NC legislature’s busy year

Apodaca, a key player in advancing much of the recent major legislation passed by the General Assembly’s Republican majority, told the local business group that 2013 was a year of big achievements.
Credit Jon Elliston / Carolina Public Press

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.

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4:42 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

NC Congressional Delegation May Lose Clout

NC Congressman Howard Coble

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.

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12:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WNC Counties Sit Out Crime Index

Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston

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.

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