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Updated: Apodaca files bill to establish district elections for Asheville City Council

Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) has filed legislation in the North Carolina Senate to establish district elections for Asheville City Council. The bill creates six electoral districts and specifies that each district will elect one representative who lives in that area. The city’s mayor would continue to be elected by a city-wide vote.

COUNTY BUDGET APPROVED: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a $413,574,951 budget along party lines during its Tuesday, June 21, meeting. Pictured are Democratic Commissioners Holly Jones, David Gantt, Brownie Newman and Ellen Frost.

Commission­ers approve budget; ax proposed tax cut, gun range

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners wrapped up the budget season during its Tuesday, June 21, meeting by approving a $413,574,951 spending plan for fiscal year 2017. During a more than five hour meeting Commissioner Tim Moffitt proposed an alternate budget, that would lower the property tax rate, but it was shoot down, via party lines, in favor of the approved budget.

Xpress conducted an informal survey to see if its readers are aware of, and planning to participate in, the congressional primary on Tuesday, June 7.

Low turnout predicted for June 7 congressio­nal primary

The June 7 primary will decide which congressional candidates advance to November’s general election. Buncombe County, part of the 10th and 11th congressional districts, historically has a significant drop off in voter participation in primaries that take place after the general primary and a small group of voters could shape November’s ballot.

OFFERING INSIGHT: A group of volunteers from last March's primary pose for a photo, in between helping voters at the polls.

Democracy North Carolina releases findings on North Carolina’s voter ID law

This past March, 700 Democracy North Carolina volunteers spread out across the state to assure that no voter was illegally turned away from the polls on account of the state’s 2013 voter ID law. In addition to providing voters with information on their rights, volunteers also handed out short surveys asking voters about their experience. […]

MEET AND GREET: Governor Pat McCrory at the Western Residence hosting constituents during the Spring Open House. Photo by Able Allen

INTERVIEW: Gov. McCrory offers his views, amid protests at the Western Residence

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Governor’s Western Residence on Town Mountain. Governors and their spouses have traditionally opened the residence to the public twice a year — once in the spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, and once during the winter holidays. Last December’s gathering saw record attendance, according to a tour guide […]

Love is Unstoppable protesters prepare visuals for tomorrow's demonstrations at the Beloved Community House in downtown Asheville. Photo courtesy of Showing Up for Racial Justice

Protest planned for Gov. McCrory’s western residence open house

Despite some economic gains the state has made since he took office as North Carolina’s governor in 2013, Pat McCrory isn’t a popular guy with those on the left. In conjunction with McCrory’s planned Governor’s Western Residence open house on Saturday, May 14, a broad spectrum of social and environmental advocacy groups plan to protest legislation McCrory has signed. […]