Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows

Slogan: Life, Liberty & Less Government Profession: Small-business owner Residence: Cashiers Top three donors: House Conservatives Fund, Family Research Council Action PAC, Madison Project Total raised: $223,225 Top three endorsements: Family Research Council Action PAC, House Conservatives Fund, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C. 10) What's the first bill you'll introduce if elected? Why? I will […]

Vance Patterson

Vance Patterson

Slogan: Jobs – Prosperity – Now Profession: Manufacturer, small-business owner Residence: Morganton Top three donors: Self-funding ($271,000), dozens of WNC small donors ($18,000), no special-interest money Total raised: $289,000 Top three endorsements: More than 23,000 WNC voters on May 8 and the majority of the other candidates for this office in the primary What's the […]

Send Bothwell to Congress

We live today with a partisan, obstructionist, quagmire of a Congress that has earned itself a 9 percent approval rating. Cynicism abounds. No single factor accounts for the current state of affairs, but I'm convinced that the corrupting influence of big, special interest money, considered free speech, plays a large role. With big money doing […]

Face off: Democratic candidates Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill talk politics during a recent debate held at Brevard College. photo by Caitlin Byrd

Agree to disagree: Brevard College hosts 11th Congressional District candidate debate

The Brevard College Jazz Ensemble played in the lobby before two of the three Democratic candidates for the 11th Congressional District, Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill, tried to hit all the right notes with voters during a March 22 debate. The third candidate, Hayden Rogers, was unable to attend. Hosted by the Brevard College Debate […]

LIVE: Twitter coverage of Democratic candidate 11th Congressional District debate

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Brevard College will host a congressional debate for the Democratic candidates running for the 11th Congressional District. Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill will face each other tonight. Hayden Rogers says he was unable to attend this debate due to a scheduling conflict. Use #avlelect to appear in our Twitter feed.

Ethan Wingfield: Conservative or fraud?

Twenty-six-year-old Ethan Wingfield is running for the GOP nod for the 11th Congressional District as a conservative businessman. Since he has not held office before, one can only judge the depth of Wingfield’s conservatism on his political activism as a young man in college. Unfortunately for Western North Carolina conservatives, Ethan’s record is one any […]

Bothwell, a Roosevelt Democrat

In the President’s State of the Union speech, he masterfully called America to rally to the vision of inclusiveness and fairness he has sought to implement through his presidency. Despite shrill Republican propaganda to the contrary, Obama has accomplished saving the country from complete financial meltdown, even over the unbridled and, at times, irrational opposition […]

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Video: Take a tour of Asheville’s newly proposed Congressional Districts

Take a tour of the controversial proposed dividing line between North Carolina’s 10th and 11th Congressional Districts with Xpress reporters Jake Frankel and David Forbes. The proposed line would divide Asheville, placing most of the city in the 10th District (currently represented by Republican Patrick McHenry of Hickory), while leaving some portions in Democrat Heath Shuler’s 11th District.

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Local Matters: Freedom of the press, council candidates and redistricting

In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.

Behind the scenes video preview: Shuler, Miller to discuss positions live tonight on WLOS


In a live broadcast expected to reach nearly 100,000 voters tonight, Oct. 14, in the 11th District, incumbent Congressman Heath Shuler and his Republican challenger Jeff Miller will appear together on WLOS in an informal “sit down” with news anchor Russ Bowen. Xpress reporters Michael Muller and Jake Frankel visited the WLOS studios last night for a behind-the-scenes video tour of the studio and to get a preview of the big event.