Buy the people or for the people?

How much do you think a candidate should have to spend to run a competitive campaign for the Asheville City Council — a job that pays $13,800 per year? Would $10,000 be enough? $20,000? $40,000? Would it surprise you to know that in 2007, Bill Russell spent approximately $63,000 to win a City Council seat? […]

Just say no to megabanks

Outraged by the federal government's multibillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street, Asheville residents are registering their displeasure by withdrawing their assets from arrogant "too-big-to-fail" megabanks in favor of local institutions that serve their own community. Joining forces with fellow citizens nationwide, Ashevilleans across the political spectrum are voting with their bank accounts, sending a strong message […]