Introducing: NC Matters — the State Beat

As the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in Raleigh on Jan. 26,  Xpress is unveiling a new online feature designed to help Western North Carolina residents stay in touch with their representatives. This feature — NC Matters: The State Beat — offers a convenient way to contact members of the WNC delegation and to track legislative action. Additionally, it will include a weekly review of bills that are particularly important to WNC residents, along with other pertinent state news. With the state facing a $3.7 billion budget deficit, legislators’ choices could have a direct impact on a number of programs in Asheville, Buncombe County and the surrounding region. So stay tuned at You can also follow statewide news on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #ncgov.

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5 thoughts on “Introducing: NC Matters — the State Beat

  1. JK

    While some people use #NCGOV for general NC government stuff on twitter, it will likely increasingly be used for the NC Governor’s election in 2012. A better hashtag for twitter folks to follow to learn about state government stuff may be #NCGA, which is for the NC General Assembly. #NCPOL also covers non-specific NC politics.

  2. Gordon Smith

    Great! This is going to be very helpful.

    Also – I agree that #ncga is already in wide usage and that #ncgov will be about the governor’s race.

  3. J

    Impeccable timing; I’ll enjoy it nonetheless. It’ll be great to finally know what’s happening down in Raleigh on a consistent basis.

  4. Margaret Williams

    Thanks, everyone. We sweet-talked Ms. Holder out of retirement for this beat (she’s our former associate editor).

    Thanks, too, for the tips about various hashtags. We’ve adjusted the live feed for the page to look for all of those.

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