In Western North Carolina, homegrown activists of all stripes are working to effect change among an increasingly divided populace, drawing on historical ideals and using new technologies to spread their messages. Xpress reached out to local activists from across the political spectrum to share their motivations, challenges and techniques.
Amid an emerging dispute over allowing gun shows on city property, the Asheville Tea Party will draw the winning raffle tickets for its controversial “Great Gun Giveaway” fundraiser Jan. 5 in the parking lot of the WNC Agricultural Center during the Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show.
Amid a raging national debate over gun control spurred by the recent mass shooting of children at a Connecticut elementary school, the Asheville Tea Party has organized a “Great Gun Giveaway” fundraiser.
A roundup of some of this week’s local political news: Congressional candidates get swept in to national debate over entitlements; Asheville City Council puts water system referendum on ballot; local tea party group garners national attention and more.
Several candidates for the 11th Congressional District participated in a Jan. 28 forum sponsored by the Asheville Tea Party, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Skyland Fire Department. A meet-and-greet preceded the event, starting at noon. This post features a compilation of dispatches from the gathering via Twitter.
(Photos by Bill Rhodes)