Public hearing on congressio­nal redistrict­ing today, July 7, at A-B Tech

From 3 to 9 p.m. today, July 7, North Carolina’s Joint House/Senate Committee on Redistricting will be held at multiple sites in the state, including A-B Tech’s Asheville campus, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and Appalachian State in Boone. Registration to speak will begin at each site at 2 p.m. The proposed districts pull the central and southeastern part of Buncombe — including most of Asheville — into the 10th District, currently represented by Congressman Patrick McHenry, Republican.

Shuler lands major financial post, introduces redistrict­ing reform legislatio­n

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D) of Western North Carolina’s District 11 has been appointed to the powerful House Budget Committee, which is responsible for setting federal spending priorities and proposing an annual federal budget for the country. And in legislative action, the WNC congressman has introduced a reform bill to require independent, bipartisan congressional redistricting.