“Legislation of this kind will only teach straight kids that it is OK to bully their trans and gay classmates even more.”
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Letter: Asheville City Schools’ plans bode ill for students and city
“Now ACS is proposing a turn away from integration without offering any tangible reason for the change.”
Letter: Tax policy means caring falls to good Samaritans
“I choose to believe that more of us will be moved with compassion like the good Samaritan and will go out of our way to lovingly care for others in need by sustaining or increasing out charitable giving.”
Letter: Hey, GOP
“You won’t see us at MAGA rallies, but we are deeply concerned about making America better.”
Letter: Flip the House by voting against Republican enablers
“We need to vote our Republican friends away from the table for a while in order to stop this slid into despotism.”
Letter: Let us count the ways the GOP fails
“Just look at Mark Meadows aiding Trump! Does he bother to campaign here or debate Phillip Price? No.”
Letter: Brown will help middle- and lower-class families
“Each of Brown’s proposals will put middle- and lower-class families in significantly better positions than they are now.”
Letter: Voter discrimination — let’s not do it again
“In order to give a gloss of public approval to voter discrimination by Republicans, this time they want a state constitutional amendment to require the photo ID.”
Letter: GOP lawmakers feed their power addiction
“The most recent ploy to feed their addiction to power is that of spending state tax dollars to fund so-called pregnancy crisis centers that are in fact run by anti-choice groups that likely have church or religious affiliations, centers that do not offer family planning services, that do not offer other women’s health services.”
Letter: McHenry favors policies that make life harder
“Polls indicate less than 25 percent of voters favor this bill. Once again, McHenry talks ‘tax reform’ but supports unpopular policies that make his constituents’ lives harder.”
Letter: McHenry is wrong about single-payer health care
“Just imagine — some $17 trillion in savings, and health care for everyone!”
UPDATED: Trump speaks to full house, protesters fill streets
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in town Monday, Sept. 12, to hold a rally. Large crowds, along with potential protests, are expected throughout the day. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and Trump’s website shows tickets to the rally are no longer available. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a […]
NYTimes’ look at redistricting in U.S. notes results for GOP in North Carolina
North Carolina politics remains in the national spotlight: New York Times guest columnist Sam Wang analyzes “The Great Gerrymander of 2012” — and includes a look at the power of GOP redistricting in the state.
McHenry selected to lead national GOP recruitment efforts
Rep. Patrick McHenry will play a major role in national Republican efforts to build and maintain the party’s majority in the U.S. House.
Young Republicans hosts Buncombe candidates, game-show style *Updated with VIDEO*
On March 1, the Young Republican’s club of Asheville hosted their monthly social, adding a new event for Buncombe County candidates running for local office this year.
Why Mark Meadows is running for Congress in NC11
As part of our election 2012 coverage, Xpress will feature audio interviews with candidates to explain in their own words why they are running. Jackson County businessman Mark Meadows is running for congress in the 11th District.
Signed, “An Angry Teacher”
It is only decency that prevents me from using colorful metaphors to describe our state legislature’s assault on education and the environment while having the audacity to give themselves some hefty pay raises! Despite the veto of the recent budget proposal by the governor, the Republican-run legislature (along with some foolish Democrats) has succeeded in […]
GOP Budget cuts will hurt North Carolina schools and colleges
House Bill 200, otherwise known as the State Budget Act, passed with a vote of 72 to 47 in the House and will now go to the Senate. If HB 200 stays in its current form, it will hurt North Carolina’s K-12 schools, public community colleges and universities, as well as schoolteachers and professors. Being […]
GOP-led state budget process places environmental regulations at risk
It’s a volatile time in the state budget process, and North Carolina’s main environmental agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, can do little but watch as legislators, led by a recently installed GOP majority, work to close an estimated $2.4-billion shortfall through sharp cuts to its budget, expected to be approved in June. This week’s negotiations included a proposal to cut DENR’s Asheville office by two thirds, and eliminate the Mooresville office (in the Charlotte area) altogether.
Former Rep. Goforth goes to work for GOP speaker
Former state Rep. Bruce Goforth who lost to current Rep. Patsy Keever in last year’s Democratic primary, has changed his registration to Unaffiliated and taken a job with Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, as an adviser on jobs and the economy.