“We need to vote our Republican friends away from the table for a while in order to stop this slid into despotism.”
“Just look at Mark Meadows aiding Trump! Does he bother to campaign here or debate Phillip Price? No.”
“Each of Brown’s proposals will put middle- and lower-class families in significantly better positions than they are now.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Just imagine — some $17 trillion in savings, and health care for everyone!”
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
Today, March, 26, a divided Buncombe County Republican party elected Henry Mitchell to be its new chair.
Photos by Jerry Nelson
So the Republicans are back in control of the North Carolina General Assembly and immediately they began to speak in code. The most egregious local example was an interview in the Jan.19 Mountain Xpress, "Front Row Seats: A New Start for N.C.'s Grand Old Party.” Former Buncombe Republican chair Bill Keller's first advice to the […]
In your Jan. 19 [article] “Front Row Seats,” I read about [former GOP chairman] George Keller. I was astounded by his top two priorities: To require photo identification for voting and to work on redistricting. He stated he was embarrassed about “the division of this state.” I agree he should be embarrassed, but the embarrassment […]
It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party and its chairman, Chad Nesbitt, were harshly criticized for a 9/11 fundraiser and an associated video; the Board of Elections found their highly publicized complaints over an early voting site to be based on faulty information; and Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the party, citing its “antics that demonize people” and “political games.”