Delegates to the Buncombe County Democratic Party’s annual convention elected Emmet Carney their new chair on April 9, marking a quick and peaceful end to a race that had shifted rapidly in recent weeks. Several candidates had thrown their hats into the ring and then removed them, including Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, former […]
A look at what’s been making headlines.
Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell will run for Rep. Heath Shuler‘s congressional seat in 2012 — as an independent.
Accusing House Republicans of “a political stunt,” Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler voted against a bill that would strip National Public Radio of all federal funding. The measure passed the House of Representatives 228-192.
In a statement today, Rep. Heath Shuler declared his support for placing the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site on the national Superfund list. Shuler praised residents of the area and local activists, stating he’d work for a full cleanup “as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”
Environmental laws took a battering in the U.S. House last week as Republicans passed a continuing resolution … packed with provisions to roll back and de-fund a slew of federal rules aimed at controlling climate change and protecting clean air and water. Along with other provisions in the continuing resolution that passed were ones that […]
Congratulations to Rep. Heath Shuler for his courage in voting to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, [an organization that] deals with the torture and murder of pre-born babies under the polite words “abortion” and “choice.” … What about those babies who have died by the saline-solution procedure that burned the babies’ skin off […]
The new wave of conservatism in America is nothing new. The combination of politics and religion has always, for centuries, been geared toward the aggrandizement of men and the subjugation of women, and so it is happening once again with moralistic fervor. The human-rights gains made during the last century by half our population — […]
Rep. Heath Shuler defied national trends last year when, as a Democrat in a Republican-leaning district in a year that saw major GOP gains, he defeated Hendersonville businessman Jeff Miller by a 9 percent margin. While Shuler's caucus, the conservative Blue Dogs, lost more than half its membership, he not only survived but went on […]
Rep. Heath Shuler joined most Republicans and 10 other Democrats today to vote in favor of legislation, which he co-sponsored, stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood and ending a federal family-planning program. The amendment passed the House of Representatives 240-185.
Rep. Heath Shuler bucked national trends when he won re-election last year. In the new Congress, the conservative Democrat voted against the repeal of healthcare reform, voted to extend the Patriot Act, co-sponsored anti-abortion legislation that originally sought to redefine rape, and has had high-profile disagreements with the Democratic leadership. Shuler talks about all these issues — and more — with Xpress.
In a conversation I had with Rep. Susan Fisher at a Blue Ridge Pride event, she agreed that the contraception funding buck can only stop at [the] city hall [level] because it cannot stop in Raleigh or Washington, D.C. The reason for that is because Fisher, Nesbitt and Gantt are answerable to culturally conservative ex-urban […]
It seems that by now we should all grasp Rep. Shuler’s accomplishments and gravitas after his four years on the job and the tremendous amount of national media attention he’s received. I have seen some of the “big win” items that Shuler lists on his website. I’ve learned about his “mountain values,” and I’ve been […]
A look at what’s been making headlines: The North Carolina General Assembly continued to claim the spotlight last week as Republicans took control of both the House and Senate for the first time in more than a century. In other political news, Rep. Heath Shuler made waves by getting appointed to the powerful House Committee on the Budget. He also got made fun of in the famed Doonesbury comic strip. And in national attention of a different sort, news outlets nationwide reported that Fodors listed Asheville as a top travel destination.
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.
This week’s run of the famed political comic strip Doonesbury is taking comical aim at a number of armed legislators, including WNC’s own Rep. Heath Shuler.
A look at what’s been making headlines: Rep. Heath Shuler concluded his bid for speaker of the House last week, and controversial Buncombe GOP Chair Chad Nesbitt bowed out of a second term. Also, snowy weather continued to blanket WNC.
In a statement to Xpress, Rep. Heath Shuler condemned the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona earlier today.
Back in May, Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler bucked his party and voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Yesterday evening, however, Shuler joined the majority of his party (and 15 Republicans) in voting to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. The measure passed 250-175.
I read with some interest the article in the Nov. 10 edition about Buncombe County’s surprising poll results [“Buncombe Bucks the Trend,” Xpress]. As a normally Republican voter, I will say that I don't think Heath Shuler’s re-election has much to do with the Buncombe County Democrats’ organization as much as it had to do […]
Congressman Heath Shuler continued to make local and national headlines last week in the wake of his losing bid against Nancy Pelosi to lead House Democrats. In other lingering election news, incumbent Elise Israel and newcomer Chase Hubbard survived a recount and are set to serve as Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisors.