Taking place at the Vance Monument from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, the rally brings together 15 area organizations in a call for change. The speaker lineup includes Anita Simha with the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign, Lucia Ibarra of Dogwood Alliance, the Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri from the Creation Care Alliance, UNC Asheville Assistant Professor Evan Couzo and Sunrise Movement member Shane McCarthy.
“Given that Asheville is a blue wavelet in a red congressional sea (N.C. Districts Nos. 10 and 11), I’m surprised Rep. Patrick McHenry still holds town hall meetings in Asheville.”
The 10th Congressional District representative’s constituents challenged him on issues including climate policy, Israel-U.S. relations and the behavior of President Donald Trump at his annual Buncombe County town hall on July 31 at the Riceville Community Center.
Both WNC congressmen, Reps. Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows, represent districts that are staunchly Republican. But most of the money they used to run their campaigns and boost GOP candidates in more competitive races came from outside of North Carolina.
Five Citizen Times journalists were among dozens laid off across the company by Gannett Co. Radio station BPR announced a new development director, while Xpress added two new editorial staffers.
Watch this space for the latest election results and commentary from the Mountain Xpress news team. The post will be updated regularly throughout the evening.
“His records show consistent support for extreme legislation and nullifying of standards that have been put in place to protect the environment and our public health and safety.”
“He submitted a bill that would have pre-emptively banned future U.S. Postal Service innovations in its products and services, such as affordable, basic banking (low-cost check cashing, small-dollar loans, savings accounts, money transfers).”
The Council of Independent Business Owners hosted a debate at Highland Brewing Company between two candidates for the District 10 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives: Incumbent Patrick McHenry, a Republican, and challenger David Wilson Brown, a Democrat.
David Wilson Brown Democrat Website: dwb4congress.com Occupation: IT Consultant Previous candidacy or offices held: N/A Key endorsements (please list no more than five): NC AFL/CIO (WNC CLC); EqualityNC; Indivisible (AVL/WNC & Black Mountain); NASW; Governor Howard Dean Amount of money raised: $80k Top three donors: Individuals — no PACs Why are you running for Congress? […]
“Americans are tired of paying too much for health care. We are fed up with politicians pursuing partial and incremental solutions, such as health savings accounts.”
“Each of Brown’s proposals will put middle- and lower-class families in significantly better positions than they are now.”
Local farmers and manufacturers express concern about the impact retaliatory tariffs sparked by new Trump administration trade policies could have on their businesses.
“He is sincere and dedicated to decency, fairness, honesty and to representing common people.”
Many accused the representative, in his House leadership position as chief deputy majority whip, of giving a free pass to President Donald Trump for behavior they believe to be unethical. McHenry responded by saying he’s chosen to focus on achieving legislative goals, not sharing his opinions on Trump’s communication style.
“We need politicians in office that are willing to propose radical and even not-so-radical solutions to climate change, which is an existential threat to human civilization.”
“Many mothers in Western North Carolina are telling our families that all we want for Mother’s Day is peace in our community and world.”
The primary election on May 8 produced a combination of expected and surprising victories. We talk to some of the local winners.
“Since his first election in 2004, he has continued to be a critical voice for conservative legislation.”
“The mean old men who represent Western North Carolina in Congress — Congressmen Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows and Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis — are committed to ensuring that our children will continue to be at risk when they go to school.”
“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.”