Buncombe County commissioners identified combating opioid abuse and increasing teacher salary supplements as top priorities. But is legal marijuana a viable strategy for achieving those goals, or merely smoke and mirrors?
Democrat Susan Fisher is running unopposed. Read her thoughts on district-based City Council elections, HB2, the economy, body camera footage and more.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting runs through Nov. 5. Below you will find questionnaires from candidates at the federal, state and local levels. You can also find our federal and state election coverage in the current, Oct. 26, issue and our county election coverage in the upcoming Nov. 3 issue. For […]
A rally at Pritchard Park on Tuesday, Sept. 6, was aimed at raising awareness and support for hourly workers to have mandated paid time off. Buncombe County-based legislators Susan Fisher and Terry Van Duyn voiced support and said they will be introducing legislation to address the issue come January.
In an election year that has many people looking for more choices, come November three presidential candidates will be on North Carolina’s ballot. Xpress looks at what it takes to gain ballot access in the Tar Heel State.
Democrat Brian Turner is the presumptive winner of November’s House District 116 election. Aug. 25 marked the final day for Buncombe County Republicans to select a candidate to run against him.
There are two ways to view Xpress’ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidate’s picture to see a text version of their answers or click the grid below. Susan Fisher is running unopposed. Susan Fisher (I), Democrat
Susan Fisher (I), Democrat, running unopposed electsusanfisher.org Place of residence: West Asheville Occupation: Legislator Political experience: Running for seventh term N.C. House District 114 Endorsements: League of Conservation Voters; Sierra Club; NOW; SEIU/Labor Unions; N.C. Association of Educators; Equality NC; State Employees Association of N.C.; N.C. Credit Union PAC; New Belgium PAC; N.C. Realtors […]
Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt has been ranked the second most business friendly legislator in the state by the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina released its annual legislative report card Sept. 5, giving Buncombe County’s delegation vastly different scores.
With state legislators opting not to vote on redistricting reform this year, local bipartisan supporters rallied in downtown Asheville Aug. 1 to start campaigning on behalf of passing the measure in 2014.
A bill that would both rename the Biltmore campus of the Mountain Area Education Center and honor former state representative and lifelong Asheville resident, Mary Nesbitt, was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Pat McCrory. (Photo of the bill signing courtesy of Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s Facebook page)
Elected in January as one of three Democratic whips, Rep. Susan Fisher of Asheville must know each bill’s contents and be able to explain them to her party’s caucus.
A proposed compensation settlement of $57 million by the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County for the proposed Asheville water system merger was officially endorsed on Friday by the MSD board’s planning committee, and moves to the full board on December 12.
This post features responses to the Xpress questionnaire from Susan Fisher, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Statehouse District 114, which includes most of Asheville. Fisher is the incumbent and she faces no challenger on this year’s ballot.
Sometimes the money behind the political marketing says as much about a given race as the ads themselves, offering insights into candidates’ views — not to mention their chances of winning.
Since 1999, North Carolina has funded tobacco-prevention programs with money from the Master Settlement Agreement between 46 states and the tobacco industry. This money was intended to recover tobacco related health care costs and be spent on tobacco-prevention programs. Unfortunately, last year's budget terminated these programs as of June 30. I recently visited the General […]
The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters scored Buncombe County’s legislators on their environmental votes for 2011. Rep. Patsy Keever ranked among the most “green” members of the Statehouse, and Rep. Tim Moffitt among the least.
State legislators and activists came together in a Biltmore Forest home last night, Dec. 8, to build support for redistricting reform in North Carolina.
The first Republican-controlled General Assembly in 140 years ratified controversial voter districts July 28 that split Asheville and Buncombe County in ways that are likely to benefit GOP candidates.
About 20 Western North Carolina residents shared their views on the N.C. General Assembly’s House and Senate redistricting proposals at a July 18 public hearing at A-B Tech. The vast majority of them lambasted the House proposal as GOP gerrymandering designed to give Republicans an electoral edge at the expense of Democratic candidates and voters. Here’s a sampling of the people who came out and their views.
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