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Current editorial political cartoons | Every week at Theweek.com: More>


Will North Carolina join 16 states in lawsuit against Trump-mandated 'national emergency'? | As of Feb 19, 2019, California leads 15 other states legal action, via Bloomberg.com: More>


'Richard Burr Says There’s No Evidence of Collusion. How Would He Know?' | North Carolina's Republican U.S. Sen. Burr, who heads the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, has not interviewed key Trump-Russia figures, reports Dan Friedman on Feb. 15, 2019, via Motherjones.com: More>


State Democrats stronger after North Carolina 2018 midterm election, but Republicans still in control | Gov. Roy Cooper wields more power to compromise: The Democrats won enough seats in the North Carolina House and Senate to take away the Republicans' previous super-majority ability to override all of Democratic NC Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes. Elections have consequences, and Cooper now has more power to bargain with Republicans, who still remain in the majority but with less power. Details reported by Gary Robertson of the AP and published Jan. 6, 2019, at Winston-Salem News, via Journalnow.com: More> | Related: State Democrats power up after the midterms, as evidenced by newly elected Democrats at the state level who can now overcome Republicans' previous super-majority clout as well as promote their legislative goals, such as outlined by Democrat Van Duyn, who discussed her North Carolina legislative priorities to MountainXpress reporter David Floyd and published Jan. 11, 2019, via Mountainx.com: More> | Related: North Carolina midterm election results updated Jan. 16, 2019, via Politico.com: More> | Related: "2018 midterm election (U.S. congressional) seats that flipped" state-by-state, via Axios.com: More> | Related: "Election fraud is not the same as voter fraud," explains Vox, as it helps to sort out the 2018 mid-term election mess in North Carolina's District 9, the only U.S. Representative race in the nation that remains undetermined, via Vox.com: More>


'Democrat' or 'Democratic'? | Factcheck.com provides its perspective: More>


North Carolina 2018 midterm election results | Updated Nov. 21, via Politico.com: More>


Updated nationwide U.S. congressional election results | "2018 midterm election seats that flipped" state-by-state, via Axios.com: More>


RELATED RECENT NEWS

NC District 9 election mess continues: "Election fraud is not the same as voter fraud," explains Vox, as it helps to sort out the 2018 mid-term election mess in North Carolina's District 9, the only U.S. Representative race in the nation (as of Dec. 17, 2018) that remains undetermined, via Vox.com: More>


Q: If there is a just-in-time-for-Christmas Trump government shutdown... will Social Security payments be made? Will military and defense personnel receive their paychecks? And what about issuance of new passports? A: Yes. Depends. Maybe. At USAtoday.com: More> | Current political cartoons, at Theweek.com: More>


What populists do to democracies | "According to our research, populist governments have deepened corruption, eroded individual rights, and inflicted serious damage on democratic institutions," explained Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard University, and Jordan Kyle, Senior fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, in their article about 46 populist leaders published Dec. 26, 2018, in The Atlantic, via Theatlantic.com: More>


2018 Primary Election Results | Winners and losers of Asheville and Buncombe primary election day, which was held on held Tues., May 8, 2018, as reported by MountainXpress at Mountainx.com: More> | 2018 primary results at Blue Ridge Radio at BPR.org: More> | "Final results are in" for the 2018 local primary election, reports Citizen-times.com: More> | More details, including registering now to vote in the Nov. 2018 general election, at BuncombeCounty.org: More> | News of most important primary races across North Carolina, reports Newsobserver.com: More> | Related political news and views via DowntownAsheville.com, including Needtoimpeach.com Town Hall Meeting for anti-Trump citizens to be held in Charlotte on May 22, 2018, as well as news that North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger "became the first sitting House member to lose in a primary this year" via Washingtonpost.com: More>


Shades of possible outcome in 2018 mid-term elections? | A North Carolina Republican was the first U.S. House incumbent in the nation to lose in 2018 primary. The Washington Post reported "Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) became the first sitting House member to lose in a primary this year" via Washingtonpost.com: More>


Related political news and views via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


U.S. House of Representatives primary results in WNC finalize Nov. 2018 battles | Posted May 8, 2018 by Able Allen of MountainXpress at Mountainx.com: More>


Anti-Trump Meeting | Needtoimpeach.com founder Tom Stayer recently announced he will hold a Town Hall Meeting for Trump critics that will be held in Charlotte on May 22, 2018. Tom will talk about how the Need to Impeach campaign is standing up to Trump and his administration in 2018. The event is free with RSVP required due to limited space at The Fillmore Underground: More> | RELATED: Details about the 6 million member organization that wants to impeach Trump at Needtoimpeach.com: More>


Your guide to primary elections in Buncombe | Get the lowdown on the ins and out of the primary election contests and rules, as reported at Mountainx.com: More> | More details of local candidates and reces, as reported by AVLtoday.6amcity.com: More> | Directory of NC elections now and in the future at USelections.com: More>


April 19–May 5: Early voting in Buncombe County | And primary election on May 8. Voter registration and voting location details at BuncombeCounty.org: More> | League of Women's Voters of Asheville-Buncombe at LWVAB.org: More> | Democratic candidates event calendar at BuncombeDems.org: More> | Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County at ProgressiveDemsBuncombe.com: More> | Buncombe Republicans (BuncombeGOP) at Facebook.com: More> | Western NC Green Party (WNCGP) at Facebook.com: More> | Libertarian Party of Buncombe County at LPbuncombe.com: More>


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Republican Freedom Caucus leader challenged | Steve Woodsmall challenges Mark Meadows, leader of the Republican Party's most radical right-wing Freedom Caucus, for the 11th District of the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections, reports Blueridgenow.com: More>


TrumpTheTerrible.com keeps score | Keeping concerned Americans informed about the chaos at the White House, via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


 Word of the Day: Kakistocracy | A government ruled by the worst and most unscrupulous people: More>


America is under attack and the President doesn't care | "Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it." Written by David Frum; published Feb. 18, 2018, in Theatlantic.com: More>


UPDATE: Federal judge rules North Carolina gerrymandered congressional districts unconstitutional | Report by NYTimes.com: More> | RELATED: North Carolina’s gerrymandered congressional map unconstitutional and must be redrawn, judges rule, but implications are nationwide, writes Clark Mindock in the Independent on Aug. 28, 2018, via Independent.co.uk: More> | RELATED: But Republicans will fight back, reports Citizen-times.com: More>


Bye, bye 2017. Hello 2018 | Action plan at PDamerica.org: More>


Asheville Progressive | Information for the progressive side of Asheville at Ashevilleprogressive.com: More>


Asheville's new city council takes office | Reports Mountainx.com: More>


WANDA GREENE "FIASCO" UPDATE | Former Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene's "Fiasco" discussed at Dec. 2, 2017 meeting | Asheville Daily Planet covered a local business association's meeting centered on the ongoing controversy concerning Wanda Greene, who is accused of financial wrong-doing by local politicians and is allegedly under investigation by the FBI. Visit "Wanda Greene fiasco: Just how did it happen," published Jan. 2, 2018, at Ashevilledailyplanet.com: More>


Have North Carolina businesses benefited from its 2013 tax cut? | Not so much, and certainly not as much as promised by the Republican-dominated state legislature. But NC did not fare as poorly as Kansas. So the jury is still out, reports the Washingtonpost, in its Dec. 3, 2017, article by Todd C. Frankel, entitled "What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country?" | More>


Republicans now coming after your benefits | The trusted media and knowledgeable people who care about saving the American Dream and preserving the financial wellness of the middle class are predicting that after the Trump-Republican tax plan passes and becomes the law of the land, more Americans will face cuts to their Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. | More>


Fight Fascists: Give the Gift that Keeps Giving Back This Holiday Season | Years ago Dr. Lawrence Britt studied the characteristics of fascism and published his findings as a list of 14 signs at Rense.com: More>


"We the People Act" Petition | Sign it (with your friends, too) to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that money is NOT speech and that corporations are NOT human beings. | NCwethepeople.org: More>


Oligarchy, Not Democracy | Rule by the few, not by the many | More>


2018 ARCHIVES

Keith Ellison for U.S. Congress | For info about what Ellison stands from, visit Keithellison.org: More>


America is under attack and the President doesn't care | "Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it." Written by David Frum; published Feb. 18, 2018, in Theatlantic.com: More>


Early local voting begins Oct. 17 | Voting early in the 2018 mid-term elections is available can be done at Buncombe County libraries | Official details at Buncombecounty.org: More>


  

OCTOBER 11TH POLITICAL ALERT: Learn about six proposed constitutional amendments | The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County and the 28th Judicial District Bar invite involved citizens to get schooled with "Six Proposed Constitutional Amendments: What do the Democrats and Republicans have to say?" Free event open to the public, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Oct. 11, 2018, at the Buncombe County Judicial Complex. Location and details about this important non-partisan political event at lwvab.org: More>


 

Here the Republicans go again | From killing Net Neutrality to supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and poor, the Republicans just cannot help themselves turn on the very people who elected them into office. It's a national scandal, at least in the eyes of those critical thinking Americans who are paying attention | More>


ImpeachTrump.com was up for sale | The auction bid for the domain name www.impeachtrump.com stood at $1,200 before bidding was closed at Flippa.com: More> | In related news, billionaire Tom Stayer has made the biggest online splash with his ongoing drive to push President Trump out of office. Stayer's website is now updated frequently, giving over 5 million concerned citizens additional reasons to support Trump's removal at www.needtoimpeach.com: More>


2017 ARCHIVES

The Line Is Drawn: What Side of the Tax Bill Would Jesus Be On? | Senate Republicans passed a new tax bill on Dec. 2, 2017, designed to take taxes paid by the middle class and poor and pay it to the  rich. It's hard to believe, but that's the long and short of it all, despite the lies by Republicans saying the new bill will help the middle class, and doesn't help the rich very much at all. This so-called reform tax bill by the Republicans is not reform at all. It's a Senate Republican flim-flam bill passed by elected Republican con artists who represent the rich and the few. In voting for the rich and against the middle class, the Republicans might have awakened the Democratic and Independent voters in 2018. | More>


Hang Your Head, Congress | Senate Republicans pass new tax bill in the wee hours of Dec. 2, 2017, designed to elevate the rich and corporations and stomp on the human rights and dignity of the middle class and poor. In the coming days and months, there is no doubt Ashevilleans will resist oppression and promote progressive — not regressive — ideas and solutions. Explaining the Senate Republican tax bill, Bernie Sanders said, "The president was lying to you. This is class warfare, and we're going to stand up and fight." | More>


Asheville elections for Mayor and City Council on Nov. 7, 2017 | Early voting schedule and locations are set | More>


Gerrymander 5K changed to Nov. 6, 2017 | At the last minute, the 5K organized by the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters was changed | More>


Asheville's 2017 Primary Election Results | 100 percent of the primary election vote is in, and it's official: City councilmember Cecil Bothwell did not make the primary cut, and will not be on the ballot November 2017, reports MountainXpress | More>


South Asheville voters shows up in large numbers in 2017 primary election given its rapid, and at times, controversial growth, reports Asheville Citizen-Times | More>


When National News Is Local News: 'How is my daughter a pervert?' | Plain-spoken Alabama dad Nathan Mathis asks a heartbreaking question outside Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign rally and hits a national nerve — and no doubt, particularly a harsh one in Asheville as well. Article by Eli Rosenberg published Dec. 11, 2017, at Washingtonpost.com | More>


POLITICAL ARCHIVES

Asheville Mayor and Council 2017 election results | According to initial results, mayor Esther Manheimer soundly defeated challenger Martin Ramsey. Newcomers Vijay Kapoor and Sheneika Smith, along with incumbent vice mayor Gwen Wisler, won the three open city council slots in the Nov. 7, 2017 election. Official certification of the election results will come later. | More>


Asheville's new city council takes office | Reports Mountainx.com: More>


Republican Freedom Caucus leader challenged | Steve Woodsmall (D) challenges Mark Meadows (R), leader of the Republican Party's most radical right-wing Freedom Caucus, for the 11th District of the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections, reports Blueridgenow.com: More> | RELATED: Will a "Blue Wave" take control of statehouses across the country in November? via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


Rep. Keith Ellison is the anti-Trump | Info at PDamerica.org: More>


South Asheville voters shows up in large numbers in 2017 primary election given its rapid, and at times, controversial growth, reports Asheville Citizen-Times | More>


Mayor's State of the City Address 2016 | More>


2012 Primary Election results | North Carolina statewide primary election results. Reported by Clarityelections.com: More>


NC local and state primary results commentary by Gordon Smith | Posted on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>



NC Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton | Photo: Daltonfornc.com

Dalton versus McCrory | Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Charlotte mayor Republican Pat McCrory have won the NC primaries for governor and will face off in the November 2012 general election | Daltonfornc.com website: More> | Walter Dalton's official Democratic nomination acceptance speech: More> | Patmccrory.com website: More> | BlueRidgeNow.com election report: More>



Patsy Keever | Photo: Patsykeever.com

Democratic Keever beats Bellamy in 10th | Democratic Patsy Keever will face incumbent Republican Patrick McHenry in the November general election for the U.S. Congressional District 10, reports Mountainx.com: More> | Patsykeever.com website: More> | Mchenryforcongress.com website: More>


Democratic Rogers over Bothwell in 11th | Heath Shuler's chief of staff Hayden Rogers roundly defeated Asheville city councilmember Cecil Bothwell in the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Congressional District 11, reports Mountainx.com: More> | Haydenrogersforcongress.com website: More> | Bothwell2012.com website: More> | The Republican primary will require a runoff between Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson, since neither took 40 percent of the vote, according to AP reports: More>


Buncombe votes NO to Amendment One, but voters statewide say YES to ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina | Mountainx.com reports: More> | Charlotteobserver.com reports: More>


OLD ARCHIVES CONTINUED

Q: If there is a just-in-time-for-Christmas Trump government shutdown... will Social Security payments be made? Will military and defense personnel receive their paychecks? And what about issuance of new passports? A: Yes. Depends. Maybe. At USAtoday.com: More> | Current political cartoons, at Theweek.com: More>


 

NC local and state primary results commentary by Gordon Smith | Posted on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>


Proud to be a Western North Carolina Republican?
Or why NC Republicans deserve to be removed from office in 2012

Political pundits foresaw changes coming in voting districts when Republicans won the majority in the NC House and Senate in the last election. However, the proposal and subsequent passage by Republicans to remove Asheville from the 11th U.S. voting district that covers Western North Carolina counties, and put it with Gastonia's 10th district is beyond the pale. Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell held a town hall meeting on July 7, 2011, to make the public aware of the outrage. The Asheville Citizen-Times editorial board decried the proposed gerrymandering by NC Republicans as "Crazy. Offensive. Preposterous. Scandalous." | More>


Republicans used to care about community. What happened? | Washingtonpost.com columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., examines how Republicans in Congress have lost their way, in his May 24, 2012, commentary. Perhaps it explains, in part, why North Carolina Republicans have become unbalanced, a roughshod party of dividers and haters. Writes Dionne: "I have long admired the conservative tradition... but the new conservatism, with all its claims of representing the values that inspired our founders, breaks with the country's deepest traditions." He continues: "For much of our history, Americans... have avoided the kind of polarized politics that we have now. We did so because we understood that it is when we balance our individualism with a sense of communal obligation that we are most ourselves as Americans." | More>


Shuler will not run for re-election in Nov. 2012 | While U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler's political career withers, Asheville city councilmember Cecil Bothwell's campaign comes into full bloom as he tries to replace Shuler in the 11th U.S. Congressional District that encompasses most of Western North Carolina. "I'm not surprised that Rep. Shuler dropped out," Cecil Bothwell told DowntownAsheville.com | More>


Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy to run in newly formed U.S. 10th Congressional district | More>


 Buncombe-wide 2011 election results | Holding onto his office by only 35 votes in a recount, conservative incumbent city council member Jan Davis squeaked by progressive candidate Lael Gray; progressives Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly won impressively as they beat out Mark Cates, who was exposed by PARC as the Tea Party's stealth candidate; newcomer Saul Chase pulls up in last place: More>


UPDATE: Buncombe sales tax increase to benefit AB Tech wins by 492 votes | Election results: More> | Info provided by those AGAINST the tax hike at BuncombeForward.com: More> | Info provided by those SUPPORTING the tax hike at VoteForABTech.com: More>


 

'Occupy Wall Street' anti-corporate protests spread across NYC and US, including Asheville | More>


Be first in your neighborhood to stick it to Ricky Perry | FREE Barack Obama 2012 bumper sticker for the asking | More>


 

Photo by Lewis W. Hine at TheHistoryPlace.com * Child labor in Newberry, SC, mill

Perry's Promised Land (or Tea-Tex Rick Perry's 'Hard Work' Employment Plan for America) | DowntownAsheville.com examines Rick Perry the Tea Party Texan, who calls himself Republican, in his Aug. 13, 2011, presidential vision of "hard work" mixed with a strong dose of "faith" so as to put America back to work and back on top of the world again. But first, the unwashed masses must become government program busting believers to enter Perry's Promised Land. | More>



Lael Gray * Photo: Laelgrayforcitycouncil.com

City council candidate Lael Gray endorsed by Sierra Club | Reports Laelgrayforcitycouncil.com: More>


Marc Hunt runs for 2011 Asheville City Council | Official website at Huntforcouncil.com | More>


Chris Pelly runs for 2011 Asheville City Council | Official website at Chrispellyforcitycouncil.com | More>


Line-up of city council candidates for Oct. 2011 primary and Nov. 2011 election | As reported by MountainX.com | More>


Brownie Newman will not run in 2011 Asheville City Council election | Vice Mayor Newman provided statement, published July 15, 2011, on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>


 Really? Really. Shuler votes YES to slash Medicare | Really. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representative along with five Democrats that included Heath Shuler, voted YES to the so-called "Cut, Cap & Balance" proposed bill that would slash Medicare for seniors. Really. U.S. Rep. Health Shuler, along with four other Blue Dog Democrats, were the only Democrats to join Republicans to gut Medicare. Furthermore, this Republican and Blue Dog Democrat scheme, if enacted, would cost roughly 700,000 Americans their jobs in the first year alone. Really. U.S. Rep. Health Shuler of the 11th NC District voted FOR the measure that begs the question: "Who needs a Republican to run in Western North Carolina when Rep. Health Shuler, a so-called Democrat, is already in place?" | For news about the latest political theatre in the debt and default crisis, visit ABCNews.com: More>


Why Obama should have played the 14th Amendment card | Commentary by Joe Nocera about the Tea Party's war on America at NYTimes.com: More>


"Rapists Relief Act" | New NC state law takes effect this fall | More>


Patsy Keever wins NC House 115
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Nationwide 2010 election results | U.S. Senate: More> | U.S. House: More> 


  Rep. Shuler beats challenger Miller, Sen. Burr over Marshall
NC Democrat Heath Shuler wins third term in the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 54% to Republican candidate Jeff Miller's 46%, but Republicans win big elsewhere  | The Hill reports Shuler win: More> | NYTimes posts 2010 election results: More> | Charlotte Observer: More> | Buncombe County election results: More>


 Buncombe County Board of Elections 2010 election resultsMore>


  Thousands attended Democratic rally in Asheville on Oct. 21
Heath Shuler welcomed Bill Clinton in front of City Hall

 Crowd estimates of 6,000 attended the get-out-the vote rally featuring Bill Clinton and Heath Shuler, which was held in City-County Plaza on Thurs., Oct. 21, 2010. Local Dems concede that Rep. Shuler faces a tough challenge this November from Republican candidate Jeff Miller. | Charlotte Observer: More> | MountainXpress: More> | Photos of Clinton/Shuler rally: More>


How to cast your vote early in NC | Find a one-stop location | More>


  
Pres. Obama: "I don't know about you, but I'm fired up." * 
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   Democrats go public at Pack Square Oct. 15, 2010 | "The 'enthusiasm gap' is shrinking fast. "Participate in Asheville's "March to Early Vote!" rally 11 a.m., Fri., Oct. 15, 2010, on Pack Square at Vance Monument BECAUSE "change happens from the bottom up, change happens because of you." | More>


League of Conservation Voters endorses Rep. Heath ShulerMore>


 MORE ARCHIVES

 Manheimer, Smith, Bothwell win
Bellamy re-elected mayor 

*GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE but still unofficial | For the unofficial results of the Tues., Nov. 3, 2009, general election with all 37 precincts reporting, visit Buncombecounty.org or
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CITY COUNCIL WINNERS: Cecil Bothwell (top left), Esther Manheimer (top right) and Gordon Smith (bottom right)

 Unofficial election results: Terry Bellamy takes 79% of mayoral vote; city council newcomers beat incumbents
 * Photo:
PARC

Manheimer, Smith and Bothwell become new city councilmembers; Mumpower and Cape defeated


*TO VIEW THE UNOFFICIAL RESULTS of the general election for mayor and city council,
Click Here> | Mayoral candidate and newcomer Robert Edwards garnered only 2,431 votes (20% of the total) in his unsuccessful bid against incumbent Terry Bellamy who tallied 9,543 votes (79% of the total) in yesterday's general election, as 144 votes (1%) of the total) were write-ins. | City council candidates and newcomers Esther Manheimer (6,567 votes; 19%), Gordon Smith (6,301 votes; 18%), and Cecil Bothwell (5,899 votes; 17%) outclassed councilmember incumbents Carl Mumpower 4.749 votes; 14%) and Robin Cape (who likely won most of the "write-in" total of 4,620 votes; 13.5%). J. Neal Jackson (3,476 votes; 10%) and Ryan Croft (2,525 votes; 7%) finished in the cellar. | To visit Terry Bellamy's websitevisit Gordon Smith's website at Gordonforasheville.com, Click Here> | To visit Cecil Bothwell's website at Cecilbothwell.wordpress.com, Click Here> | To visit Robin Cape's website at Robinforasheville.com or Click Here> | Carl Mumpower does not have a campaign website. | Visit Mayorbellamy.com: Click Here> | To visit Esther Manheimer's website at Esther4asheville.com:
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Bothwell's thoughts on the eve of the City Council primary
As emailed to his campaign supporters |
"This year has been an amazing one for me, mostly because I have had the extraordinary experience of seeing what a political campaign looks like when it's run by the people and for the people. The word 'grassroots' has new meaning for me. I have arrived at this high point on a journey that really began with a great personal loss—the passing of my partner of 25 years—in the fall of 2001 when I was 50 years old." | To read the complete letter from city councilmember candidate Cecil Bothwell,
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