Asheville politics

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Van Duyn preps for Raleigh, race for DA heats up, McCrory touts tax reform

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Van Duyn preps for Raleigh, race for DA heats up, McCrory touts tax reform

Also, countdown to the end of the Republican Party primary fracas for U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt named Mr. Effective, McCrory at Moogfest, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt named Mr. Effective, McCrory at Moogfest, more

Also, there’s a Buncombe County district attorney debate today, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan visited Asheville recently, and more.

Buncombe DA candidates Moore and Williams set to debate Friday

Buncombe DA candidates Moore and Williams set to debate Friday

The 28th Judicial District Bar is sponsoring the debate.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Countdown to GOP primary, McCrory calls for cuts, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Countdown to GOP primary, McCrory calls for cuts, more

Also, a look back at the 2012 redistricting in North Carolina.

by April 4, 2014 0 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Van Duyn chosen to succeed N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt

Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Van Duyn chosen to succeed N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt

Terry Van Duyn emerged victorious after three rounds of voting by a group of about 150 Buncombe County Democrats who picked her to replace the late N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt.

UPDATED News & Observer: N.C. Rep. Moffitt asks N.C. Board of Elections to dismiss Turner complaint

UPDATED News & Observer: N.C. Rep. Moffitt asks N.C. Board of Elections to dismiss Turner complaint

Moffitt denies his election challenger’s allegations that he offered to help Turner get a job at UNC-TV if he dropped out of the race.

Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Gunter and Van Duyn lead in race for former N.C. Sen. Nesbitt’s seat

Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Gunter and Van Duyn lead in race for former N.C. Sen. Nesbitt’s seat

Democrats will meet tonight to choose who will fill the seat left open by the recent death of N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: McCrory evaluates handling of public records, Hagan good with Obama for now, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: McCrory evaluates handling of public records, Hagan good with Obama for now, more

Also, Republicans running for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat begin to scrap.

by March 28, 2014 9 comments Asheville politics
Owen declares candidacy for N.C. Senate seat left vacant by death of Sen. Martin Nesbitt

Owen declares candidacy for N.C. Senate seat left vacant by death of Sen. Martin Nesbitt

There are now five Democrats seeking the seat.

by March 25, 2014 7 comments Asheville politics
Wood announces candidacy for Buncombe County’s open N.C. Senate seat

Wood announces candidacy for Buncombe County’s open N.C. Senate seat

Michelle Pace Wood is now one of four candidates running for the seat left open by the recent death of Sen. Martin Nesbitt.

Gunter declares candidacy for N.C. Senate seat left open by Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s death

Gunter declares candidacy for N.C. Senate seat left open by Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s death

UPDATE: Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones has thrown her support behind Gunter.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Nesbitt honored as eyes shift to successor

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Nesbitt honored as eyes shift to successor

Also, N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County and his challenger, Brian Turner, make headlines across the state.

by March 14, 2014 0 comments Asheville politics
UPDATED: Ashvegas Politcal Hit List Extra: Turner files formal complaints against Moffitt

UPDATED: Ashvegas Politcal Hit List Extra: Turner files formal complaints against Moffitt

Turner says he’ll file complaints with the state ethics and elections boards in the wake of growing controversy over a conversation he had with Moffitt.

Buncombe Dems will meet April 3 to pick person to fill N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s seat

Buncombe Dems will meet April 3 to pick person to fill N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s seat

The executive committee of the Buncombe County Democratic party will meet April 3 to pick a successor.

UPDATED: Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Moffitt asked Turner to withdraw from N.C. House race

UPDATED: Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: Moffitt asked Turner to withdraw from N.C. House race

Following the lead of Ashvegas, other media outlets take note of controversial meeting between the two candidates.

Former Buncombe state Sen. Charles Carter considered as appointee for Nesbitt seat

Former Buncombe state Sen. Charles Carter considered as appointee for Nesbitt seat

News of Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s death last week set off behind-the-scenes discussions about his replacement.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Mourning Martin Nesbitt

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Mourning Martin Nesbitt

In other news, the Senate horses are at the gate and Thom Tillis has a new political ad.

News obit: Martin Nesbitt, politician for the people of Western North Carolina, dies

News obit: Martin Nesbitt, politician for the people of Western North Carolina, dies

Nesbitt’s funeral is set for Tuesday at Biltmore Baptist Church.

Supporters rally for N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt as his health declines

Supporters rally for N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt as his health declines

N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt has represented Asheville-area residents for three decades in the state House and Senate.

by March 6, 2014 2 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Keeping Haywood Road pedestrian friendly, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Keeping Haywood Road pedestrian friendly, more

Also, U.S. Sen. Kaye Hagan walks out on her own press conference and fallout from coal ash controversy continues.

by February 28, 2014 1 comment Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: The ‘thanks for nothing’ edition

Ashvegas Political Hit List: The ‘thanks for nothing’ edition

Also, Tillis is ready to debate, Buncombe commissioners are not ready to talk Moogfest incentives, and more.

by February 21, 2014 3 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moogfest-loving Asheville City Council, Meadows challenger, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moogfest-loving Asheville City Council, Meadows challenger, more

Also, the river of money flowing into this year’s N.C. Senate race keeps widening.

by February 14, 2014 0 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: 19 minutes of nothing at Asheville City Council, Turner set for run, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: 19 minutes of nothing at Asheville City Council, Turner set for run, more

Also, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper gears up for gubernatorial run and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry champions crowdfunding.

by January 31, 2014 21 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt mulls drones, McHenry hits a Swiss resort, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt mulls drones, McHenry hits a Swiss resort, more

Also, Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s speaker of the House, ready to investigate Obamacare.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Obama visits Tar Heel state and Hagan bails, while McCrory hails

Also, Buncombe County Commissioners approve $40.5 million plan for Asheville Middle School.

by January 17, 2014 16 comments Asheville politics

Ashvegas Political Hit List: A Klingon candidate, banning bare breasts, more

Also, Buncombe County commissioners approved $1.2 million in grants to manufacturer Jacob Holms Industries.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: New year, new N.C. tax system; Tills on TV; more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: New year, new N.C. tax system; Tills on TV; more

Also, the latest on the race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat held by Kay Hagan.

by January 3, 2014 1 comment Asheville politics
Word on the street: Ager will take on Ramsey in N.C. House 115

Word on the street: Ager will take on Ramsey in N.C. House 115

This will be another hot race in 2014 if Ager jumps in. It will pit farmer vs. farmer, Fairview neighbor vs. neighbor.

by December 16, 2013 4 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Jiminy Christmas edition

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Jiminy Christmas edition

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows votes no on a bipartisan budget deal, there’s an increasing national focus on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election bid, more.

by December 13, 2013 2 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
Turner announces Democratic run to challenge Republican N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of south Asheville

Turner announces Democratic run to challenge Republican N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of south Asheville

Turner, a former assistant vice chancellor at UNC Asheville, is running in House District 116.

by December 10, 2013 2 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Asheville Mayor Bellamy ends her tenure; McCrory on the media; more

A quick look at the week in political news in Asheville and around the state.

UNCA mass comm prof: Asheville Citizen-Times should cover its own journalistic failure with ‘Raleigh Digest’

UNCA mass comm prof: Asheville Citizen-Times should cover its own journalistic failure with ‘Raleigh Digest’

A 48-page political insert into the Citizen-Times last week was paid for by a company owned by Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt, but it wasn’t labeled as such.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Bellamy won’t run for Congress; Raleigh Digest controversy; more

Reviewing the political landscape of the past week.

by December 1, 2013 3 comments Asheville politics
Asheville Citizen-Times posts ‘clarification,’ apology for political insert in Wednesday newspaper

Asheville Citizen-Times posts ‘clarification,’ apology for political insert in Wednesday newspaper

The Citizen-Times says its policies for paid and political advertising are under immediate review.

by November 27, 2013 43 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Updates on McCrory, Hagan, Turner, more

A look at the past week in local and North Carolina politics.

by November 22, 2013 1 comment Asheville politics
Asheville mayor-elect Manheimer: It’s time for Asheville to lead, despite Raleigh’s rulers

Asheville mayor-elect Manheimer: It’s time for Asheville to lead, despite Raleigh’s rulers

The changing role of cities, and shifting political tides, have Asheville poised for new success, says Esther Manheimer, Asheville’s newly elected mayor.

by November 14, 2013 7 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
UPDATED Word on the street: It will be Turner vs. Moffitt in 2014 election epic clash

UPDATED Word on the street: It will be Turner vs. Moffitt in 2014 election epic clash

Brian Turner, a UNC Asheville vice chancellor, resigned his job this week as he prepares to challenge N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt next year.

Election Day 2013 in Asheville: A low-interest affair, punctuated by bulldinky

Election Day 2013 in Asheville: A low-interest affair, punctuated by bulldinky

With Raleigh lawmakers holding Asheville by the balls and running the city from the statehouse, the real election is next year.

by November 4, 2013 20 comments Asheville politics, Opinion
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: The Don Yelton on ‘The Daily Show’ edition

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: The Don Yelton on ‘The Daily Show’ edition

Is Don Yelton a racist? Watch The Daily Show episode, read the reaction, and you be the judge

CNN Politics: WNC’s U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows is key player in possible government shutdown

CNN Politics: WNC’s U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows is key player in possible government shutdown

Meadows tells CNN his top priority is stopping ObamaCare.

by September 29, 2013 7 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
U.S. Rep. McHenry to host Buncombe County town hall meeting Wednesday

U.S. Rep. McHenry to host Buncombe County town hall meeting Wednesday

McHenry represents the North Carolina 10th congressional district, which includes most of Asheville.

by August 6, 2013 0 comments Asheville politics
Asheville City Watch: Council hires former lieutenant governor as lobbyist

Asheville City Watch: Council hires former lieutenant governor as lobbyist

That’s $60,000 of taxpayers’ money lining the pocket of another politician-turned-lobbyist.

Recount hands Board of Commissioners majority to Democrats

Recount hands Board of Commissioners majority to Democrats

But it’s not over yet.

by November 17, 2012 1 comment Asheville News, Asheville politics
CANCELED Jill Biden to visit Asheville Sunday

CANCELED Jill Biden to visit Asheville Sunday

Campaign officials say Sunday’s Jill Biden event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Video: James Taylor sings ‘Carolina in My Mind’ for Obama volunteers

Video: James Taylor sings ‘Carolina in My Mind’ for Obama volunteers

James Taylor surprised volunteers at the Asheville HQ for the Obama campaign on the day Mitt Romney visited.

Early voting starts Thursday

Early voting starts Thursday

Locations, hours and more info here.

by October 17, 2012 0 comments Asheville politics
Mitt Romney in Asheville: The videos

Mitt Romney in Asheville: The videos

880 the Revolution and BuncombeCountyVideos captured the candidate’s speech at the U.S. Cellular Center.

by October 12, 2012 5 comments Asheville politics
Holly Jones response to GOP ‘evil queen’ billboard

Holly Jones response to GOP ‘evil queen’ billboard

The politician responds to a controversial proposed billboard Jones describes as bullying.

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee: Ticket details for Thurs. Oct. 11 in Asheville

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee: Ticket details for Thurs. Oct. 11 in Asheville

Mike Huckabee and Ronnie Millsap to join Romney for 5:30 p.m. rally. Info here on how and where to get a ticket.

Jeb Bush to visit Asheville today in support of N.C. gubernatorial candidate McCrory

Jeb Bush to visit Asheville today in support of N.C. gubernatorial candidate McCrory

A group plans to protest the event by flying a plane towing a banner over Biltmore Village.