Asheville politics

Goldstein to run for Asheville City Council; Bothwell announces re-election bid

Also, it looks like the issue of district elections for Asheville City Council will once again come before state lawmakers.

by March 2, 2017 1 comment Asheville politics
Manheimer announces run for second term as Asheville mayor

Manheimer announces run for second term as Asheville mayor

Manheimer, who was elected mayor in 2013, served on Asheville City Council for four years prior to that.

In history-making choice, local Dems pick Whitesides as new Buncombe County commissioner

In history-making choice, local Dems pick Whitesides as new Buncombe County commissioner

Members of the Buncombe County Democratic Party picked retired banker Al Whitesides to serve on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, District 1, on Monday night. It was a history-making choice: Whitesides is the first African-American chosen to serve on the board. He will serve through 2018. “I’d like to thank everybody for the confidence you’ve shown in me and I[Read More…]

by December 5, 2016 0 comments Asheville politics, feature
Four seek Buncombe commissioner seat: Bellamy, Hallum, Young, Whitesides

Four seek Buncombe commissioner seat: Bellamy, Hallum, Young, Whitesides

The new commissioner will be the first African-American to sit on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

by November 16, 2016 2 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Asheville on Wednesday

Chelsea Clinton to campaign in Asheville on Wednesday

Chelsea Clinton, who will speak during a roundtable event at The Collider in downtown Asheville, last visited Asheville eight years ago.

by September 26, 2016 9 comments Asheville politics
Updated: Donald Trump to rally in Asheville on Monday

Updated: Donald Trump to rally in Asheville on Monday

There’s also apparently a protest in the works.

by September 8, 2016 20 comments Asheville politics, feature
Buncombe GOP: Don Yelton still a pain in our ass following voter ID law reversal

Buncombe GOP: Don Yelton still a pain in our ass following voter ID law reversal

Yelton, again.

by August 2, 2016 8 comments Asheville politics
Jonathan Wainscott says he’s running for mayor of Asheville

Jonathan Wainscott says he’s running for mayor of Asheville

Planks on Wainscott’s platform: AirBnB advocacy, revoking Asheville’s hotel room tax and adopting “Stairway to Heaven” as the city’s official song.

Updated: Asheville City Council candidate’s campaign manager facing felony drug charges

Updated: Asheville City Council candidate’s campaign manager facing felony drug charges

Austin Haynes, the campaign manager and son of City Council candidate Brian Haynes, was charged with possessing more than 6 pounds of marijuana back in March.

PHOTOS: Musical stars come out in support of Brian Haynes for Asheville City Council

PHOTOS: Musical stars come out in support of Brian Haynes for Asheville City Council

Southern rocker Warren Haynes and friends lent their support to the candidacy of Haynes’ brother, Brian.

Buncombe Board of Commissioners Election 2016 takes shape as Smith, Coleman prepare runs

Buncombe Board of Commissioners Election 2016 takes shape as Smith, Coleman prepare runs

It’s early, but Democrats are maneuvering to keep a lock on District 1 of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

by August 21, 2015 5 comments Asheville politics
Dance for Democracy fundraising event set for Aug. 14 at the Orange Peel in Asheville

Dance for Democracy fundraising event set for Aug. 14 at the Orange Peel in Asheville

DJ Marley Carroll will spin tunes, all to raise cash for the advocacy organization Democracy NC.

Buncombe County Commissioner Brownie Newman, left, chats with Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt last week following Gantt's press conference to announced he would fill out his term but not seek re-election next year.

Updated: Newman announce run for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners chairmanship

If Newman were to be elected chairman next year, it would set up an interesting scenario to fill his District 1 seat.

by July 27, 2015 19 comments Asheville politics
Asheville City Council candidate gets party started with mock masturbation video

Asheville City Council candidate gets party started with mock masturbation video

In the video, a pants-less Wainscott wastes no time setting the tone for his candidacy.

by May 25, 2015 29 comments Asheville politics
Social justice advocate Lindsey Simerly announces run for Asheville City Council

Social justice advocate Lindsey Simerly announces run for Asheville City Council

Simerly, who ran an unsuccessful bid for City Council in 2007, has developed close ties with a number of Democratic officeholders over the years.

Jonathan Wainscott announces plan to run for Asheville City Council

Jonathan Wainscott announces plan to run for Asheville City Council

This year’s race is opening up, with two of the three City Council incumbents not seeking re-election.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: New Asheville City Council candidate announces bid

Ashvegas Political Hit List: New Asheville City Council candidate announces bid

Also, a $3 billion plan by Gov. Pat McCrory to use bonds to pay for road and infrastructure improvements could be on the ballot for referendum this fall.

by April 27, 2015 8 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Hit List: Asheville City Council establishes ‘no vaping’ zones

Ashvegas Hit List: Asheville City Council establishes ‘no vaping’ zones

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry makes the rounds and the Asheville Citizen-Times goes to Raleigh.

by March 13, 2015 4 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: New Asheville police chief to be hired by June

Ashvegas Political Hit List: New Asheville police chief to be hired by June

A quick look at what’s been happening on the local, state and national political scene.

by March 12, 2015 0 comments Asheville politics
The ‘Rich Lee for Asheville City Council’ website

The ‘Rich Lee for Asheville City Council’ website

On the website, Lee says he’s running for City Council this year to protect economic diversity, create housing for the most vulnerable and make safe neighborhoods.

by February 2, 2015 22 comments Asheville politics
In icy relations between Asheville City Council and N.C. lawmakers, a bit of a thaw

In icy relations between Asheville City Council and N.C. lawmakers, a bit of a thaw

In looking to Raleigh, Asheville’s elected leaders seek increased or restored revenue streams. City leaders also want to maintain their authority over zoning and development.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Mopping up after Moffitt, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Mopping up after Moffitt, more

The N.C. General Assembly gets back to work, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry moves up on an influential committe, Hagan heads to Harvard, more.

by January 16, 2015 8 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: McCrory’s payout pandemonium and more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: McCrory’s payout pandemonium and more

Also, N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn is elected minority whip, and more.

by December 19, 2014 0 comments Asheville politics
Asheville City Council Election 2015: Update on who might be running

Asheville City Council Election 2015: Update on who might be running

Will Jan Davis seek re-election?

by December 16, 2014 6 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: West Asheville apartment vote, Asheville City Council candidates, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: West Asheville apartment vote, Asheville City Council candidates, more

Also, another look at the impact of redistricting in North Carolina, immigration litigation, Gov. McCrory’s re-election bid and more.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Meadows on the move, McCrory criticizes Obama’s immigration overhaul

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Meadows on the move, McCrory criticizes Obama’s immigration overhaul

Also, speculation continues to mount that Republicans could shift course and expand Medicaid for North Carolina.

by November 21, 2014 12 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: McHenry on the rise; will Hagan challenge Burr? more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: McHenry on the rise; will Hagan challenge Burr? more

Also, it’s “triage mode” at the Asheville Police Department.

by November 14, 2014 3 comments Asheville politics
Ramsey/Ager race.

Election 2014 news analysis: Behind the upsets in Buncombe races for N.C. House

One result of the upsets: Asheville’s unlikely to see the wave of legislation targeting local government specifically.

by November 6, 2014 10 comments Asheville politics
Election 2014: Buncombe goes blue as Turner, Ager pull upsets

Election 2014: Buncombe goes blue as Turner, Ager pull upsets

On a night that saw Republicans score big wins in races across the Tar Heel state and around the country, Democrats around Asheville had reason to celebrate.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: SECU Plaza debate, Buncombe DA digest, Tillis and the empty chair, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: SECU Plaza debate, Buncombe DA digest, Tillis and the empty chair, more

Also, Democratic challenger Brian Turner and N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt are going fighting it out with a week to go until Election Day.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Backing of Asheville busking regs, still going after graffiti, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Backing of Asheville busking regs, still going after graffiti, more

Also, more on the Hagan vs. Tillis battle for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat.

by September 26, 2014 7 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Fake frackers, Aloft apartments, highway boondoggle, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Fake frackers, Aloft apartments, highway boondoggle, more

Also, there’s a new set of guidelines for being named North Carolina’s poet laureate.

by September 20, 2014 12 comments Asheville News, Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Reshaping of Lee Walker Heights, RAD Lofts approval, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Reshaping of Lee Walker Heights, RAD Lofts approval, more

Also, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows expresses second thoughts about his government shutdown strategy, and more.

by September 1, 2014 3 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Reining in RAD rents, toppling toplessness, coal ash completed, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Reining in RAD rents, toppling toplessness, coal ash completed, more

Also, a new analysis by N.C. Insider says Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County was one of the most effective lawmakers in the GA this year.

by August 22, 2014 8 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Coal ash conundrum for McCrory, fracking tests, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Coal ash conundrum for McCrory, fracking tests, more

Also, Parking-gate update, the Klingon candidate returns, and more.

by August 15, 2014 19 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Bothwell’s parking deck problem, Moral Monday redux, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Bothwell’s parking deck problem, Moral Monday redux, more

Also, the city of Asheville continues to discuss changes to rules for vacation home rentals.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Campaign season for Buncombe commissioners, state budget breakthrough, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Campaign season for Buncombe commissioners, state budget breakthrough, more

Also, today is Moral Monday in downtown Asheville.

by August 4, 2014 5 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: N.C. General Assembly slogs on, Hagan hammers Tillis, the Pack Place shuffle, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: N.C. General Assembly slogs on, Hagan hammers Tillis, the Pack Place shuffle, more

Also, Turner touts his cash and Meadows farms for dollars.

by July 25, 2014 15 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Buncombe budget blessed, Turner/Moffitt tiff tossed, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Buncombe budget blessed, Turner/Moffitt tiff tossed, more

Also, a showdown in the short session of the North Caorlina General Assembly, and more.

by July 10, 2014 8 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Turner practices his pitch, Bothwell busted, city budget blessed and more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Turner practices his pitch, Bothwell busted, city budget blessed and more

Also, the N.C. General Assembly battles over the state budget, McCrory issued his third veto of the week and more.

by June 27, 2014 7 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt and Turner duke it out on campaign trail, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moffitt and Turner duke it out on campaign trail, more

Also, updates on U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry, and more.

by June 20, 2014 25 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Studying a new Coxe Avenue parking deck and other budget issues

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Studying a new Coxe Avenue parking deck and other budget issues

Also, working on a repeal of Common Core standards, a budget shortfall for in the state’s Medicaid plan and more.

by June 6, 2014 6 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Full speed ahead on fracking, Huckabee at Harrah’s, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Full speed ahead on fracking, Huckabee at Harrah’s, more

Also, Burr gets bashed for bashing leaders of veterans groups.

by May 30, 2014 12 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moogfest funding rejected, lawmakers eye liquor tastings, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: Moogfest funding rejected, lawmakers eye liquor tastings, more

Also, McCrory makes the New York Times, film industry incentives get pared back, and more.

by May 23, 2014 10 comments Asheville politics
N.C. Board of Elections dismisses complaint against Buncombe Rep. Moffitt

N.C. Board of Elections dismisses complaint against Buncombe Rep. Moffitt

Moffitt says the complaint, filed in March, shows how desperate his campaign challenger is.

by May 19, 2014 31 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: N.C. lawmakers get back to business in Raleigh, more

Ashvegas Political Hit List: N.C. lawmakers get back to business in Raleigh, more

Also, an ethics complaint filed N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt has been dismissed, and more.

UPDATED Ashvegas Political Hit List: Knight collecting signatures to challenge Williams for Buncombe DA

UPDATED Ashvegas Political Hit List: Knight collecting signatures to challenge Williams for Buncombe DA

Todd Williams, has a target on his back. The latest to take aim: former Buncombe district court judge Rebecca Knight.

by May 13, 2014 9 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List: A look back at the ’14 May primary

Ashvegas Political Hit List: A look back at the ’14 May primary

Buncombe county’s incumbent district attorney, and an incumbent county commissioner, get the boot, while Tillis outlasts foes, and more.

by May 10, 2014 7 comments Asheville politics
Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: 2014 primary election takes down two Buncombe incumbents

Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: 2014 primary election takes down two Buncombe incumbents

Buncombe District Attorney Ron Moore loses to Todd Williams in a Democratic race, and County Commissioner Todd Williams loses to challenger Miranda DeBruhl.

Ashvegas Political Hit List: The countdown to primary election day edition

Ashvegas Political Hit List: The countdown to primary election day edition

Republican candidates seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan are duking it out, while Democrats battle to challenge U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows.

by May 2, 2014 3 comments Asheville politics