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NC POLITICS: Five big questions for 2021

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RALEIGH — After getting many political predictions wrong in 2016, including but not limited to the results of the presidential election, I threw my long-cherished crystal ball out and started building a new one.   Read Story »

Tags: Gov. Roy Cooper | 2020 elections | 2022 elections | 2022 US Senate election

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'Election that will not end' went smoothly, director says

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The "election that will not end" went smoothly in Henderson County, the county elections director told the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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NC voters render split decision at local level

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In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to put them fully in charge of North Carolina government.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Elections Board completes canvass

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The Henderson County Board of Elections completed the canvassing of the Nov. 3 election Friday, reporting a voter turnout of 78.4 percent, more than 60 percent of it in early voting.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | voter turnout | 2020 elections lawsuits

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Eight 'peasons' for NC's red wave

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Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 gubernatorial election | John Locke Foundation

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Boots beat bucks as GOP's ground game turns out vote

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RALEIGH — Boots on the ground are worth more than a dollar.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Republicans sweep in Henderson County

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Despite uncertainty in the closely watched presidential race, Republicans in the mountains erected a red wall that turned back any gains Democrats hoped to notch on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 red wave

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Please allow campaigns to pick up roadside signs, commissioner says

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Henderson County Environmental Programs and Parks and Recreation are partnering to provide campaign sign recycling dropoff in the Jackson Park House parking lot through Tuesday, Nov. 24.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | campaign signs

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Lightning donates Voter Guide access for school system's mock election

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Polls are open in Henderson County elementary, middle and high schools as students participate in a districtwide mock election organized and sponsored by Students Voting for Democracy.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | League of Women Voters | 2020 elections | Voter Guide | Kids Voting

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Six charged with stealing Democratic campaign signs

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Hendersonville police officers issued citations to six people on Sunday for the theft of campaign signs for Democratic candidates.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | campaign signs

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Churches set Vigil for Civility ahead of Election Day

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A partnership of churches is inviting the public to join in a new, civil discourse initiative, “With Malice Toward None – Live the Golden Rule,” this weekend ahead of the Nov. 3 election.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 11th Congressional District

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Voter turnout already at 35 percent in county

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Eight days before Election Day and with five days remaining in early voting, voter turnout in Henderson County is approaching 50 percent. As of Saturday, 41,574 voters of the county's total voter roll of 87,089 had cast ballots — or 48 percent.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Board of Elections | 2020 elections | voter turnout | Karen Hebb | 2020 elections lawsuits

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Treasurer debate focuses on investment strategy

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The person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local employees, for starters — is not an appointee of the governor. The voters of North Carolina elect a state treasurer every four years.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | N.C. treasurer | 2020 Council of State races

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The Lightning Voter Guide is on the street

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The Lightning's 2020 general election guide is on the street!   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 NC Senate 48 | 2020 NC House 113 | 2020 NC House 117 | 2020 Board of Commissioners election | 2020 School Board election

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning!   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | 2020 elections | Lightning awards

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Absentee ballots pour in; one-stop voting starts Thursday

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When one-stop voting gets under way Thursday, Henderson County elections workers will enforce social distancing and face mask requirements, clean voting clean machines after every use and police misconduct by elections observers, the county elections director told the Elections Board on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | absentee voting

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Party chairs condemn campaign sign vandalism

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Leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties are condemning theft and defacement of campaign signs, saying that the rash of vandalism is escalating beyond what the community has seen in past elections. Here are statements the Lightning received from the chairs of the Republican and Democratic chairs.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | campaign signs

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Rep. Johnson, other nominees slated to speak at Republican breakfast

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State Rep. Jake Johnson, N.C. Court of Appeals candidate Jeff Carpenter, District Court candidate Gene Johnson and other Republican nominees are scheduled to speak at the Republican breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Vandalism escalates as Election Day nears

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Sign warfare is raging as party activists march into the stretch drive of a high-stakes presidential election that seems to be escalating vandalism on both sides.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 presidential election | campaign signs

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Hendersonville man charged with stealing campaign signs

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 49-year-old Hendersonville man with stealing Cawthorn for Congress signs after reports of the sign theft on Sept. 21 in Mills River.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | campaign signs

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GOP, Trump campaign sue Elections Board over voting rules

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RALEIGH — Illegally moving the goalposts. Intentionally violating North Carolinians’ civil rights.   Read Story »

Tags: elections | 2020 elections | mail-in voting | 2020 elections lawsuits

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Republican Elections Board members resign over absentee ballot rules

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RALEIGH — The day after the state announced a settlement with Democratic attorney Marc Elias regarding absentee ballot protections, the two Republican members of the State Board of Elections resigned, suggesting that they were tricked into supporting a plan to let the state elections director negotiate settlements out of court.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | voting rights | mail-in voting | absentee voting

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Race for lieutenant governor will make history either way

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RALEIGH — “I don’t consider myself to be a black leader. I consider myself to be a leader in N.C. who just happens to be black.”   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | Mark Robinson

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Here's how to request an absentee ballot on line

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North Carolina voters may now request an absentee ballot completely online — another way state election officials are improving the voting process in 2020, the state Board of Elections announced.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | voting rights | voter turnout

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Here are sample ballots for Nov. 3 election

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 Sample ballots for the Nov. 3 election have been posted on the Henderson County Board of Elections website.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Summer polls are poor predictors of November outcomes

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In this year that sometimes feels like a decade, North Carolinians have yet to cast a single general-election ballot for president or other offices. But I’m seeing lots of politicos and pundits making confident predictions about the state’s key electoral contests based on data from recent voter surveys.   Read Story »

Tags: Thom Tillis | 2020 elections | 2020 presidential election | 2020 gubernatorial election | 2020 U.S. Senate election | Cal Cunningham

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Here's one-stop voting information for November election

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The state Board of Elections has approved one-stop voting plans submitted by the Henderson County Board of Elections for early voting for general election.   Read Story »

Tags: early voting | 2020 elections | mail-in voting

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State elections chief urges caution on absentee voting pitches

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North Carolina's top elections official says that while third party outreach efforts urging residents to request absentee ballots "typically are legal," she warns that the efforts can be confusing and could undermine voters' confidence in the election process.   Read Story »

Tags: elections | 2020 elections | voter turnout | mail-in voting

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League of Women voters schedules registration times

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The League of Women Voters Henderson County will be holding voter registrations and providing information on voting on the following dates and locations:   Read Story »

Tags: League of Women Voters | 2020 elections | voter turnout

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Wanted: Runoff election workers (pays $170)

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Wanted: poll workers for the June 23 runoff election for the Republican nomination for the vacant 11th Congressional District seat.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Board of Elections | 2020 elections

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Recycle campaign signs at Jackson Park

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Henderson County's environmental and parks and rec departments are collaborating to provide campaign sign recycling at the Jackson Park house parking lot (801 4th Avenue East) beginning at noon today.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Snow postpones League's 'All Things Voting' forum

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Tags: League of Women Voters | 2020 elections

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Early voting starts Thursday. Here's sample ballots

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Early voting starts Thursday, Feb. 13, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 29.   Read Story »

Tags: early voting | 2020 elections

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | downtown parking | downtown hotel | 2020 elections | parking deck

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Democrats announce meet-and-greet at Sanctuary Brewing Co.

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A candidate for the state House is hosting a candidate meet-and-greet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Sanctuary Brewing Co., First Avenue East.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Here's the scoop on candidate forums, early voting

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With early voting just less than five weeks out, voters have limited time to sort out their choices in primary elections, especially in the 11th Congressional District, which has 12 Republican and five Democratic candidates.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Judge's order likely fatal for voter ID law this year

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Barring a successful and rapid appeal, North Carolina’s voter ID requirement for the March 2020 primary looks dead.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | civil rights | voter turnout | voter ID

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GOP announces meet the candidates opportunities

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Republican candidates on the March 3 Republican primary ballot will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to Republican voters during four meet-the-candidates breakfasts in January and February.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Who filed for what

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Here are candidates who have filed for office in the 2020 elections:   Read Story »

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19 candidates file for 11th Congressional District

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Nothing like an open congressional seat to bring out the candidates.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 congressional races

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Here are candidate filings with three days to go

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With three days to go before filing ends, competitive races are taking shape for the Henderson County School Board, state House and Senate seats and the 11th Congressional District but not for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, where incumbent Charlie Messer is seeking a sixth term and newcomer David Hill has filed for an open seat.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections

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Democratic primary for state Senate draws third candidate

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Henderson County native Cristal Figueroa filed to run for the state Senate District 48 on Monday, assuring a three-way Democratic primary with four days remaining until qualifying closes.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 NC Senate 48 | Cristal Figueroa

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Dennis Justice seeks House Dct. 117 seat

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Dennis Justice has run for the Henderson County School Board, Board of Commissioners and state Senate. Now he’s running for an open state House.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 NC House 117

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Filing opens for county, state offices

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Michael Absher filled out forms to run for the Henderson County School Board on Monday and declared that if he wins a second term it will be his last.   Read Story »

Tags: Michael Absher | 2020 elections | 2020 NC House 113 | 2020 NC House 117 | 2020 Board of Commissioners election

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Zirconia resident becomes first announced candidate for Board of Commissioners

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Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 Board of Commissioners election

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Rick Wood announces retirement from School Board

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Since the law does not require them, Rick Wood is imposing term limits on himself.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County School Board | Rick Wood | 2020 elections | 2020 School Board election

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Edwards appointed to congressional redistricting committee

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If the Legislature figures out how to proceed with a new map for the 2020 congressional elections, state Sen. Chuck Edwards will be on board the committee drawing new lines.   Read Story »

Tags: redistricting | 2020 elections

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Here's Rep. McGrady's 2,113-word explanation of the veto override episode

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While admitting to feeling "very conflicted" about the House's successful override of Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto on Wednesday, state Rep. Chuck McGrady lays out a 2,000-word account of what happened and concludes that no House rules were broken.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | Gov. Roy Cooper | 2020 elections | 2020 gubernatorial election | partisanship

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Redistricting ruling may change lines in Henderson, Transylvania counties

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RALEIGH — A three-judge N.C. Superior Court panel has tossed out North Carolina’s election maps for state House and Senate districts. The court has ordered state lawmakers to draw new maps in two weeks.   Read Story »

Tags: redistricting | 2020 elections | 2020 legislative elections | gerrymandering

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Candidates file campaign finance reports

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Jake Johnson, the recently appointed state representative, filed a campaign finance report showing he has a head start on his 2020 election campaign.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | 2020 elections | 2020 NC Senate 48 | 2020 NC House 113

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Candidate for House District 113 to speak

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Jake Johnson, the only announced Republican candidate for State House District 113 seat, will be the guest speaker at the Henderson County Republican Men’s Club breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Polk County | 2020 elections | 2020 NC House 113 | Jake Johnson

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FOUR SEASONS POLITICS: Johnson fundraiser, Elections Board chair, guns for teachers

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Tags: teachers | 2020 elections | 2020 NC House 113 | Jake Johnson

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Polk County commissioner announces run for state House

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Jake Johnson, the 24- year-old chairman of the Polk County Board of Commissioners, on Wednesday became the first Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the state House District 113 seat next year.    Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | Cody Henson | 2020 NC House 113 | Jake Johnson

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In what could be his last battle, McGrady tackles redistricting, liquor laws

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RALEIGH — Glancing over a House calendar, Chuck McGrady pronounced the taking of the annual members’ photo — “it’s always like herding cats” —the most challenging part of the afternoon floor session.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | redistricting | 2020 elections | liquor laws | Tim Moffitt

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A second Democrat announces candidacy for state Senate

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Patsy Keever, a retired schoolteacher, former Buncombe County Commissioner and one-term state House member, announced on Thursday that she is running for the 48th N.C. Senate District, setting up a primary next March for the Democratic nomination.   Read Story »

Tags: 2020 elections | 2020 NC Senate 48

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Mills River councilman announces state Senate campaign

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Mills River Councilman Brian Caskey announced on Monday that he is running for North Carolina’s 48th Senate District, challenging Republican Chuck Edwards.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck Edwards | 2020 elections | Brian Caskey | 2018 NC Senate 48 | 2020 NC Senate 48

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Blue wave more like a ripple, GOP is told

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Republican leaders in Washington sweat about a blue tide in November. Talking heads on (non-Fox) cable TV news predict Democrats will take control of Congress. Court rulings threaten legislative maps gerrymandered to ensure a supermajority of safe seats for the Republican Party. The leader of the party is a polarizing figure who infuriates opponents and bewilders allies with a steady stream of White House tweets.   Read Story »

Tags: Donald Trump | 2018 election | 2020 elections | 2020 presidential election

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County GOP to celebrate new headquarters

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Tags: Henderson County Republican Party | 2020 elections | Merry Guy