Jul 052016
Asphalt, High Country WATCH, and the County Commission

By Diane Tilson, Chair, Watauga County Democratic Party: May 13 marked the one year anniversary of the formation of High Country WATCH. Little did we know, when this group formed to fight the proposed asphalt plant on the Doc and Merle Watson Scenic Byway, that so much time, so much effort, and so much money [more]

May 012016
Reasons To Appeal Watauga BOA Asphalt Ruling

High Country Watch, in the Watauga Democrat: In a Watauga Democrat story published on April 17, “Commissioners give insight into asphalt vote,” Watauga County commissioners David Blust, Jimmy Hodges and Perry Yates gave reasons for their decision not to appeal to Superior Court the Board of Adjustment’s ruling that went against the county. We, members [more]

Mar 272016
Thom Tillis & The Pursuit of Illogic

By Gene Nichol, in the Raleigh News&Observer: I’m not generally inclined to listen to speeches by Thom Tillis. Still, last weekend, the senator was tapped to deliver the GOP’s weekly response to President Obama. Tillis’ assignment was to defend the Republican refusal to consider the appointment of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. [more]

Jan 212016
The Argument for Early Voting on the Campus of AppState

Use this link to see and read the full argument for Early Voting on the campus of Appalachian State University, which has been submitted to the NC State Board of Elections by the “minority” Democratic member and about which the members of the state board must make the final determination. The “majority” Republican plan for [more]

Jan 032016
Our Partisan State Supreme Court

By Gene Nichol, in the Raleigh News & Observer: In a 4-3 staunchly partisan ruling, the Republican majority of the N.C. Supreme Court recently stuck to its guns in the racial gerrymandering case, Dickson v. Rucho. The court effectively re-embraced its earlier judgment, downplaying the intervening directive of the U.S. Supreme Court. Not a person [more]

Dec 222015
Staying With the Fight

By Thomas Mills, Politics North Carolina: RALEIGH, Dec 22, 2015 — Well, yesterday was put up or shut up day. After urging people to run for office to contest every Republican-held seat, I filed to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 8th District. I didn’t plan on running, but I also wasn’t going to watch [more]

Aug 132015
Enough is enough at the General Assembly

By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch: Senator Tom Apodaca was partially right Wednesday afternoon when he lamented the inability of legislative leaders to reach a final agreement on a state budget six weeks after it was due and just days before schools start across North Carolina with funding for teachers and teacher assistants still up [more]

Apr 012015
Watauga Elections Office To Be Taken Over By a Political Hack

1 APRIL 2015, BOONE, N.C. –The two-men Republican majority on the Watauga County Board of Elections voted this evening to appoint political hack Matt Snyder, a former chair (2011-2013) of the Watauga County Republican Party, to replace Jane Ann Hodges as elections director of Watauga County. In response, the following resolution will be voted on at the [more]

Jan 132015
Some Thoughts on the North Carolina Democratic Party

By Sam Spencer, former president of the state’s Young Democrats: North Carolina Democrats are at their low-water mark. Democrats hold only three of North Carolina’s 15 federal seats for the first time in history, and they hold fewer seats in the State Senate than ever before. Most of that was expected, but the loss of Senator [more]

Dec 162014
Seven Year-End Questions for Gov. McCrory

Chris Fitzsimon, for NC Policy Watch: Governor Pat McCrory is busy giving year-end interviews to local television stations, talking about what his administration accomplished in 2014 and what his priorities are for next year. There have been few surprises in the interviews, mostly the usual talking points about the “Carolina Comeback” and how McCrory is [more]

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