Legislative Wrap

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh, we’re speaking with some of those members from out here in the west.  Today, Susan Fisher, an Asheville Democrat.

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With the legislature back to work in Raleigh, we’re talking to some of those lawmakers out here in the west.  Today, Senator Terry Van Duyn, Democrat of Buncombe County.

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh for their long session, we’re taking the time to speak to the members from out here in the west.  Today, Brian Turner, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Turner represents District 116 in the House of Representatives.

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh, we’re talking to some of the representatives from out west.  Today, Josh Dobson, a Republican of Nebo who serves the 85th district that spans Avery, McDowell and Mitchell Counties.  He’s in his 3rd term.  

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With lawmakers back in Raleigh for the long session, we’re talking to some of those legislators out here in the west.  Representing the farthest district west in the Senate is Republican Jim Davis.  District 50 covers some ground, spanning seven counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.  Davis resides in Franklin.  The 70-year-old Senator has been in dentistry for over four decades.  He’ll still be a practicing orthodontist on Mondays and Fridays in Franklin even during the long session.

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As lawmakers head back to Raleigh for their long session, we’ve been talking to some of those legislators from out here in the west.  One of the most influential lawmakers from our region is expected to be Representative Chuck McGrady, a Republican of Henderson County.  McGrady will hold key positions in the legislature.   Most notably as co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, McGrady will have a key role in shaping the two year budget.  I asked him about the recent special sessions, one in which lawmakers effectively stripped a number of powers from incoming Democratic Governor R

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North Carolina lawmakers will head back to Raleigh with some new members representing parts of western North Carolina.  Earlier, we profiled Cody Henson, a Republican of Brevard.  Today we introduce the new face of the 119th district encompassing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain Counties.  Republican Mike Clampitt has run for this seat several times before.  In November, he finally got over the top, eking out a win over incumbent Democrat Joe Sam Queen by just around 300 votes.

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With the North Carolina legislature set to get to work on the 25th for its long session, we’re profiling a couple of the new faces from out here in the west.

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Political observers and the public alike were scratching their heads after a bill that would impose districts on the city of Asheville for city council elections failed.  The bill was being pushed by a powerful state lawmaker and had sailed through two committees and the full Senate with little but Democratic resistance.  And then, on its last stop in the full House, all of that changed.  Debate seemed to persuade lawmakers at the last minute, and that is something rarely seen in politics today.  But in truth, there were probably multiple factors at play, and they had occurred not just over

Legislative Wrap: Sen. Jim Davis

Dec 9, 2015
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WCQS has been conducting a series of interviews with area lawmakers home from Raleigh after the recently completed legislative session.  Our eighth interview is with republican Senator Jim Davis.  His District 50 spans seven counties in western North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties. You can find the full conversation with Senator Davis above.  Some highlights are below.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Brian Turner

Nov 12, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in a series of "Legislative Wraps."   Our series continues with Rep.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. John Ager

Nov 5, 2015
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WCQS has been speaking with state lawmakers about the recently completed legislative session in Raleigh.  We continue our series with Rep. John Ager, Democrat of Buncombe County.  As a farmer, Ager was able to speak about a range of topics dealing with agriculture and the environment.  Highlights of the interview are below.  The full conversation is above.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Susan Fisher

Oct 22, 2015
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WCQS has been sitting down with area lawmakers in the weeks since the legislature wrapped up its long session.  Today, we talk with Democratic Rep. Susan Fisher of Buncombe County.  Fisher says the Republican-dominated legislature did nothing for the ordinary citizen while it gave tax cuts to the very wealthy.  Our full conversation is above.  You can find some highlights of the conversation below.

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Josh Dobson

Oct 19, 2015
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As part of a series of conversations with mountain area lawmakers about the recently-completed legislative session, we sat down with Josh Dobson, a Republican state House member representing Avery, McDowell, and Mitchell counties.  Dobson is serving his first full term, after being appointed to his seat and then winning re-election.  In our conversation, Dobson highlighted his goals of preserving quality public education and healthcare in western North Carolina.  He also spoke a

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Joe Sam Queen

Oct 16, 2015
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WCQS is conducting a series of interviews with area lawmakers about the recently-completed legislative session.  Our series continues today with Rep. Joe Sam Queen, a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties.  Queen is in his sixth term at the General Assembly.  He said this session lacked leadership and vision.  Our full conversation is above.  And you can hear some of the highlights in the segments below.

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