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  • NCGOP 2016 State Convention Recap

    May 12, 2016. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) held its annual state convention in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend. Delegates to the state convention conducted important business affecting this year’s election cycle and our Party going forward. / Read more…



  • Rep. Stam: More Lottery Advertising in NC?

    April 29, 2016. On opening day, Sen. Jerry Tillman filed Senate Bill 728 (“Lottery – JLOC Recommendations”), which would allow the Lottery Commission to double the money it spends on advertising. Proponents claim that this measure will significantly increase money for education. The 1% of lottery revenue that can already be spent on advertising helps bring in (projected) $580 million in net revenue to the state. The proposed legislation would allow 2% of lottery receipts to be spent on advertising. / Read more…



  • Elon Poll: Cooper Pulls Ahead in N.C. Gubernatorial Race, See Other Poll Questions

    April 20, 2016. Support is growing for Democrat Roy Cooper in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Pat McCrory in North Carolina’s 2016 gubernatorial election, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Cooper, the state’s current attorney general, leads McCrory 48-42 percent among registered voters – his largest lead since the Elon University Poll started asking respondents about a hypothetical match-up. / Read more…



  • Soucek Announces Immediate Resignation From North Carolina Senate

    April 11, 2016. On Friday, N.C. Sen. Dan Soucek announced his immediate resignation, N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger said in a release. This news comes a few months after Soucek said he would be retiring from the N.C. Senate after the general election. / Read more…



  • ASU Voting Rights Lawsuit Will Be Focus of Democratic County Convention

    April 6, 2016. The team of lawyers who successfully argued in Wake Superior Court for the constitutionally protected voting rights of college students at Appalachian State University will be keynote speakers at the Watauga County Democratic Party’s county convention on April 16. / Read more…



  • Five File for NC’s 5th Congressional District, Primary Held on June 7

    March 30, 2016. Three Democrats and two Republicans filed their candidacy for the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House. Filing closed at the end of last week. Jim Roberts of Pilot Mountain, Josh Brannon of Boone and Charlie Wallin of Boone all filed for the Democratic primary, while incumbent Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk and Pattie Curran of Kernersville filed for the Republican primary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Attorney Joshua Teague Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

    March 28, 2016. Local attorney Joshua J. (Josh) Teague is pleased to announce his candidacy for District Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District of North Carolina. The 24th District encompasses Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties. The campaign will hold a Campaign Kick-Off and Meet the Candidate event on Wednesday, April 13 at Vidalia Restaurant in Boone from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Civic Leader, Activist John Hood to Speak at ASU on Thursday, Free to the Public

    March 23, 2016. John Hood, recently named head of the John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education and chairman of the board of the John Locke Foundation, will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. These public lectures are being offered in advance of the 2016 election season to address concerns of North Carolina citizens and to better inform the public about issues facing the state. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. The events are free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Foxx Files for Re-Election for Congressional Primaries Set for June 7

    March 21, 2016. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx filed for reelection today with the North Carolina Board of Elections. Foxx is running for reelection in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which covers much of northwest North Carolina. “Our nation is at a historic crossroads,” Foxx said. “President Obama and his liberal allies have tried to take us down a road of government coercion, higher taxes and soul-crushing regulation. North Carolina voters from all walks of life tell me virtually every day that we cannot go any farther down that road. / Read more…



  • Voter Turnout On Par With Past Two Primaries During Presidential Election Years

    March 16, 2016. Statewide voter turnout in the 2016 North Carolina primary was 35 percent, which is about the same percentage for the turnout in the 2012 and 2008 presidential primaries. See the graphs below. In Watauga County, 16,026 ballots were cast compared to 43,682 registered voters. This represents a voter turnout of nearly 37 percent, according to data provided by the State Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • How Did Watauga and Avery County Registered Voters Cast Ballots in 2016 Primary?

    March 15, 2016. Here are the 2016 primary results for Watauga County and Avery County. While all of the ballots for the precincts for these two High Country counties have been counted, some precincts in North Carolina are still awaiting results. See results for the Democratic and Republican primaries inside.
    Compiled by Jesse Wood
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  • Two Hours To Vote in NC Primary

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    March 15, 2016. Voting in the 2016 North Carolina primary continues until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. “We’ve been pretty busy,” Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Tuesday at about 5 p.m. For more last-minute details on where to vote in the primary, click here. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Donald Trump Holds Monday Rally in Hickory

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    March 15, 2016. Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump held a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Monroe Auditorium on Monday afternoon. The rally was scheduled for 10 a.m. but was delayed because Trump’s plan couldn’t land in Hickory because of the fog. He ended up having to fly to Charlotte and commute to Hickory. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Exit Polls Conducted at Precincts in Watauga

    March 15, 2016. If you are voting in the presidential primary today in the High Country – and likely elsewhere in the North Carolina and the other states on Super Tuesday II, you are likely be questioned for an exit poll. In one of the municipal precincts in Watauga County, a person working for a national polling service company, which feeds national news outlets such as the AP, Fox News and ABC, asked voters questions after they came out of the polls. / Read more…



  • 7,215 Vote Early in Watauga, App State One-Stop Site the Busiest, Primary is Tuesday

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    March 14, 2016. Even with college students on Spring Break for the majority of the early-voting period for the 2016 primary, the one-stop site on the campus of Appalachian State University was the busiest. Early voting ended on Saturday. Of the 7,215 people who voted early in Watauga County, 3,250 of those voted in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. Here is the breakdown for all of the early voting sites in Watauga. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Trump Holding Rally in Hickory at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday Morning

    March 14, 2016. Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump is holding a rally in Hickory at 10 a.m. on Monday. The event, dubbed a town hall, is taking place at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Monroe Auditorium. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • 2016 Primary Election Coverage: Candidate Info, Sample Ballots & Voting Details Inside

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    March 11, 2016. After a week of early voting, more than 5,500 people have voted early in the primary election so far, according to figures provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood • Graphic by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Ballard and Boham Look To Represent the GOP in 45th District in General Election

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    March 10, 2016. Deanna Ballard and Ken Boham are vying to represent the GOP in the race for District 45 in the North Carolina Senate, which covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties. In November, the winner of this Republican primary race will face Art Sherwood, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Christian Action League of North Carolina Endorses Ted Cruz for POTUS

    March 10, 2016. Dr. Mark Creech, executive director, released the following statement Thursday morning: “We are witnessing possibly the most dangerous time in American history. It’s not that our great country hasn’t faced incredible challenges in the past, but today the enemies of our Republic strike at the heart of our national identity – the meaning of America. Such issues will determine the preservation of liberty for the generations to come. / Read more…



  • Hendricks Challenges Jordan To Represent GOP in Race for 93rd District in NC House

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    March 8, 2016. In the March 15 primary, Lew Hendricks and incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan are vying to represent the Republicans for the District 93 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives that covers Ashe and Watauga counties. The winner will face either Democrats Sue Counts or Ronnie Marsh in the general election in November. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Counts & Marsh Seek To Represent Dems in November Race for District 93 in NC House

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    March 8, 2016. In the March 15 primary, Ronnie Marsh and Sue Counts are vying to represent the Democrats in the race for the District 93 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives that covers Ashe and Watauga counties. The winner will face either Republicans Lew Hendricks or incumbent Jonathan Jordan in the general election in November. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Why You Should Vote For or Against the $2B Bond Referendum on the Primary Ballot

    March 7, 2016. During early voting and the 2016 primary on Tuesday, March 15, voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to vote for or against a $2 billion bond package first introduced by Gov. Pat McCrory and approved by the Republican legislature in the N.C. General Assembly this past summer. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga GOP To Hold County Convention on Saturday, March 5 at Courthouse

    March 1, 2016. The Watauga County Republican Party will hold its county convention on Saturday, March 5, at the Watauga County Courthouse in downtown Boone to hear from candidates and adopt resolutions. “We would love for all registered Republicans to come,” Watauga County GOP Chair Anne-Marie Yates said. “We’ll be conducting business, preparing for the district convention and then the state convention.” By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Early Voting Begins Thursday, See Sample Ballots, One-Stop Locations and Hours

    March 1, 2016. Early voting for the March 15 primary begins on Thursday, March 3 at several locations around Watauga County and at the Avery County Board of Elections office in Avery County. Although the voter registration deadline prior to early voting has passed, same-day registration is available at any of the one-stop voting locations. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • North Carolina Judicial Candidate Evaluations Ready for March 15 Primary

    Feb. 24, 2016. Evaluations of candidates seeking election in North Carolina to District and Superior Court judgeships in 2016 have been completed in time for the March 15 primary. The survey reports, generated by the North Carolina Bar Association and its Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, are available at electNCjudges.org. / Read more…



  • Foxx & Meadows Release Statement on Obama’s Plans To Close Gitmo Prison

    Feb. 24, 2016. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer up to 60 prisoners to the United States mainland. / Read more…



  • Rep. Jordan, Rep. Fraley to Chair House Committee on Education on Universities

    Feb. 19, 2016. Today Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) appointed Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe, Watauga) and Rep. John Fraley (R-Iredell) to co-chair the important House Committee on Education on Universities. The appointments fill the chairmanship vacancies left by former Representatives Brian Brown and Bryan Holloway. 
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  • Deadline To Register To Vote in Primary is Friday, Feb. 19, See Sample Ballots

    Feb. 17, 2016. The deadline to register to vote for the 2016 primary in March is Friday, Feb. 19. Election day for the 2016 primary takes place on Tuesday, March 15, when precinct polls across the state will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Foxx Statement on Passing of Justice Scalia

    Feb. 15, 2016. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: “The United States has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Antonin Scalia. A passionate defender of the Constitution, Justice Scalia was a patriot who brought great intellect, character and wit to our highest court for nearly three decades. My prayers are with his family. His service to God and country will not be forgotten.” / Read more…



  • SBOE Mandates Watauga BOE To Include Early Voting Site for Primary at App State

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    Feb. 10, 2016. The State Board of Elections unanimously voted to include an early voting site at Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University for the March primary. The Wednesday ruling was 4-0 with one of the three Republicans – Chair Grant Whitney – abstaining from the vote. The State Board of Elections was tasked with choosing a one-stop plan for Watauga County because the local county board of elections didn’t unanimously select a one-stop plan in January. By Jesse Wood – Photo by Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Civitas Poll of 500 Likely Republicans Shows Upcoming GOP Primary a Virtual Toss-up in NC

    Jan. 22, 2015. A new Civitas poll shows the upcoming GOP primary is a virtual toss-up in North Carolina. The poll asked likely Republican primary election voters who their current choice is among the Republican presidential hopefuls, and 27 percent said businessman Donald Trump, while 23 percent said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That puts them within the poll’s margin of error. / Read more…



  • Candidate Filing Ends, To Offer Plenty of Action in March Primary and General Election

    Dec. 21, 2015. It’s not even Christmas yet, but the Watauga County Board of Elections office – and for that matter, elections offices across the state – squared away the candidate filing period for the 2016 general election. The three-week filing period ended at noon on Monday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Conservative Deanna Ballard Announces Candidacy for District 45 in N.C. Senate

    Dec. 17, 2015. I am excited to announce that I am running for State Senate in the 45th District of North Carolina. It’s time to champion the principles of compassion, courage, and civility that we are known for. It’s time to pay attention to how we respond to each other as citizens – when we agree and when we disagree. / Read more…



  • N.C. Sen. Dan Soucek To Retire From Senate At End of Term in 2016

    Dec. 17, 2015. Sen. Dan Soucek (R-Watauga) announced Thursday he will retire from the North Carolina Senate at the end of his term to spend more time with his wife and three children. “As Christmas approaches and I reflect on the past year, I realize there were more than 180 nights this year when I was not home to kiss my wonderful wife and three children goodnight,” said Soucek. / Read more…



  • See Latest Candidacy Filings for 2016 Elections, Former Boone Fire Marshal To Run For House

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    Dec. 14, 2015. Retired fire marshall for the Town of Boone after three decades, Ronnie Marsh announced his candidacy for N.C. House District 93. That seat currently occupied by incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan. While Marsh is running as a Democrat and will face off against Sue Counts in the primary, Jordan is a Republican and so is Lew Hendricks, who is also challenging Jordan. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



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