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U.S. Rep. Foxx Explains Her Vote Against Budget Deal, Suspension of Debt Ceiling

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding her vote against the federal budget agreement that would suspend the debt ceiling through March 2017: “Every time the federal government approaches its debt limit, like clockwork, liberal politicians – from the White House down – begin threatening ‘default’ unless the government is able to continue with its spending binge. Such gamesmanship is a disservice to everyone.

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More Than 100 Vote on First Day of Early Voting in Watauga & Avery Counties

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Nearly 70 people have voted through 4 p.m. on the first day of early voting in the 2015 municipal elections, according to Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder. “It’s not a huge number, but we’re getting there,” Snyder said. Snyder said that most of the voters are from Boone with a handful from Blowing Rock and a couple from Beech Mountain. By Jesse Wood

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Early Voting Begins on Thursday Morning

Early voting for the 2015 municipal elections begins on Thursday at 8 a.m. While Election Day takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 3, registered voters may cast their ballots through Saturday, Oct. 31. By Jesse Wood

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Listen to Candidates for Boone Town Council, Mayor Speak at Boone Chamber Forum


All of the candidates in 2015 municipal elections for the Town of Boone pitched their candidacy and spoke on some of the issues facing the town on Monday evening. The Boone Chamber of Commerce sponsored the forum, which included questions related to the town’s water-intake project, relations between the town and Watauga County, affordable housing and more. By Jesse Wood

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See 2015 Sample Ballots for Avery Municipalities, Contested Races, Beer/Wine

Inside are the sample ballots for all the municipalities in Avery County for the 2015 elections. Unlike the other municipalities which only feature candidates on the ballot, Newland is unique this election cycle because of the referendum on beer and wine wine sales, a controversial topic that has divided Christians. Newland residents barely approved the sell of beer and wine in restaurants and stores in 2009. Now it’s back on the ballot. By Jesse Wood

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BRCA Releases Video of Entire Candidate Forum for the Elections in Blowing Rock


The Blowing Rock Civic Association has released video of the group’s candidate forum for the 2015 municipal elections that was held last week at the American Legion Building in downtown Blowing Rock. All of the candidates – incumbent Mayor J.B. Lawrence, mayoral challenger Charlie Sellers, owner of The Blowing Rock attraction, incumbent Councilmen Dan Phillips and Al Yount and challenger and former Councilman Jim Steele – attended. By Jesse Wood

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Recent Newsletter from N.C. Sen. Dan Soucek

It was an honor and a privilege this week to welcome members of our armed forces – including men and women from North Carolina’s National Guard – to the General Assembly as a part of our Military Appreciation Day.

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