Only several more hours of early voting in the municipal elections exists through 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. So far – as of Friday at around lunchtime – more than 600 people have voted early in Avery and Watauga counties. By Jesse Wood
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.
With a few more days of early voting left in the 2015 municipal elections, nearly 400 people have voted in Watauga and Avery counties as of early Wednesday, according to staff at the Avery and Watauga County Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood
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
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
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
Just a few days away, early voting begins on Thursday, Oct. 22. All four municipalities in Watauga County – Beech Mountain, Seven Devils, Blowing Rock and Boone – feature contested races. Boone and Blowing Rock both feature candidate forums on Monday, Oct. 19. By Jesse Wood
The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Candidates’ Forum” on Monday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Blowing Rock Elementary School auditorium. According to an announcement by the chamber, this forum is being dubbed a “community question-and-answer session” with all of the candidates. By Jesse Wood
The Boone Area Chamber is encouraging voter participation by hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Monday, Oct. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m, to hear from Boone Town Council and Boone mayoral candidates. The forum takes place in the Boone Town Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road. By Jesse Wood
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
If you live in Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain or Seven Devils, you might have to vote in a different location for the 2015 municipal elections than you have voted at during past elections. Beginning this election season, the N.C. State Board of Elections (SBOE) will only allow registered voters to vote in the county of residence. By Jesse Wood
The deadline to register to vote for the 2015 municipal elections throughout North Carolina is Friday, Oct. 9. Early voting starts Thursday, Oct. 22. Election Day is Nov. 3. By Jesse Wood
Oct. 7, 2015. The House of Representatives today passed a resolution introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., that creates a special House panel to investigate abortion practices at providers such as Planned Parenthood and the sale of unborn children’s tissue.
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
Check out the current party affiliation and voter demographic statistics for the 6.38 million registered voters in North Carolina below; the figures and graphics were released by the State Board of Elections and are current as of Sept. 22, which was National Voter Registration Day. By Jesse Wood
In addition to the Blowing Rock Civic Association holding a “Know Your Candidates Meeting” on Monday, Sept. 28, the Boone Chamber of Commerce and Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce will also hold candidate forums for the 2015 municipal elections on Oct. 19.
Sept. 23, 2015. A number of questions have been submitted to the Blowing Rock Civic Association for their “Know Your Candidates” meeting. The community is invited to attend this important meeting and to email questions for the candidates to [email protected] before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today voted in favor of legislation that would temporarily bar federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and strengthen protections for babies that survive abortion.
Governor Pat McCrory continued his sweeping reform of North Carolina’s unemployment insurance program with the signing of Senate Bill 15 during a ceremony at the Gaston County JobLink facility in Gastonia.
Deborah K. Ross, former Wake County representative to the North Carolina House, will be the special featured speaker at the 2015 Fall Rally of the Watauga County Democratic Party on Saturday, Sept. 19. Rep. Ross has been prominently mentioned statewide as a potential Democratic candidate to challenge Sen. Richard Burr in the 2016 elections.
As on-going budget negotiations have continued here in Raleigh, well past what we all hoped could have been completed by July 1, I wanted to take a moment and update you on our progress.
The Watauga County Board of Elections met on Tuesday to appoint precinct judges for the 2015 municipal elections following nominations from the Watauga County Democratic Party and Watauga County Republican Party. By Jesse Wood
Candidate filing for the 2015 municipal elections ended at noon on Friday, July 17. See who all is running for seats in Avery County above. By Jesse Wood & Debbie Carter
Candidate filing for the 2015 municipal elections ended at noon on Friday, July 17. See who all is running for seats in Watauga County above. Compiled By Jesse Wood & Debbie Carter
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.