The so-called 'Haywood 5' are a group of Republicans in that county that were brought up on official party disloyalty charges. The faced a trial of sorts this month before state GOP officials in Cary, which ruled four of the five are banned from the Republican party for differing amounts of time. The charges against the five included social media posts that indicated support for candidates who were not Republicans. The battle goes back further than that, to when the five started the Haywood Republican Alliance and challenged the party establishment in the county. Smoky Mountain News reporter Cory Vaillancourt has been following the story and joined BPR's Matt Bush in studio to give an update on the latest.