Much of the focus in North Carolina politics this week was on the continuing revelations of alleged election fraud in the state's 9th Congressional district, or at the state capitol in Raleigh where the General Assembly was in session. But a lot also happened in Western North Carolina this week. Republican Congressman Mark Meadows was under consideration to become President Trump's next chief of staff, until the president this week told Meadows "we need him in Congress" where he has become one of the president's biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Buncombe County Democratic senator Terry Van Duyn announced she will seek her party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the 2020 election.
BPR's Matt Bush sat down with Dr. Chris Cooper of Western Carolina University to catch up on the week's events. They discussed both Meadows staying in his current job and Van Duyn seeking a new one, as well as the latest fraud allegations in the 9th Congressional District, and how they may affect what the increasingly popular option of voting by mail.