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New maps made new lines.  Those inspired Western North Carolina's Congressman to run somewhere else, meaning the region will have a member of Congress come 2023.  Maybe.Republican Madison Cawthorn announced November 11th he would run in the newly-drawn 13th Congressional district in North Carolina, instead of the one he currently represents, which will be renumbered as the 14th district for next year's election.  His decision has shifted the region's politics, not necessarily in ideology, but in personality.  Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper joins BPR's Matt Bush to catch up on the region's political news of the past week.  You can listen to the whole interview above, and also during a new episode of The Porch that premieres Friday morning November 19th at 9 on Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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