Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer

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Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer says the city’s response has been delayed to a 2018 General Assembly measure forcing election districts to be created for future city council elections because Asheville did not have a city attorney for several months.  Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Manheimer says that all should change now that Brad Branham will take over as city attorney April 8th.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two gerrymandering cases, one of which involves North Carolina’s Congressional districts.  Those were redrawn earlier this decade by Republican leaders to benefit the GOP.  Nowhere in the state felt that change more than the city of Asheville.  

Matt Bush BPR

Support and opposition to the six proposed North Carolina constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot breaks down along party lines by and large – with Republicans in support and Democrats against.

One of those six proposed amendments would lower the cap on North Carolina’s income tax rate if approved.  And in many ways, that campaign over that amendment pits philsophies against details.

Davin Eldridge

Few regions in the United States have seen their politics changed more by redistricting and gerrymandering than Western North Carolina – and Asheville and Buncombe County in particular.  

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Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer is taking the helm of a coalition of mayors across the state.  Manheimer was elected chairwoman of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.  She was previously vice-chair.  The coalition of dozens of mayors from the state's larger municipalities works to be an advocate for the interest of cities in the legislature.  The coalition will be busy during the legislative session beginning in April of next year.  A number of bills could affect cities and towns.  She noted examples of successes in the

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