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(1:00 p.m. Thursday) - Haywood County businesswoman Lynda Bennett announced she'll seek the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 11th Congressional district, just hours after incumbent GOP Congressman Mark Meadows announced he would not seek re-election next year and instead retire.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of dollars in property taxes on land owned by Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows' business went unpaid because the western North Carolina congressman says he didn't know about the bills.

Cory Vaillancourt

The controversy over Congressman Mark Meadows’ denial of racism claims leveled against President Donald Trump made national headlines.  But what do constituents of color in his own district think of Meadows words?

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Kelly Darden Jr. still remembers one of the first times he experienced the "black friend defense."

Back in high school, a group of white classmates dressed in Confederate-inspired clothing as part of a social club called the "Rebel Rousers" and insisted they weren't racist when confronted because some of them knew Darden, who is black.

"It was insulting," the 64-year-old Greenville, North Carolina, man recalled Thursday. "I was insulted by it even when it was occurring."

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

Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows will not be President Donald Trump's next chief of staff.  The chair of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus was among those being considered to replace John Kelly, who is expected to leave the post soon.  The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that Meadows was out of the running to be chief of staff.

Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows has been officially sanctioned by the House Ethics Committee.  The punishment comes following an investigation into harassement allegations against the Republican's former chief of staff Kenny West.

Rep. Meadows Full Interview Ahead Of 2018 Election

Nov 1, 2018

Asheville Republican Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) spoke with Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News and BPR News ahead of the 2018 election.  You can listen to their full interview here.  Meadows is seeking a fourth term in office this fall.  His challengers are Democrat Phillip Price and Libertarian Clifton Ingraham. 

Meadows Seeks Fourth Term In NC 11th District

Nov 1, 2018
Cory Vaillancourt

Early voting in North Carolina wraps up this weekend ahead of Election Day next Tuesday.  When voters head to the polls in Western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, they’ll have a choice between two challengers, or the Republican who’s held the seat since 2012.

Rep. Meadows' Challengers Speak Out In NC 11th District

Oct 31, 2018
Price For Congress

Early voting in North Carolina is winding up ahead of Election Day, which is now less than a week away.  The 11th Congressional District covers most of Western North Carolina. That seat has been occupied by Republican Mark Meadows since 2012, but his two opponents are hoping to change that in the coming days. 

Meadows Says He Won't Support Privatizing Vets Health Care

Aug 13, 2018
Cory Vaillancourt

Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows is playing a leading role in the national health care debate.  While back home in his district on recess, Meadows engaged in a series of events with veterans, talking about benefits and health care.

But not everyone was happy to see him.

Early voting is underway in North Carolina for the May 8th primary.  The early voting period runs until May 5th, and voters can find early voting locations by visiting their respective county's election boards website.  Federal, state, and local offices are all on the ballot this year.  One person who isn't is president Donald Trump.  But Western Carolina University political science professor Dr.

The primary election is less than a month away on May 8th.  Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows is running for his fourth term.  He's seen great success in previous elections.  But five other candidates will compete against him this time around.

Phillip Price

With Waynesville Democrat Matt Coffay withdrawing from next year’s race for the Congressional seat in North Carolina’s eleventh district, the only challenger left for incumbent Republican Mark Meadows’s seat now is Nebo resident Phillip Price. BPR’s Davin Eldridge caught up with Price at a meet-and-greet in Highlands, where Price introduced himself to a non-partisan group of voters…

Matt Bush BPR

Matt Coffay, a Democrat who earlier this year announced he would seek the party's nomination for North Carolina's 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has announced he is dropping out of the race.

Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows says he’d like to see GOP leadership in the House follow that of the Senate and delay their scheduled August recess.  The reason – Congress has passed very little of President Trump or the Republican Party’s legislative priorities.  That includes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  Meadows says he doesn’t understand why the Senate cannot pass a bill, even if it’s one


Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is criticizing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's comment at a White House press briefing regarding the Western Wall, which is located in the city of Jerusalem.  McMaster declined to tell reporters whether President Trump believes the wall is part of the state of Israel, calling it a "policy decision."  The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Judiasm, and is part of land Israel seized during the Six-Day War in 1967.  

Matt Bush BPR

Congressional mid-term elections are 18 months away, but one challenger is getting into the race for Western North Carolina’s seat in the House of Representatives very early.  Democrat Matt Coffay announced he will seek his party’s nomination for the 11th district seat at a rally in Waynesville last month.  Should Coffay win the nomination, he’d face three-term incumbent Republican Mark Meadows in the general election.  BPR’s Matt Bush spoke with Smoky Mountain News reporter Corey Vaillancourt about the Democratic challenger.

Matt Bush BPR

The first Democrat has jumped into the race to seek the party’s nomination to take on Republican Congressman Mark Meadows next year.  While Democrats see enthusiasm growing thanks to strong election showings in Kansas and Georgia, they didn’t win either Congressional  race.  And winning Western North Carolina’s 11th district seat will be an extremely difficult task.

Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows chairs the ‘Freedom Caucus’, a group of hardline conservatives known for their aversion to government spending and desire for deep budget cuts.   But there’s one federal program Meadows does not want to see slashed.  It’s one that operates in his backyard.

Matt Bush WCQS

Congressman Mark Meadows says “steps in a positive direction” are being made in regards to resurrecting Republican hopes of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as "Obamacare".