Jim Davis

Cory Vaillancourt

Western North Carolina has four seats in the state senate.  Two of those will be open seats in next year’s election, including the one that represents the state’s westernmost counties.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

North Carolina lawmakers could give the final okay to sports betting in the state as early as Monday.  A bill that would allow sports books and off-track horse betting at casinos on tribal lands cleared a key House committee Wednesday in Raleigh, and is on the agenda for a floor vote Monday evening.  The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operate the only two casinos in North Carolina.  The casinos are located in Cherokee and Murphy on the Qualla Boundary.  

The North Carolina General Assembly has been in session since January.  May 9th was 'crossover day', a self-imposed deadline that separates legislation that has support to pass from that which does not.  Bills that have not passed at least one chamber by May 9th are likely dead through the end of 2020, though there are exceptions.

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 Debates are a chance for candidates to share their views with constituents in hopes to win their votes. One local debate series gives candidates that opportunity while also showcasing what local students care about says Dr. Bucky Dann of Southwestern Community College.

 

“The debate tonight is hosted by the class members our Social Problems class here at Southwestern Community College,” announced Dr. Dann who is the debate moderator.  

Drew Gintis was a teenager when he started wrestling at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

And he loved it, even though he lost every match his freshman year, said his mother, Marsha Gintis.

“[He] worked so hard and by his junior year he had a 21 and 2 record,” she said. “His dream was to go to states.”

Lawmaker Interview: Senator Jim Davis of Franklin

Jan 26, 2017
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

With lawmakers back in Raleigh for the long session, we’re talking to some of those legislators out here in the west.  Representing the farthest district west in the Senate is Republican Jim Davis.  District 50 covers some ground, spanning seven counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.  Davis resides in Franklin.  The 70-year-old Senator has been in dentistry for over four decades.  He’ll still be a practicing orthodontist on Mondays and Fridays in Franklin even during the long session.

Legislative Wrap: Sen. Jim Davis

Dec 9, 2015
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

WCQS has been conducting a series of interviews with area lawmakers home from Raleigh after the recently completed legislative session.  Our eighth interview is with republican Senator Jim Davis.  His District 50 spans seven counties in western North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties. You can find the full conversation with Senator Davis above.  Some highlights are below.

NC Gay Marriage Opt-Out Law Being Challenged

Dec 9, 2015

A lawsuit has been filed in Asheville challenging a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex weddings.  The lawsuit was filed by a team of attorneys who also took on the state's constitutional amendment that limited marriage to one man and one woman.  It was overturned by the same judge that will hear this case: U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn.