Mark Meadows

What has long been rumored is now reality – Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows will become President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.   The move will likely leave his seat in Congress vacant for eight months if not longer.

Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows abrupt retirement announcement Thursday opened the floodgates for his fellow Republicans to announce their candidacies for the seat in the final hours before Friday afternoon's filing deadline.

The federal government said it will finally pay a debt it has owed the state since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.

Mark Meadows Town Hall Audio

Aug 10, 2017
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Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, held a town hall Monday in Flat Rock.  Here is the nearly full audio (with two edits, due to equipment) from the town hall.  

Our previous report on the town hall is here.  

Healthcare Dominates Meadows Town Hall

Aug 8, 2017
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Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows met face to face with supporters and detractors during a town hall debate last night near Hendersonville that was largely dominated by health care.  BPR’s Jeremy Loeb was there.

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…

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows is calling for the elimination of the department within the Congressional Budget Office that scores bills.

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Republican Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows says the Affordable Care Act repeal bill presented by Senate GOP leaders currently lacks support in both chambers of Congress.  Meadows' remarks came during a conference call with reporters.

Matt Bush BPR

Congressman Mark Meadows says he does not take President Donald Trump’s tweets at him ‘personally’.  The Western North Carolina Republican drew the ire of the President following the failure of the GOP’s healthcare bill last week.

President Donald Trump's defeat may be U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows's victory. The North Carolina Republican is enjoying an outpouring of support from conservatives in his home district.

Meadows represents the 11th Congressional District in western North Carolina. He is also head of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative bloc in Congress that scuttled the president's plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

At least three Republicans in North Carolina's Congressional delegation are not satisfied with the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Republicans in D.C. are expected to vote tomorrow/today/Thursday on the proposed bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare.’  One Congressman who won’t be voting in favor of the measure is Mark Meadows.

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As Republican leadership in D.C. introduce their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, supporters of the law in Western North Carolina are clinging to hopes nothing to it will change.

Meadows A No-Show At Mountain Town Hall

Feb 27, 2017

Congress was in recess last week, meaning some but not all members were holding town hall meetings with constituents back home.  Members of Western North Carolina's congressional delegation were NOT holding such meetings however.  So residents of Clay and Cherokee Counties held their own.

It was standing room only at the Clay County courthouse in Hayesville, as more than a hundred locals turned out for a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act— known as “Obamacare” to many—and what is to become of it.

Smoky Mountain News political reporter Corey Vaillancourt was in Washington D.C. last week for the inauguration of president Donald Trump.  He was also able to talk to Republican Congressman Mark Meadows of Western North Carolina.  Meadows role figures only to grow as the GOP controls not just both chambers of Congress, but the White House as well.

WNC Delegation At Trump Inauguration

Jan 19, 2017
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Smoky Mountain News political reporter Corey Vaillancourt is in Washington D.C. for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.  He spoke with WCQS's Matt Bush about what he's seen so far in the nation's capital, as well as what role the Western North Carolina Congressional delegation has in the inauguration.  Many House Democrats have announced they will not attend the festivities in protest of president-elect Trump's tweets attacking Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.

North Carolina's 11th Congressional District encompasses most of western North Carolina.  Republican Mark Meadows has represented it since 2013.  He is seeking a third term and faces Democratic challenger Rick Bryson, a Bryson City alderman who narrowly captured the party's primary this year.  They debated at Western Carolina University last month.  It was moderated by WLOS News 13's Frank Fraboni.

WNC Delegate to the RNC Ready for Cleveland

Jul 15, 2016
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Republicans are gathering in Cleveland to formally nominate Donald Trump for President.  The Republican National Convention begins Monday with four days of made-for-television speeches and events.  Political observers are watching closely to see whether or not the GOP will coalesce around Trump or not. 

Voters in western North Carolina made choices in several Congressional races Tuesday.  In the closest race, Democrats Rick Bryson and Tom Hill battled in the 11th District.  Bryson just barely eked out a win, 50.75 % of the vote to Hill's 49.25%.  The vote count was 9,636 to 9,351.  Bryson will face incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Meadows in November. 

NC Primary Election Results

Mar 15, 2016

North Carolina voters headed to the polls Tuesday, June 7th for a 2nd primary.  Up for grabs were Congressional races and the ideological split of the state Supreme Court.

Results below are from the NC State Board of Elections (best displayed on mobile in landscape mode ↷):

Legislative Wrap: Rep. Josh Dobson

Oct 19, 2015
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As part of a series of conversations with mountain area lawmakers about the recently-completed legislative session, we sat down with Josh Dobson, a Republican state House member representing Avery, McDowell, and Mitchell counties.  Dobson is serving his first full term, after being appointed to his seat and then winning re-election.  In our conversation, Dobson highlighted his goals of preserving quality public education and healthcare in western North Carolina.  He also spoke a

Asheville Citizen-Times

U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner's decision to resign his seat in Congress may open the door to additional clout for 11th Congressional District Representative Mark Meadows and 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry.  That's the opinion of Political Scientist Bill Sabo.   Professor Sabo spoke with David Hurand.