Ralph Hise

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.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator's political committee will pay $4,500 while ending a campaign finance investigation stemming from a complaint filed by a Democratic activist against the Republican senator.

The state elections board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the agreement offered by the campaign committee of four-term Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County. The committee must give up $500 and reimburse the board $4,000 for investigation expenses.

When you are carving up the state into new political districts, you don't do it willy-nilly. Especially when you have 28 state legislative seats ruled illegal racial gerrymanders and a federal court watching what you do.

Thursday, we learned just what criteria state lawmakers are going to use in this court ordered round of redistricting.

Talking Politics with Dr. Chris Cooper

May 16, 2017
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Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper is a frequent guest of Blue Ridge Public Radio.  In his most recent visit, Cooper spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb and Matt Bush about the latest in state politics.  The conversation touched on the recently-passed Senate budget, a big Supreme Court punt on voter ID, the brewing (pun intended) legal battle involving craft beer, possible campaign finance mischief, Senator Richard Burr's role in the national spotlight, and some high-profile resignations for the progressive left in North Carolina.  

Complaint Alleges Sen. Hise Broke Disclosure Rules

May 10, 2017

A complaint filed by the left-leaning group Democracy NC alleges Republican Senator Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine broke campaign disclosure laws.  Among the complaints are that Hise pocketed around $10,000 from his campaign, failed to disclose PAC contributions and didn't properly disclose information about his donors.  Hise has yet to respond to a request from BPR for comment.


In a stunning defeat, the North Carolina House voted down a bill that would have made changes to the Asheville city council.  Senate Bill 897 was introduced by Republican Senator Tom Apodaca of Henderson County, over the strong objection of the entire city council and all other state lawmakers representing Buncombe County.  Apodaca is considered one of the most powerful lawmakers in the General Assembly.  But this bill went down by a vote of 48-58. 

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Residents of western North Carolina had an opportunity to weigh in on Congressional maps this morning in a public hearing at UNC Asheville.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb reports.

In Their Words: Sen. Ralph Hise

May 5, 2015
Jasmin Singh/northcarolinahealthnews.org

WCQS has been speaking with area lawmakers over the past few weeks in an effort to bring you their views, in their words.  You can find links to other conversations at the bottom of this article.  Today we're focusing on Senator Ralph Hise, a Republican of Spruce Pine.  Hise's district spans six counties in western North Carolina: Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Yancey.  He took the time out of a busy schedule to speak with us.  Due to that schedule, the conversation unfortunately had to be far shorter than our previous talks with lawmakers, and so this one is more narrow