America is under attack and the President doesn't care | "Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it." Written by David Frum; published Feb. 18, 2018, in Theatlantic.com: More>

UPDATE: Federal judge rules North Carolina gerrymandered congressional districts unconstitutional | Report by NYTimes.com: More> | But Republicans will fight back, reports Citizen-times.com: More>

Bye, bye 2017. Hello 2018 | Action plan at PDamerica.org: More>

Asheville Progressive | Information for the progressive side of Asheville at Ashevilleprogressive.com: More>

Asheville's new city council takes office | Reports Mountainx.com: More>

Keith Ellison for U.S. Congress | For info about what Ellison stands from, visit Keithellison.org: More>

WANDA GREENE "FIASCO" UPDATE | Former Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene's "Fiasco" discussed at Dec. 2, 2017 meeting | Asheville Daily Planet covered a local business association's meeting centered on the ongoing controversy concerning Wanda Greene, who is accused of financial wrong-doing by local politicians and is allegedly under investigation by the FBI. Visit "Wanda Greene fiasco: Just how did it happen," published Jan. 2, 2018, at Ashevilledailyplanet.com: More>

Have North Carolina businesses benefited from its 2013 tax cut? | Not so much, and certainly not as much as promised by the Republican-dominated state legislature. But NC did not fare as poorly as Kansas. So the jury is still out, reports the Washingtonpost, in its Dec. 3, 2017, article by Todd C. Frankel, entitled "What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country?" | More>

When National News Is Local News: 'How is my daughter a pervert?' | Plain-spoken Alabama dad Nathan Mathis asks a heartbreaking question outside Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign rally and hits a national nerve — and no doubt, particularly a harsh one in Asheville as well. Article by Eli Rosenberg published Dec. 11, 2017, at Washingtonpost.com | More>

Here the Republicans go again | From killing Net Neutrality to supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and poor, the Republicans just cannot help themselves turn on the very people who elected them into office. It's a national scandal, at least in the eyes of those critical thinking Americans who are paying attention | More>

Republicans now coming after your benefits | The trusted media and knowledgeable people who care about saving the American Dream and preserving the financial wellness of the middle class are predicting that after the Trump-Republican tax plan passes and becomes the law of the land, more Americans will face cuts to their Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. | More>

Fight Fascists: Give the Gift that Keeps Giving Back This Holiday Season | Years ago Dr. Lawrence Britt studied the characteristics of fascism and published his findings as a list of 14 signs at Rense.com: More>

"We the People Act" Petition | Sign it (with your friends, too) to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that money is NOT speech and that corporations are NOT human beings. | NCwethepeople.org: More>

Oligarchy, Not Democracy | Rule by the few, not by the many | More>

The Line Is Drawn: What Side of the Tax Bill Would Jesus Be On? | Senate Republicans passed a new tax bill on Dec. 2, 2017, designed to take taxes paid by the middle class and poor and pay it to the  rich. It's hard to believe, but that's the long and short of it all, despite the lies by Republicans saying the new bill will help the middle class, and doesn't help the rich very much at all. This so-called reform tax bill by the Republicans is not reform at all. It's a Senate Republican flim-flam bill passed by elected Republican con artists who represent the rich and the few. In voting for the rich and against the middle class, the Republicans might have awakened the Democratic and Independent voters in 2018. | More>

Hang Your Head, Congress | Senate Republicans pass new tax bill in the wee hours of Dec. 2, 2017, designed to elevate the rich and corporations and stomp on the human rights and dignity of the middle class and poor. In the coming days and months, there is no doubt Ashevilleans will resist oppression and promote progressive — not regressive — ideas and solutions. Explaining the Senate Republican tax bill, Bernie Sanders said, "The president was lying to you. This is class warfare, and we're going to stand up and fight." | More>


Asheville elections for Mayor and City Council on Nov. 7, 2017 | Early voting schedule and locations are set | More>

Gerrymander 5K changed to Nov. 6, 2017 | At the last minute, the 5K organized by the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters was changed | More>

Asheville's 2017 Primary Election Results | 100 percent of the primary election vote is in, and it's official: City councilmember Cecil Bothwell did not make the primary cut, and will not be on the ballot November 2017, reports MountainXpress | More>

South Asheville voters shows up in large numbers in 2017 primary election given its rapid, and at times, controversial growth, reports Asheville Citizen-Times | More>

Mayor's State of the City Address 2016 | More>


2012 Primary Election results | North Carolina statewide primary election results. Reported by Clarityelections.com: More>

NC local and state primary results commentary by Gordon Smith | Posted on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>

NC Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton | Photo: Daltonfornc.com

Dalton versus McCrory | Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Charlotte mayor Republican Pat McCrory have won the NC primaries for governor and will face off in the November 2012 general election | Daltonfornc.com website: More> | Walter Dalton's official Democratic nomination acceptance speech: More> | Patmccrory.com website: More> | BlueRidgeNow.com election report: More>

Patsy Keever | Photo: Patsykeever.com

Democratic Keever beats Bellamy in 10th | Democratic Patsy Keever will face incumbent Republican Patrick McHenry in the November general election for the U.S. Congressional District 10, reports Mountainx.com: More> | Patsykeever.com website: More> | Mchenryforcongress.com website: More>

Democratic Rogers over Bothwell in 11th | Heath Shuler's chief of staff Hayden Rogers roundly defeated Asheville city councilmember Cecil Bothwell in the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Congressional District 11, reports Mountainx.com: More> | Haydenrogersforcongress.com website: More> | Bothwell2012.com website: More> | The Republican primary will require a runoff between Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson, since neither took 40 percent of the vote, according to AP reports: More>

Buncombe votes NO to Amendment One, but voters statewide say YES to ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina | Mountainx.com reports: More> | Charlotteobserver.com reports: More>



NC local and state primary results commentary by Gordon Smith | Posted on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>

Proud to be a Western North Carolina Republican?
Or why NC Republicans deserve to be removed from office in 2012

Political pundits foresaw changes coming in voting districts when Republicans won the majority in the NC House and Senate in the last election. However, the proposal and subsequent passage by Republicans to remove Asheville from the 11th U.S. voting district that covers Western North Carolina counties, and put it with Gastonia's 10th district is beyond the pale. Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell held a town hall meeting on July 7, 2011, to make the public aware of the outrage. The Asheville Citizen-Times editorial board decried the proposed gerrymandering by NC Republicans as "Crazy. Offensive. Preposterous. Scandalous." | More>

Republicans used to care about community. What happened? | Washingtonpost.com columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., examines how Republicans in Congress have lost their way, in his May 24, 2012, commentary. Perhaps it explains, in part, why North Carolina Republicans have become unbalanced, a roughshod party of dividers and haters. Writes Dionne: "I have long admired the conservative tradition... but the new conservatism, with all its claims of representing the values that inspired our founders, breaks with the country's deepest traditions." He continues: "For much of our history, Americans... have avoided the kind of polarized politics that we have now. We did so because we understood that it is when we balance our individualism with a sense of communal obligation that we are most ourselves as Americans." | More>

Shuler will not run for re-election in Nov. 2012 | While U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler's political career withers, Asheville city councilmember Cecil Bothwell's campaign comes into full bloom as he tries to replace Shuler in the 11th U.S. Congressional District that encompasses most of Western North Carolina. "I'm not surprised that Rep. Shuler dropped out," Cecil Bothwell told DowntownAsheville.com | More>

Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy to run in newly formed U.S. 10th Congressional district | More>

 Buncombe-wide 2011 election results | Holding onto his office by only 35 votes in a recount, conservative incumbent city council member Jan Davis squeaked by progressive candidate Lael Gray; progressives Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly won impressively as they beat out Mark Cates, who was exposed by PARC as the Tea Party's stealth candidate; newcomer Saul Chase pulls up in last place: More>

UPDATE: Buncombe sales tax increase to benefit AB Tech wins by 492 votes | Election results: More> | Info provided by those AGAINST the tax hike at BuncombeForward.com: More> | Info provided by those SUPPORTING the tax hike at VoteForABTech.com: More>


'Occupy Wall Street' anti-corporate protests spread across NYC and US, including Asheville | More>

Be first in your neighborhood to stick it to Ricky Perry | FREE Barack Obama 2012 bumper sticker for the asking | More>


Photo by Lewis W. Hine at TheHistoryPlace.com * Child labor in Newberry, SC, mill

Perry's Promised Land (or Tea-Tex Rick Perry's 'Hard Work' Employment Plan for America) | DowntownAsheville.com examines Rick Perry the Tea Party Texan, who calls himself Republican, in his Aug. 13, 2011, presidential vision of "hard work" mixed with a strong dose of "faith" so as to put America back to work and back on top of the world again. But first, the unwashed masses must become government program busting believers to enter Perry's Promised Land. | More>

Lael Gray * Photo: Laelgrayforcitycouncil.com

City council candidate Lael Gray endorsed by Sierra Club | Reports Laelgrayforcitycouncil.com: More>

Marc Hunt runs for 2011 Asheville City Council | Official website at Huntforcouncil.com | More>

Chris Pelly runs for 2011 Asheville City Council | Official website at Chrispellyforcitycouncil.com | More>

Line-up of city council candidates for Oct. 2011 primary and Nov. 2011 election | As reported by MountainX.com | More>

Brownie Newman will not run in 2011 Asheville City Council election | Vice Mayor Newman provided statement, published July 15, 2011, on Scrutinyhooligans.us: More>

 Really? Really. Shuler votes YES to slash Medicare | Really. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representative along with five Democrats that included Heath Shuler, voted YES to the so-called "Cut, Cap & Balance" proposed bill that would slash Medicare for seniors. Really. U.S. Rep. Health Shuler, along with four other Blue Dog Democrats, were the only Democrats to join Republicans to gut Medicare. Furthermore, this Republican and Blue Dog Democrat scheme, if enacted, would cost roughly 700,000 Americans their jobs in the first year alone. Really. U.S. Rep. Health Shuler of the 11th NC District voted FOR the measure that begs the question: "Who needs a Republican to run in Western North Carolina when Rep. Health Shuler, a so-called Democrat, is already in place?" | For news about the latest political theatre in the debt and default crisis, visit ABCNews.com: More>

Why Obama should have played the 14th Amendment card | Commentary by Joe Nocera about the Tea Party's war on America at NYTimes.com: More>

"Rapists Relief Act" | New NC state law takes effect this fall | More>

Patsy Keever wins NC House 115
Campaign website: 
More> | Keever on Facebook: More>

Nationwide 2010 election results | U.S. Senate: More> | U.S. House: More> 

  Rep. Shuler beats challenger Miller, Sen. Burr over Marshall
NC Democrat Heath Shuler wins third term in the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 54% to Republican candidate Jeff Miller's 46%, but Republicans win big elsewhere  | The Hill reports Shuler win: More> | NYTimes posts 2010 election results: More> | Charlotte Observer: More> | Buncombe County election results: More>

 Buncombe County Board of Elections 2010 election resultsMore>

  Thousands attended Democratic rally in Asheville on Oct. 21
Heath Shuler welcomed Bill Clinton in front of City Hall

 Crowd estimates of 6,000 attended the get-out-the vote rally featuring Bill Clinton and Heath Shuler, which was held in City-County Plaza on Thurs., Oct. 21, 2010. Local Dems concede that Rep. Shuler faces a tough challenge this November from Republican candidate Jeff Miller. | Charlotte Observer: More> | MountainXpress: More> | Photos of Clinton/Shuler rally: More>

How to cast your vote early in NC | Find a one-stop location | More>

Pres. Obama: "I don't know about you, but I'm fired up." * 

   Democrats go public at Pack Square Oct. 15, 2010 | "The 'enthusiasm gap' is shrinking fast. "Participate in Asheville's "March to Early Vote!" rally 11 a.m., Fri., Oct. 15, 2010, on Pack Square at Vance Monument BECAUSE "change happens from the bottom up, change happens because of you." | More>

League of Conservation Voters endorses Rep. Heath ShulerMore>


 Manheimer, Smith, Bothwell win
Bellamy re-elected mayor 

*GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE but still unofficial | For the unofficial results of the Tues., Nov. 3, 2009, general election with all 37 precincts reporting, visit Buncombecounty.org or
Click Here>


CITY COUNCIL WINNERS: Cecil Bothwell (top left), Esther Manheimer (top right) and Gordon Smith (bottom right)

 Unofficial election results: Terry Bellamy takes 79% of mayoral vote; city council newcomers beat incumbents
 * Photo:

Manheimer, Smith and Bothwell become new city councilmembers; Mumpower and Cape defeated

*TO VIEW THE UNOFFICIAL RESULTS of the general election for mayor and city council,
Click Here> | Mayoral candidate and newcomer Robert Edwards garnered only 2,431 votes (20% of the total) in his unsuccessful bid against incumbent Terry Bellamy who tallied 9,543 votes (79% of the total) in yesterday's general election, as 144 votes (1%) of the total) were write-ins. | City council candidates and newcomers Esther Manheimer (6,567 votes; 19%), Gordon Smith (6,301 votes; 18%), and Cecil Bothwell (5,899 votes; 17%) outclassed councilmember incumbents Carl Mumpower 4.749 votes; 14%) and Robin Cape (who likely won most of the "write-in" total of 4,620 votes; 13.5%). J. Neal Jackson (3,476 votes; 10%) and Ryan Croft (2,525 votes; 7%) finished in the cellar. | To visit Terry Bellamy's websitevisit Gordon Smith's website at Gordonforasheville.com, Click Here> | To visit Cecil Bothwell's website at Cecilbothwell.wordpress.com, Click Here> | To visit Robin Cape's website at Robinforasheville.com or Click Here> | Carl Mumpower does not have a campaign website. | Visit Mayorbellamy.com: Click Here> | To visit Esther Manheimer's website at Esther4asheville.com:
Click Here>


Bothwell's thoughts on the eve of the City Council primary
As emailed to his campaign supporters |
"This year has been an amazing one for me, mostly because I have had the extraordinary experience of seeing what a political campaign looks like when it's run by the people and for the people. The word 'grassroots' has new meaning for me. I have arrived at this high point on a journey that really began with a great personal loss—the passing of my partner of 25 years—in the fall of 2001 when I was 50 years old." | To read the complete letter from city councilmember candidate Cecil Bothwell,
Click Here>

  Early voting in local primary tops 1,000
Will likely match or top previous off-year primary

*COUNCIL CANDIDATES' PUSH FOR EARLY VOTING in primary bears fruit | Rachel Brown of the Buncombe County Board of Elections confirmed that 1,005 voters have already voted as of midday on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. She said that during the first week of early primary voting, 50 to 70 voters per day were participating; more recently that number has increased to 80 to 100 voters per day. | Brown said that the total number of early primary voters in 2009 is on target to match or exceed the 2007 early primary voter numbers. |  Early primary voting ended Sat., Oct. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. | Primary election day is Oct. 6.

City council candidate Gordon Smith is all smiles after being endorsed by Buncombe County commissioner Holly Jones, former Asheville mayor Leni Sitnick, and the Sierra Club. "If you want to see lots of smiles like this one, come out and volunteer for this campaign," Gordon Smith told DowntownAsheville.com. "We're canvassing, phone banking, and more." For volunteer opportunities,
Click Here> | Smith advocates government budget belt-tightening, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and multimodal transportation. * Photo: Gordonforasheville.com

  Early primary voting ends, primary Oct. 6
Cast three votes for council, one for mayor

*DO YOUR DUTY EARLY, and vote in the primary | Cast your votes early for three of the 10 who are running for Asheville City Council and one of four running for mayor. | Primary election day is Tues., Oct. 6, 2009. | Early general election voting is Oct. 15 to Oct. 31, 2009; general election day is Tues., Nov. 3, 2009. | For primary and general election details and voting locations, visit Buncombecounty.org or
Click Here>


LOCAL POLITICAL HUMOR: In his Sept. 17 e-newsletter, city council candidate Cecil Bothwell shows a little humor: he promises to stop pestering voters who vote early and thanks them "for participating in this important citizenship responsibility." * Photo:
Cecil Bothwell

Just do it: EARLY primary voting ends Oct. 3
Cast three votes for council, one for mayor

UPDATE to the Sept. 15, 2009, PARC/MVA Candidates' Forum |
Click Here>



Reinvigorated councilmember Cape seeks reelection | Asks voters to write-in her name in general election

*ROBIN CAPE HAS COME OUT STRONG IN EXPLAINING WHY SHE WITHDREW FROM THE ELECTION, and why she wants to continue to serve Asheville  | For Robin Cape's Sept. 15, 2009, "I'm Back in the Running" letter to her supporters, Click Here> | For Robin Cape's Facebook entry, Click Here>

WNC for Change interviews candidates
Questionnaires filled out by candidates: *VIEW CANDIDATES' POSITIONS AS ANSWERED IN QUESTIONNAIRES provided by WNC for Change | Robin Cape and Kelly Miller recently completed the questionnaires. | For details, view WNCforchange.com or Click Here>


Jenny Bowen hamming it up on earlier political poster

Ashvegas: Bowen not actively running, Cape seeks write-in vote | Popular Asheville blog gives local election street talk

*ASHVEGAS GIVES THE COMMON-WISDOM GOSSIP now on the street concerning Asheville City Council candidate Jenny Bowen, as well as currently seated Robin Cape, who had said she would seek re-election, then said she wouldn't, and now seems to say she wants it, sorta. | And this local blog gets it right pretty often. However, someone writing in as JBo on the Ashvegas blog says that Jenny Bowen is, in fact, running: "...Call me before you start spreading rumors. ... When I'm ready to make an announcement you'll be sure to know."| Word has it that Robin Cape's previous indecision had to do with personal issues. She has announced that she will run a write-in campaign. Local political pundits believe Cape has a chance of winning given her high name recognition as an incumbent. | For more local political chatter at Ashvegas.squarespace.com,
Click Here>


Mayor takes gavel to councilmember's public uproar: Mumpower defies Bellamy at recent Asheville City Council meeting 
*CARL MUMPOWER ACTS INCREASINGLY ERRATIC IN PUBLIC as he demands to be heard and taken seriously in a council meeting as well as in his re-election bid | In the most recent Asheville City Council meeting on Aug. 11, 2009, a frustrated Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy had to end the meeting with the hit of her gavel to silence disruptive city councilmember Carl Mumpower, as he taunted the mayor at the meeting's conclusion and alluded that he would like to be physically removed from the chamber.
Anyone who has followed Carl Mumpower in 2009 would be hard pressed to deny that he continues to act more erratic in his public behavior, both in person and in his increasingly frequent and strident written public statements, in which he accuses many respected business owners and other individuals of a range of illicit or unethical behavior.
In the recent past, Carl Mumpower discussed a "deep tattoo on my identity" brought on by his time spent in the Vietnam war. Mumpower publicly confessed: "I joined the service and volunteered for Vietnam when I was seventeen. My time there, like for most, was a mixture of good and bad exposures that left a pretty deep tattoo on my identity."
Mumpower, who says he is a practicing psychologist, continued: "When a person’s identity becomes largely defined by something bad that happened to them, that person ceases to be in control of their own destiny. It doesn’t matter if one is on the receiving end of sexual exploitation, combat exposures, criminal violence, racist abuse, or any other harm. Using past painful experiences as a get out of life free pass adds insult to earlier injury. In a fallen world, we all have our own personal versions of Pain-nam."
Mumpower has also publicly supported the actions of the late-Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who was known for bullying and intimidating others who disagreed with him. Earlier in the year, after Asheville Citizen-Times reporter accused Mumpower of McCarthyism, Mumpower publicly responded by stating, "McCarthy was right."
For Wikipedia.org's take on McCarthy and McCarthyism, Click Here> | To view streaming video of the Aug. 11 city council meeting, visit Ashevillenc.gov or Click Here>
Earlier this year, Mumpower publicly accused one of his old friends and former city council candidate, Dwight Butner, of harboring illegal immigrants for years at Vincenzo's, one of Asheville's top restaurants. However, in the same breath, Mumpower stated, "I have no idea of the validity of these claims."
Although openly dismayed, Butner responded magnamiously by saying that Mumpower may simply be trying to "remain relevant." Revealing Butner and Mumpower's long-standing friendship, Butner indicated that their respective daughters have been friends for years.
For the Mumpower accusations involving Butner and others in an April 2009 DowntownAsheville.com article, Click Here>


14 candidates file to run for mayor and city council | *FOUR CANDIDATES FILED TO RUN FOR ASHEVILLE MAYOR | The 14 candidates who have filed to run will first face off in the Oct. 6, 2009, primary, followed by those who qualify in the Nov. 3 general election. | Challenging incumbent Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy are Shad Marsh, Denise Pendleton, and Robert Edwards. | Competing for open Asheville City Council seats are incumbent Carl Mumpower, Cecil Bothwell, incumbent Kelly Miller, Esther Manheimer, Larry D. Chastain, Ryan D. Croft, J. Neal Jackson, Gordon Smith, Cesar Romen, and Jenny Bowen. | Current city councilmember Robin Cape will not seek re-election. | Former city councilmember Holly Jones, who is now a seated Buncombe County Commissioner, has openly supported city council candidate Gordon Smith. | For details about municipal elections, visit buncombecounty.org or Click Here>

PARC and MVA host local candidate forum Sept. 15
Discover candidates' views on local development
*HARD-HITTING QUESTIONS about Asheville's economic future will be fielded by Asheville councilmember and mayoral candidates at Tuesday's upcoming public forum | The public is invited to come to the Randolph Learning Center at 90 Montford Ave. (next to the Chamber of Commerce) from 7 to 9 p.m., for a candidates' forum organized by PARC (People Advocating Real Conservancy) and MVA (Mountain Voices Alliance). The doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Do your due diligence before voting; enjoy an evening out to listen to the views of those brave enough to run for local office this upcoming primary season. | For more details, call 828-273-1781, visit MValliance.net or
Click Here>

GORDON SMITH: Opening the door to progressive ideas * gordonforasheville.com

SMITH FUNDRAISER PARTY on Aug. 20 | Meet city councilmember candidate Gordon Smith at The Flood Gallery this Thursday at 8 p.m.
Click Here>

Scrutiny Hooligans' Smith runs for City Council, 100+ attend kick-off party: THE KICK-OFF PARTY AT ASHEVILLE BREWING CO. ON COXE AVE., on Mar. 19, 2009, was big and lively, especially for a chilly, windy night in Asheville. Gordon Smith, founder of ScrutinyHooligans.us, Asheville's most popular political blog, told DowntownAsheville.com that he was pleased with the turn-out and confirmed that approximately 110 people attended for the evening event that ran for approximately three hours (7 to 10 p.m.). Smith, a child and family therapist, has become well known in the Asheville area as a thoughtful, articulate activist with a pragmatic, progressive, grassroots bent. | For more details about his campaign, visit gordonforasheville.com or
Click Here> | To visit ScrutinyHooligans.us, Click Here> | To view Jennifer Saylor's photos of the kick-off party, Click Here>


  Cecil Bothwell seeks council slot
| For Bothwell's detailed position statements, visit cecilbothwell.wordpress.com or
Click Here>



Click to view a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this page!