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Obstacle course

Asheville’s City Attorney has consistently taken stances against basic government transparency. It’s time for Council, and the people, to demand…

WheelTurnmain

The wheel turns

Council condemns HB2 after some last-minute changes, sketches out the coming budget and gives the go-ahead for a major greenway,…

Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper.

Crunch the numbers

Council gets a first look at the budget, hikes (some) fees, checks up on short-term rentals and tries to take…

HallFletcherCrowd

Nothing about us without us

Hall Fletcher families grapple with a lack of transparency and democracy in a city school restructuring that threatens to make…

Obstacle course

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Asheville’s City Attorney has consistently taken stances against basic government transparency. It’s time for Council, and the people, to demand better of a major public servant Above: Asheville City Attorney Robin Currin. File photo by Max Cooper. Recent events in Asheville have turned an eye,…

The wheel turns

WheelTurnmain

Council condemns HB2 after some last-minute changes, sketches out the coming budget and gives the go-ahead for a major greenway, over some opposition. Also: bear selfies. Above: Anti-HB2 protesters move onto the space near the Vance Monument after a smaller, pro-HB2 demonstration leaves on April…

Crunch the numbers

Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper.

Council gets a first look at the budget, hikes (some) fees, checks up on short-term rentals and tries to take a swing at (eventually) solving West Asheville’s parking crunch Above: Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper. By the time Asheville…

Nothing about us without us

HallFletcherCrowd

Hall Fletcher families grapple with a lack of transparency and democracy in a city school restructuring that threatens to make issues of segregation even worse Above: Hall Fletcher families, teachers and staff gather on Feb. 2 to offer proposals for restructuring their school. Photo by…

How we got here

Anti HB2 rally-Main

The sweeping effects of HB2, the local response and a look at how Asheville and North Carolina got to this point Above: Opponents of HB2 gather on March 24 to express their opposition to the bill. Photos by Bill Rhodes. It was a windy, grey afternoon…

Not over yet

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Body cameras, public housing, the fate of a public square and no action on LGBT protections as Council swings back from the end of winter Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer. File photo by Max Cooper. February was an unusually light month for Asheville City Council. So…

The map and the territory

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WNC is Sanders territory, local upsets, the repulse of the far-right and more on what the happened in Tuesday’s primaries Above: Statewide election results map showing the precincts won by Bernie Sanders in beige and the ones won by Hillary Clinton in red. With long…

Buncombe Commissioner primary guide

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We put your questions on a range of topics to candidates in the key Buncombe County Commissioner primaries. These officials oversee major services affecting 250,000 locals. Now, get out there and vote. It’s voting time, readers. Last week we tried to clear up some mis-impressions…

Buncombe Commissioner candidate guide — Scott Bissinger

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Name: Scott Bissinger Profession: Retired Chief Deputy, Buncombe County In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I am a career public servant wishing to continue to lead and contribute in my community.…

Buncombe Commissioner candidate guide — Isaac Coleman

Name: Isaac Coleman Profession: Retired In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Progressive Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I am running to bring a different approach to the crisis issues and to be the first African-American to serve…

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