Asheville City Council

Buncombe Water War Heats Up -- The Townsfolk Fight Back

Last night, Asheville City Council passed a unanimous resolution opposing Raleigh's looming legislative seizure of the local water system.

The resolution says council “remains convinced that local solution arrived at by an open, collaborative process is preferable to a legislative directed disposition of municipal assets.”

“The forced taking of … local government infrastructure sets a dangerous precedent in the state of North Carolina, a precedent that will have a chilling effect on any local government investing in needed infrastructure in the future,” it reads.

For more on the water drama, read Raleigh's water rustlers, or, isn't It a Shane?

Raleigh's water rustlers, or, isn't It a Shane?

It has come to my attention that Buncombe County’s range war has gone largely unnoticed outside the region. Well, better saddle up, partners. Your town is next. For those who don’t have time for deep reading, here’s the story in a nutshell. It's a complicated story I don't fully grasp myself, so excuse the editorializing and lack of complete detail, but you need to know:

Raleigh is acting like rich, cattle barons.
They want our water rights.
They offer pennies on the dollar.
If we refuse, their henchmen take it by force.

Lawsuit filed in Asheville missing evidence case

In pursuit of a taxpayer-funded audit:

News emerged last year that more than 115 items were missing from the APD evidence room. Asheville City Council ordered a $175,000 audit and then-APD Chief Bill Hogan promptly resigned. But after the audit was finished in January, the district attorney declined to release it in the face of multiple records requests.

I caught part of this story on Frank Stacio's program a little while ago. Unfortunately, this is not the first case of guns, drugs and money going missing from PD evidence lock-ups. And as long as the powers that be try to stifle the public release of information associated with these cases, this problem will continue.

Asheville Councilmen Bothwell on Rachel Maddow tonight.

Tonight on The Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, Asheville City Councilmen Cecil Bothwell will talk about nearly not being able to hold office in NC, because it is against the law for an atheist to hold office in the state.

The story has seen press from the NY Times ( to the Washington Post ( Tonight's Rachel Maddow show should be a great show to watch.

Atheists Anonymous

A perennial topic that always gets me steamed. Baptist Planet wraps it up.

Perhaps also refugees from the war on Christmas, opponents of Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell argued that he shouldn’t be seated because he’s an atheist. All reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times, which also explains that Article 6, section 8 of the state constitution (a bootless anachronism) says:

The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.

The U.S. Constitution supersedes any and every state constitution where there are conflicts. There’s the First Amendment to consider, as well as Article VI, which says: “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Screwy! Screwy! Screwy! Ahem... Congratulations Gordon!

I can barely express how excited I am to congratulate Asheville and BlueNC blogger, Gordon Smith, who won a seat on the Asheville City Council. Gordon, who blogged as Screwy Hoolie and has been blogging longer than BlueNC has been in existence, beat Republican Carl Mumpower handily. Mumpower ran for congress against Heath Shuler in 2008.

Congratulations Gordon. I'm happy for you and so, so proud of you. I can't wait to follow your career.

Gordon For Asheville - Latest Video!

This one's just over a minute long - please share it with your Asheville people!

Gordon For Asheville - New Video!

Water in WNC - The Energy Connection

Why do we need to switch to renewable sources of energy in the mountains of western North Carolina? Aside from the obvious, there's also the fact that energy production requires that we deplete our water supply to feed unsustainable production mechanisms. Watch this excellent data visualization from the wizards at Elumenati studios here in Asheville to learn about how our water resources are divvied up:

Save Asheville by supporting Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith announced here on Saturday that he is running for Asheville City Council. Gordon has been a long time and loyal member of the BlueNC community and a front page writer. Over the past year he has become more interested in local politics and how he can help in his own community.

I'm really proud of Gordon. He's a passionate, compassionate man and even though my opinion doesn't matter one iota, I endorse him for Asheville City Council.

Today, I'm asking you to dig shallow and help Gordon serve the people of Asheville. Dig shallow? That's right, you see, Gordon has it all worked out so we can help even if we only have a few dollars to give.

Your small donations can make a big difference.
$10 pays for 55 door knocks.
$15 pays for mobile internet access for campaign staff for a week.
$20 pays for a field organizer training session.

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