Candidate Debates Announced for NC House, NC Senate, and Jackson Commissioners.

A Virtual debate for NC House of Representative, District 119, between Joe Sam Queen (incumbent) and Mike Clampitt is being held on October 8 at 7 pm.


Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be debating on September 24 at 7pm.  The public can view it at  It is hosted by Southwestern Community College.

Democratic Candidates are Susan Bogardus (District 3) and Mark Jones (District 4).

A debate for NC Senate, District 50 with Democrat Victoria Fox and Republican Kevin Corbin and will be held on October 22 at 7 pm.  


Updates on all three of these debates can be found at and on SCC’s official social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

NC 11 Hosts Debate Watch Party for Davis vs. Cawthorn – 9/4 & 9/5


Join Our Debate Watch Party Hosted By:
NC CD11 Democratic Party and the Coordinated Campaign
Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 – Starting at 7:15PM

NC 11 Congressional District Debates Starts at 7:30 PM
Come join the District 11 Democratic Party and the Coordinated Campaign to watch Democratic Nominee Moe Davis take on Republican Madison Cawthorn in the first forums of the 11th Congressional District U.S. House Race.

Moe Davis is a retired Air Force Colonel, Director of the Air Force Judiciary and former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay. He has been a law professor, judge, speaker, writer and national security expert for Congress. He is the best candidate to represent Western North Carolina and is the fighter we need in Congress!
There are 2 forums hosted back to back – one Friday evening, and one Saturday. Join us!

The forums are sponsored by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress and Smoky Mountain news. 

You Must Register  to join District 11 Democrats Watch Party

Here’s what Moe’s campaign has to say:
Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.) will face off against Republican opponent Madison Cawthorn in a pair of debates to be hosted by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress and Smoky Mountain News. The “Best in the West: North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District forum,” on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 will be moderated by reporter Cory Vaillancourt with a diverse panel of guests who will question the candidates.
“I’m pleased we finally got an agreement from the other side to do debates,’’ Col. Davis said. “There are sharp contrasts — personally, professionally and politically — between me and Madison Cawthorn and debates will give voters an opportunity to learn more about us so they can make informed decisions. The debates are going to underscore the obvious … education, training and experience matters.”
The Sept. 4 debate will take place at Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park campus and include questions from Lenoir-Rhyne University Equity and Diversity Institute developer Aisha Adams, former Asheville Citizen Times political reporter and current Mountain Xpress contributor Mark Barrett and Pete Kaliner, longtime N.C. political reporter, radio host and podcaster. The debate will focus on international, national, state and urban issues.
On Sept. 5, the candidates will be at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and questions on rural issues, native issues and education will come from WCU political science and public affairs department chair Chris Cooper, WCU professor of economics and director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise Edward Lopez and Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Other options to watch:
Moe Davis Facebook Page Starting at 6:30pm:
Blue Ridge Public Radio’s facebook page.

National, local businesses are requiring masks

The Sylva Herald, By Kelly Morgan

Face masks, this year’s most notable fashion statement, have been a mandatory part of North Carolina’s dress code for more than a month.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order June 24 stating that retail businesses must have all customers wear face coverings when they are inside stores and have the potential to be within 6 feet of another person, unless the customer states that an exception applies.

In response, many businesses have clearly stated mandates requiring their customers to wear masks. Sylva’s major corporations and grocery stores, including Ingles, Walmart, Food Lion, Lowe’s, Sav-Mor and Harold’s all require masks unless customers have medical exceptions. Some even provides customers free masks at the door.

Drugstores including Walgreens, CVS, Kel-Save, Mark’s Pharmacy and Eastgate have stated mask requirements, as have downtown businesses including Sassy Frass, City Lights Bookstore, Baxley’s Chocolates and others. In Your Ear Music Emporium sells masks for $1 to customers who don’t have them.

However, Sylva Chief of Police Chris Hatton said law enforcement cannot directly enforce the executive order.

“We can’t make people wear masks,” he said. “We can’t file a charge if they’re not wearing one. Where the strength in that order comes from is when, for example, you go into a business and you say you don’t want to wear a mask. The business requires you to have a mask on, so the business tells you that if you’re going to be in their store, you need to wear a mask. If you say, ‘I’m not going to do that; I’m not going to comply with that,’ then the business has the right to tell you to leave. If you leave, that’s the end of it. If you refuse to leave, then now you are committing second-degree trespassing, so if you refuse to leave, you are subject to a criminal charge.”

Customers with medical exceptions are allowed to enter stores without masks, and they do not have to prove their exceptions since health details are protected information.

Hatton said he has seen some businesses say, “If you have a medical exception, we’re going to hold you at the door. You tell us what you need, and we’ll work in cooperation with you to get what service you need.”

That being said, businesses still have the general ability to ask people to leave their premises.

So far, the Sylva police have not had to file any trespassing charges on people who refused to wear a mask, but they have dealt with two verbal altercations and one physical altercation over mask-wearing, he said.

NC District 11 Democratic Party, Newsletter #10. (July 28)

A Message from CD11 Chair Kathy Sinclair
I hope each of you are in good health, staying safe, and wearing a mask in public.   Wearing a mask protects others and reduces the spread of COVID-19. We all want small businesses to re-open safely and be able to remain open.  We all want workers to return to a safe workplace and unemployment rates to drop. We all want children and teachers to return to school and learn in a safe environment.  We all want our family, friends and neighbors to be healthy, and safe from COVID-19.  At this time, the only safe way to make this happen is to practice the 3Ws…Wear a Mask…Wait at least 6 feet apart…Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Thanks for doing your part.
November 3rd is just over 3 months away, so now is the time to provide voters with complete and accurate election information.  Several reliable resources are available to voters, and here are just a few to share with your friends and neighbors.
Absentee Ballot Requests

No Excuse Absentee Voting is available to ALL voters in North Carolina.  Absentee Ballot Requests are now being accepted by your local Board of Elections, and anyone receiving an Absentee Ballot will still have the option to vote in person.  The first thing to do is obtain an Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit it to your local Board of Elections.
CLICK HERE to download a Request Form from the North Carolina State Board of Election.  Page 1 includes instructions on how to complete your request.  Page 2 is the Absentee Ballot Request which you’ll complete and return to your local Board of Elections.  Page 3 is where to find the address for your local Board of Elections.  Some Boards of Elections allow Request Forms to be submitted electronically, so double-check with your local BOE for your county’s instructions.

Your actual Absentee Ballot should arrive sometime during the month of September.  To help prevent a backlog, it’s recommended that ballots be completed and returned as soon as possible.  More information on this process will follow in a future newsletter.

Andy Millard, Chair of the Polk County Democratic Party has put together this very helpful video to address questions. Scroll down to county news to find the link to the video.  

One more thing…we’d like a to ask you a favor.   Once you’ve requested an Absentee Ballot Request Form please let District 11 know by emailing us at And if you don’t mind, include your cell phone number.  We’d like to touch base with you closer to the election via a text message.  Thank you.

Voter Guide/Sample Ballots
Another helpful resource is the link  where voters are able to obtain a personal voting guide/sample ballot.  Voters simply click on the link, enter an address, and they’ll see all the candidates on their ballot.  This link will be updated with Board of Education and Soil & Water Conservations candidates in the near future.

Voter Registration
Voter Registration is now available online to DMV customers who have either a North Carolina driver’s license or DMV-issued ID.  At this site, voters can register, update their voter registration, registration address or update their party affiliations.  There is no fee for this service.  Learn more at

District 11: Executive Committee Meeting

Members of the District 11 Executive Committee are required to attend or provide a proxy.
The District 11 Executive Committee Meeting is Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 – 8:00PM.  Click the link above for a proposed agenda and information on how to join the meeting.  Two important agenda items include electing members to the Resolutions & Platform Committee and the Council of Review.  Both current members are running for re-election, however nominations will be taken from the floor.  Jeff Rose has served as our representative on the Resolutions & Platform Committee since 2018.  Beth Osgaard is serving a 2nd non-consecutive term on the Council of Review.

Protecting our Vote in the 11th District! 
In order to ensure everyone’s vote will be protected in November, we are:
  • Communicating with staff at the Boards of Election in all 17 counties to learn their plans for safety procedures at the polls, adequate staffing, and accommodating an increased number of absentee ballots.   Poll workers tend to be seniors who are at risk for Covid-19 complications, so some counties are in need of younger poll workers and staff.  These are paid positions so please check with your county boards if you’re willing to work when the polls open.
  • Working on a District plan for addressing any voter intimidation or irregularities that may arise. County party officials will have direct lines to our attorneys as needed.
  • Informed and prepared voters are the best protection when casting our ballots. This site – –  provides information for voters about their registration, absentee ballots, and polling locations. Please share it with every Democratic voter you know!
  • Urging Democrats to consider helping their county parties as poll greeters or official poll observers representing our party at the polls.   These folks will be on the front lines for reporting any problems voters may encounter.
Phone Banking is Now Our #1 Method for Reaching Voters!  

Political experts agree that phone banking as one of top ways to win an election, and this year, we are even more dependent on making calls because we’re unable to knock on doors.  Prior to Covid-19 about 10% of the folks we called picked up their phones, but we’re finding the pick-up rates are closer to 50% now because people are at home and eager to chat.  If your county wants help setting up a local phone bank to reach voters, please contact Kathie Kline at or 828-776-3751.  She can also pull lists for you if you’d prefer writing postcards.

Texting to Promote Absentee Ballot Requests  

We are preparing to embark on a texting campaign to encourage over 60,000 voters in our District to request absentee ballots. Democratic and left-leaning Unaffiliated voters with verified cell phone numbers living in 16 of 17 counties will receive these texts (Buncombe County has its own texting plan and we don’t want to duplicate effort).  If the response is positive and if resources allow, we may fund another campaign to Get Out the Vote when the polls open.

2020 Convention Plan Updates  
Our delegates are now being instructed in procedural matters so they will be ready to fulfill their obligations as delegates during the week of August 17-21. We hope you’ll all tune in for this exciting and yes – historic event!

Mark Your Calendars

*note: Blue line is a clickable link..
North Carolina Women for Biden Launch
Monday, July 27, 2020
5:30 PM  6:30 PM
Ashley Biden and Judge Cheri Beasley
On Monday, Join Ashley Biden, social worker & criminal justice reform advocate, and special guest Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, NC Supreme Court, at the NC Women for Biden Kickoff. July 27, Biden for President will launch North Carolina Women for Biden with Ashley Biden, the daughter of Jill and Joe Biden, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, and other women leaders who will lead a community rally about what’s at stake in the upcoming election for women and North Carolinians in November.Video Conference with Pete Buttigieg and Cal Cunningham
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
5:00 AM  6:00 AM
Register for a video conference on Tuesday, July 28th, at 5:00 pm ET, and we’ll send you all the details you need to log on and chat with Pete.

Moe Davis Virtual Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
8:00 PM  9:00 PM Join  Joanne Kalp & Ken Kahn, Tom Maxwell & Lynn Hamlin, Greg & Amy Miller, Allison Smith and Ginny Hunneke in supporting Moe Davis for Congress. We will be joined by NC Senator Terry Van Duyn who will introduce Moe.  Click link above to register.

Henderson/Buncombe Zoom with NC Judge Candidates
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
7:00 PM  8:00 PM
Henderson and Buncombe County host Zoom meeting with the NC Judge Candidates of Democratic Party!  Watch for details   

Town Hall w/ Wayne Goodwin
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
7:00 PM  8:00 PM
Hosted by Josh Remillard for NC House 117

Pride All Summer with Judge Lucy Inman
Sunday, August 9, 2020
5:00 AM  6:00 AM
Sunday August 9 5-6PM
A virtual event supporting Judge Lucy Inman.  Special guests will include Judge John Arrowood, Representative Deb Butler, and we are excited to present some entertaining surprises.2020 Defenders of Justice Awards 
Sunday, October 4, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Pre-event cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6 pm
Online, Virtual Event
Special Presentation by NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green
Music by Jennifer Evans
Please join us 30 minutes earlier to mingle in our virtual cocktail hour! We hope to see you there!
Every year we come together to celebrate the inspirational work of outstanding leaders in our community who are leading the fight for justice. These few exemplify our mission — they are working to eliminate poverty in North Carolina to ensure the creation of an economy that works for everyone. They are at the front-lines of advocating for progressive and inclusive policies that advance equity and opportunity in our state.
A complete list of awardees will be announced in the next couple of weeks — stay tuned!
Please contact me at or (919) 856-3185 with any questions.

County News

Avery  Avery county’s early voting site will be moving to the new community pool in Newland.  They are also putting out a 4000K mailing for Moe Davis to unaffiliated voters.

Buncombe County   100 days of action until November 3!  Are you ready? On July 26, 100 days until election day BCDP along with HCDP co-hosted a Kickoff Event Guest speakers included Senator Terry Van Duyn and Sheriff Quentin Miller and other candidates.

Clay As of August 10 Clay Co. HQ is open for two masked people at a time.  They are sending postcards to Democrats and left leaning Unaffiliated including a special focus on Young Dems.  Their YD group has started a new Instagram (claycountydemsnc) and a new website is in the works.

Haywood  Haywood has been having EXECOM meetings on Zoom since May.  Their first GOTV project is a post card mailing to 4K Dems that don’t have phone numbers.  The others they will call or text.

Henderson  Hendersonville is working with BCDP on a July 29 Judge candidates zoom meeting noted in our Mark Your Calendars.  The GOTV team is sending out postcards and precinct phone banking above.  Messaging includes info on absentee ballots.  There is also a group that are writing postcards for Sam Edney.  They are also working on a peak hours poll greeters schedule.

Jackson  Jackson had their countywide meeting via Zoom on 7/21.  HQ is open 10-2  Mon-Thur.  They have sent 3K postcard to Dems and Unaffiliated Dem Leaning.  They are also working with NCDP phone banking and separate phone banking for Joe Sam Queen.  They have a WCU intern, Zachary Wyatt who is writing articles for newspapers and reporting on demonstrations and boosting their Twitter account followers. Their communications group is writing weekly letters to the editor to the local paper.  They also have a fundraiser of selling Democrat Masks at their website –

Macon  Macon’s HQ is gearing up to expand its hours Tue-Sat from 11AM – 6PM starting July 28. Macon County Hosts Moe Davis Rally at HQ Opening.  ON Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM  and repeating at 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM the NCDP hosted a very successful in-person masked, social-distanced rally and ribbon cutting event. Congressional candidate Moe Davis headlined the event.  Other candidates speaking included Justin Greene, Candidate 30th District Court Judge, Betty Cloer Wallace, candidate for Macon County Commission and Emily Ritter, candidate for Macon County School Board.

McDowell  McDowell  has been working to fill chairs for their precincts and have fill all but 2.  They have completed a mass mailing encouraging voting volunteering and the use of absentee ballots.  They are also completing phone bank trainings with their volunteers.  They have developed two messages for their signage “Be the Change – Vote Democrat 2020” and “Justice for All – Vote Democrat 2020”.

Polk  Polk County doing an absentee ballot mailing to all their Dems and a group of Unaffiliated voters with a return envelope. They have produced a video ( about how to get an absentee ballot.

Rutherford  Rutherford has just concluded their Gala-in-place event to raise funds for the year.  This took place through direct mail and followed up with social media and email.  Many donors made their donations in memory of Edna Michael.  They FAR OUTRAISED not only last year but their goals for this year.  Yay to Rutherford!!!!

Transylvania  Transylvania’s EXECOM met 7/20 and selected a county commissioner candidate (Douglas Miller) for the special election this fall.  HQ is now closed.  They have been having Zoom meets.  Training is happening to use virtual phone banking.  The messaging now is to encourage people to complete the census.  The next campaign will focus on absentee voting.  
Yancey Thay are running newspaper and radio ads, and phone banking.

We will feature more County News in September’s Issue.  Please get your info pre and post to mail to:

Rock the Vote Signs
Be a part of helping District 11 Democrats raise money for our 2020 Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts. We have 4 exciting versions of 12″ x 12″ yard signs available for you to display and have your voice be heard during the COVID-19 era.


Each sign is $10 each, and available for pick-up or delivery (sorry, but shipping is not available).
Buncombe County residents are especially encouraged to order our yard signs because they can be picked up at our central location after purchase.  So far, there have been no orders outside Buncombe County, but if a fair number of folks request from another county, we’ll arrange a delivery location there
Click here to order.







From 3VC: Comunications

The NC District 11 website is updated regularly.  County chairs are encouraged to have their 3rd VCs (or the person in charge of communications) get in touch to coordinate communication and planning.  Please visit your county page on the District 11 website ( and send any updates such as website URLs, FB, Twitter, Instagram addresses, postal and physical addresses, phone numbers and County officers names positions and contact email addresses (or phone).  Please also visit the state website, and make sure the NCDP3VC has the correct information for your county posted there.  I noted some inconsistencies so please check the state website listings.  Guidelines for posting information on the District 11 website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram are available upon request.  Please forward your suggestions to the email below and we will consider your input in revisions.
Candidate EventsDuring the period from the NC primary until the general election in November candidates may submit posts and events for the District website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.   Please send detailed requests with pictures for addition to the District 11 Events Calendar.  Pictures with captions of events that have recently happened in our counties are also welcome.  Please try to get permission from people before taking photos.  It’s respectful.
Karen Albig Smith 3VC: Communications
Special thanks to our social media assistance Grace Loftis.  
Look for our next newsletter in late August.
Copyright © 2020 North Carolina Congressional District 11 Democratic Party, Paid for by NC11 Democratic Party. Not authorized by any candidate or committee.

Product of NC11 Dems Communications and Public Relations Team. This NC11 Democrats Newsletter Issue was edited by Karen A Smith, District Third Vice-Chair

Climate Change: What is the DOD Doing?, Zachary Wyatt (July 24)

On Saturday June 20th, the Russian town of Verkhoyansk recorded its highest temperature ever. The town located above the Arctic Circle recorded a record temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This is another indicator of the true effects of climate change. Siberia has already been having an unusually hot year, as the region has been experiencing wildfires currently burning 680,000 acres of Siberian wilderness. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the earth’s five hottest years ever recorded, occurred since 2015. Nine out of the 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005. The average global temperature for 2019 was 1.71 Fahrenheit higher than the average for the 20th century. 

Policy makers in Washington continue to be apathetic about taking any action. Some are actively trying to reverse efforts made to fight climate change. For example, President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement. 187 out of the 193 UN members are part of the Paris Climate Agreement. The US has a key role in participating in the Paris Climate Agreement because the agreement is aimed at reducing green house gas admissions, and the United States is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases. Trump dismisses climate change entirely, claiming it to be a “hoax”.

Although the policy makers in Washington seem to ignore the reality of climate change, various federal agencies prepare for its future consequences. The Department of Defense released a report in July of 2015 about the national security consequences of climate change. The report stated, “that the department must consider the effects of climate change – such as sea level rise, shifting climate zones and more frequent and intense severe weather events – and how these effects could impact national security.”

The report found that two thirds of U.S. military installations are at risk of flooding, droughts, and wildfires. The authors of the report noted that the reports mostly likely underestimate the damage caused by climate change. The report predicts that these damages are for the near future, as in the next twenty years. Out of the 79 military installations analyzed in the report, about 53 currently experience recurrent flooding, 43 have been facing drought, 36 have been exposed to wildfires, and one is dealing with thawing of permafrost.  

Climate change can make it too expensive for the United States to maintain its military abroad.  The cost for constantly repairing expensive military equipment from the world’s most advanced military will become too high. This will cause the United States to decrease its presence and influence abroad, possibly even causing the United States to lose its superpower status in the process. 

Despite all the efforts various government agencies and departments have made to urge the legislatures to act against this crisis. Many policy makers in Washington are still in denial about the effects  and the existence of climate change. While policy makers in Washington remain apathetic about the effects of this manmade disaster, the unbiased technocrats within the governments various government agencies prepare for the worst. 

Zachary Wyatt is currently an intern with the Jackson County Democrat Party

Moe Davis For Congress Newsletter, July 20. (July 21)

A Message From Moe 

I have made the decision to put the health of voters in Western North Carolina first as the campaign works to flip this district blue in November. That puts me at a disadvantage against my opponent, Madison Cawthorn, who is holding public events with large gatherings, refusing to practice social distancing or even wear a mask. All are against state guidelines designed to protect the health of the people of North Carolina.

I won’t do that. I won’t risk endangering others.

So with Gov. Roy Cooper opting last week to stay in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, that will continue to limit my options for campaigning throughout the district.

I hope to be on the road and holding events as soon as I can. But for now, keep an eye on the campaign’s social media for virtual events including the twice-weekly Moe Talks, where I take questions from voters. You can “like @MoeDavisforCongress on Facebook and follow the campaign on Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNC11, and on Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress. Share the social media posts with friends and family. Get a yard sign or bumper sticker. Or both. Spread the word about the campaign.

Most of all, stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.

I’ll see you soon.


Millions Losing Healthcare

This story ran in The New York Times last week: “Millions Have Lost Health Insurance in Pandemic-Driven Recession.”

That’s 5.4 million people who lost health insurance when they lost their jobs in the midst of a global pandemic that has already taken 140,000 lives and counting. The coronavirus pandemic has made clear that employer-based health insurance is inadequate. We need to expand Medicaid in North Carolina and create a public option so that everyone can be covered.

Healthcare is a fundamental need for everyone. Lack of access to healthcare is holding Western North Carolina’s people and economy back. We need leaders in Washington who will work to ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

Once and for all.

A Loss For Our Country

With the passing of Representative John Lewis, we lost one of the great Civil Rights icons of our time. Moe Davis issued this statement on Saturday:

“Some people sit in the comfort of their own homes and boast that they believe America is worth fighting for. Representative John Lewis didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk and he shed his blood in the fight to move America closer to the promise of a more perfect union where all people are created equal. It would have been a real privilege to have served in Congress with John Lewis and I regret that I won’t have that opportunity. John Lewis’s life was a life well lived. May he rest in peace and may his family take comfort in the knowledge that he leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice that will serve as an example for future generations.”

Rising With Moe

Moe joined Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Rising on The Hill TV to talk about his experience, how a lack of broadband hurts Western North Carolina including veterans who can’t access telemedicine, and why we need to get dark money out of politics for the good of the people.

Watch here.

Moe On The Air

You can catch Moe’s radio interview with Mark Lieberman on WPVM 103.7 FM Asheville this Tuesday at 9 a.m. It will be streamed on at the same time and rebroadcast on Saturday at 10 a.m.

A video of the interview will be posted on WPVM’s Facebook page on Thursday.

Look for Moe to appear on The Matt Mittan Show on Biz Radio Asheville 1350 WZGM as well. The interview was recorded last week and is tentatively scheduled to stream at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Check our Facebook page for updates if it has been rescheduled.

The interview will be on an upcoming podcast as well, available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio and others.

Special Guest On Moe Talks

Major General Rick Devereaux (USAF, Ret.), former Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Pentagon, will join Moe Talks on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss national security and how policy impacts Western North Carolina. They will also talk about climate change, and the VA and veterans healthcare.

Don’t miss this special edition of Moe Talks!

You can catch Moe on today’s Moe Talks at 12:30 p.m., where he will answer your questions. Join us!


Can we pause the campaign just for a moment to give a shout-out to the Great Smoky Mountains Association? The Association, which supports the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is now selling face masks to raise funds.

Their four featured masks all sold out in the last week. But they are on reorder!

Who wouldn’t want one of these?  (Sold at

Wear a mask. It’s the right thing to do.

Order Your Yard Signs!

If you want a yard sign or bumper sticker, please write to We’ve had so many requests, we had to place a new order. Signs will be in shortly and we will get them to you as soon as we can.

The Clock Is Ticking

We ask every week for you to consider donating to our campaign. There’s a reason. We know big money is going to back our opponent and he will be thoroughly owned by those corporate interests by the time he gets to Washington. We can’t afford a Congressman who continues to vote against our country’s and Western North Carolina’s best interests.

We don’t accept corporate PAC money; Moe’s vote can’t be bought. So if you want a Congressman who answers to the people instead of corporations, you have to help Moe get there.

Please donate. Time is running out.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.

Mountain Strong

Gov. Cooper Signs Exec. Order 143 to Address Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color (June 4)

Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 143 to addresses the social, environmental, economic, and health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order directs state agencies and offices to provide targeted measures to help communities of color that have been affected by the pandemic.

“COVID-19 is shining a light on disparities that have long existed in our health care and economic institutions for communities of color,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Today’s Executive Order will expand our state’s efforts to help North Carolinians recover from the pandemic and improve access to affordable healthcare and quality economic opportunities in our state.”

To make sure all North Carolinians can recover physically and economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, this Order identifies specific actions North Carolina departments and agencies must take to eliminate disparities across sectors.

The Order does the following:

  • Establishes the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force to focus on economic stability, health disparities, and environmental justice in North Carolina;
  • Tasks the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office to ensure the equitable distribution of pandemic relief funds;
  • Directs the Historically Underutilized Business Office to provide small historically underutilized businesses with access to opportunities, tools, and resources that promote equitable economic recovery and procurement of State contracts;
  • Directs the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to ensure all communities have access to COVID-19 testing and related health care;
  • Tasks the Office of Public Engagement to increase awareness about COVID-19, COVID-19 relief services and resources, and provide education on eliminating disparities;
  • Directs the Division of Emergency Management to continue coordinating efforts to protect the food supply chain and support feeding operations at food banks and school systems;
  • Directs the North Carolina National Guard to provide planning and logistical support and personnel where feasible to support mass testing of food processing plant workers in impacted communities and migrant farm workers; and
  • Tasks the Department of Environmental Quality to create a common discourse on environmental justice and coordinate with state executive agencies on the integration of environmental justice considerations into current and future policies, programs, and procedures.

COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color for several reasons, including existing social, environmental, and health inequities. Despite making up 22 percent of North Carolina’s population, as of June 1, African Americans account for 30 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 34 percent of COVID-19 deaths in cases where race is known. Similarly, Hispanics account for 39% of confirmed COVID-19 cases, in cases where race or ethnicity is known, despite only making up about 10% of the population in North Carolina.

The Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force

The Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force will identify best practices to create economic stability, eliminate health disparities, and achieve environmental justice in North Carolina. Andrea Harris dedicated her life to eliminating disparities in North Carolina, co-founding the non-profit North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development and serving on the Advisory Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses. Secretary of the Department of Administration Machelle D. Sanders will chair the task force.

“Health inequities are the result of more than individual choice or random occurrence — they are the result of the historic and ongoing interplay of inequitable structures, policies, and norms that shape lives,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders. “I am deeply honored to carry Andrea Harris’ torch on this new task force, as we grapple with these complex and critical issues for North Carolina.”

Direct Health Assistance

The Order directs the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to use funding from the COVID-19 Recovery Act to provide COVID-19 related health services to uninsured North Carolinians during this public health emergency.

This will include health services provided by community health centers, local health departments, rural health centers, and clinics. NC DHHS is also tasked with reporting racial and ethnic demographic data; providing testing supplies and PPE to community health centers and nonprofit providers that service vulnerable communities; and partnering with community organizations to establish testing sites easily accessible to communities of color.

Economic Recovery for Historically Underutilized Businesses

Governor Cooper established the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NCPRO) to help North Carolina recover from the pandemic. In this Order, NCPRO has been tasked to work with each state agency to ensure COVID-19 related stimulus funds and resources are delivered equitably; to work with the Historically Underutilized Business program and advocate for the economic recovery of minority-owned businesses in the state; and to work with the Department of Commerce to guarantee the equitable distribution of Community Development Block Grants.

A certified historically underutilized business (HUB) is a business that is 51% owned by, and the day-to-day management and daily business operations are controlled by a person of color, woman, disabled, or socially and economically disadvantaged individual. The Historically Underutilized Business Office is tasked with developing and implementing a plan that stimulates economic recovery for small, historically underutilized businesses.

Government-Wide Focus

The Order also involves the Governor’s Office of Public Engagement, the Division of Emergency Management, the North Carolina National Guard, and the Department of Environmental Quality.

Read more about the Order in a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Read the full Executive Order.

District Attorney says Justice Continues

Smoky Mountain News, Administration

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said Tuesday the judicial system remains open for business with measures in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

“The health and well-being of employees and community members we serve is a top priority,” said Welch, who oversees the 43rdProsecutorial District, made up of the state’s seven westernmost counties.

“Our office is working with others in the court system, including judges, clerks of court, defense attorneys and local law enforcement, to strike a balance between the needs of public health and public safety, while providing constitutional due-process rights as guaranteed under the constitution.”

Law enforcement officers continue to arrest offenders, including domestic-violence suspects, people who drive while impaired and others who commit criminal misdeeds. The District Attorney’s Office continues to process these cases. Welch emphasized anyone who violates Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order or who ignores locally enacted ordinances could face criminal charges.

“If law enforcement takes action, my office will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” she said. “People need to understand these regulations are in place for the good of all, to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Earlier this month, N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued a set of emergency directives. Her orders to the judicial system included postponing most cases in Superior and District courts. She also instructed local officials to limit the risk of coronavirus exposure in courthouses.

Welch said members of the District Attorney’s Office are deemed essential employees. To limit the potential for coronavirus exposure, administrative staff members are working different shifts districtwide. This both provides protection and allows all seven county offices to stay open, with a staff member in each office available during business hours.

Otherwise, to the extent possible, she and her 31-member staff are working remotely from their homes.

Welch also said:

  • Though still operational, the District Attorney’s Office is closed to members of the public.
  • Don’t worry about speeding tickets or other citations if you have a court date. These infractions are being continued to future dates. If you have an attorney, contact them. If you want to know the continued date, then call the Clerk of Court’s office in your county.
  • Victims of crimes who have questions about open cases can call the District Attorney’s office in their respective county and leave a message. These messages will be returned as promptly as possible.
  • is available for handling some court business, including citation services, paying your ticket, court payments, signing up for court-date notifications and reminders and eFiling court documents for certain courts and case types.