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Protestus Interruptus

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The Army of Mumpower decided late last night to cancel today’s rally in support of local police. (A #BlackLivesMatter counter protest had been planned.) While acknowledging that local protests have been peaceful, former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower said obliquely that he was cancelling his rally so as not to provide “the opportunity” for that to change (emphasis mine):

“I try to be direct and honest,” Mumpower said. “To me, we have been far too tolerant in this community. There are a lot of aggressive minority voices who have come here not to uplift our culture, but kidnap it. That doesn’t call for silence or passivity in my view,” he said.

Outside people have come here with a broad insensitivity to the traditional culture and values of our community and that merits challenge.”

The challenge is how to do that without dismantling the local tourism-dependent economy. Unless, of course, one proposes ceasing all advertising and new home construction, rolling up the streets, and erecting gates at the county line.

Don’t like outside people? Stop inviting them!

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Area Republican Leader Stands Up For #AVLH2O

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John Boyle, AC-T:

A former Asheville city councilman and Republican congressional candidate who’s chastised his party before for not sticking to its principles, Mumpower now says he’s flat out leaving to become an independent, if and when control of the city’s water department is transferred to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
“This is not anything more than stealing Asheville’s water system,” Mumpower said. “I don’t care what people say or how complicated they try to make it, it’s just theft through our legislature, and that’s wrong. And this was a way to fight back.”
But here’s what’s even more perplexing to Mumpower: How come no other Republicans are complaining, when the move seems so obviously counter to GOP philosophy?

“Nobody in the party infrastructure has said, ‘Hey, you guys are in direct opposition to what we’re supposed to be about: small government, government closest to the people,’” Mumpower said. “You’re just using traditional power politics, and you haven’t been in office that long.”
I doubt a lot of Republicans have warm, familial feelings for Mumpower, who’s been a burr under the saddle for years.

But they at least ought to think about the point he’s trying to make.

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Sen. Martin Nesbitt (Dem) spoke at the end of the League of Women Voters forum in Asheville about the fate of Asheville’s water system on March 13, 2012.

The “Dr. Mumpower” Nesbitt refers to is former Asheville city councilman and former NC-11 congressional candidate, Carl Mumpower, a Republican. The “Chuck” that Nesbitt addresses is Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), representing a House committee Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe) set up to study whether or not the state should transfer control of the $177 million water system from the city of Asheville to a new regional commission controlled by the state. That would be the one in House Bill 488 introduced this week by Moffitt, McGrady and freshman Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R-Buncombe). Everyone opposing the deal knew the “study” was kabuki theater.

Since then, the city of Asheville was threatened for daring to put the transfer to a vote of the people in a nonbinding referendum. (Voters said no to the transfer by over 85 percent.) Nearly 50 North Carolina cities and towns from Murphy to Manteo saw the handwriting on the wall. They all passed a resolution by the nonpartisan League of Municipalities opposing the “forced taking” of municipal infrastructure.

Since then, state legislators – including players from the original water study committee – sponsored bills for the forced transfer of the Asheville Regional Airport from the city of Asheville, Charlotte-Douglas Airport from the city of Charlotte (citing the Asheville transfer as precedent), and the Dorthea Dix property from the city of Raleigh.

Matthews Republican, Rep. Bill Brawley, a principal sponsor of the Charlotte airport bill, explains why Republican leaders feel they must take control from locally elected officials, “We are changing the management of publicly owned assets from people who use them for the benefit of a few to protect the rights of the many.”

You may now replay the Nesbitt video above.

Slamming North Carolina’s cities, Brawley continued, “They want to have the right to do whatever they want. ‘Arrogant’ is a word I would use.”

Since last year, resident along I-77 north of Charlotte have opposed Brawley’s plan to install High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to I-77 north of downtown Charlotte. The all-Republican Iredell County Board of Commissioners voted to oppose him.

Arrogant counties.

(Cross-posted from BlueNC.)


An Open Letter from Chad Nesbitt

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Well, not really — the spelling and grammar are too good and the thought patterns are too deep. If you ask me, it reads like something straight from the nimble fingers of my old friend Carl Mumpower — the wording, the style and the desperate, narcissistic attempt at spin are unmistakable.

Later in the week, I’ll have complete analysis of the total failure of the Buncombe County Republican Party (and the hopeless buffoons who are in charge of it) — and tell you why the following letter is a big load of crap.

In the meantime, you can listen to a podcast of an interview I did the other day with Lesley and Blake over at Local Edge Radio (it starts about 12 minutes in).

Read Chad Mumpower’s letter after the jump…

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Unfounded Rumor Dashed

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“Rep. Heath Shuler is running for re-election, his chief of staff, Hayden Rogers, told the Times-News today.”


The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

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“Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one’s own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.”

—Former Solicitor General Ted Olson in this week’s Newsweek magazine

WNC Conservatives like to talk about Smaller Government, but they seem fine with using the power of Big Government when it suits their own social agenda. I mean, heck, my good friend and old boss Carl Mumpower can get married and get divorced and get married again, but he’d deny me the right to marry even one person. What gives, Carl?

What is the conservative case against gay marriage and civil unions? What do my Republican friends Erika Franzi, Nathan Ramsey and Bobby Coggins have to say about it?

And how do the rest of you Hooligans feel?

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Pic lifted from Jason Sandford

Pic lifted from Jason Sandford

With all these Top Ten lists floating around the internets, I thought I’d toss another reflective log on the fire.  Add your own top stories in the comments, and you get bonus points if you put together a Top Ten Local Political Stories of the Decade.

Buncombe County Commissioners and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce come out in support of I-26 Alternative 3. After the strong design work from the Asheville Design Center and unanimous support from the City Council, it looked like our community might move the mighty DOT to create something that actually works for Asheville.  When the CoC and 3 of 5 County Commissioners swung in the direction of Alternative 3, further delay was guaranteed.

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punch_in_the_faceWhile I find this HT-N editorial impossibly optimistic about Republicans’ chances in the Congressional elections next year, it’s interesting enough to give a read:

A few weeks ago, Henderson County Republican Party Chairman Robert Danos trumpeted efforts by local Republicans to clear the primary field for Greg Newman, the Hendersonville mayor who announced last week that he is running for Congress.
“Newman is obviously the best known candidate in and around Hendersonville, but he will be challenged by others.

Last week attorney Ed Krause, 62, of Marion, announced his candidacy. Daniel J. Ostergaard, a professor at Western Carolina University who is a Coast Guard Academy graduate with a background in homeland security, is also considering a run.

Neither Krause nor Ostergaard will have the base or the support that Newman will have. They’re from the eastern and western edges of the district.

The bigger problem for the Hendersonville mayor is Carl Mumpower. Even if he loses his re-election bid to the Asheville City Council, Mumpower, of the outsized ego and lofty self-regard, may be unable to resist the siren song of 1994-Redux.”

I got to know Michael Muller during the Congressional primaries when he was managing Carl Mumpower’s campaign.  He’s patently conservative, and I’m a progressive Democrat. But we got along so well that we’ve been able to forge a friendship that transcends the political. Muller and Mumpower parted ways after the primary, and Muller managed the campaign of County Commission Chair Nathan Ramsey.  Michael’s taken some photos for my City council campaign while doling out a heaping helping of political insight. He’s sharp as a tack, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to post this piece. Michael left this as a comment in a previous thread. It’s too informative to leave languishing, so here it is in full:

A note to my readers: I’m pasting portions of a report I composed for a client a while back. Much of it is self-evident to political types, but was written as a primer for the uninitiated on the city races. Parts have been redacted (I hope all of them!) to protect confidentiality, so it won’t flow very well. Maybe some of you will find it interesting or useful, maybe not. I’ve sworn off politics this cycle, so here ya go…


P.S. I have enormous respect for anyone, of any political party, who decides to throw his or her hat into the ring. It is a grueling, thankless process that often ends up in disappointment and regret. It takes a lot of guts.

Basic Facts (as of May 2009)

  • There are 63,261 registered voters in Asheville.
  • 32,657 (52%) are Democrats, 11,930 (19%) are Republicans, and 18,592 (29%) are Unaffiliated. The number of registered Democrats alone exceeds the combined number of Republicans and Unaffiliated voters by 2,135. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans is 2.5 to 1.
  • Self-identified liberals and self-identified conservatives are the most likely to vote; moderate and unaffiliated voters are less likely to vote. (In other words, the more ideological you are, the more likely you are to vote). Older voters are more likely to vote than younger voters. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to vote. Regular churchgoers are more likely to vote than people who do not attend church. In Asheville’s city elections, blacks are historically less inclined to vote than whites, even when black candidates are put forth. (Blacks as a group reached parity for the first time with whites nationally in terms of turnout percentages in the 2008 general election. It is undoubtedly anomalous).
  • Municipal elections are held every odd year. Turnout for municipal elections is relatively low, averaging around 30%, although the mayoral race increases participation. A record low turnout for city council primaries occurred in 2007 at only 13%. Although voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was at a record high (71%), it is not known if this by itself will significantly affect voter turnout in the 2009 municipal race, although it could be well argued that a newfound sense of enfranchisement among progressives or a backlash among conservatives and Republicans could be anticipated.
  • Mean Age of all voters is 47 years.
  • Mean Age of Democrats is 49 years. Mean Age of Republicans is 52 years. Mean Age of Unaffiliated voters is 45 years.
  • Median Age of Democrats is 48 years. Median Age of Republicans is 51 years. Median Age of Unaffiliated voters is 41.
  • Of all registered voters: 55% are Female. 44% are Male. 82% are White. 12% are Black. 1% are Hispanic. (the difference is uncategorized)
  • Of the 7,724 Black voters in Asheville: 6,439 are Democrats; 1,042 are Unaffiliated; only 243 are Republicans.


Owing to higher than average educational levels and per-capita wealth, Asheville voters as a group tend to be more liberal, politically engaged, culturally aware, and technologically advanced than in any other part of Western North Carolina.
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The Downtown Master Plan passed City Council “in concept” tonight on a 5-2 vote with Mumpower and Russell in the minority.  “In Concept” essentially means that the broad strategic goals were approved and that the detailed implementation process will come piece by piece before Council.

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