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My SCOTUS Op-Ed was also published by Hendersonville Lightning. You can read it here.

I appreciate the bloodhound style of reporting from Asheville Citizen Times columnist John Boyle towards the transparency of my legislation and the negotiation of the contract to bring the Pisgah View State Park to WNC. I respect his willingness to say, "my antennae have settled down a bit." What a refreshing response from a journalist.

What the Supreme Court Ruling Really Means.

Please read my Op-Ed published first in the Asheville Citizen Times here.

Last week in a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that redistricting is a firmly legislative and political matter outside the scope of the courts.

While most of the media coverage surrounding the decision has taken the sensationalist route, with hyperbolic headlines that scream, “Supreme Court Refuses to Outlaw Gerrymandering,” I think it’s important that we take a look at what the opinion of the court actually said.

Final Budget Prioritizes Pay Increases for Teachers and State Employees, Invests an Additional $1.5B in Public Education, Further Reforms Taxes, and Other Initiatives That Will Have a Dramatic Impact on Western North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), announced Monday some of the budget highlights that could most affect the western portion of the state. Although the Governor recently vetoed the budget that recently passed both chambers, he is optimistic that these provisions will withstand the next phase of budget negotiations.