exactly how has a Dem majority benefitted WNC? You can't find a single poster on any of these threads saying even the most remotely positive thing about how the area has improved because of anything done by the Dem-controlled legislature.Interesting.... Keever is far to liberal to win the general election, but can certainly win the primary - setting the stage for a Repub victory in the fall. I wonder how the educated Dems in Raleigh and DC feel about giving away this seat to a Repub? After all, Keever might just win the primary, but her anti-church, pro-abortion, gay rights, pro tax left views will keep her from winning the general election. hmmmm. If Dems tear themselves apart like this, the Repubs in WNC just might be back in the game.
Try looking beyond party, if you can, and look toward what these folks do. Between Hunt and Easley, the state's budget exploded. Durng that time, the state grew and grew with the type jobs most places kill for - tech jobs in the RTP, the financial sector in Charlotte, white collar in the Triad, etc etc. At the same time, the legislature's sorry legacy is one of tax hikes and near-constant budget shortfalls.
Elections aren't won on gay marriage, abortion, or guns; they're won on basic pocketbook issues, and surely even blue Asheville has enough businesspeople with enough self-interest to recognize that. Otherwise, all they get is one more Dem who will be just like the old Dems, which has not added up to a winning formula.
Low taxes, less govt, incentives for business, pro-growth strategies cut across ideological lines, at least for all but the hard left but they don't contribute much anyway. Those issues are far more important that endless debates over issues in which neither side will ever change the other's mind.