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Western Carolina University researchers have completed a comprehensive study of major demographic, economic, social and political issues and trends facing Western North Carolina, releasing their findings in a 2014 Regional Outlook Report designed to equip residents and policymakers with the information needed to make informed decisions about WNC’s future.

The report is based on in-depth analysis of existing economic and demographic data and on responses to a telephone survey last summer, with nearly 900 randomly selected respondents contacted via both wireless and landline numbers.

The 2014 report represents the third installment in a series of reports compiled by a multidisciplinary team of researchers – Kathleen M. Brennan, associate professor of sociology; Christopher A. Cooper, associate professor of political science and political affairs; and Inhyuck “Steve” Ha, associate professor of economics.


Being a member of Congress has its perks.

The pay isn’t bad, there are plenty of breaks, and allowances for staff and expenses can reach as high as seven figures — not to mention the various tax benefits, pensions and health insurance.

But when it comes to winning a prestigious seat on Capitol Hill, candidates and incumbents are largely on their own. Regardless of rank, all are forced to sweat it out raising campaign funds at private meetings and public events, in order to pump cash into election efforts.


Ron Robinson and Jane Hipps to face off in primary.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The North Carolina Senate District 50, which represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Swain, Jackson and Macon counties, is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May primary will face Republican incumbent Senator Jim Davis in the November general election.


Recently, during the League of Women Voters' monthly meeting at Tartan Hall, Chris Brook gave an overview of what new voting laws could mean to North Carolinians.

Last year, the N.C. legislature passed bills that would establish new voting regulations and procedures that will go into effect in 2016. Brook serves as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who will be representing the league in a lawsuit opposing some of the provisions in the new voting law.

“A lot of the headlines that we see refer to the voter I.D. portion of the law,” said Brooks. “But that is a small portion. It is important that we understand the other changes that come with the law.”

The league has publicly opposed the law since it gained national attention last spring. Brook began his presentation by giving an overview of the history spanning back to the first bill, House Bill 589.


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