Political roundup

Rogers receives key endorsements

Hayden Rogers, the Democratic candidate in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, was endorsed by the bipartisan Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance (SAOVA) for his support of sportsmen’s and animal owners’ rights.  

SAOVA has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina and states across the country since 2002. Rogers, a lifelong sportsman and former chief of staff to Congressman Heath Shuler, has earned a reputation in North Carolina and in Washington for being a champion on issues facing hunters and farmers, according to the SAOVA’s endorsement.

Rogers received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA) during the primary.


Macon Democrats to hold convention wrap-up

Mark Gilbert, the deputy national finance chair for the Democratic Party, will be the featured speaker at a post convention wrap-up at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Macon County Democratic headquarters in the Peggy Crosby Center on Fifth Street in Highlands. 

Gilbert currently chairs the Swing State Victory Fund for President Obama’s re-election campaign.    



GOP candidates to honor first responders

GOP candidates Mike Clampitt and Marty Jones are holding a “Remembrance and Dedication to First Responders” at 5:30 p.m. until dark on Sept. 11 at Cullowhee Park.

Clampitt, a candidate for 119th N.C. House race, and Jones, a GOP candidate for Jackson County commissioner, will host the ceremony, dinner (for a donation) and hot air balloon lifts.


Meadows, Rogers to speak at Sept. 13 forum 

Mark Meadows and Hayden Rogers, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina’s District 11, will participate in a forum at noon on Sept. 13 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin.

Meadows, the Republican candidate, is from Cashiers; Rogers, the Democratic candidate, is from Brasstown. The candidates will be asked to discuss significant issues, positions, and plans including education, health care and the economy. 

The League of Women Voters, which is hosting the event, is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

In keeping with tradition, it is preferred that there be no display of campaign paraphernalia. Signs and banners are prohibited on the premises. 

The public is invited to attend and to bring bag lunches and drinks.


GOP women host breakfast for Clampitt

The Smoky Mountain Republican Women will sponsor a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Mike Clampitt, candidate for N.C. House District 119, from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Swain County GOP headquarters on Main Street in Bryson City near the fire department.

Clampitt will meet diners and answer questions from 8-9 a.m. Breakfast is $5 and includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, fruit and beverages. 

House District 119 includes Swain, Jackson, and part of Haywood counties. 

828.488.9488 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Must Be the Place

Reading Room

  • Books that help bridge the political divide
    Books that help bridge the political divide Time for spring-cleaning.  The basement apartment in which I live could use a deep cleaning: dusting, washing, vacuuming. It’s tidy enough — chaos and I were never friends — but stacks of papers need sorting, bookcases beg to see their occupants removed and the shelves…
Go to top