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Friday, November 10, 2017 4:59 PM

STANDING WHEN THE FLAG IS FLOWN

As Veteran's Day approaches, I am grateful to my son for his twelve or so years of service in the Army. I asked my son Aaron many times about how he felt about protesters and the like. He responded that regardless of how he feels about their political issues, he joined the Army to protect and defend the Constitution and all that that means.

For myself, I never served in the military, but know that my freedom exists in large part because of the visionaries who penned the Constitution and the courageous men and women who put on the uniform for over two hundred years. And to those who marched on Selma and Washington, D.C. and to those who would not sit in the back of a bus. And those who will not sit silent while our government runs over our rights with undemocratic gerrymandered voting districts.

Before I retired, I used to love walking in front of my school, Black Mountain Elementary, and looking at the flag waving against the backdrop of the mountains and blue sky. It filled me with a sense of purpose and pride. I often drove home passed the Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain and would stop long enough to contemplate the service of those in the earth beneath me. I love being an American. I take citizenship seriously.

We Americans are in the middle of a storm of sorts. Our sons and daughters are all over the world in harm's way for any number of political and social reasons. I am anxious that they come home to a Nation filled with gratitude for their service.

On this Veteran's Day may we all remember what sacrifice is and the people who have sacrificed so much for us and those doing so today. For me, I owe them something. That means protecting the right of all Americans to free speech, press, religion, and so on. People have died that our fellow citizens might have those freedoms.

My opponent in this election would have our children taught to stand for a pledge and an anthem and a waving flag. For some people, sadly, symbols are alI they have. Freedom doesn't live in a symbol. It lives in our hearts and minds. I would rather we teach our children that our Constitution is a living document, not something to be shelved when others disagree with us. I would have them taught to honor the Constitution and its guarantees over the symbols of our country and to have the courage to risk rebuke by fearlessly protesting when things are not right.

That is what real Americans do. We stand for each other and zealously protect the freedom that belongs to all of us. For some standing for freedom is done in the voting booth. For some it is by engaging in the political process. For some it is by marching by the thousands in the streets of Washington ... legally and peacefully. For some it is by taking a knee.

Thank you to all veterans, but most especially for me, to my son. He stood tall for our country when he volunteered to serve. I hope that had I been called to serve back in the seventies, I would have done as well as he.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:24 PM

Chuck Edwards Puts His Foot in His Mouth

Yesterday the people of Asheville voted 75% to 25% not to break into districts.  In South Asheville that vote was closer, but still a decisive 60% to 40%!  The people of Asheville do not want to break into districts.  For myself, I don't live there.  I believe that it should be the decision of the people and by the people.  But my opponent wants to force the people to his will.  "Power corrupts." 

In Asheville, signs went up to encourage people to vote to split into districts.  Ironically, people in the Hospitality business paid for those signs.  Also ironically the donations came from Raleigh.  I think that Chuck Edwards had something to do with this.  How about you?

Stop the power grab Senator!  Let the people decide and produce your proof that the majority of citizens want to be gerrymandered.

I think you can't!  Vote Bossertforstatesenate.com.  I will not impose my will on voters.

 

 

 

 

 


Monday, November 6, 2017 9:36 PM

I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THIS, BUT. . .

I never thought I would say this but. . .President Trump is right. . .about Mental health at least.  It is a major issue.  The killings in Texas are proof of that.  We have too many mentally ill individuals who have access to dangerous weapons.  I can scarcely begin to imagine the horror in the minds and hearts of the victims and survivors of this most recent killing spree. 

I know that there are many kinds of mental illness.  The overwhelming number of people suffering with mental illnesses would never hurt anyone.  Still a gun, especially a military grade weapon, makes the unthinkable possible.  Guns are especially deadly in the impulsive hands of people who might contemplate suicide, for example.  A huge number of deaths by handgun are committed in a tragic moment ... an impulsive moment of anger with a spouse, a neighbor, a friend, or oneself. 

So, why aren't we doing more to identify and help those who might suffer a mental illness.  Here in North Carolina our legislature is slow to address mental health issues.  The best evidence of that is the woefully small number of counselors in our schools and the over burdened social workers and counselors in the public sector. 

Does it take yet another tragic killing spree like Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and now a peaceful Baptist Church to wake people up?

Some of our mentally ill people are the most courageous people you can imagine.  They force themselves to live and work and care for others through the darkness of depression and paranoia and who knows what else.  Some are Democrats.  Some are Republicans.  Mental illness doesn't care about political affiliation. 

BUT I care about having people in State government who know that mental illness is a priority that cannot continue to be underfunded.  So President Trump and Chuck Edwards and Cody Henson and Mark Meadows, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr...let's stop offering our thoughts and prayers after the next tragedy.  Let's legislate real change to protect our citizens.


Friday, November 3, 2017 10:18 PM

My Opponent Worries About Strings Attached With Medicaid Expansion.

Tonight I had a conversation with a supporter who informed me that she had had a conversation with my opponent in the NC 48th Senate District election.  She had the temerity to ask him why he was opposed to Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina.  She wondered why he would not bring back millions of dollars from Washington to help provide health care for our poorest citizens.

He replied that he was concerned that there were too many strings attached to Medicaid Expansion.  My supporter then asked him about all the people who could be helped by expanding Medicaid.  He replied that that wasn't a compelling enough reason to expand Medicaid!

Imagine that!  The health of poor people wasn't compelling enough to expand Medicaid because there were strings attached. 

I have had enough of what isn't right.  AND that isn't right!

 

 


Thursday, November 2, 2017 4:00 PM

JOIN me at Bold ROCK

Opportunity Knocks - Let's Open the Door

Bossert for State Senate




November 3, 2018
Friends and Supporters,

I know that you will plan to join me at Bold Rock Cidery on November 19th, as together we kick off this Senatorial campaign. Mine is a message of opportunity here in Western North Carolina. I am asking you to join me and seize the opportunity to walk arm and arm to a better tomorrow.

To accomplish great things, we must move forward together … a team committed to bringing better jobs, better schools, better infrastructure and better health care access to all our citizens. In the famous Leandro decision, Judge Manning spoke of the need to see to it that whether children lived in wealthy communities or not, it was the constitutional obligation of our legislature to see to it that our citizens (today’s and tomorrows) have access to the best education that our Old North State could provide. In a broader sense the same, I believe, holds true in rural, suburban, and urban communities around us who need good infrastructure and broad band access.
This is our opportunity to foster growth in our small and family farms. It is our opportunity to bring living wages to our struggling families. It is our opportunity to invest in infrastructure – broadband access for all, transportation, electric, water and sewage. Perhaps not the most exciting thing to talk about, but a real necessity for economic growth.

This is our opportunity to make certain that our public schools provide the best education for all of our children; not because we are opposed to school choice, but precisely because our public schools have the know-how and skills to deliver the best and most inclusive education to our children in our great public schools.

And this is your opportunity to dig deep and generously to support a campaign that embraces a better future for all of us living today and for those who have yet to be born. This is your opportunity invest in a better tomorrow for North Carolina. And so, I ask that as you think of the Tarheel State, you dream of a new State Senator with the vision to lead, a willingness to listen, and the wisdom to know that today is the foundation for tomorrow.

I hope you can join me at Bold Rock (School House Road, Mills River) on the 19th, from 5:00 – 7:00 for a message of hope and opportunity. However, if you cannot make it on the 19th, please take the opportunity to generously invest in this campaign … your campaign to dream big and make dreams become reality. bossertforstatesenate.com.

Norm Bossert, Candidate


Monday, October 30, 2017 5:08 PM

I've Had Enough of What Ain't Right - Health Care is in Bad Shape - And Getting Worse

What could be sicker than denying the poor access to good health care?  Senator Chuck Edwards has no interest in helping the poor have the help they need.  Mark Meadows could care less.  I am running to replace Chuck Edwards to push the agenda of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina and reach out to give a hand up to the economically disadvantaged.  They are a huge, untapped groups of fellow citizens who need nothing more than a state government to have faith in them and what they can become.

The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. So, in his continuing efforts to destroy President Obama's legacy, the President is prepared to cause the deaths of untold numbers of people. Mark Meadows has blood on his hands.  AND I would look hard at Chuck Edward's hands, too.  He can help hundreds of thousands.  He could make a positive difference for the poor of our state. 

BUT, no our General Assembly is a team player in this act. For years they have colluded with the Mitch McConnell's and Trumps to deny health care to our poorest citizens. We must take back the North Carolina General Assembly.

If you are as determined as I am to bring change to North Carolina, join me at Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River on School House Road, November 19th from 5:00 till 7:00 pm. Come hear some fellow candidates, listen to some good music, and help me launch a campaign to save lives here in Western North Carolina!


Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:40 PM

28 Unconstitutional Districts

I fume over this every day here in North Carolina.  We have 28 districts that have been declared unconstitutional. 

Yet, the unconstitutionally elected officials continue to over ride our governor's veto(s.)  Every vote they make to approve the budget, cripple our public schools, drill off shore, deny Medicaid expansion to our poorest citizens, power grab by denying cities the right to provide sanctuary to our immigrants and deny local municipalities the right to establish living wages, refusal to hold Duke Power to account for coal ash clean-up, and on and on and on.  I have had enough of what isn't right.  AND THIS ISN'T RIGHT!

I am running for State Senate to make the government in Raleigh end their coup d'état.  That is exactly what it is.  Unconstitutionally elected officials have hi-jacked our state!


Friday, October 13, 2017 2:50 PM

I'm in it ... to win it ... Part 2

This is our time to work together to change our State Senate.  Every seat we pick up makes a difference.

Yesterday I spoke with Julia Buckner, Senate Democratic caucus' financial director. We agreed that my goal will be to raise the funds I need to run a credible campaign.

I am now absolutely certain that with a good team, a good plan, transparency, and the funds I need, we can take this seat away from Chuck Edwards and the nefarious work of his party which is in charge of the General Assembly. They would grab so much power that they would trample the rights of all of us, favoring instead a "corporate" personhood.

Their plan is all about supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle and lower economic classes. Help me stop Edwards and his team.

My first goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of December. Join me at Bold Rock Cidery to kick off this campaign. Together we can work for people of North Carolina and not the corporations and corporate interests.


Monday, October 2, 2017 11:37 PM

I'm in it ... to win it!

Tonight, I attended an event in support of a friend, Debbie Roundtree, who is running for City Council.  At the end of the program one of the candidates greeted me at the exit.  He said some kind words and, basically, said that (owing to the district's demographics) I couldn't win.

Well, I responded by pointing out that I am undaunted and plan to win this election.  On a pretty regular basis I grovel and beg for money tp support Bossertforstatesenate.com.

If I thought I couldn't win this election, I wouldn't be running.  I would find someone else to run in my place.  This district has daunting demographics, true.  But thanks to people like Jayne Jennings and Meg Hoke and the work of various other progressive indivisible groups ... I sense a whole new energy and I believe that that energy can carry this campaign to victory.

And that victory isn't my victory.  It is a victory for every person too poor to get covered by ACA.  It is a victory for our school teachers and, more importantly, their students.  It is a victory for our fragile environment.  It is a victory for our documented and undocumented neighbors.  It is a victory for every person who will make a living wage.  No one should work a full time job without making a salary sufficient to support a small family.

I think you get the idea.  I have had enough of that which is not right and I am determined to do something about it!

Won't you help us win by donating to this campaign?  Go to bossertforstatesenate.com and donate using actblue.

 


Sunday, October 1, 2017 7:56 PM

Lottery Funds - I've Had Enough of What Isn't Right!

Here in my beloved Transylvania County,a portion of Lottery Funding (non-recurring funds) go to fund Non-Instructional Support.   That amounted to $718,978.   In Henderson County that figure was around $2,783,640.  In Buncombe County that amount was $5,933,533.  Non-instructional funds go to support secretarial positions, custodial positions and the like.  

I know that our Counties really appreciate the support, but I believe that it is an error in judgment to use non-recurring funds to support personnel.  By so doing, they make every one of those people vulnerable to a loss of position. Not very reassuring for career employees! I believe that it is right to fund these positions using the general fund.  

Every year the General Assembly has the right to determine how the lottery earnings should be allocated.  That means, to me, that all these critical positions are vulnerable every year to the whims of a General Assembly that could, probably, just as easily, dedicate them to more voucher money.  The giving of vouchers has absolutely no accountability measures to guarantee a quality education for our children.  

I would like the General Assembly to build into the budget the funds to help with the hiring and maintenance of non-instructional school personnel.  I would like to see Lottery money ear marked, instead, to a free community college education to any high school graduate who wants to pursue such a valuable education. 

The Lottery does fund some scholarship support ... but no where near enough to give every graduate an opportunity to pursue the specialized training offered in our community college system.  

       That isn't right and I've had enough of what isn't right.  How about you?  Support Bossert for State Senate to change the use of Lottery funds.  bossertforstatesenate.com.


Friday, September 22, 2017 6:09 PM

Giving our Public Schools Grades is an Act of the Ignorant!

I just read that five Buncombe County Schools have gotten "D's on their Report Card.  Grading schools is another slap in the face for professional educators from thee very people who should be supporting them.  

It is also a testament to the failure of our Republican controlled General Assembly to grasp what really goes on in our schools. My opponent, Senator Chuck Edwards made a point of congratulating Henderson County on their LEA's performance. Pretty hollow when he has no idea what a successful school looks like ... and that has nothing to do with a grade from a legislative body that continues to under fund our children.

Let me tell you what I know as a career educator. I know that some of the finest work going on in our public schools happens at our high poverty schools ... our most dedicated teachers ... our strongest school leaders labor tirelessly to help children grow, which seems of little importance to Chuck Edwards.


Sadly, our ill informed legislators, like Chuck Edwards, fail to connect the dots and provide per pupil economic support to our children. Legislators think, foolishly, that the only thing our teachers care about is pay. WRONG! They care about kids. They care about the ones who have no books at home. They care about the kids who need to take back packs filled with food home because there isn't enough food there. They care about kids who worry that they (or their mother or father) will be deported without warning. They worry about the economic challenges at home and keeping a roof over their head. They care about the terribly underfunded mental health support our schools desperately need.


Teachers at schools, whether they score an A or an F, are there because they believe that they can help children grow to be good citizens, because they have the temerity to believe that their loving words can help a child feel safe, welcome, and wanted when they walk in the building. Absent those three ... many children would be at school without hope.  


I am proud to say that I was an educator for 44 years. Our public schools have my unbridled support and, if elected, I will always put our kids first and take care of the professional educators and the para-professionals who care for the kids.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:43 AM

People Raised Their Hands - Hurricane Irma

     I am so proud that my wife, Shelley, did something to help with housing for Irma refugees.  When she heard that millions were trying to escape the potential damage from the storm, I worried ... Shelley acted.  She got the word out that she would be a clearing house for people willing to host storm refugees.

     Shelley developed an excel spreadsheet.  By the time the calls stopped she would have been able to help 80 people find a family to host them here in Transylvania County.

     At the end of the day ... only one family needed housing.  But we both were so touched by the hands that went up to volunteer.  In these discouraging times, it is so heartwarming to know that there are lots of good hearted people willing to extend themselves and take the risk of housing people about which they know almost nothing.  

     I am so glad that 22 years ago we decided to move to Transylvania County.  This is a good place to be ... beautiful surroundings and (most of all) filled with good hearted citizens.

     Thank you to Mayor Harris, the Chamber of Commerce, local hoteliers, and Sheriff Mahoney!  Special thanks to the people of the Sunset Inn. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday, September 1, 2017 2:12 PM

Heartless for the Hungry

Last night I got to hear the inspirational words of Wayne Goodwin, NCDP Chair. It was at the Governor's Western Residence.

On the way home,I saw a bear, but it was almost more to bear when I drove to the event.

I saw a bumper sticker that read, " If you're hungry tonight, it's your own damn fault."

Friends that is what we are up against. Give it your own name. But I call the the owner of that bumper sticker ... heartless. People are suffering. Over 700 people/families are homeless in Buncombe County. We need to reach out, not throw them in the streets.

Remember Scrooge ("Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" ) He changed his tune.  So should the fellow posting such a mean spirited bumper sicker.


Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:03 PM

NC Redistricting Hearings - SHAM(eful)

Last Tuesday night I attended the Re-districting hearing at Caldwell Community College. There was a good turnout at this gathering.

The General Assembly did its job well. They dragged their feet, ignored HB200 (non-partisan redistricting), failed to provide information on how (or what) data was used in making their districts, scheduled simultaneous hearings to be broadcast to each of seven sites, etc. Bottom line, the technology was bad, the information was not well disseminated, and the evening started at 4:00, when many people who had an interest would still be at work.

The technology was a problem, too. In our group we had no microphone, so when the noises from the faulty technology were blasting through our room, we couldn't hear some of our speakers.

As near as I can tell, the General Assembly, met in secret and devised districts with a paid hack that insure their continued dominance in our legislative bodies. So, whatever has changed ... has been modest at best. This meeting was a sham.


In this State 39% of the registered voters are Democrats. 30% are Republicans. AND 30% are unaffiliated. To his credit, Chuck McGrady (R) and the bi-partisan support of HB200, would fundamentally change the way re-districting is done. I don't care for all of its provisions, but its heart is in the right place. Ultimately it would stop protecting incumbency and could return the power to the people.


People, including myself, are sick of the acrimony between the Parties. HB200 could bring a new sense of bi-partisanship to governance and create elections that are actually competitive and therefore issues based.


Friday, August 18, 2017 5:06 PM

A Loving Wage is a Living Wage

Getting that first paycheck is a powerful moment in a person's life. I started working when I was 14. I worked at Jolly Rogers as a busboy. My goal was to earn enough to buy my first guitar. At about 95 cents per hour, I cleared an awful lot of tables, cleaned more than one potty, washed more than a floor or two. Missed my High School football games, too.

Finally, I had my Epiphone ... two pick-ups and a great case to go with it. I remember asking my mom if I could stop working after I got it. She smiled and told me that in our family, once you start, "You don't stop till you drop," On June 30th I didn't drop but I retired.

I was so proud to get my first paycheck and have never taken one for granted. I have flipped burgers, performed on stage, worked at a Psychiatric hospital, worked as a security guard. I worked as a desk clerk. I did anything honest I could to make ends meet ... as a teacher. I did that job for love.

Getting that first paycheck matters, For some people it represents a validation. Sadly, in our community, people work hard to get that paycheck, only to discover that it simply will not pay the bills. I am for a living wage - whether one works at McDonald's or a school or a hospital.

Anyone working a full time job ought to be able to take care of themselves and a small family!


Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:04 PM

Charlottesville

Some may criticize me for remembering the vintage WWII photo of a man tearfully watching the conquering Nazis march through the streets of Paris.

Many of us are tearfully observing and protesting the rise of hate crimes in our beloved United States. Those of us who love our Country and Constitution will work relentlessly against the 'haters.' The Alt Right, Klan, and Neo Nazis and other bigots may have a friend on high, but they (and he) will be brought low and freedom will ring again.


Friday, August 11, 2017 9:14 PM

With Malice Toward None - Charity for All

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds,"
We are a wounded Nation. Today's Republican Party denies health care to millions, builds tax policies that weigh heaviest on the poor and middle classes. They seek to under fund public schools, a bastion of hope for millions. Government does not need to protect the uber rich and corporations. They take good care of themselves.

I believe that we can work with the Republicans ... especially those who are inspired by a hopeful vision for a better tomorrow, for those who need our government to take up the needs of the needy.

We must all be determined to "bind our Nation's wounds." And that must start in our own backyard.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:46 PM

Dem Women's Special Event



The Buncombe County Democratic Women’s Club
Special August Event:
Thursday August 31st at the
Governor’s Western Residence
45 Patton Mountain Road, Asheville
6:00-8:00 PM
featuring
North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin

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Enjoy a Meet and Greet Social with Local Candidates in a beautiful setting with a catered barbeque dinner
RSVP: buncombedemwomen@gmail.com Dinner: $12

Note the change from our usual monthly meeting date due to availability of venue and speaker.

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Parking is very limited at the Residence!
Please carpool from (free) parking lot at First Bank, 79 Woodfin Place, Asheville, 28801 or One Oak Plaza parking

Directions to the Residence:
From I-240, take the Charlotte Street exit. Go south on Charlotte Street (toward downtown) for one block. Turn left on Town Mountain Road and continue up and around Town Mountain for 2.3 miles. Turn left on Patton Mountain Road. the entrance is .2 miles on the right

Come join us for this special evening!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:17 PM

Medical Cannabis

The work Todd Stimson is doing regarding medical marijuana has been both thoughtful and well organized.  I don't know as much as I should on this issue, but it is time for all of us to study and stop all the 'evil weed, gateway drug' horror stories.  We need to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  

There is an ample and growing case that it helps with a wide variety of health issues; i.e. nausea following chemo-therapy, glaucoma, and other uses as well.

I don't advocate alcohol addiction or drug addiction.  I know, too, that once it is legalized for medical purposes there will be those who will abuse it.  That is no reason to deny marijuana's use to people whose lives will be made better for it.

Many other states have legalized marijuana for medical use ... and, yes, recreational use, too.  We need look no further than those states to see the good and bad of their practices to help us craft North Carolina smart legislation.

Keep at it Todd!  Things are swinging in the right direction.


Friday, July 21, 2017 10:20 PM

Cutting Medicaid? Heck no!

Many people do not understand what it means to individual families how devastating draconian cuts to Medicaid would be to families with profoundly handicapped children.  I worked for two years as Director of the Progressive Education Program (PEP).  Absent Medicaid, many families would be unable to afford wheelchairs, special hardware and software to facilitate communication, respite assistance for families struggling to have some semblance of a 'normal' life, and even after school educational services needed to help a child grow.  Yes, these services are expensive.  But as a professional educator (albeit a retired one), I believe that it is our job to meet children where they are and get them as far as they can go.

At PEP we served children with incredible needs from age 4 - 21.  In my second year one child had to be put on life support close to the end of her final year at PEP.  I was invited to the hospital to be by her family's side when she was taken off life support.  I will never forget gathering around her bed with her foster parent and mother as life support was removed.  

As she she took her final breath foster mother looked heavenward saying, " Now she has graduated, yes, she has truly graduated."

Some cynical politicians may think that her life wasn't worth the investment.  I was given a gift that day and will never forget that every life is worth our collective financial support.

 


Monday, July 17, 2017 9:44 PM

Health Care - What next?

The battle over health care is taking an ugly turn. The talk now is that there is interest in giving states block grants allowing them to choose whether or not they come up with their own plan or continue with the ACA. We know how the NC General Assembly would choose to go. They have condemned our neediest neighbors of the benefits of Medicaid expansion (nearly 1/2 million people.) So, we can assume that they will continue to abandon those people and the likely abandonment of those with pre-existing conditions. We must get our General Assembly back in the hands of those who care about all of us ... not just those with money!


Monday, July 17, 2017 9:44 PM

Health Care - What next?

The battle over health care is taking an ugly turn. The talk now is that there is interest in giving states block grants allowing them to choose whether or not they come up with their own plan or continue with the ACA. We know how the NC General Assembly would choose to go. They have condemned our neediest neighbors of the benefits of Medicaid expansion (nearly 1/2 million people.) So, we can assume that they will continue to abandon those people and the likely abandonment of those with pre-existing conditions. We must get our General Assembly back in the hands of those who care about all of us ... not just those with money!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:36 AM

Republicare! On their health plan.

Approval of the Republicare plan would deprive millions of health care. Problem is ...most of us can't really understand the volume of 20 + milliion people. When people first read the "Diary of Anne Frank," they truly understood what we need to understand today. This is not about the millions.
This is about the one ... the one person you know who will no longer be able to get insurance because of pre-existing conditions.


It is about the one parent of a profoundly handicapped child who won't be able to get respit care.


It is about the man or woman with diabeties who will be unable to get their supplies.


It is about the person who dies for want of basic health care, leaving his/her family destitute.


This is about the one person ... not the millions. It is about our neighbor.


With the current bills, states can opt out of this or that provision of ACA. Our General Assembly has made it clear where they stand on helping oridinary folks like you and me.

Past behavior informs us of how the General Assembly will handle things in the future.  We hold our neighbors and their children and the quality of their lives in our hands! Will we sit silently ... or will we work for our neighbors?

 

 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:26 AM

Campaign Finance

All candidates know how important it is to raise money for their campaign(s).  Still, there is a point at which the money spent on a campaign can be absolutely obscene.  The Ossoff campaign in Georgia 6, was an example of obscene fundraising.  Millions raised and spent!  When does a sum of money become obscene?  That is for each of us to decide personally.  

That said, the Bossert for State Senate campaign needs a lot more financial support than it got in 2016.  Then, I loaned my campaign $4400.00.  I raised about $26,000, too.  It was simply not enough, but look at the results.  I got 38% of the vote.  One of my fellow Dems ran a great campaign, raised and spent about $450,000.00.  She got 38% of the vote.  Another raised over $350,000.00 and spent that amount.  She, too, got only about 38% of the vote.  Yet another raised about $70,000.  She, too, got about 38% of the vote.  In each case (and my own, too) our Democratic Party candidate was far and away a more qualified candidate.  

What is the lesson?  I wish I knew.  I certainly got more 'bang for the buck.'   All I can manage is a thought that we are all failing to send the message that what we Dems stand for is really that which is the best interests of the voters.

This time around, I have started my candidacy by listening and not making the faulty decision of thinking I know better than the voters.  

So far, these seem to be the big issues.

Education is definetly up there, but so is a living wage and affordable housing.  Health care is a biggee, especially for the poor and the Baby Boomers (people my age!)  Among many of my potential constituents women's health and self determination are big issues.  The environment ranks high as well.  Those of us soon to be on a fixed income (or already there) care a lot about rising health care costs and unbalanced tax policies.

I think you get the idea.  I thought the big issue was public school and all that entails.  The truth is that we humans care about lots of things, but we tend to focus on those things that have the greatest impact on our lives ... in a very personal way.

$30,000 isn't going to help me market my candidacy well enough.  I am going to, pie in the sky, build an obscene budget.  Help me get to the bar I am setting - $450,000.

That sum will help me get a powerful message of reclamation of North Carolina on TV, radio, newspapers, mailers, bill boards, etc. and pay for a professional campaign manager as well.   

This sum is obscene, but if you and I think of it as an investment in a better North Carolina, electing a Democrat in the 48th State Senate district could be a game changer for future generations of North Carolineans.


Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:12 PM

The Affordable Care Act

We need to protect the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate is avoiding this issue.  I think it is because the protests and anger of the American people have risen to put a halt on abandoning ACA.


Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:46 PM

What's been going on?

It has been a long time since any changes have been made on this website.  No one to blame for that, but your's truly. 

Regardless, I have been a very busy candidate for the past several months.  More important, I've just been very busy.  Thanks to Debbie Rountree, Chair of precinct 2 in Henderson County, I have an opportunity to meet with precinct 2 people, canvass in Green Meadows and plan for an upcoming fundraiser.

I've been attending sanctuary meetings, gatherings at the Hendersonville Courthouse (hosted by Jayne Jennings), and postcard writing at the Sanctuary Brewery (hosted by Meg Hoke) on Fridays.

Jackie Hovey, former chair of the Transylvania County Democrats, gave me an opportunity to speak for a few minutes at the County Convention.  I addressed the Buncombe County Senior Democrats.

I have been trying hard to post on my Facebook page almost everyday.  AND ... I have been asking for modest donations - 200 people - $20.00 each.  It is early in the campaign and my needs right now are pretty modest.

For now, please consider giving me your support right at this site through ACTBLUE.  And anticipate weekly updates on the campaign.

Thanks to you all for your support.


Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:22 PM

Jeff Messer Interviews Norm

Norm is interviewed by Jeff Messer on 880 the Revolution...listen in at the link here.

Norm Bossert on the Jeff Messer Show

 


Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:19 PM

Norm's Interview with Jeremy Loeb at WCQS

On the WCQS website:
In Race for Apodaca's Seat, Educator Norm Bossert Hopes to Defy the Odds...


Jeremy Loeb says: "North Carolina Senate District 48 features the race for Republican Senator Tom Apodaca's seat.  One of the state's most influential lawmakers, Apodaca decided to retire early, meaning his seat is up for grabs.  The conservative-leaning district covers parts of Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties.  It's represented now by Republican Senator Chuck Edwards, a small business owner who was appointed to fill Apodaca's vacancy.  Edwards declined our interview request.  His opponent, Democrat Norm Bossert, was more than happy to be interviewed.  He drove over to WCQS one evening from Black Mountain Elementary School, where he's been principal for about a decade, to answer questions on the numerous issues of concern in this election.  The full conversation is above.  We've highlighted some individual issues below."

[Visit the link to listen to the entire podcasts, or any of the topics highlighted in shorter segments]


Monday, October 3, 2016 9:04 PM

Norm's TV Commercial Debuts

If we're going to send an Educator to the Legislature, we have to introduce Norm to as many people as possible. Encourage your friends to watch Norm's commercial, and if you are able, contribute to his campaign so we can purchase more air time. Thank you for your support!


Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:05 AM

Norm's TV Campaign Kicks Off October 1, and you can help!

30% of our state legislators are members of the business community; only 1% are educators. Yet over half the state's budget supports public education, and many education policies are written every year.

Doesn't it make sense to send a knowledgeable educator to the legislature? If you agree, please help introduce Norm to voters by supporting our TV campaign through the "contribute link" on this site. Thank you so much! 


Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Citizen-Times Letter to the Editor: Bossert presents balanced solutions to current problems

[Thanks to Lee McMinn for this great letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times!]

"For a while now, I’ve been hearing Norm Bossert talk about what he wants to do when he’s elected senator representing NC Senate District 48 (Henderson, Transylvania, and the southern part of Buncombe counties).

"Norm wants to develop more sources and uses of alternative energy, to rebuild the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to strengthen environmental protections that have been decimated by the current administration, to repeal laws that prevent towns and communities from gaining information about fracking, to deal positively with Duke Power’s coal ash problem, and to repeal HB2, which has embarrassed our state on the national and international stages.

"Norm presents balanced solutions to these problems that will not burden us with unnecessary taxes or intrusive regulation. As an educator and principal in our public schools, Norm wants to restore pride in our education system and respect for our teachers.

"Norm’s opponent recently was anointed to finish an unexpired term and will only continue the extremely hurtful voting record of his predecessor on issues important to us. I believe that there is a better choice in this election. I encourage you to vote for Norm Bossert as senator from N.C. Senate District 48 on Nov. 8."

Lee McMinn, Brevard


Monday, September 5, 2016 8:55 PM

Norm at Whit's Custard Sept. 20 6-8PM

If you haven't had a chance to meet Norm yet, or even if you have, come on out to Whit's Custard, 614 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Sept. 20, 6:00 - 8:00 for some casual conversation, Q & A, and of course to get yourself a tasty treat!


Monday, August 22, 2016 9:11 PM

Norm to Hold Town Hall Wed, Aug. 31


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 AM

Bossert Details Environmental Stances for MountainTrue

Article By Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:30 a.m.
Photo by John Moriarty


Norm Bossert addressed a full house Monday, August 8, at MountainTrue, answering members’ questions on his views on contentious environmental issues and his approach to state environmental policy. You can read the entire article by following the link, but here are a few of his primary points:

On the question of climate change: it exists, that humans contribute to it, and it is frightening. “The world is changing and the world that we are passing on to our children has to change for the better; it can’t continue to go the way it is or we won’t have much of a world to turn over to our children,” he said.
Bossert said 10 of the world’s warmest years on record have come in the last 12, and that glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate. A rising sea level is threatening coastal towns that are starting to see more dramatic flooding with storms.

On the state’s encouragement of alternative energy through tax credits. "Right now, our legislature has sort of turned its back on providing tax credits and tax opportunities, if you will, to businesses that want to improve the use of alternative energy, and that should concern us all.” It’s a bottom-line issue, he said — people need jobs, and the solar and wind power industries offer good jobs.

Repealing laws limiting the public’s access to information about fracking and other environmental concerns:  Bossert said he’s concerned about people's property rights and added that they have a right to protect property from eminent domain for mining or fracking, and a right to know what goes into their land. While saying that fracking is not a major concern in Western North Carolina, he's bothered by laws that make it illegal to publish the chemicals used in fracking. “That’s not kosher to me; I don’t think that’s fair.” He said people have raised concerns about health risks from fracking chemicals in groundwater.
He also cited a “perfect example of protecting industry at the expense of people’s health and wellbeing.” 

Duke Energy and the coal ash problem: Members of the state legislature have also “gone out of their way to protect Duke,” he said, allowing the company to stretch out how long it takes to clean up coal ash pits, to not line coal ash pits and to protect the company from liability.  “We should all love Duke Energy,” he said. “I’m upset about coal ash, but let’s face it, it is a powerful company and that powerful company provides power to all of us, and we need to help them do it in a way that’s safe and clean and will protect our children and generations of us to come.”

On offshore drilling off North Carolina’s coast: “I’m absolutely opposed to offshore drilling,” Bossert said. “I look at what happened in the gulf, that terrible accident there. Some people think, ‘Well the gulf’s all cleaned up and it’s tidy and everything’s been improved.’ There is scant little evidence that that’s true. What they’ve done is they’ve made the beaches pretty.”
As clean as the beaches might look, he said, there’s ample evidence that oil continues to bubble up to the surface.
There are three reasons he’s against offshore drilling: the possibility of an accident, that he doesn’t want the state to have to go to the “terrible expense” of cleaning up that kind of accident, and that the state should instead be exploring other ways of delivering energy to its people.

“I know that some people feel we need to be energy independent in our country and not do business with other nations, particularly Saudi Arabia” and other nations that “aren’t always our best friends in the world, and that’s certainly true,” he said.
But, “we are capable of being energy independent right now,” he said. “We are producing everything we need to produce in the United States, but Exxon and Shell and all these other companies” will sell to other countries if they can make more money. 

On funds for the state Department of Environmental Quality: Bossert said the department has been “decimated,” and that he would like to see some of the state’s $1 billion budget surplus go to DEQ. “I believe that if we get to work and do things to protect our environment now, our planet is not past rescuing,” he said, but “if we wait for other people to do it, like China or North Korea or South Korea or (the) Japanese or anybody else, if we wait for them, we deny ourselves the opportunity to start here and set the model for the rest of the world.”

Bossert’s comments were well-received by Jackie Hovey of Brevard, who said he sounded informed on the issues.
“I think he seems very knowledgeable; I think he’s done a lot of research,” she said. As an educator, she said she hopes he has a broad view of the local and state environment, and she appreciates his passion for protecting it.


Monday, August 8, 2016 10:54 AM

MountainTrue Hosts Meeting with Norm Bossert

Environmental advocacy group MountainTrue is hosting a Meet & Greet with Norm Bossert on Monday, August 8, as an opportunity for all to get to know Mr. Bossert better and to share thoughts and concerns with him.  The organization also desires to hear about his vision for protecting our natural spaces and resources.

The Meet and Greet will be held on Monday, August 8, at 4:00 p.m. at our Southern Regional Office, 611 N. Church Street, Suite 101 in Hendersonville. Light refreshments will be served.

A follow-up meeting of Mountain True members and friends will be held to discuss ways to continue to work and communicate with – as well as monitor – our legislators’ efforts, both at home and in Raleigh, during the 2017 legislative session and beyond. If you are interested in this longer-term work, please join them for this discussion on Monday, August 15, at 3:30 p.m at their Southern Regional Office.


Saturday, July 2, 2016 12:00 AM

How the House Derailed Apodaca's Plan for Asheville Districts

The debate over whether Tom Apodaca, a lone elected official who barely represents any of Asheville's residents, should override local and state representatives by imposing a new and controversial redistricting structure, ended late last night. It provided a rare opportunity for real leadership in the NC General Assembly. Thanks to Buncombe County Representatives Susan Fisher, John Ager, and Brian Turner, along with representatives of the House on both sides of the aisle who did the right thing! 


Monday, June 27, 2016 12:00 AM

NC Senate moves forward with amendment to cap income tax

This fall, voters could be asked to weigh in on a very confusing and detrimental constitutional amendment. The NC Senate, with approval by the House during joint budget talks, wants you to vote to significantly reduce our state income tax and cap it there...hurting the state when it faces financial crises or natural disasters, limiting support for education and other needs, such as our courts and public safety. Doing so will also put a burden on middle and lower income folks, as funding will have to be made up in other ways. Taxation should be done wisely, for the benefit of all...not just the upper crust and corporations. 




Saturday, June 4, 2016 1:28 PM

School's Out for Summer Cookout on June 21 with June Atkinson and Norm Bossert

Norm Bossert and NC State Superintendent of Education June Atkinson would love to have the chance to talk with parents and educators on Tuesday, June 21 from 5-6:30pm in Patton Park, Hendersonville. Bring the family and enjoy a free cookout!


Monday, May 2, 2016 12:08 AM

Over 80 People Attend MAYDAY Kick Off Event!

Over 80 supporters gathered at Connestee Falls Clubhouse on Sunday, May 1, 2016 to support putting an educator in the legislature. NC Democratic Party Chair Patsy Keever was on hand to kick off the event, with the inspirational Jake Quinn rallying the troops for the fight ahead. Read more here...




Monday, April 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Norm Campaigns with Deborah Ross

Saturday, April 23, candidate for NC Senate District 48 Norm Bossert joined dozens of supporters who came out to meet Deborah Ross, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Ross will take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in the November election.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:18 AM

MAYDAY! Join us May 1, 3-5pm at Connestee Falls


Friday, March 4, 2016 4:01 PM

Supporting Attorney General Roy Cooper for Governor!

3/4/2016...It was great to network today with NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, on the road to becoming our next Governor!


Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:36 AM

Norm Addresses the Issues

Norm has been an educator for 43 years, the last 10 as a Principal at Black Mountain Elementary. In this video Norm addresses what is happening to public education, and to the students of North Carolina. "I care deeply about my children, and about their future. And what's happening to them here in North Carolina is absolutely tragic."

 


Monday, February 8, 2016 11:14 PM

Democratic Precinct Meetings

See you at the following precinct meetings!

Tues. 2/23/16, 5:30pm: Pisgah Forest Precinct at Pisgah Fish Camp

Wed. 2/24/16, 5pm:
Dunn's Rock Precinct Annual Meeting, Connestee Fire & Rescue Meeting Room, Brevard

Thurs. 2/25/16, 7pm: Cathy's Creek - Cathy's Creek Community Center

Fri. 2/26/16, 6pm: Little River - Little River Community Center

Saturday 2/27/16:

  10:00am--Williamson Creek Precinct Meeting/ Williamson Creek Community Center

  10:45am--S.Buncombe Cluster Precinct Meeting/Skyland Fire Dept., 9 Miller Road, 28776

  11:30am--Hominy Valley Cluster Precinct Meeting/Enka Middle School, 390 Asbury Rd., Candler 28715

  1:00pm--Henderson County Cluster Meetings/City Operations Center, Hendersonville


Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Save Our School

From the Mountaineer article "Save Our School," about a Public Hearing and rally to save Central Elementary School in Haywood County from closing, the Mountaineer newspaper said this:

"Norm Bossert, principal of Black Mountain Elementary School, said he was worried for the future of his own school if Central Elementary closed.

“The heart and soul of a community is its school,” Bossett said. “To the parents and the community, you are far more powerful than you know. If you walk side by side you can save this school.”


Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:07 PM

Norm Socks it to 'em at Save Our School Rally!

"Save Our School!" from StratComm4PublicSector on Vimeo.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:39 PM

Central Elementary - Bringing Down an Historic School

This evening I am headed to Central Elementary School to listen to a public hearing on the possible closure of that school, owing to budget shortfalls (Thank you Republicans - yes, that means you Senator Davis and Representative Presnell) and the unfettered opening of charter schools. I hope you'll go and listen, too! These sorts of closures of historic community schools could happen elsewhere. That is, after all, what the Republicans want.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:09 PM

YOU MUST VOTE ON THE BOND ISSUE!

On your March 15th ballot, there will be an opportunity to vote yea or nay to a two billion dollar bond issue.  The proposed bond would help finance a wide variety of projects that would benefit infrastructure, community colleges, the State university system, public facilities (like the NC Zoo) and other worthwhile projects.

Some people wonder that if these projects are so important, why not put them in the State budget?  Other people argue that the advantage of a bond issue is that it meets a need, is paid back over a lengthy period of time - and thus minimizes the tax bite for tax paying citizens.

I suppose an argument could be made either way.  From my point of view we need this bond!  Our legislature has let the needed works go ignored for far too long.  The institutions that will be helped have a severe need for modernization and updating. 

Whether it is the zoo, our forests, our community colleges, or roads, all these entities need our support and help.

Here is what worries me!  If our Democratic Party has really already determined who our Presidential nominee will be prior to the NC Primary, Democrats may stay away from the polls.  Republicans are less likely than Democrats to support this bond issue.  That would mean that not only would the failure of this bond to pass hurt the many institutions it is designed to help, there would also be no remedy coming from the State budget.

Be certain to get yourself to the polls! No matter how you vote, you must get to the polls and vote.  Please support this bond.  I know that I will!


Monday, January 11, 2016 10:17 PM

Welcome to Bossert for State Senate

      This website will give you the opportunity to get to know the voice and the views of my candidacy for North Carolina's State Senate.  Some of my views may surprise you, some will not.

      The bottom line is that I am the Democratic Party's candidate for the 48th district of the NC State Senate.  I believe that if we build a team that is determined to knock on doors, make lots of phone calls, and visit voters wherever and whenever the opportunity arises, we can win this election for the people of this district and North Carolina.

      Join me in my effort to get the word out about my candidacy. 

 


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