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Norm gives his perspective on issues that matter to western NC and the entire state.

A Living Wage

It's simple, really.  Anyone working forty hours a week ought to be able to support themselves and their family.  A national minimum wage makes that impossible.  So, Congress ought to raise the minimum wage ... now!

In the absence of the Federal government taking such a stand, I would push for our state to step up and do the right thing.  


Core Beliefs

I am an avid supporter of our environment.  We should end forever talk of off shore drilling and fracking ... we should clean up after ourselves and protect the community and world upon which we live.

My Views of Public Education and Opportunity Grants

The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools, which shall be maintained at least nine months in every year, and wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.  

On Charter Schools and School Choice - Where I Stand

I am not opposed to Charters and school choice, but I want a level playing field.

Connect NC Bonds--Vote YES!

The people of North Carolina have a chance to cast a strong vote for our future and that of our children by voting "YES" to Connect NC Bonds!

Slowing the effects of Alzheimers

There is a fair amount of research that medical marijuana and one of its primary chemical components, THC, may slow the development of Alzheimers.  Of course research also tells us that medical marijuana also can serve many other purposes, from helping glaucoma patients, stimulating appetite in chemo therapy patients, to reducing the strength, duration, and frequency of seizures for epileptics, for example.  

Federal law prohibits states from legalizing the sale of marijuana for any reason.  Never-the-less, many States have legalized its use and sale.  Sooner or later the courts will have to rule on the use of marijuana for medical treatments, and, yes, for recreational use as well.

I don't much care for the use of drugs for recreation (that includes alcohol.)  But I sure think it is time to revisit the use of marijuana for medical reasons.  I have been given the names of several pieces of literature in which marijuana use has been studied.  I even have discovered, as anyone can with a routine Google search, that even the very conservative Business Week has published a fairly extensive list of uses for medical marijuana.  Give it a read!

No Fracking Way!

I am vehemently opposed to fracking!


This candidate for State Senate believes that an American Republic works best when people on both sides of the aisle work together to find solutions.  Sometimes this can be messy ... sometimes it results in consensus building that can leave both sides feeling less than satisfied.  That said, both parties, both here in North Carolina and in Washington, D.C. seem to want to punish their opponents when they come into power. We should always remember that that is not in the best interest in the people we would purport to represent.  

Do your job representatives and represent your constituents and respect both the spirit and laws as stated in our constitutions.

On Confederate Commemorative Statues

I have been deliberating on the matter of Confederate statuary since listening to all the reports out of Charlottesville.  As a candidate for office in North Carolina and as a target of anti-semitic slurs chanted at that event, I wanted some time to begin to work through my anger to state a cogent and meaningful stand on this matter.

Please check on my website for what I hope is a thoughtful response to the emotionality around us.


DACA - Common Sense - Have a heart

This candidate for State Senate in North Carolina supports DACA.

What are the benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

Protects the youth from being placed into removal proceedings and from being removed.

Provides an employment authorization document that allows the youth to work.

Can obtain a Social Security Number.

DACA can be renewed after two years.

In certain states, a DACA-recipient can apply for a state identification card and a driver’s license.

2013 Immigrant Legal Resource Center


Infrastructure Cannot wait & Political Courage

After attending a City Council meeting in Hendersonville this past week, I was reeling with the realization that this small city has a major infrastructure issue.  Hendersonville is not the only place with infrastructure concerns.

We must have the political courage to face this problem head on and develop a plan that protects our water delivery system, modernizes broad band access to serve even the most remote parts of our state, deal with water drainage issues which might help mitigate the dangers of flash flooding in our towns and cities, and upgrade our stressed roads/transportation systems.

I don't believe that our Republican led General Assembly has such courage. They would rather lower taxes to help insure political victories.  

This problem isn't 'sexy.'  But a modern infrastructure does underpin our State's ability to grow economically in a demanding and competitive 21st century environment.

Climate Change and World Conflict

    Climate change is having a dramatic effect on the availability of water in many places on our globe.  I couldn't sleep the other night for worrying about family and complete strangers who were in the path of the super hurricane, Irma. That sleepless night, I watched a TV show that started me thinking about the linkage between climate change, starvation, lack of potable water, shrinkage of important sub-Saharan lakes (as in Darfur/Chad), and the growth of regional unrest, and the huge migration of our human family from continent to continent and country to country.

  In 2016, the UN described the civil conflict in Darfur as the world's first climate change war!

Affordable Housing - a Complicated Matter

For every family, a roof and space to build memories.  Affordable Housing is a complicated matter, one to be discussed seriously, by serious people.

When is enough ... ENOUGH? Judges and Primaries and Power Grabs

If you haven't been paying attention, let me bring you up to date on the latest power grab from our Republican led legislature.  Having failed to get the courts to support their bills, the legislature has realized that a constitutional amendment can fix their little 'integrity' problem.  Basically, they want to appoint judges instead of electing them.  There is one small impediment ... the CONSTITUTION of North Carolina. 

The solution?  Put an amendment to the Constitution on the ballot that will enable them to manipulate the courts while they are in power.

Our intrepid Democrats ... badly outnumbered in a veto proof House and Senate ... will do all they can to stop the Machiavellian power grab, but will likely fall short as Dems don't have the numbers.

As Machiavelli contends, "Power corrupts."  Readers, we will get the power back and we must pledge never to repeat corrupt behavior when we are back in charge of the General Assembly.

The Real Cost of Deep Water Horizon Tragedy in Gulf Coast

This candidate for State Senate says, "NO WAY" to off shore drilling.  Not so my opponent!  Months ago I posted a snarky piece because Senator Edwards (NC 48) averred that the beaches on the Gulf Coast were just fine ... nice white sand ... after the clean-up from the Deep Water Horizon tragedy.  Therefore we shouldn't worry about off shore drilling here.

I pondered how anyone could forget the toll on wild life and the fishermen and the shrimpers.  After a conversation with a potential voter (a Republican who doesn't care too much for Senator Edwards) I thought to revisit the issue.

Let's start off with the most horrific piece of this matter.  Eleven people were killed in the explosion.  They paid the ultimate price for BP's cavalier handling of off shore drilling.  These people cannot be returned to their loved ones.  Between the failure to expand Medicaid and the determination to destroy the Affordable Care Act, our Republicans both in North Carolina and the United States and our Senator Edwards have shown a callous disregard for human life, especially the lives of the poor.

So perhaps they are more concerned about money?  The BP settlement was 20 Billion dollars.  A lot of money?  You bet.  The problem is that even BP estimated the actual cost to be closer to 62 Billion dollars.  SO, who pays the balance?

Have you guessed who yet?  That's right!  American taxpayers paid the balance.  Odd how that is rarely discussed by advocates (like Chuck Edwards) of off shore drilling. (This should remind us of who will pay for coal ash ponds and coal ash spills and coal ash in the ground water.)

Lives were lost and families devastated ... family businesses were decimated.  A way of life was threatened.

If this were the only such tragic event, maybe we could just promise to be more careful next time.  However, we know that off shore oil rig problems arise frequently.  According to Time Magazine (2013 publication) for every 100,000 employees, between three and four will be killed by an accident.  That makes this work terribly dangerous.  We must prevent off shore drilling.

This candidate would never vote to allow people to drill off the coast of North Carolina.  Never!

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.

Norm Bossert, Candidate

In It to WIn It!  via @YouTube

The link above is a video by Henry Felt of my Kick Off event.  Hope you enjoy it.

In It to Win It! The Teaching Fellows Program

In 1986 North Carolina established the Teaching Fellows program It was a model program designed to bring the best and brightest graduates from high school to North Carolina colleges to become teachers.

Over the years thousands of North Carolinians benefited from this scholarship program, both recipients and the students whose lives would be touched by them. In 2011, the Republican led State Legislature here in North Carolina abandoned this remarkable program.

Finally, they have recognized the error of their ways as North Carolina faces a dramatic shortage of teachers. However, they have failed to adequately fund this program. It is estimated that as we baby boomers retire we will have a need for 10,000 new teachers a year.

Republican policies - from low pay to due process rights, to miniscule pay hikes for senior teachers, to shrinking benefits, to under funded classrooms, and a voucher program that robs the public schools of resources while supporting an unaccountable financial boon to private schools have made becoming a teacher less attractive to bright young people.

The new Teaching Fellows program, though well intended, falls far short of the funding needed to bring more quality teachers to the table. You can check this out, but my recollection is that the former Fellows program granted scholarships to over a thousand high school seniors per year.

When elected, I will work with both sides of the aisles to grow this program and bring it back to the eminence it once enjoyed.

On Talking to Each Other - Healing a Wounded Country

What always gets me is how two people can see the same thing and see it differently. 

Right to Work? Right to be Poor!

My opponent in the race for State Senate, Chuck Edwards, wants to change Right to Work laws and codify them as an amendment to our State Constitution.  He is the sole sponsor of this change as of this writing (December 31, 2017.) That would make such laws more difficult to change in the future.

I would argue that it is time to realize that Right to Work is really a misnomer.  In fact, we are now a right to be poor state. 

Bossert for State Senate
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