David Forbes

David Forbes is a writer and journalist based in Asheville, NC. He spends way too much time investigating the bleak parts of the present for local paper Mountain Xpress and the stranger parts of history for his own curiosity. He's written for Coilhouse, the Sunlight Foundation, and his own blog, The Breaking Time.

David Forbes’s Dispatches

  1. Orson Scott Card Gets Appointment From The NC Legislature

    A report by David Forbes, 12:05 p.m. September, 10 2013

    Bert and Ernie are on notice.

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  2. NC Legislature II: Maximum Veto Override

    A report by David Forbes, 5:37 p.m. September, 3 2013

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to ignoring the NC state legislature.

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  3. Roll-Call For The School Militia

    A report by David Forbes, 7 a.m. August, 21 2013

    Despite a political environment in my home state of North Carolina resembling the trench snipers of World War I, one section of the "Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act ...

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  4. Silver Lying: More On NC's Voter ID Laws

    A report by David Forbes, 10:50 a.m. August, 20 2013

    The fight over voting in the Old North State continues. I pointed out last week that the new arena is the now GOP-dominated board of elections, and indeed, there have ...

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  5. Playing the Orson Scott Card

    A report by David Forbes, 1:41 p.m. August, 16 2013

    Famed sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card's in the news again, and not for the coming Ender's Game movie or rampant homophobia. No, this time he's worried Obama's recruiting street gangs.

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  6. Foxx Hunting

    A report by David Forbes, 8:10 p.m. August, 14 2013

    A while back, I detailed my run-in with Rep. Virginia Foxx, back in her state legislature haunting days, and the unusually personal prickliness she seemed to have against anyone she ...

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  7. Fight Over Voting Clampdown Spreads To NC's Local Election Boards

    A report by David Forbes, 11:30 a.m. August, 13 2013

    The big news nationally yesterday for my home state was our sweeping new voter restrictions getting slapped with three lawsuits before the ink on Gov. Pat McCrory's signature was even ...

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  8. COPS: Tax Dollars For Armed Hall Monitors

    A report by David Forbes, 7:15 p.m. August, 12 2013

    Most of the attention to Attorney General Eric Holder's speech focuses on the changes towards drug offenders. Buried in it is his touting of the Community Oriented Policing Services program: ...

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  9. The Fusion Next Time

    A report by David Forbes, 12:28 p.m. August, 6 2013

    Yesterday, 8-10,000 people filled downtown in my home city of Asheville for the first Moral Monday protest outside of Raleigh. It's an attempt by the legislature's opponents to retain momentum ...

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  10. Hard Times Come Again (And Again)

    A report by David Forbes, 3:28 a.m. August, 3 2013

    While researching inequality in the South, this tidbit came to my attention: 98 percent of NC's new jobs in 2011-12 are in a few cities and suburbs.

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