With the 2024 elections less than a year away, candidates prepare to battle for the region’s congressional seat

The 2024 campaign to represent Western North Carolina in Congress is taking shape as Asheville state Rep. Caleb Rudow became the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Chuck Edwards in the state’s 11th Congressional District. At stake could be control of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a razor-thin majority while dealing with self-inflicted internal turmoil. The swing of a handful of seats could determine the outcome and shape national policy for years. Although the 12-day filing period to register officially for the campaign didn’t open until today, Rudow declared his candidacy Tuesday at…

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The Overlook with Matt Peiken interviews Watchdog editor about Mission and HCA

Local journalist Matt Peiken of the podcast The Overlook recently interviewed Asheville Watchdog executive editor Peter Lewis about his opinion piece “Is There Anything We Can Do About Mission and HCA?” Listen here:


Mission changes patient transfer process following Watchdog report on nurses’ complaints

Mission Hospital has updated how some patients are transferred from its emergency department to other areas of the hospital following two years of nurses’ complaints to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and an Asheville Watchdog investigation. Mission has instructed nurses to call colleagues – a process known as called report or called hand-off – when transferring patients who have been in the emergency department for at least 12 hours, according to an internal document obtained by The Watchdog. The procedure, which will move the hospital toward conforming with industry best practices, will improve patient safety, the…

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