LTE: District Elections

Dear Asheville Daily Planet,

Municipal district elections are coming to Asheville. This voting method separates the city into six geographical areas for electing six city council members. Candidates must reside in their separate districts and be elected by voters from that district. The mayor will still be elected by all of the city. District elections are all about regional representation, increased democracy, and decentralization in city politics.

A law requiring this election method for Asheville was passed by the state legislature in June. Senate Bill 285 mandates that the city change its charter by November 1st to provide for election districts starting with the 2019 elections.

On Tuesday, July 25, Asheville City Council voted to place a referendum on the ballot that purports to allow the voters of Asheville to decide the matter. This is a ruse. You are being lied to. This issue has already been decided by law and a vote against it would only be used to manufacture evidence for a court challenge in a desperate play to maintain the status quo by a few. Senate Bill 285 is clear and in no way allows the results of a local referendum to take precedent over legislation passed by the General Assembly.



Ballot question: “Should Ordinance #4603 be approved?”
Elections Timeline
Asheville Districts Map – Apodaca


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McGrady on the Regional Water System

Interview on WCQS

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Game Plan 2017

Can anyone spot the fatal flaws in this Democrat strategy?

Game Plan 2017

Our Shot – Episode 1: The 2017 Opportunity
Facebook Townhall Video
Hosted by Rep. Graig Meyer

NC Democrat Party Pipeline Project
The Pipeline Project is the North Carolina Democratic Party’s new program to recruit, train, and support candidates running for local office in the 2017 Special Election.

Court Order
It is ORDERED that: 1. The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina is given the opportunity to draw new House and Senate district plans for North Carolina House Districts 5, 7, 12, 21, 24, 29, 31, 32, 33, 38, 42, 43, 48, 57, 58, 60, 99, 102, and 107; and Senate Districts 4, 5, 14, 20, 21, 28, 32, 38, and 40, through and until 5 p.m. on March 15, 2017.

NC Legislators Serving In the 28 Districts



(1) The 28 districts to be redrawn are all Democrat districts, except one. If they are redrawn in any way similar to existing districts, only the Democrat incumbents will have to run for re-election. Are the Democrats recruiting candidates to challenge their own incumbents?

(2) It is the Republicans that will have the task of drawing new maps for 27 Democrat districts and 1 Republican district. The Republican majority is not going to draw themselves out of power. If anything, Republicans will draw new maps that will result in picking up seats.

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Warriors and Citizens

by General Jim Mattis and Kori Schake

a preview

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Civitas SDR Lawsuit

Civitas Files Federal Lawsuit Against NC State Board of Elections
Demi Dowdy | Civitas Institute | November 22, 2016

AUDIO: The Mark Shiver Show: Francis De Luca on the Civitas lawsuit filed with the NC State Board of Elections regarding the validity of same day registrations

AUDIO: The Pete Kaliner Show: Francis De Luca on the Civitas lawsuit filed with the NCSBE regarding same day registrations

Recount request, lawsuit add uncertainty to governor’s race
Associated Press | November 22, 2016

VIDEO: Civitas sues, cites concerns about same-day registration
News & Observer | November 22, 2016

Civitas Institute seeks expedited hearing in NC ballot lawsuit
Associated Press | November 23, 2016
A conservative-leaning group has asked a federal judge for an urgent hearing on its lawsuit demanding the state verify addresses of voters who use same-day registration. The leader of the Civitas Institute filed a motion Wednesday for a preliminary injunction and an expedited hearing on the lawsuit filed this week.


The Strained Relationship Between The News & Observer and Facts
Sister Toldjah | American Lens | November 23, 2016
With all the talk about “fake news” as of late, as well as the credibility hit the mainstream media took in the aftermath of the surprise victory of Donald Trump, you’d think news outlets would be taking concrete steps to make improvements in the accuracy of their reporting. Restoring the trust between readers and journalists by reporting the facts would be a priority, one might conclude. Such doesn’t seem to be the case with the Raleigh News and Observer (N&O).

Partisan Press Gets Caught Lying
@RaleighReporter | November 23, 2016

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On Covering WNC

My response to:

From the editor: On covering WNC
Katie Wadington, November 20, 2016

“Why did Trump win those counties? We could say that the residents are more conservative, and then move on.”

Yes. That would have been dismissive and entirely the wrong take. President Trump is not a conservative.

“It doesn’t give our readers a chance to empathize with voters who were frustrated by the economy or hated Hillary Clinton or simply were ready for a change.”

You forget that the election of President Trump was a total repudiation of yellow journalists, fake news, and the ideology they work so hard to advocate.

The news media was caught off guard by this election. They were wrong. All of them. The undecided voters were not undecided: they were just keeping their mouths shut when questioned by the partisan press out fishing for chum for a routine smear job they could serve up for their readers.

They still don’t get it. Yes, Hillary lost. But it was the media who suffered the most crushing defeat. You demeaned and criticized Trump supporters at every opportunity with boatloads of ink while proudly carrying Hillary Clinton on your ample shoulders. And you fell face first onto the hard concrete below. Bloodied but unbowed. Well, we can still see the dried blood on your dejected faces. It’s like a permanent tattoo proclaiming your battered status in the world of political smugness.

And they are still trying to tell us ignorant uninformed peons what happened and what it all means.



The Problem of ‘Fake News’ Is Very Real and Has No Good Solution
by John Ziegler | Mediaite | November 18th, 2016

Tidal Wave Of NYT Readers Vote NO On ‘Echo Chamber Of Liberal Intellectualism’
Katie Frates | Daily Caller | 11/21/2016

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Contested Elections

The Last Contested Election in America
Robert P. Joyce | UNC School of Government | Winter 2007

Initiation of the Contested Election. The new procedure applies to the ten Council of State offices. Under the procedure a candidate for one of these offices who wants to contest an election may appeal the final decision of the North Carolina State Board of Elections directly to the General Assembly. He or she begins by filing with the clerk of the House of Representatives a notice of intent to contest the election. The notice may be based on either of two grounds:

  1. that the opponent is ineligible or unqualified or,
  2. that there was error in the conduct or results of the election.

Judicial Review. The election of the governor by the North Carolina General Assembly is not subject to judicial review, per G.S. 163-182.13A(k).

Carolina Chaos, Elections in Doubt
Staff | American Lens | 11/14/2016
Durham, NC – Chaos has descended on the Durham County Board of Elections following Election Day irregularities. At least one official complaint was filed on November 11, 2016 and the high potential for others could have far-reaching effects across the state. The alleged issues took place during the entire 17-day early voting period and into Election Day at more than five precincts in Durham County. The complaint lodges an accusation of official misconduct. The number of questionable ballots is estimated at approximately 90,000. As a result, the balance of two top races remain clouded in doubt.

After Inquiry, WRAL Explains Missing Vote Count Article
Sister Toldjah | American Lens | 11/15/2016
Vote Count issues still plague North Carolina. Unlike other gubernatorial races across the country that were decided on November 8th, the battle for who will be North Carolina’s next governor is still ongoing. Less than 5,000 votes separate incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory and NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, his Democratic challenger who holds the ever so slight lead.

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