Warriors and Citizens

by General Jim Mattis and Kori Schake

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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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Expanding the Courts

The Judicial Branch of government in North Carolina is established as a co-equal branch of our state government under Article IV of the State Constitution. North Carolina’s court system, called the General Court of Justice, is a unified statewide and state-operated system consisting of three divisions: the Appellate Division, the Superior Court Division and the District Court Division. The Appellate Division is composed of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Short Memories
John Hood | November 12, 2016

Pope v Easley
Decided: December 18, 2001
“On 30 June 2000, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted, and the Governor of North Carolina signed into law, Session Law 2000-67, which authorized, among other things, the expansion of the North Carolina Court of Appeals from twelve to fifteen judges.”

House Bill 1840 / S.L. 2000-67
§ 7A-16. Creation and organization.
“…On or after December 15, 2000, the Governor shall appoint three additional judges to increase the number of judges to 15. Each judgeship shall not become effective until the temporary appointment is made, and each appointee shall serve from the date of qualification until January 1, 2005. Those judges’ successors shall be elected in the 2004 general election and shall take office on January 1, 2005, to serve terms expiring December 31, 2012.”

NC Democrats: So opposed to court-packing, they did it in 2000
Sister Toldjah | American Lens | November 21, 2016
“There’s only one problem with their criticism [of expanding the court]: It’s already been done in North Carolina. By Democrats – when they controlled things. In 2000.”

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HB2 and Tourism

3/29/2015: People in the travel and tourism industry in the Asheville area and across the state are waiting nervously to see how many people avoid North Carolina because of their displeasure over HB2. Some say they are already seeing negative impacts, a few say it may not affect the bottom line and others expect problems in the future, with the big question being how large the effects will be.

4/27/2016: Tourism losses related to House Bill 2 are rising toward $2 million in Asheville, according to tourism officials, and that number represents only the measurable impact.

7/11/2016: In Asheville, business owners are taking stock of what HB2 means for sales and considering the economic impacts of the boycotts and government-funded travel bans that have resulted from the legislation.

TODAY: Dollars continue to surge into Asheville tourism sector: Asheville and Buncombe County’s tourism industry continued to thrive during the past fiscal year, which concluded at the end of June. The area set an occupancy record for lodging properties with an average rate of 73.3 percent, said Stephanie Brown, executive director of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau. That broke the previous year’s record of 72.6 percent.

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Body Cam Law

The Bill
House Bill 972, Law Enforcement Recordings: bit.ly/2d4iMTt
Session Law 2016-88
Signed: July 11, 2016
Effective: October 1, 2016
House Vote: bit.ly/2dlfayv
Senate Vote: bit.ly/2davFgy

UNC School of Government: http://unc.live/2ddVXeG
NCHouse103: bit.ly/2disX6H
Gov McCrory: bit.ly/2crHCPG
Elon University: bit.ly/2cN9bRP
Engstrom Law NC: bit.ly/2di80rQ
Rep John Faircloth on the Pete Kaliner Show: bit.ly/2dey5Lm

Committee Testimony
The ACLU of North Carolina pointed out the problems with existing body cam laws in legislative process leading to H972 (March 9, 2016): bit.ly/2dauI7L

Local Policy
Char-Meck PD body worn camera policy (Pg. 273): http://bit.ly/2drls1s

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