Category: 2018 Mid-Term Candidates

Built Not Bought

Consider this. In all our imperfections, “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” (Reinhold Niebuhr). Support those who would protect and improve democracy by championing the lives of our working people: Sam Edney, Norm Bossert and Phillip Price.

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North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms

A panel of three federal judges held Monday that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans over Democrats and said it may require new districts before the November elections, possibly affecting control of the House.

The judges acknowledged that primary elections have already produced candidates for the 2018 elections but said they were reluctant to let voting take place in congressional districts that courts twice have found violate constitutional standards.

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We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election

Microsoft had already announced that Russian hackers had gone after “three candidates” in the 2018 election, but hadn’t revealed who they were. Identifying McCaskill specifically as a target is incredibly revealing: She’s only up on her Republican opponent by one point in the RealClearPolitics average. If Democrats lose her seat, they face a very tough road to win back the Senate in November. Helping Republicans defeat McCaskill (or another Democratic senator in a Trump-voting state) would be perhaps the single biggest boost that Russia could give to the GOP — and, by extension, to President Trump.

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FIGHT BACK AGAINST ANTI-VOTER CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

If approved, all of these amendments would be permanent changes to the North Carolina Constitution that could not be changed by the governor or future legislatures and that give current lawmakers a “blank check” to fill in the details later on how these dramatic changes are implemented. They are all extreme proposals that would give more power to the legislative branch to pick our judges, make voting harder, appoint their friends to run key agencies, and give political donors huge tax breaks.

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NC lawmakers may hold special session to write ballot wording for amendments

Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue said Republicans are trying to tip the constitutional balance of power in the legislature’s favor.

“Republicans are serving their own interests, not the people’s interest,” he said.

“It’s trying to take all of the power from the people, that the people have given to their government, and arrogate it to the legislative branch of government. I don’t care if there are Democrats in the majority or Republicans in the majority, that cuts very strongly against the basic structure and the core of the government in this state.”

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Vote against the GOP this November

Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded. In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” Thomas More, having angered Henry VIII, is on trial for his life. When Richard Rich, whom More had once mentored, commits perjury against More in exchange for the office of attorney general for Wales, More says: “Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . But for Wales!” Ryan traded his political soul for . . . a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

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Public Budget Hearing Includes the New Transylvania County Courthouse

“I hope that you and some of your friends will go to the county commission meeting on Monday at 7:00 and demand that they delay action on the courthouse, demand additional options to address the courthouse needs while keeping the court function downtown, and demand that the issue of moving the courthouse or raising taxes to pay for the courthouse be put on the ballot for the citizens to vote on.” 

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