The NC GOP Lies And Cheats

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Republicans, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

Since June, Republicans in the North Carolina House have been searching for the votes necessary to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state’s budget. Republicans hold 65 of the chambers 120 seats but need the backing of two-thirds of state representatives for a veto override.  The Republicans failed to attract the necessary support. So they decided to cheat.  … Read More

NC-9 Special Election Today Is A Bellwether

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Remember North Carolina 9th District? They are having a special election today. Remember why? If not, here’s what happened… Essentially, there was a  a ballot fraud scandal which led the state elections board earlier this year to invalidate the 2018 results and overturn what had appeared to be a Republican victory In February, the state election board, after hearing four days … Read More

Huge Win: NC Court Strikes Down GOP-Gerrymandered Districts; Orders New Map

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Election 2020, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

In a 357-page decision, a unanimous three-judge panel on Tuesday ordered drawing of new legislative maps in North Carolina, ruling in Common Cause v. Lewis that the current maps constitute “extreme partisan gerrymandering” and violate three separate provisions of the state constitution. “The 2017 Enacted Maps, as drawn, do not permit voters to freely choose their representative, but rather representatives are … Read More

SCOTUS WrapUp: Trump Denied Citizenship Question In 2020 Census; On The Other Hand, Democracy Is Screwed

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Immigration and Xenophobia, Local Interest, Polls, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

The last day of the term meant the handing down of two critical and important opinions. The first, Department of Commerce v New York, was a blow to the Trump administration. The issue involves the inclusion of a question non the census about citizenship. It was challenged on the grounds that it was arbitrary and capricious — in essence, that … Read More

NCGOP Corruption Exposed

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Political Scandals, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The Republican Party here in North Carolina has a list of horribles that only Trump could admire. Their antics have been covered in depth regarding their blatant racist gerrymandering, their attempts to neuter the Democratic governor, the current election scandal, or and overt racist voter suppression. But now they are getting caught — and not politically, but by the law: Federal prosecutors … Read More

NC-09 Scandal Leads To Indictments

Ken AshfordCrime, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

From the New York Times: The North Carolina political operative who oversaw a fraud-ridden voter-turnout effort on behalf of a Republican congressional candidate was arrested on Wednesday, a prosecutor said, after a grand jury accused him of a series of felonies. The campaign contractor, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., was among five people charged in Wake County, N.C., in connection with … Read More

NC09 Follies

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

It is hard to describe the craziness going on in the Ninth District of North Carolina. But I will try. We really need to start in December 2016. Following a bitter gubernatorial campaign where incumbent Republican Pat McCrory is defeated by Democrat Roy Cooper, the GOP NC General Assembly holds special sessions before the new Democratic governor comes into office. … Read More

NC-09 Update

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

So many political scandals, but this one is local (although making national headlines). And it get more bizarre as time goes on. The man at the center of the obvious election fraud is as guy named Leslie McCrae Dowless.  He recruited and paid an army of workers to go door-to-door in minority neighborhoods and collect absentee ballots.  Many of the ballots … Read More

“Shaken Us To The Core”

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

What is happening in NC-9 even has Republicans upset. Yesterday, Dallas Woodhouse, Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party,  and the North Carolina GOP were calling for the results to be certified. But that’s different now…. Breaking: Executive Director of NC Republicans says he’s open to new election in NC-9 Congressional race. Dallas Woodhouse told CNN’s Drew Griffin he was … Read More

Yup. There IS Such A Thing As Voter Fraud In NC

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local Interest, Republicans, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

TheWe may have to do a “do-over” in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District. It is alleged that – shock! – Republicans cheated in order to prevent black voters from casting their ballots. But the cheating goes far beyond the everyday voter suppression rampant in red states. It is alleged that those who wanted the Republican in the race to … Read More

Michael, the Hurricane

Ken AshfordDisasters, Local Interest, WeatherLeave a Comment

Unlike Florence, which seemed to take her sweet time coming to the mainlaind, Michael just kind of sprang up in the past few days. It was a tropical depression in the Gulf Of Mexico, and very quickly moved to a Category 3.  Today, as it makes landfall, it is a Category 4. Here’s the latest: • The hurricane is expected … Read More

A Weakened Florence Hits The NC Coast

Ken AshfordDisasters, Local Interest, WeatherLeave a Comment

After lingering for days, Hurricane Florence hit the NC coast this morning.  It had slowly been downgraded over the past two days, so it hit as a Category One.  Still pretty serious. The real threat from Florence isn’t the wind; it’s the rain coupled with its slow speed.  This morning, Wilmington got hit with heavy winds, knocking down trees and … Read More

Florence Update

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, WeatherLeave a Comment

Hmmmm.  We might be okay where we are as it appears that it will turn southerly and go through South, rather than North, Carolina.  We’ll still get rains though in the outer bands. That said, this tweet is disturbing if only because he’s right: You know what happens when 40” of rain hits shit lagoons holding waste for nine million … Read More