NC09 Follies

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter SuppressionLeave 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 SuppressionLeave 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 SuppressionLeave 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 SuppressionLeave 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

Facebook’s Attempt To Clean Up “Fake News” Was a Huge Fail

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Guardian sums it up: Facebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon … Read More

Democrats Are Still Winning the 2018 Election

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

Testy Trump is tweeting about criticisms that he didn’t attend an event in Paris to honor WWI fallen soldiers.  He didn’t go because of rain — yet all the other world leaders somehow managed to make it. “Cemetery” is a hard work to spell. Why is Trump so testy?  Probably because Democrats are still winning the 2018 elections, which were … Read More

It Really Looks Like The Elections Hit Trump Hard

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Either that, or he is not well. It is worth noticing this series of events over the last week: Trump held a news conference after the midterm elections in which his affect was clearly depressed, until he engaged in a confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta. The president traveled to Paris to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the … Read More

Election 2018 Ain’t Over

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

Fucking Florida.  Fucking Palm Breach County. Fucking Broward County. Fucking Recounts. Fuck Fuck Fuck. On the one hand, there is a process that has to be followed for close races, so those procedures need to be followed. But already, just like in the Bush-Gore race, the lawsuits are flying faster than a wet cat in the shower. At issue are … Read More

What The New Dem-Controlled House Should Do Out Of The Gate

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Infrastructure, Political Scandals, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Dear Dem-Controlled House and Nancy Pelosi: Don’t let Trump bait you into go whole hog on investigations of him. That’ll come in time. No talk of impeachment. And let Mueller do his thing.  In the meantime, act for the American people. The new Democratic House majority should devote its first 100 days to passing five pieces of legislation, then dare … Read More

Election Night Results

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

A blue wave, as predicted. Democrats took back the House, as predicted. GOP gained a few seats in the Senate, as predicted. Dems flipped several governorships, as predicted. And there were a few surprises, as predicted. Almost nothing happened last night that was outside the margin of error. I like what Claire Malone wrote at 538 — Election Night Defied A … Read More

Election Day 2018

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

This post will be a hodgepodge of happenings around the country (and locally) as Election Day goes forward.  I won’t be monitoring the results in real time as I have things going on this evening, but I may update late tonight. We’ll see. Early voting is high, surpassing the last midterm election in 2014 in most states. Indications this morning … Read More

Everyone Is Pulling Trump’s Racist Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CNN: Facebook has stopped the Trump campaign from running its racist anti-immigration commercial as an ad on the site. “This ad violates Facebook’s advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution,” Facebook said in a statement Monday afternoon. The move came shortly after NBC … Read More

Races To Watch

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

GOVERNOR Governor Rating Prediction FL Open (Scott, R) Toss-up Democratic win Kim Reynolds (R, IA) Toss-up Democratic win KS Open (Colyer, R) Toss-up Democratic win ME Open (LePage, R) Toss-up Democratic win NV Open (Sandoval, R) Toss-up Democratic win OH Open (Kasich, R) Toss-up Democratic win Kate Brown (D-OR) Toss-up Democratic win SD Open (Daugaard, R) Toss-up GOP win Scott … Read More

Leaving Out The “White”, Trump Admits He Is A “Nationalist”

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

President Trump: "I'm a nationalist." pic.twitter.com/3lxCrtSkrN — MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 23, 2018 Some reactions from history: Greg Sargent: “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist,” President Trump shouted at a rally in Texas on Monday night. Just before saying this, Trump claimed that “we’re not supposed to use that word,” suggesting that it required great courage to make this declaration. … Read More