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

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

Got One

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2018, L'Affaire Russe, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From the Department of Justice, just now: Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election. “The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to … Read More

Georgia Blocking Voters From, Uh, Voting

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

With early voting starting Monday, a range of efforts to restrict voting in the Peach State could cause big problems at the polls.  Reports that Georgia is keeping 53,000 voter registrations on hold because of minor discrepancies have received widespread attention since Monday. But in fact, the state has recently adopted a range of controversial voting practices. The combined effect … Read More

The GOP Post-Kavanaugh Strategy

Ken AshfordTrump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court is a triumph of the minority.  Trump was elected by a minority.  A minority of Americans wanted Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.  And yet, there he sits.  For decades. Greg Sargeant has some great thoughts: On Tuesday, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh will hear his first Supreme Court case, a day after President Trump swore in his … Read More

Your Facebook Data, Cambridge Analytica, and Russia: Was There Collusion?

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, L'Affaire Russe, Social Networking, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

During an interview on TODAY this morning, Christopher Wylie, a former employee of U.K.-based data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, revealed the company worked with two key Trump campaign aides prior to President Donald Trump’s candidacy. “Cambridge Analytica was meeting with Corey Lewandowski in 2015 before Trump had even announced and offering the services that I’m talking about right now,” Wiley said, referring to Trump’s … Read More

Oh I Do NOT Like How This Sounds

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Reuters Exclusive: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House. Matthew Masterson, currently chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and a former Ohio state … Read More

PA State Legislature Gets Ballsy

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Think Progress: In an audacious move by a political leader who could potentially be held in contempt of court, Pennsylvania Senate President pro tempore Joseph Scarnati (R) informed the state supreme court on Wednesday that he will openly defy one of the court’s recent orders in a gerrymandering case. On January 22, the state supreme court struck down the state’s gerrymandered congressional maps — … Read More

Three-Judge Panel Strikes Down NC Districts As Political Gerrymandering

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Local Interest, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

This is a huge decision not only locally, but nationally. A federal court yesterday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unconstitutionally gerrymandered congressional districts in 2016 to ensure Republican “domination of the state’s congressional delegation.” The three-judge panel struck down the map and ordered the state’s General Assembly to come up with a substitute by Jan. 24. The decision was … Read More

Bogus Voting Commission Meets For Second Time

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A few days before President Donald Trump’s “election integrity” commission meets in New Hampshire on Tuesday, its vice chair, Kris Kobach, published a column in Breitbart claiming “proof” that voter fraud in the state had tipped the election against Donald Trump and Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte. Kobach cited numbers released by the state’s Republican House speaker showing that 6,540 people voted in New Hampshire on Election … Read More

Interesting Poll Numbers From North Carolina — Trump Underwater

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Local Interest, Polls, Republicans, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From PPP: PPP’s new North Carolina poll finds strong, bipartisan opposition to cuts the General Assembly has made to the budget of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Only 18% of voters support the 10 million dollars in cuts that have been made, to 60% who say they are opposed to them. This opposition is shared by independents (9/68), Democrats … Read More

NC Legislature Still At It

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Local Interest, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Despite protests, widespread criticism and a threat by the governor-elect to challenge in court any moves that he believes would unconstitutionally limit his power, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature is pushing through reforms that would severely limit the incoming Democratic governor’s power. It’s insane.  One such measure, which passed the House, was that the GOP and the Democratic Party would alternate the … Read More