Senate district 16 is shaded wrong on the map. It is shaded medium red; it should be shaded medium blue.
And the fact that races are uncontested really does make it almost impossible for a map like this (or a count of overall votes in a chamber) to be helpful. What gerrymandering ACTUALLY looks like is drawing districts of 1 party with really huge majorities and districts of the other with smaller majorities that are still insurmountable. Because the map is by area, it give the misleading impression that there is more extreme red than extreme blue. The opposite is the case; that is the foundation of the disproportionality.
Re Marty Miler over incumbent Anna Worley (whom I continue to support): If Marty Miller gave 2 cents about "ending the school to prison pipeline" then he WOULD NOT BE a Republican! I honestly think the Indy's biggest problem in this season is its NAME. That'said what forces other to defy all logic to find SOME Republican SOMEwhere that it can endorse. The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated.
There a lot of ignorance going on here.
Walter's claim that min-division if counties helps black voting strength isn't merely false -- it's the polar opposite of the truth. All the majority-black counties are concentrated in the east and nodtheasr of the state. Any multi-county district in my other part of the could NOT POSSIBLY be majority-black because it would be summing majority-white counties +- the Voting Rights Act ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED splitting counties, especially after Bob Orr pled a single-membwr district requirement out of his butt. Even before then, it was necessary often enough that we had treated the non-splitting provision as a dead letter.
Bin Geary is lying-as-usual in claiming that the Supreme Court never drew a bright line -- they did so too draw it I Strickland V. Bartlett, which has somehow been overlooked in recent arguments about North Carolina and Virginia congressional districts (perhaps because that case was about state legislative districts, but obviously the relevant ethical and federal constitutional principles have to be the same).
I never cease to marvel that Bob Geary mistakes himself for an authority.
Where does that level of hubris even come from??
And ProudlyUnaffiliated is just ignorant about SEANC and Dana Cope. Dana Cope is a NOTORIOUS Republican == how on earth do you think he managed to get Ballantine to beat Vinroot in the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2004 and then get SEANC & SEIU to donate $500,000 to the REPUBLICAN gubernatorial candidate in a general election?? If you didn't KNOW that already then you just plain didn't know enough to be entitled to comment.
@Proudly_unaffiliated Higher taxes ON WHOM??
When the Republican state legislature allegedly cut taxes, they cut them a lot more at the top end than the bottom. That legislature has not (yet) seen fit to grant county commissioners the statutory authority to make property taxes progressive but even at flat rates, they take more from the wealthy than they take from average people (the wealthy by definition own a lot more of the property). In other words, -- quit WHINING -- YOU don't make NEARLY enough money to be significantly impacted by Democratic tax increases.
I am astonished by the unfairness of Bob Geary's choice to focus on John Burns, when Sig Hutchinson, Matt Calabria, and Jessica Holmes ARE ALL running on THE SAME issues for THE SAME reasons. The fact that the Republicans have robbed us of straight-ticket voting (de jure) does NOT mean that there are (de facto) 4 separate races going on here -- precisely as the article itself concedes, the most likely outcome is a sweep by one party or the other. In light of that fact, the article too should've been about all 4 candidates and not just John Burns. Unless, of course, Bob Geary is planning on writing 3 more articles about the county commission races and featuring a different candidate each time.
When the Indy (then the Independent) endorsed Knox 10 years ago, as a district court judge -- over a black Democratic colleague -- the office and her election were both non-partisan and her party's stance on gay rights was not an issue. Even though it is hard to see any possible partisan issues in the Clerk of Court's office, the fact remains that Knox has always been a Republican (she is a granddaughter of Jesse Helms). She is also a lesbian. The Indy, despite its loud trumpeting of support for the civil rights of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, found discretion to be the better part of valor 10 years ago, and chose not to mention Knox's orientation in endorsing her. It did, however, insist that its rejection of her black opponent was due to his "perceived hostility toward certain defendants". The implication was that those who knew enough to care would hear the dog-whistle -- one candidate was an actual lesbian while the other was homophobic. I would hope that this time around, in light of the recent comments of Rep. Skip Stam (R-Apex) http://www.wral.com/stam-calls-pedophilia-… , somebody would actually care enough to ask whether Knox is comfortable in a party that not only thinks of her as a second-class citizen, but openly flaunts that contempt in order to win votes. Stam's comments were made against an amendment (from Rep. Susan Fisher) to prohibit discrimination in schools, and House Republicans rejected it along party lines, 68-44.
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