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Re: “Sam Beam's Iron & Wine moves to Durham, another stop along his Southern journey

There is nothing like Sam Beam. A poet with delicious depth and imagery that makes every song a never-ending mystery. I would move to Durham just for the chance of running into him in the coffee shop.

Posted by keyA on 05/25/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

You CAN vote in a primary if you're registered as an unaffiliated voter. This changed several years ago.
In fact, maybe we should all change to unaffiliated, and vote in the republican primary to keep those furthest on the right extremist from making it to the general.

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 05/25/2017 at 8:27 AM

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Re: “Your Party’s Dead, Man: Data Shows New N.C. Voters Abandoning Dems, GOP

Making things worse, the GOP gerrymander used 2 long-lasting tricks, "packing and cracking". Packing puts as many Dem voters as possible into a few districts. Cracking takes the rest and spreads them out as slight minorities in the remaining districts. The result in N.C., with more Dem voters than GOP (2.7 vs 2 M), Dems got only 3 Congressmen out of 13. A recent analysis* shows over twice as many "wasted votes" for Dems as GOP. The wasted vote proportion sheds new light on what was, until now, immeasurable, and, by normalizing to total number of votes, corrects for simply not getting enough votes.

Here's a spreadsheet to compute these measures for N.C. Adapting the original analysis of Wisc. to N.C. gets a similar result, a vote "efficiency gap" between the 2 parties of 19.28%, far beyond the 8-10% recommended allowable maximum.
* https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rX…

I expect, only a non-corporatist, straight shooter, like Bernie Sanders, in effect a level-headed, populist, Scandinavian-style social-democrat, has a hope of getting the young back to the DP to help fix this mess.

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Posted by MBH on 05/25/2017 at 12:59 AM

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