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Re: “How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina

The founding fathers intended that all adults 18-40 be armed with the weapons of a light infantry soldier. The purpose is the protect citizens from tyranny. Like Switzerland and Israel every adult should be armed as light infantry.

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Posted by Vernon Robinson on 05/31/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Orange County Schools May Finally Ban the Confederate Flag from School Property

I have no idea why progressives equate symbols or language with violence...
They are not the same.

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Posted by Chris Weaver on 05/31/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Inside the Guess and Latta Road Rezoning Fight That Has Set a North Durham Neighborhood on Edge

Correction: The North Durham Quality Development Association website www.ndqda.com was online and running long before the North River Village website went up.
https://whois.net/
ndqda.com Creation Date: 31-aug-2015
northrivervillagenc.com Creation Date: 04-nov-2015

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Posted by Ren Kay on 05/31/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

What kind of country have we become? Horrible.

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Posted by Robert Larson on 05/30/2017 at 10:42 PM

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

Well Dems. have tried to tell us Russia is the most important issue to people who have to worry about their lights being turned off. Can't say I'm surprised.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 05/30/2017 at 10:28 PM

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

I disagree about primary turnout. I work every election as an official, and the turnout on
the past two presidential primary days was higher than on the actual election day.
Generally I tell my friends that it makes more sense to register as an independent
because all the NC parties allow registered independent voters to participate.
Also if you register as a partisan you get pestered for donations all the time!

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Posted by mattmckrell on 05/30/2017 at 2:48 PM

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

When I moved to NC from NY in the early 90s, independents (unaffiliateds) amounted to 8% of the electorate...today its 30% and they are about to pass Republicans statewide. Independents already far outnumber Republicans in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.

The compounded annual growth rates of the three recognized parties plus independents in terms of registered voters since 1993:

Democrats = 1.21%
Independents = 9.00%
Libertarians = 15.41%
Republicans = 2.72%

Overall CAGR for registered voters since 1993 = 3.02%...so both establishment parties are failing to hold their own with respect to the growth in population, but as the article states, the Democrats are failing much worse than the Republicans. And the growth in independent voters is impressive; wish my IRA had posted a +9% performance for each of the last 23 years! Libertarians are growing even faster, but off a much smaller base...and still amount to less than 0.5% of all registered voters.

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Posted by Brad Hessel on 05/29/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Dear Wendy Miranda Fernandez, now you can marry Robert Paulino and make you lives together in El Salvador. We wish you the very best.

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Posted by jrs on 05/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

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

Really glad to see the Democrats and Republicans losing a generation of new voters. More unaffiliated voters bodes well for third parties like the Libertarians and the Greens. The current system has failed for too long and we would all be well served by having more parties and greater choice instead of a choice between really bad and simply unacceptable.

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Posted by David Ulmer on 05/28/2017 at 2:18 PM

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

182% of the new 26-40 voters registered as unaffiliated? That's 182 out of every 100? And 106% of the new Republican voters are 66+?

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Posted by Linda Watson on 05/27/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “A Forgotten The Handmaid’s Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit

I was an undergrad at Duke when The Handmaid's Tale was filmed. I remained on campus during spring break and vividly remember the gallows in place in front of Duke Chapel. It's possible a wedding in Duke Chapel was ruined with the gallows in place, but I can't confirm that memory. I do remember a screening of the film on campus and the howls of laughter at the role our Duke Card readers played as ID verification in the film. I also remember the fleet of ugly, matte black-painted cars used in the film as "cars of the near future".

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Posted by PeterH on 05/27/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “A brief history of pimento cheese

Fun story but not quite accurate.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/history-southern-food-pimento-cheese.html

Posted by Lane McColl on 05/27/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Actually, she is a criminal. She came to our country illegally - she broke federal law. That makes her a criminal. Period.

Do you know what happens if you go to any country on the planet and bypass their federal immigration laws? You get arrested and deported.

Do you know their are people around the world that want our US citizens dead? Oh wait, i forgot: people like you want to "hug it out."

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Posted by Conservative and Sane on 05/27/2017 at 3:49 PM

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

Just because unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary, it doesn't mean they do. Judging by voter turnout in NC, in general, no one votes. We had about 35% turnout during 2016 election and the midterms are closer to 15%.

I stand by my comment. Democrats must do more to recruit voters. They have to show a clear difference between themselves and the Republicans AND the national Party. Republicans have been successful locally because Democrats aren't very active outside the large urban areas. Judging by comments from the folks "back home" in rural NC, the Democratic Party doesn't appeal to them because they're anti-gun, pro-abortion, etc... Local Dems have done very little to earn these labels, this comes from the national politics trickling down. All this plus the 2010 gerrymander has created the super majority in Raleigh.

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Posted by Charles Bowden on 05/26/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “By the Time You Read This, ICE Might Have Shipped Durham Resident Wendy Miranda Fernandez Back to El Salvador—Perhaps to Her Death

Just FYI: Your caption doesn't match the photo at the top.

Posted by December27 on 05/25/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A Forgotten The Handmaid’s Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit

I also loved this movie when it came out. Having just recently rewatched it, I'm surprised by how many details from the book it actually got right. There's a lot to squeeze into a 90-minute film, but I think it did a decent job. It makes a good companion to the book and Hulu series -- some details differ, but it's the same broad strokes.

And the point about casting Duvall and Dunaway: completely agree! They fit their descriptions from the book much better than their counterparts in the Hulu series. It would be interesting to know what changes Atwood made to the script that Pinter disagreed with.

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Posted by Jase Wells on 05/25/2017 at 11:46 AM

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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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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