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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

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

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

I have to disagree with Charles. Unaffiliated or independents may be more engaged and informed about the primary process. As an unaffiliated voter I have the freedom to vote in either the republican or democratic primary. More choice is generally better correct? This gives an independent the ability to influence the final candidate from the other party. If more democrats switched their affiliation to unaffiliated they could've voted against Trump in the primary (as I did) to prevent the unthinkable from happening. I will be encouraging all of my democratic registered friends to do this in the future for this exact reason.

On another note this image demonstrates a lack of editorial oversight. 182% of new 26-40 voters registered as unaffiliated and 106% of new Republicans are 66+???? How does more than 100% of any group do anything? This makes me question every number listed here, including the main premise that only 2% of newly registered voters in the last decade registered as democrats. This is such an amateurish editorial oops it's not even laughable. I'd dare call it fake news.

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Posted by erike on 05/24/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Durham County Manager Proposes a Property Tax Hike to Pay for Schools, Growth

Always, in the name of schools, which continue to not perform as they should in this county.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/24/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “In Wake Schools, Why Aren’t Gifted Black and Hispanic Students Being Given the Same Opportunities as Their White and Asian Counterparts?

Boys still performing better in math and girls in English. Imagine that. Social engineering just not working for the public school system.

Posted by Barbara 2 on 05/24/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Like it or not, as a consumer of electricity, you are going to pay for all of the operating costs. The coal ash management was done completely in compliance with applicable regulations. Yeah, there were failures, it is part of the price you pay to generate electricity.

Accepting the consequences of consuming electricity (or any utility) is part of the deal, like it or not. Most people have no idea what generating electricity (using any source) entails. This is why there is usually an outcry over policies and procedures that are industry standard. The general public does not understand what has to happen for you to plug in your hair dryer and get it to run.

Keep in mind, that if one does not wish to fund the entire cost and assume the consequences of purchasing power from the local utility, then they can always stop doing so, by generating their own power.

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Posted by John Trololo on 05/24/2017 at 3:57 PM

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

I think this demonstrates a lack of voter education and outreach from the Democrats. New voters who don't register a party affiliation are troubling because they fail to understand the primary process. This means they're likely disengaged when it comes to anything other than presidential elections.

State level Democrats must do more to get voters to the poll for the smaller stakes races in the state if they ever hope recapture the General Assembly. As things stand, local Democrats are viewed through whatever lens people use when viewing the national Democratic party regardless of how close the two mirror each other.

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Posted by Charles Bowden on 05/24/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “In Wake Schools, Why Aren’t Gifted Black and Hispanic Students Being Given the Same Opportunities as Their White and Asian Counterparts?

Do students of all races and genders meet the standards for SSA at the same rate? If so, then I would be surprised if they were not represented proportionally in the SSA program, as this article suggests. If not, then why should we have any expectation of equal representation in the program?

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Posted by Matt Purvis on 05/24/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Wow! You would think solar is no big deal to listen to these PRO DUKE ENERGY comments. The dealers in Duke's fantasy --where they care about their consumers. Well, after the coal ash dumping by Duke and the clean up pushing onto the customers, that is laughable.

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Posted by Sherry Cameron on 05/24/2017 at 11:54 AM

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

really detailed current and trend-analyzed NC voter registration stats at
tinyurl.com/VotRegMonth
et seq.

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Posted by Ray Ubinger on 05/24/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Senator Burr Says He Won’t Let His Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia Investigation Turn into a Witch Hunt

In other words they are not going to look real hard for evidence....AS for witch hunts, the republicans save those investigations for democrats...They spend million looking zealously for anything to hang a democrat......And they fail to find anything....Burr is full of Republican BS.

Posted by Tony D on 05/22/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

Wow, this isn't a biased article at all. I'm sorry, but if anyone that has any knowledge of the actions of the Durham Police department and DA's office over the last 25+ years actually trusts anything that they've done or said, then they're either extremely naive or simply not capable of independent thought or basic critical thinking. Michael Peterson, Greg Taylor, Darryl Howard, Duke Lacrosse...Shall I continue? OK, how about the names from the other side of the fence: Duane Deavers (nothing but a sad, pathetic joke, and again, anyone who has seen any of his testimony or blood spatter "experiments" who cannot understand why these verdicts are being overturned is just drinking the Durham Law Enforcement Koolade), Freida Black, Mike NIFONG (has the distinction of being completely responsible for framing the entire Duke Lacrosse team AND helping with the Peterson trial, smiling on camera when speaking of Peterson and stating "He thought he'd get away with it", like a horribly eerie and ironic foreshadowing of his own future), Tracey Cline, Detective Mark Holland, Detective Mark Gottlieb (though I feel for his family and friends his guilt over ruining the lives of numerous innocent people ended in his own suicide), again I could go on and on, but it seems so unnecessary to do so. How can any person who is living freely in this country, especially those people who are citizens of The Triangle and who are all too familiar with these names and these trials not feel just a little violated themselves? How can they not feel scared and naked with the realization that their spouse could killed by an intruder, or in an accident, and that they could be put in prison for the rest of their lives if they go anywhere near them to try to help them? What if you're at a party and someone else in attendance decides to claim they were assaulted by you? It's already been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that all it takes to ruin an innocent person's life is an overzealous cop with a chip on their shoulder about something or a DA that happens to be running for reelection at the same time as the so-called "assault". If that doesn't scare every American to death it absolutely should, because there but for the grace of God go you, or I, or us. No one is immune, no one is safe.

And while the uninformed and ignorant snicker at "The Owl Theory" I can assure you that the people who believe it know far more about the death of Kathleen Peterson and her resulting head injuries that the author or this article does. Kathleen Peterson's head injuries were in no way indicative of a beating, unless she was beaten with a switch from a tree or some other "weapon" that would allow for a "beating" that must have been full of rage (especially if it was premeditated as this article's author would have you believe, based upon the mentioning of Kathleen's insurance policy), yet caused no skull fractures, no intracranial hemorrhaging, no bruising to the brain, no bleeding in the brain, and yet resulted in multiple deep lacerations that caused death by extanguination. Kathleen Peterson's only defense wounds were the large clumps of her own hair that she ripped out of her own skull at the roots, still clenched in both fists when the first responders arrived at the scene, complete with owl feathers inside of each hair clump. Yes she had some bruising and small cuts and lacerations to her face, neck, and head in addition to the talon-shaped lacerations that went to the depth of her skull bones, but who wouldn't if they were attacked by predator bird that is well-known to dive at it's pretty in excess of 70 miles per hour. Her front door, the one in front of that infamous staircase, was wide open, with a handprint on it, left in blood by Kathleen. Michael Peterson's shirt had residual blood smears on it, but not one little blood spatter on it anywhere (yes Mr. Deavers, you can test clothing that is black or dark navy for blood spatter even though you can't see it with your naked eye, they teach this in forensic science 101 in most undergrad college programs), yet we are supposed to believe that Michael Peterson beat her to death? Mr. Peterson had blood spatter on only one article of his clothing (though he was covered in his wife's blood because he was crawling her body and trying to stop her bleeding with multiple cloths and paper towels, this is not disputed by police), and this solitary area of blood spatter was on the inside of the leg of the shorts he was wearing. Try as he may (and did he ever try, by actually opening up the bottom of the shorts he was wearing before imitating the fatal "beating" during one of his video taped "experiments") Duane Deavers could not duplicate blood spatter up inside the leg of a pair of shorts at all during the commission of a fatal beating, let alone recreating that bizarre, lone splatter pattern and no other blood spatter at all. I would have thought that this combined with the total lack of internal cranial damage to Kathleen Peterson might lead an experienced, knowledgeable forensic blood spatter analyst to conclude that Michael Peterson did not in fact beat his wife to death (and it did, many real experts completely disagree with Me. Deavers), but that he rather stepped in a pool of his wife's wet blood that was on the hardwood floor, causing the splatter upwards and into his shorts (this also accounts for his partial footprint on the sweatpants that Kathleen was wearing, he stepped on her leg while cradling her). However, I'm using a combination of research, physical evidence from the crime scene, and logic. I don't have a political agenda or a score card that I'm keeping. Nor do I have what seems to be an intrinsic need to call every accidental death a homicide and to immediately as assign blame to someone. Unfortunately it seems that most of the law enforcement personnel in Durham over the past two decades just don't believe the old adage that "accidents happen".

If someone is attacked and/or killed by a bear, a wolf, a coyote, a shark, even if a person is bitten by a poisonous snake or spider, even if we hear about someone being mailed by a falcon or a hawk we don't even bat an eye. These are common predatory animals that are known to be fierce, aggressive animals who commonly hunt and kill prey, and who often attack people if they feel threatened by them. Why is it that when a possible Barred Owl attack is mentioned (only because the feathers of a barred owl are found mixed with clumps of hair, clenched in both of the dead victim's hands) it's automatically considered to be ludacris and is laughed at. Do some research on owl attacks against human beings, then take a trip to Cedar Street in Durham, NC, look at the landscape of the property, particularly the forested area right outside the door in front of that infamous staircase, that door that was found to be wide open with Kathleen Peterson's bloody handprint on it, and take note of the ancient, towering trees right above this entranceway to the Peterson's prior home that I'm speaking about. Go to YouTube and search "Owl attacks person". Do the same search on Google Images. Then read the initial police report from this case regarding Kathleen Peterson's autopsy, and especially in respect to her injuries. The author of this article wants you to believe that Kathleen Peterson's head injuries were 100% indicative of a brutal, premeditated beating meant to result in her death. Then ask yourself if an owl is capable of premeditated murder.

Posted by EllenD on 05/21/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Reuniting Fourteen Durham Families, Black Mama's Day Bail Out Aims to Reform the State's Racially Biased Ransom Demands

Actually, her record is public record and it was NOT her first time in jail. Nor her second. She has a long history of assault, being a thief, fleeing to elude officers and has misdemeanor child abuse charges. How do you say this woman is a 'caretaker' to the community? She is teaching her son to be a thief, to be violent and to live a life of crime.

I am not saying I do not agree that the bail system sucks because it is punitive for folks without funds. But that has to be changed on the state level. However, you could have certainly used that 10 grand more wisely by maybe getting out some momma's that are true caretakers and community helpers, and that happened to just make a mistake and now is spiraling in the system. For 10 Grand you could have gotten a lot more out. This one, you should have left in.

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Posted by Brandy Lee on 05/18/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Donald Trump’s First Hundred Days: The Anatomy of Failure

I have never in my life seen such Media bias , and such crazy people. I thought you were innocent until proven guilty. People need to wait for the facts to come out before they judge.

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Posted by Rebecca Kunkle on 05/17/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Reuniting Fourteen Durham Families, Black Mama's Day Bail Out Aims to Reform the State's Racially Biased Ransom Demands

I would love to see the followup to this snowflake fairy tale and find out how many of the people are back in jail in the next 6 months....

People gravitate to where they deserve to be in life....

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Posted by Mike Moore on 05/17/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Family of slain inmate sues Wake County

The Mexicans in Wake county jail speak better English than most of the correction officers. We should deport the mentally inferior correction officers to Africa and hire Mexicans to run the jail.

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Posted by richard sugg on 05/12/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

It is important to safeguard the CAC platform to serve as an advisory body to City Council as stated in Article I, Section 1 of the CAC Bylaws that speaks to the purpose of the CACs.

It is vitally necessary that the primary goal of the CAC forum continues to be to supply feedback to City Council and other City agencies.

CACs are the only body that is truly citizen led in this growing city. Replacing it with a City Council led body will not make CACs better. It will replace them. I hope Mayor McFarlane and City council can bring in the CACs and put in place steps and processes that will ensure consistency across CACs and make them better thereby make Raleigh better.

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Posted by Sam Alcine on 05/11/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Teachers give a failing grade to working conditions

I am reading the above comments and am floored. I am a parent of a Freshman at CHHS currently and students and families are experiencing the same level of despair, frustration, disillusionment, low morale as described above. Three years have passed and NOTHING has changed!! Why has the Board, the Superintendent, the leadership been deaf and blind to these concerns? Why has this ineffective leadership and toxic environment at CHHS been allowed to continue?

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Posted by ActNow on 05/11/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

Some additional stats about city communications with citizens. "A few minutes with the mayor" YouTube interviews have as few as 59 views & at most 656. Is this a failure? The City of Raleigh YouTube channel has only 815 subscribers. Is this worth the effort? Compare these to the 600 citizens attending a single CAC mtg to voice opinion on a rezoning case. It did happen. The City of Raleigh Facebook page has 6,268 likes, about the same as the number of CAC subscribers. Compare this to the 4,000 citizens one active CAC group got to sign a petition opposed to an unpopular rezoning. That's the very definition of engaged citizens. If Mayor McFarlane wants to evaluate the success of citizens' engagement tools strictly by the numbers it would seem she should make a recommendation to shut down her interviews, Raleigh's YouTube channel and the city's Facebook page as unsuccessful. It seems to me the city actually wants to shut down CACs because they don't like the message they receive when the citizens do engage actively.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 05/11/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “A Wake County Woman Complained to Government Officials About the Shotwell Landfill. The Landfill’s Attorney Told Her, “This Has to Stop.”

Ahh, don't you love lawyers and how they write. Think carefully about the sentence "Your communication of false or misleading information is in fact actionable." The key word is "actionable". Well frankly, anything is actionable. You can file suit against anyone for anything if you're willing to pay the filing fee. The question is whether a jury would find the information to be, as the lawyer asserts, "false or misleading" -- and even if it does, would the jury find that the plaintiff had in fact suffered a loss as a direct consequence. Lots of gaps there. Lawyers write these kinds of letters all the time.

As Henry Gondorf said in The Sting: Hell, kid, they don't do that, you know you're not getting to 'em.

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Posted by ct on 05/11/2017 at 2:20 AM

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