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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

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: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

This is the first time I have listened to the mayor's speech in it's entirety and I agree with him. I say this as a direct descendant of North Carolina slave owners; great grandfathers and great uncles that participated in the Confederacy both as citizens, military officers and regular soldiers. The time has come for North Carolina to move on from its shameful past by removing the statues across our state.

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Posted by David L Munden on 05/24/2017 at 9:29 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: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

I'm so bored of the constant comparison of the two festivals. They are both very different, although there is definitely some overlap in fans (ie: me!). I'd love to see the city of Durham support them both equally, and I would also love for one of them to move to the Fall because Spring is already packed with Fullframe and many other events.

We've already read the "Moogfest versus Art of Cool" story for the past few years. Can we move on to how to support them both and ensure that the support Durham as well?

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Posted by ruby on 05/24/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

The $99 tickets were distributed to those who paid full price this year. To my knowledge, there is no $99 ticket offering to those who didn't attend this year.

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Posted by AME on 05/24/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

The 300 person limit at Carolina Theatre for that ONE show was a the bequest of the artist. 50 seats were on the stage itself, 40 cushions on the raised pit and the lower house only was allowed by the artist. It was a very personal up close performance.

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Posted by Lance Gilman on 05/24/2017 at 1:36 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: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

I dunno about you guys, but I bought a $99 ticket for Moogfest 2018 today -- a special offer for attendees of Moogfest 2017. My experience attending Moogfest for the past two years as a local has been incredible, and I could not recommend it more highly. Setting Art of Cool against Moogfest is a false dichotomy, and one that serves neither event.

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Posted by Goaty on 05/24/2017 at 12:12 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: “Moogfest and Art of Cool Tell Durham Two Different Stories About Itself

yes. let's not forget WHY the disparity in city support happened. Moogfest (Rev. A) (AKA the music festival branch of the Durham chamber of commerce) promised to attract hordes of entitled white millennials to populate the new condo buildings. Art of Cool promised to reinforce the city's cultural heritage, which amounts to an obstacle (not asset) in the redistribution of wealth.

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Posted by Daniel Stark on 05/24/2017 at 11:30 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: “A Forgotten The Handmaid’s Tale Movie Filmed in Durham Is the Missing Link Between Classic Novel and Hulu Hit

What a great story, thanks Allison! I remember seeing this movie in high school and loving it. I never made the connection with Durham in all these years. Severely underrated movie, I think.

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Posted by Glenn McDonald on 05/24/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Remembering Baba Chuck Davis, Legendary Voice of the African Dance Diaspora

Note that some details of Baba Chuck Davis's memorial services have been updated. We've updated the info box here to reflect the most current details.

Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 05/24/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

In front of the Pitt County, Greenville, NC courthouse is a monument that honored/celebrated the county's dead soldiers by segregating their names with the word ""colored."". That word was removed along with a Confederate flag that flew over the town commons in the early 80s. Some call these actions a sanitizing of history. We should never forget our government's relationship with violence, hypocrisy and ignorance towards its own citizens.

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 05/23/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “2012 Strange Beauty Film Festival

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Posted by Rosemary Anderson on 05/23/2017 at 4:13 PM

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

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