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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: “Conservative dark money launches pro-Haugh ad campaign

It’s true that the dark money weedgate ads don’t actually say anything that is false. However, as Mr. DeGrave points out in his article, they omit relevant information.

For example, it is true that Sean Haugh is in favor of letting responsible adults make their own decisions about marijuana…not to mention alcohol, marriage, health care, retirement savings, tobacco and firearms, and so on. But the thing is, that’s not the only reason we should legalize the possession and consumption of marijuana.

Here in the US, we spend billions on arresting, prosecuting, incarcerating, and monitoring the probations of millions of our fellow citizens. About 3% of resident adults in the US are under correctional supervision: that’s over seven million people! And most of those are non-violent drug law offenders who should be getting medical attention as addicts, not having their lives blighted with a felony conviction and a stint in the pokey.

Meanwhile, world-wide income from drug trafficking, most of which is extracted from the US, is estimated to be running around $400 billion annually. And the folks raking that money in are not nice people: typically they belong to violent transnational criminal organizations. We’re not just talking about drugs but also about kidnapping for ransom, human sex trafficking, stealing natural resources, laundering money via big international banks, and corrupting corporations, law enforcement agencies, judges, and politicians. These folks constitute a much more serious threat to our national security than, say, North Korea or ISIS.

Legalizing marijuana by itself would tame the drug cartels. To accomplish that, we would have to end the drug war entirely (which Sean Haugh also supports). But focusing on pot would be a good start: Rand Corporation analysts estimate that up to 26% of Mexican drug cartel profits derive from marijuana; the US government believes the number could be as high as 60%.

So the bottom line is that if you agree with the transnational criminal cartels that the war on drugs is outstanding governmental policy, then you can vote for either Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis, because both of them are fine with the status quo. But, if you are tired seeing the government spend your money ruining the lives of millions of your fellow citizens and enriching the drug lords, then your only choice is to vote for Sean Haugh: the only candidate who would be tough on real criminals.

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Posted by Brad Hessel on 10/26/2014 at 9:39 AM

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