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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Elections and More

Posted by on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 9:12 AM

click to enlarge Tough night for Renee.
  • Tough night for Renee.
Happy Wednesday. Your headlines: 

1. There were (more) primary elections in North Carolina yesterday. The results: 

U.S. House, Second District: Superconservative George Holding absolutely destroyed just-pretty-conservative Renee Ellmers. Holding will face Democrat John McNeil in November. The N&O has a nice analysis here

U.S. House, Fourth District: Sue Google, I mean Sue Googe, beat Teiji Kimball for the honor of losing to Democrat David Price in five months. 

U.S. House, Sixth District: Tea Party dude Mark Walker crushed challenger Chris Hardin. He goes up against Democrat Pete Glidewell in November.  

N.C. Supreme Court: The top two vote-getters were Robert Edmunds and Michael Morgan. They'll square off in November. 

N.C. Superior Court, District 10C: The race has narrowed from five candidates to Becky Holt (who received the most votes yesterday) and Michael Denning (who came in second). They face off in November.

More Congressional results here

2. Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic nomination. First woman to do so. She made a big speech, which you can watch here
 
3. N.C. Legislature pushing through a bad bill on body cameras. A bill cleared a House committee yesterday that would, in the words of the INDY's Paul Blest, "give the police and only the person whose image or voice is on body camera footage and a representative (i.e. their lawyer or a guardian) the authority to see footage. They (or the press) wouldn't be able to obtain a copy of it without a court order."

The ACLU and other advocates of open government argue that it gives far too much discretion to law enforcement. Indeed, one could make a very good argument that this bill largely defeats the purpose of body cameras in the first place. Or you could make an argument like Phil Stam, who thinks this is about ISIS
"What’s the guy’s name in ISIS? [Abu Bakr] el-Baghdadi? He’s got a lot of money," Stam said. "It's sort of a secret that, rather than blowing up the World Trade Towers (sic), they could bring state and local government to halt by using some of their billions to send public records requests out the wazoo to every town and county in North Carolina, and make all of these requests just because they say they want it. It would just completely bring the operation of state government to a halt."
Truly weird thoughts right there. 

4. Raleigh firefighters and police want a raise.
From WRAL
Hundreds of Raleigh police and firefighters and their supporters packed City Hall Tuesday night during a Raleigh City Council budget hearing, saying a proposed merit raise for city employees isn't enough compensation for their ranks.

City Manager Ruffin Hall last month proposed an $858.6 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, including an average raise of 3.25 percent for city workers.

Firefighters called for a 7 percent raise, saying starting salaries in the Raleigh Fire Department are less than they were 30 years ago when adjusted for inflation.
Citing higher pay in surrounding communities, Raleigh police want somewhere between a five and ten percent bump.

Enjoy your day. 

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