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Redistricting revisited …

  Reports are that the congressional redistricting map produced by the state legislature in Raleigh has been challenged by The U.S. Justice Department over concerns about compliance with the Voting Rights Act.  The 1965 Voting Rights Act gives federal authorities the right to OK or…

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A lesson on reading polls …

Over the past couple of days, there have been a few misleading stories in the N&O regarding political poll numbers.  I am going to assume the best — that Rob Christensen and the other folks in the N&O newsroom don’t understand how to read an…

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Fact: The N&O LOVES liberals

I often harken back to the eight year period (1984-1992) when we last had a GOP governor in Raleigh. That is also the last occasion when The Raleigh News & Observer subjected an incumbent governor to tough questions and scrutiny. The newsroom practically went to…

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One more from the “It Needed to be Said” division of North Carolina state government …

“He spent the last 20 years predicting we were going to lose and when we did declared victory … He was right 1 of 20 times. A broken clock is right twice a day.” — State Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt (D), describing Raleigh political…

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State senate redistricting brings change for Moore

The new redistricting map released by the state legislature Tuesday puts Moore County in a new state senate district and confronts our longtime incumbent, Senator Harris Blake (R), with possibly the most significant electoral challenge of his tenure in Raleigh. The plan puts Moore County…

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Another headline that NEEDS to be finished ….

“Congressional redistricting plan unpopular” screams the headline in today’s edition of The News & Observer.  If you read into the story, you see that the following phrase needs to be added to THE END of that headline: ” … among 37 percent of respondents to…

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NC congressional redistricting clarified …

The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill has an excellent piece in today’s paper about congressional redistricting.  Opponents of the plan, drafted by the conservative majority in the legislature, say it unfairly splits counties and cities and puts counties together that have nothing in common.  (As though…

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GOP legislator eyeing Kissell challenge in NC-8

  Reports from Washington are that state Rep. Justin Burr (R-Albemarle) — no relation to our state’s senior U.S. Senator — is seriously eyeing  a challenge to two-term 8th district incumbent congressman Larry Kissell (D). The NCGOP is placing a lot of emphasis on this district. The…