News & Observer: Federal court orders new NC legislative elections in 2017

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers must redraw their legislative districts by March 15 and hold new elections by the end of next year, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

That order follows up on a ruling from this summer that found lawmakers had unconstitutionally relied on race when they drew 28 state House and Senate districts.

Although lawmakers had told the court they should be given more time to redraw their districts and should not have to hold elections until 2018, the three-judge panel disagreed.

“This gives the State a total of seven months from the time the districts were held to be unconstitutional, which is longer than it took the 2011 legislature to redistrict the entire state,” read the order, which was drafted by a three-judge federal district court panel. (Read more)

WRAL: McCrory blocks state board’s effort to hire outside lawyers in election dispute

Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory’s office has turned down the State Board of Elections’ request to hire lawyers from the Brooks Pierce law firm to defend the state against a federal lawsuit by the Civitas Institute.

McCrory, a Republican, appears to have narrowly lost his re-election bid to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Normally, Cooper’s office would defend the state in such cases. However, given the interest by both McCrory and Cooper, the state board decided Sunday to seek outside help.

While Thomas Ziko, a long-time litigator in independent practice, did get approved, a trio of lawyers who work for Brooks Pierce – Charles Marshall, Craig Schauer and Jessica Thaller-Moran – was rejected. Marshall, Schauer and Thaller-Moran, have all either worked for Republican judges before coming to the firm or worked on behalf of GOP causes. (Read more)

Breaking News: Federal court orders NC law makers to redraw districts, hold new General Assembly elections in 2017 – WRAL

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel ordered the General Assembly to redraw 28 North Carolina state house and senate districts by March 15, 2017, and to hold a special primary and general election in the fall of 2017.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/page/12706857/?break_id=16213#qAC4qVmeRoQeTzaK.99

News & Observer – NC GOP: ‘No apologies’ for voters mistakenly accused of fraud

Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign remained silent Monday on reports showing that election complaints included false accusations of voter fraud, but the N.C. Republican Party defended the complaints.

A number of the 43 voters accused of being ineligible felons turned out to be cases of mistaken identity. Several other voters accused were serving a misdemeanor sentence, which does not affect voting rights. Republican-led county elections board have dismissed the most of the inaccurate complaints.

The nonprofit Democracy North Carolina, which has urged McCrory to halt the protests, analyzed criminal records and found that 18 of the 43 – nearly half – were wrongfully accused of being felons ineligible to vote.  (Read more)

Raleigh NC: State Board of Elections issues order to counties regarding ballots – ABC 11

Buyout, Elevation, Rebuilding & Elevation Meeting For Princeville Citizens Thursday December 1st 2016

​Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 p.m. Town of Princeville’s Mitigation Meeting – Open to Public. Mitigation offers 3 options: 1. Elevation of Homes 2. Rebuilding & Elevation of Homes and 3. Buy-outs. The meeting will take place in the gym of Tarboro High School. FEMA representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Please inform other citizens.

Hurricane Matthews: Edgecombe County Inspector Is Not Clear On The Inspection Process (Folk Ask Questions & Seek Advice)

I am working hard trying to get the flooded out property repaired and it appears the county inspector has no sympathy for doing what is right.

I have gone to the Edgecombe County Planning & Inspections Office twice when the first time they ought to have given me specifics on the checklist for what I needed to do to get electricity to the house. They act as if I was doing a new construction or a complete construction talking about I needed a temporary pole. I don’t need anything temporary on the property, I am trying to get the property ready so my dad can get back home.

I understand the process went through it in 1999. On October 8, 2016 Hurricane Matthews came through and our property had around a foot and an half of water inside of the house. My dad had to be brought out on a boat because the water outside of the house was around 4 feet. When we were allowed to go to the property around 2 days later, the electricity was working fine, lights on and appliance working. Around a day or 2 later EMC came out they disconnected service to the property.

I went to get a permit to begin the process of repairing the property. I went into the Inspection and Planning Office to fill out paperwork and was told the inspector would be out the following day. Well I was looking for them to leave something at the home to let me know they had been however after not seeing anything and not hearing from anyone I decided to call. I then had to go by the office to pick up the following. I said what is this and the reception couldn’t tell me and an inspector came through and he said I needed a a temporary pole but I said what do I need to do to get the electricity ran directly to the house. I said I need to put on sheetrock and need to make sure the house has electricity before I close in the walls. I then called some electricians and the response I was getting from them didn’t sound good and the main thing is they were talking as if the water had got up to breaker box inside of the house which was far from it. They said they had talked to the county inspections office and they were saying that if the house had a red tag on it then the house needed rewiring. I said the house had a yellow tag. This makes no sense because the county could have looked up my property and gave them the correct answer to the color of the tag that was placed on the property.

The house has new wiring that was installed around 2003 so I know the house didn’t need all new wiring. So in other words the way the checklist is written it leaves room for an electrician to get over on folk.

One electrician came out inspected property and was talking about charging $4300 see below and I said really?

I had an electrician to come out on Friday and another on Saturday and the one on Saturday is coming back to do the work on Tuesday and gave me an estimate of under $500.00. He said all I needed was the service box and the wiring running to the box. He said all the other wiring looked good but after replacing the service and the wiring running to the box they would check to make sure that is all I need. This makes sense. Why they couldn’t say that the first time?

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Emergency Meeting NC State Board Of Elections Sunday November 27, 2016

SBE Emergency Meeting

Start date 27 Nov, 2016

End date 27 Nov, 2016

(UTC -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY STATE BOARD MEETING The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Interested members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing (213) 929-4212 (code: 696-443-050). Agenda available here: http://dl.ncsbe.gov/index.html?prefix=State_Board_Meeting_Docs/2016-11-27/

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News & Observer: McCrory will withdraw recount demand if Durham votes recounted

News & Observer: McCrory will withdraw recount demand if Durham votes recounted

The Watch Dog response: I was not going to call in today to listen to the NC State Board of Elections meeting today at 12:30 PM but I think this meeting will be very interesting.

Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to withdraw his request for a statewide recount if a new hand count of Durham County votes produces the same results as Election Day, his campaign announced Saturday evening.

The governor is asking the N.C. State Board of Elections to hold an expedited hearing on an appeal of the Durham County election board’s denial of a request for a recount there. The state board on Saturday called for a Sunday afternoon meeting by phone to discuss this matter and a federal lawsuit challenging same-day registration ballots.

“If a Durham recount provides the same results as earlier posted, the McCrory Committee will be prepared to withdraw its statewide recount request in the Governors race,” the campaign’s news release says. (Read more)

What Happen To #BlueLivesMatter? 8 Cops Killed This Week by White Men, No Outrage!

The Watch Dog response: If they had been killed by black males then it would be all over the news. This reminds me on when they want to talk about black on black crime. However we have been talking about black on black crime since the early 90’s so it ain’t just about white cops killing black men, but it is an issue.

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Daily News: KING: The Democratic Party deserves so much of the blame for electing Donald Trump

The Watch Dog response: I registered as a Democrat in 1980 because yes my parents were however I liked the Democratic Platform. I became actively engaged as a precinct vice chair in the late 80’s and moved on to serve on the county level all the way to being appointed as the county chair from 1998 – 1999. I didn’t run for chair because I know they were not ready for me. However this is the last time the party has had a Democratic Gathering that was held at the National Guard Armory. Many who had stopped coming to meetings began to come back because my meetings started on time and ended on time with a very, very structured and informed agenda. I remember back in the 80’s the county party officers were a majority white and not reflective of the whole county and almost every meeting it was a racial fight as the meetings were held. I challenged them all black, brown, white and others to just do what was right. Although there was a racial issue I recognized not only were some of the whites registered as Democrats but I truly feel voted Republican but there were some blacks who played both sides as well. In the early 2000’s I was invited to some meetings held in several counties trying to start a 3rd party but as usual it went nowhere because some were so loyal to the Democratic Party. I have stated time and time again that the North Carolina State Democratic Party continues to hold up just where we are because the officers normally have only 1 to 2 blacks elected to serve. The State Executive Committee is a majority white. Some years ago there was an African American Caucus formed as an auxiliary of the NC State Democratic Party. I have attended several meetings locally and across the state but have never joined because for me it was and is useless because the AAC has no power. So for me the following article is right on! When I joined the county party a black person told me they needed me because I didn’t like white folk and they were talking about my letters to the editors where I was not afraid to say what I mean and mean what I say as a young black male in my early 20’s. I told them I was for justice no matter who it was for or against, that I had no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest. I am going to always be on the side of right especially when I am dealing with other folk lives. Today I am still fighting for what is right and just speaking out against injustices although I recognize and understand some folk don’t appreciate what I do but they have benefitted from my works. So I will continue to do what I do because it ain’t about popularity but about what is right.

Election Day 2016 was a miserable failure for the Democratic Party. When all the votes are counted, it appears that Donald Trump will have won 30 states and at least 300 Electoral College votes. After months of tough talk, Democrats not only lost the presidency, but lost the Senate and continued to lose the House. It was a thorough drubbing. Calling it anything other than that is a damn lie.

But I must linger there for a while. The Democratic Party has mastered lying to itself and its core constituencies. It claims a progressive identity, but is as moderate and lukewarm as it has ever been on so many issues that matter to everyday people. It claims to be tough on Wall Street, financial corruption and white collar crime, but is awash in donations from lobbyists and executives in the industry. Democrats claim to be the party of working people, but so often seem to be deeply out of touch with their problems and needs. (Read more)

“Buyout Program Option Campaign” To Be Held In Princeville NC On The Street – Really?

imageFirst of all folk look to me to get correct information and good information out. Now this right here, I find quite interesting.

On Saturday morning I heard this meeting announced on WCPS. Later I made a phone call to the number listed to find out it was Rev. Roosevelt Higgs. Well I recognized the number but called to get more information because I wanted to know who were going to be there. I was told it was a campaign kickoff. He said it was a flyer so I asked that he get it to me.

I began to get involved as a community and political activist back in the late 80’s. I committed myself to help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. I refuse to allow anyone to mislead
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It is interesting that Rev. Higgs didn’t even attend the meeting with Governor Pat McCrory and the Flood Committee a little over a week ago. There were questions about the buyout that needed to be answered and the FEMA representative could not truly answer the question. Those who attended the meeting are waiting on the responses to the buyout questions along with some other questions.

One question was if a buyout is offered would the citizens of Princeville be able to participate in the buyout if the Town Commissioners chose not to participate in the buyout. FEMA said they couldn’t answer the question and would get back with an answer. The citizens were not allowed to participate in the buyout in 1999 because the Town Commissioners voted against the buyout.

My concern about the meeting is this being a Rev. Roosevelt Higgs only because over the years there has never been a real meeting of the 2 made up organizations listed. Actually the ECCAAP is something that he cooked up because he has talked so much bull manure about the NAACP. The Tarboro/RMT Edgecombe Ministerial Church Council wow, I don’t know of one church that is a member of it. Actually what church is Rev. Higgs a member of?

The buyout may sound good to some and may not sound good to others. I truly believe it should be based on individuals decision.

I have a house in Pinetops that was flooded and my daddy wants to go back and I am working hard everyday trying to make it happen. Do I want him to go back? No! But whatever makes him happy.

CNN – Secret Service considering renting a floor at Trump Tower to protect future first family

(CNN)The US Secret Service is considering renting one floor in Trump Tower to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family by turning it into a 24-7 command post, a law enforcement official told CNN Friday.

According to Jared Horowitz, who is with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and responsible for available commercial space at Trump Tower, the floors available to rent with the average floor office space running between 13,500 square feet to 15,500 square feet cost about $1.5 million a year.

     

The law enforcement official says the current plans for security at Trump Tower would differ if the future first family were living at the White House full time and Trump’s wife Melania and their son Barron were not staying behind in New York City through the Spring.  (Read more)

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The News & Observer – We answer your questions about this long election

 

Election Day seems so long ago. A lot has happened in the more than two weeks since we thought it would all be over.

Since then, the narrow margin in the contest for governor has kept teams of lawyers busy, none of whom can say when the election results will be official.

Protested votes, provisional ballots and voters who said they registered at the Division of Motor Vehicles but didn’t show up on the rolls have combined to delay the outcome. Now that Gov. Pat McCrory has demanded a recount of the 7,700 or so votes that separates him from Attorney General Roy Cooper, a lot can happen between now and the final results.

Click here: You have questions. Here are the answers.