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  •  Thanks for taking the time (10+ / 0-)

    to do such in-depth analysis roguemapper.

    I'm still of the opinion that Shuler loses narrowly, Kissell gets obliterated, and McIntyre wins narrowly, although now I think Price might step aside for Miller.

    I'm more concerned about the state legislature, Bev Perdue winning reelection, and our local races since the GOP legislature pushed through gerrymandering of the county commissions.  Our local state senator Don Vaughan got merged into Phil Berger's district, so I haven't heard yet whether he will run against him, run in the mostly new 27th, or perhaps run for something else.

    •  County Commissions (6+ / 0-)

      It's disturbing that the General Assembly has swooped in to seize control of local county redistricting in several key areas. This actually revives a tug-of-war that plagued the state all the way back through the 19th and early 20th centuries, as it was a key tactic of the slaveholding elite and later of white supremacists seeking to maintain control over hostile electorates. In the (long-ago) past this produced significant local backlash at the ballot box, so let's hope that proves to be the case once again.

      •  I was actually shocked by the brazen (5+ / 0-)

        interference in the county commissioner districts in Mecklenburg, Buncombe, and Guilford Counties - brazen even for this bunch of power-mad megalomaniacs.

        I guess I shouldn't have been shocked, though...this new Republican legislative majority - in spite of Republican claims to favor "small government" and "local control" - has interfered in local authority in numerous areas. Notably, they have thrown out local zoning control in their gift to the billboard industry (that invalidated local billboard ordinances), in their recission of municipal annexation authority and, even worse, their retroactive recission of already-enacted annexations, and their forcing of concealed weapons onto more property, to name just a few.

        I guess the days of being surprised by examples of Republican hypocrisy are over.

        Nothing is more important in North Carolina in 2012 than retaking control of at least one legislative chamber. These Teahadists are, truly, out of control.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 06:45:41 PM PDT

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        •  Mostly right, but the most important thing (4+ / 0-)

          is reelecting Bev Perdue ;)

          Sadly we're not going to take back either chamber without having the DoJ reject or federal courts strike down these maps.  Winning statewide really is our best chance.

          Preventing Republicans from having the trifecta is way more important than reelecting Shuler, Kissell, or McIntyre in terms of policy, otherwise they would be "fighting those job killing libruhl policies by banning abortion!"

          On the local level though it is incredibly frustrating.  As Democratic as Greensboro is on the presidential level we're going to have a tough fight removing the conservative majority on our city council and keeping our county commission Democratic.  It doesn't help that 4 of our 9 council seats are at-large and we hold 1 of them.  Our local party is in such poor shape that the likely best candidate for ousting the conservative mayor is a moderate Republican who sides with the 3 Dems on the council.

          •  Well, I'll agree with you... (2+ / 0-)
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            Reelecting Bev is of utmost importance, especially considering that the alternative is likely to be the nauseating Pat McCrory.

            The problem with Myers Park Pat, as I see it, is that he's 90% of the way to being our very own Rick Perry. I remember when MPP first became mayor of Charlotte; I actually liked him (remember, his predecessors were Sue Myrick and Richard Vinroot) because he seemed relatively sane for a North Carolina Republican.

            Unfortunately, Bush's appointment to the presidency and the 9-11 incident sent MPP on his path to Perrydom. He fancied himself as some sort of national security expert, and took every opportunity he could get to hang out and be photographed with Bush while "advising" him on indefinite detention national security. I think it was there that he caught the STD of Bush-induced pre-Teabaggism.

            By 2003 or 2004, MPP had turned full-blown obnoxious, taking rude and nasty potshots at Democratic city council members, becoming bitchier on GLBT issues when he realized that he needed to do that to polish his emerging rightwing cred, and letting his inner racist out to play as he started his "thugs" rhetoric.

            His rhetoric during the 2010 gubernatirial campaign was insufferable, but it's guaranteed to get far worse now that he has become a full-blown Teabagger. I realized that he had finally descended into hell when I started getting robocalls from him, under the Americans for Prosperity banner, urging me to "contact my congressman" and tell him or her to "stop the government takeover of healthcare".

            Americans for Prosperity. The "Full Teabag".

            No, MPP in the governor's office would spell the death of this state.

            Of course, if we could re-take the NC Senate, it wouldn't matter so much who was in the Governor's mansion, but MPP is just so disgusting that I wouldn't want him anywhere near Raleigh even if we controlled both chambers.

            You're right...keeping Bev in office is probably slightly easier than winning either legislative chamber outright, considering the teabag gerrymandering that has taken place. However, if we could just gain a few Democratic seats in each chamber in order to eliminate the Repukes' veto capability (especially considering that we have a few blew dawg shithead traitors who've voted with the Repukes to overturn vetoes), we might be all right for the next couple of years.

            That might be the best possible outcome in 2012: Bev reelected governor, and modest gains in both chambers. :-)

            "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

            by blue in NC on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 05:22:36 AM PDT

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