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Vision without execution is hallucination.
Some time back, the Republicans on the Board of Commissioners went on a rampage to get rid of the 2-year term for the candidate finishing third each election. That's fine if that's what they wanted to do, but they wanted to do it in the most underhanded way possible: by circumventing the people of Polk County and trying to sneak it through the Republican-dominated legislature in Raleigh. They got beat up so much in the blowback that they dropped the idea pretty quickly, but apparently they were just biding their time.
A referendum to do just that has suddenly appeared on the November ballot, so the people will have their say after all. Here is the wording of the referendum:
"Shall the structure of the Board of Commissioners be altered to change from a mix of staggered two-year and four-year terms of officed to staggered four-year terms of office?"
So, do we want to have all five commissioners elected to four-year terms? Some thoughts are at "Read more"...
For felonies, negligence or recklessness are not sufficient for conviction.
-David M. Uhlmann
... the people at Womack believe that Voter ID is a goner for this election, and that early voting -- including same-day registration and voting -- will start October 20, not the 27th, and they're moving rapidly to implement that. The only thing that could prevent that now is US Supreme Court intervention in this years-long food fight, which nobody but the most starry-eyed Republican thinks is likely. This is undiluted good news for this election...
I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.
-Martin Luther King 1967
As expected, the state has appealed to the Supreme Court to stay the appellate court decision striking down voter ID and other provisions of the 2013 law until after the November elections. The Washington Post story on it is here.
The chances of the High Court intervening at this late date, on this subject, have got to be considered remote. The Court isn't in session, it's split 4-4 politically, and John Roberts (to whom the appeal was directed) is the least likely of the conservatives to pick a bloody political brawl right now. Stay tuned, but plan on there being no voter ID requirement for this election, and early voting starting October 20.
That's Linda in the center, flanked by Commissioner Ray Gasperson and his daughter Julia, at the annual NC County Commissioner conference at Winston-Salem, NC on August 13, 2016. You do know our other candidates for the Council of State offices, don't you? No? Click here...
The breakfast was a great success, as they all pretty much are, but this time particularly in how many people came: nearly 100, quite more than usual; maybe there's an election going on...
Margaret Parker took some pictures, including the mandatory cute-kid shot:
Some more are at "Read more"...
That's, from the left, Rhonda Lewis, Penny Padgett, and Russell Mierop, all smiles at the thought of taking on the Republicans in the campaign. Come to the convention in April to meet them and get started on the long hard road to November...