Sunday sampler

Greensboro: I thought I knew everything about local politics, but of course I don’t. The News & Record explains clearly how the new City Council redistricting system shoved down Greensboro’s throat hurts voters and creates a system in which Republican candidates have an advantage. Want to get the least voters involved? Hold the election in October in odd-numbered years. The Legislature should be ashamed at its abuse of power.

Raleigh: You know how the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution? The News & Observer flips it on its head, raising the question of whether more gay couples marrying will actually re-energize it. “That’s an interesting idea – does this have a halo effect on the institution,” said Philip N. Cohen, a University of Maryland sociology professor who has studied marriage trends. “The number of same-sex couples that are going to marry is small so you won’t see a big bump in the marriage rate. But it could have a symbolic effect.”

Raleigh and Winston-Salem: Both the News & Observer and the Journal have stories about the federal court case over N.C.’s voting law changes made by the Legislature two years ago. It’s going to be a big case with national implications. Worth reading. Perhaps the judge will rule on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act next month.

High Point: The Enterprise has what looks to be an interesting mystery story about a signed first edition of a Booker T. Washington book that turned up at the High Point Library used book sale. But the website is down so I can’t link to it.

2 thoughts on “Sunday sampler

  1. Top two at large vote recipients by the new Districts,
    with the candidate who won the most votes in 2011
    when Robbie Perkins won over Bill Knight
    over the White Street Landfill issue.

    Winners listed first and second,
    which backs up the demographic numbers from the new districts
    which suggests Blacks will control four City Council seats;

    1. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    2. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    4. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    6. Johnson and Abuzuaiter

    5. Johnson and Chris Lawyer
    3. Nancy Vaughan and Johnson
    7. Chris Lawyer and Danny Thompson
    8. Chris Lawyer and Nancy Vaughan
    .
    .
    2011 race between Bill Knight and Robbie Perkins
    by the new Districts,
    listing the candidate who won each district
    which also backs up the demographic numbers
    suggesting blacks should control
    four of the new districts;

    1. Perkins 3,388 to 606 for Bill Knight
    2. Perkins 2,791 to 812 for Bill
    4. Perkins 3,214 to 421
    6. Perkins 1,752 to 1,115 for Knight

    3. Perkins 3,201 to 3,074
    5. Knight 2,349 to 1,711 for Perkins
    7. Knight 3,401 to 2,147 for Perkins
    8. Knight 4,329 to 2,884 for Perkins
    .
    .
    Top two at large vote recipients by District in 2013,
    with the candidate who won the most votes listed first;

    1. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    2. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    4. Johnson and Abuzuaiter
    6. Johnson and Abuzuaiter

    3. Barber and Johnson
    5. Barber and Johnson
    7. Barber and Chris Lawyer
    8. Barber and Chris Lawyer
    .
    .
    From the Board of Elections;

    DISTRICT 1 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 25,852

    Dem; 18,575

    Rep; 1,648

    Una; 5,552

    Black; 19,649

    White; 4133
    .
    .
    DISTRICT 2 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 20,718

    Dem; 14,189

    Rep; 2162

    Una; 4,299

    Black; 14,297

    White; 4,985
    .
    .
    DISTRICT 4 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 24,166

    Dem; 18,057

    Rep; 1,298

    Una; 4,710

    Black; 18,773

    White; 3,539
    .
    .
    DISTRICT 6 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 20,545

    Dem; 12,262

    Rep; 2,803

    Una; 5,374

    Black; 10,280

    White; 7,784
    .
    .
    By my count that’s four probable Black Democrats
    representing 50% of Greensboro City Council seats,
    and Joe Killian didn’t report it.

  2. More Dems in District 6 today than in 2011
    when Robbie Perkins won over Bill Knight
    over the White Street Landfill issue.
    .
    .
    2011; DISTRICT 6 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 19,453

    Dem; 11,941

    Rep; 3,170

    Una; 4,306

    Black; 9,025

    White; 8,723
    .
    .
    2015; DISTRICT 6 most probable winner; A Black Democrat

    Total Voters; 20,545

    Dem; 12,262

    Rep; 2,803

    Una; 5,374

    Black; 10,280

    White; 7,784
    .
    .
    More Blacks in District 6 today than in 2011
    when Robbie Perkins won over Bill Knight
    over the White Street Landfill issue.

    Fewer Republicans in District 6 today than in 2011
    when Robbie Perkins won over Bill Knight
    over the White Street Landfill issue.

    Fewer Whites in District 6 today than in 2011
    when Robbie Perkins won over Bill Knight
    over the White Street Landfill issue.

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