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Charlotte Observer's take on David Parker

The Observer's editorial board which is pretty good on our issues, blisters Parker and the events of this past Saturday

Parker’s self-centered decision to stay on as party chairman despite his role in it (sexual harassement scandal), are embarrassing the Democrats and threaten to hurt the very candidates Parker is supposed to help elect.

read more at: Charlotte Observer

They also ran a pretty good editorial cartoon:

voting problems this past Tuesday

I would be interested in hearing about any voting problems that occured this past Tuesday. I saw articles about problems up in the Triangle concerning voters being given the wrong ballots, were these paper or machine ballots? Did this happen other places?

BTW - The person posting on here as "Gray" is not me.

Bill James pushes to scrap county employee benefits for same-sex couples

That didn't take long. Bill James wants Mecklenburg County to stop offering benefits to same sex couples:

Now that Amendment one has passed it obviously is illegal to offer this benefit as there is now only one ‘domestic legal union’ recognized in the state.

Read More: Pundit House

Amendment to ban divorce

I have been thinking of starting a petition drive to get an amendment on the ballot to ban divorce just to see if the bigots of both parties will back up their so called love of marriage.

The only reason I am not doing it is because based on the vote yesterday, it just might pass

Pastor of one of Charlotte's largest AME Zion churches changes his mind on Amendment One

The Rev. Dwayne Walker, pastor of Charlotte’s Little Rock AME Zion Church, says he’s against same-sex marriage – and against Amendment One.

Rev. Walker has been an advocate for many good causes here in Charlotte for years and has always opened up his church for community events and I am glad that he has come out against Amendment One.

Read More: Charlotte Observer

Observer rescinds 9th district endorsement

I have been paying attention to the Charlotte Observer's political endorsements for around 30 years (yeah, I was a political geek even as a teenager) and this is the first time I have seen them recind an endorsement. I have almost always thought their endorsements to be in line with the politics of the districts they are endorsing in and I haven't always agreed with their thought pattern, they didn't endorse me in my first race (won it anyway by 205 votes out of over 200,000 cast.

They have recinded their endorsement of Jim Pendergraph for the 9th congressional district Republican primary and have offered two alternatives, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian.

Charlotte Observer endorsed candidate a birther

Jim Pendergraph former sheriff of Mecklenburg County and current County Commissioner who is running for the 9th Congrestional District seat now held by Sue Myrick says he is suspicious of President Obama's birthplace

“I have reason to be suspicious,” he said. “But I don’t know. I haven’t seen the facts. I think there’s a lot of smoke and generally when there’s smoke there’s got to be fire somewhere.”

Hasn't seen the facts? Puhleeze! When your own party chair declares:

Even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last year declared the issue a distraction and said, “the president was born in the United States.”

you have to figure the facts are out there.

read more: We endorse kooks

Mecklenburg commissioners support resolution against statewide marriage amendment

Last night the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution (5-4) opposing Amendment One. While several cities and towns have passed resolutions against this amendment, I believe Mecklenburg is the first to pass this at the county level (maybe Orange County but not sure)

The county resolution reads, in part, “since North Carolina law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the proposed amendment would only serve to express hostility against a minority group.”

The vote went along party lines with the lone unaffliated commissioner Chair Harold Cogdell, voting with the majority.

Read More: Charlotte Observer

PS. Why hasn't the Charlotte City Council voted on this yet? Dems hold a 9-2 majority.

City to curb protesters at Duke, Bank of America meetings

and this is a city run by Democrats:

City Manager Curt Walton announced Monday that upcoming shareholders meetings for Duke Energy and Bank of America will be the first to fall under Charlotte’s new Extraordinary Events law, that allows the city to put limits on demonstrators.

This law passed City Council with only one "no" vote and that was from John Autry. I would have expected better from our elected officials/

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