Friday News: A litany of lies

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NON-NURSE BEVERLY BOSWELL CLAIMS PROTESTERS WANT TO MURDER GUN OWNERS: State Rep. Beverly Boswell, a Republican from the coast, suggested on her Facebook page that speakers at the marches expressed violent intentions. "Many of the speakers at these rallies were calling for gun registration, confiscation, Second Amendment repeal and even the murder of those who would not turn over their guns to the government,” Boswell wrote on her campaign Facebook page. But PolitiFact found no credible evidence of rally speakers calling for violence against gun owners who might refuse to relinquish their guns. Most speakers at the Washington march and other marches across the country spoke about stricter gun laws and warned politicians of forthcoming punishment at the ballot box.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article20...

Ted Budd may be back to selling guns full time after November

The 13th District should have known better in the first place:

Overnight, North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District – which resembles a sloppily forged anvil covering most of Iredell County, all of Davie and Davidson counties, and parts of Rowan and Guilford counties – went from safely Republican to utterly uncertain for the Nov. 5 general election.

Of course, Republicans and GOP-friendly groups also will parachute into the race, checkbooks in hand, to bolster Budd’s counterattack. Early prognostications made the freshman Budd, a gun store owner and farmer from Advance, the odds-on favorite in District 13, where President Donald Trump pulled 53 percent of the vote in 2016 and Budd actually did better by picking up 56 percent.

And yes, I fully realize I just told you the other day we need to focus on Legislative races and not Congressional ones, but I kinda hate Ted Budd. If you don't, you're not paying attention:

Thursday News: Musical chairs

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TRUMP FIRES VA SECRETARY, TEMPORARILY REPLACING HIM WITH NC GOP POLITICAL FLUNKIE: President Donald Trump fired VA Secretary David Shulkin on Wednesday and chose a former aide to Jesse Helms and Thom Tillis to fill the job in an interim role. Trump tapped Robert Wilkie to be the interim secretary of Veterans Affairs while nominating his personal physician Ronny L. Jackson for the permanent post. Wilkie is a Capitol Hill veteran, having worked for then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott from 1997 to 2003. He was executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party before going to work for Lott. Wilkie also served as an aide to Helms, the late North Carolina senator, and former U.S. Rep. David Funderburk. Wilkie unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 1996.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article20...

Why can't we register to vote online in NC?

Only 12 states in the US do not have online voter registration. The other 38 make it easy and convenient for people to register to vote. Why is that? Could it be because the Republicans who control the General Assembly don't want the masses showing up at the polls? In today's connected world, there's no good excuse for this kind of backward policy. We buy guns online. We buy drugs online. We pay taxes online. Why can't we register to vote online?

Dear NCDP: Win the suburbs, win the state

Because that is where 2018's biggest battles will be fought:

In Illinois primary elections on Tuesday, the five counties that wrap around Chicago's Cook County saw Democrats cast almost five times as many ballots as they did four years ago, ahead of a midterm romp for the GOP. Republicans, meanwhile, saw their turnout drop by almost a quarter of what it was in 2014.

The national Republican money machine is focusing heavily on defending the suburbs. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan, has opened field offices in 30 Republican-held districts, with plans eventually to spend more than $100 million in as many as three dozen.

If you look at the graph above, you will see Republicans took 64% of the suburban vote in North Carolina in 2016. They actually did better in the suburbs than rural areas, which should freak you out more than a little, frankly. Why? Because suburban voters have a (much) higher percentage of college graduates than their rural counterparts. And yet, they voted for a card-carrying idiot for President. We're seeing a big shift in suburban voting nationwide during these special elections, but we can't assume that will happen here, in the absence of a huge effort by Dems to retake *our* suburbs. The thing to keep in mind, and I don't want to come off as too elitist here: The higher education level of the suburbs also means having information presented to them in a tactful manner may generate more (and better) results than those efforts would elsewhere. They have the background to make the right decisions, but they need a little push to do so.

Wednesday News: Chickenhawks of a feather

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BOLTON USED CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA TO TARGET VOTERS FOR THOM TILLIS: New National Security Adviser John Bolton's super-PAC worked with British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica on targeted ads supporting Republican Thom Tillis in his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. Cambridge Analytica, which has been roundly criticized for its unauthorized use of personal data of some 50 million Facebook users, designed five versions of the same ad featuring Bolton that tailored toward different personality types. The ads ran on satellite television providers, which have the technology to allow advertisers to target individual subscribers. Cambridge Analytica then used its psychographic profiling to decide which ad should go to a given viewer. More optimistic, agreeable people saw a more upbeat version of the ad, while more fearful people were shown a more frightening version.
http://www.wral.com/bolton-s-super-pac-cambridge-analytica-teamed-up-on-pro-tillis-ads-in-2014/17446...

Poor Dallas. He can't find the contract he signed for illegal electioneering.

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