2016 election filings

Open seat on NC Court of Appeals

No Primary, no plurality restrictions, no problem:

Another election will be on the November ballot in North Carolina because an appeals court judge recently resigned to take a job in private practice. The candidate filing period for the seat on the state Court of Appeals vacated by Martha Geer begins at noon Monday at the State Board of Elections and continues until midday Friday.

Every candidate who files will appear on the fall ballot. Since Geer left her seat a couple of months ago, there won't be a primary. The candidate with the most votes will win an eight-year term on the court, which is comprised of 15 judges who hear intermediate appeals while sitting in panels of three. Candidates already are determined for three other Court of Appeals elections set for November.

Er, except for that whole problem of 14% of voters empaneling a judge, but this year's election(s) feature so many weird and confusing aspects this particular race fits in nicely.

PBA shows some love for Josh Stein for NC AG

Choosing wisdom and experience over bluster and demagoguery:

North Carolina’s largest law enforcement association has endorsed former state senator Josh Stein for attorney general.

"Josh Stein has a strong record of making our communities safer and of standing up for law enforcement,” President Randy Byrd said in a statement released Friday. “The North Carolina PBA is proud to put our support behind Josh and to help elect him as our next attorney general. A vote for Josh is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve."

Josh has a deep understanding of issues people like Buck Newton either can't grasp or don't care to. Recidivism is not baked into the genes of criminal offenders, it is a product of environment and a lack of effort on the part of society to figure out what works and what doesn't:

What to expect on your March 15 Primary ballot

Everything but the Congressional races:

The legislature passed a companion bill — signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday — that set June 7 as the new congressional primary date, with the candidate filing period March 16-25.

The March 15 primary election will otherwise go as planned, with races for president, governor, U.S. Senate, the legislature and county positions still in place. A $2 billion statewide bond referendum is also on the ballot. Your votes may be even more valuable to candidates because the updated election schedule law eliminated all primary runoffs in 2016.

As most of you are aware, there are now going to be two Primaries. But for Democrats anyway, the first (March) Primary is a "don't miss." There won't be a runoff, so whatever local or state nominations being contested by multiple Dem candidates will be decided on March 15, whether the winner hits 40% or not. For you Unaffiliated voters, this is two separate elections. If you choose to vote a Democratic ballot in March, you won't be locked in. You can choose Republican in June, if you so desire. However, the March ballot is not going to change to remove US House races, but fill 'em out anyway:

2016 election filings

According to the N&O, the number of legislative districts that Democrats are leaving uncontested for 2016 is the same as in 2012: 28 House districts and 12 Senate districts. Republicans are leaving slightly more districts uncontested than in 2012: 29 House districts and 6 Senate districts compared to 27 House districts and 7 Senate districts four years ago. But since a Senate district has a little more than twice the population of a House district, it's about the same ratio between the parties as four years ago.

The N&O says "53 legislators lack opponents" for 2016. However in reality, 75 of the 170 legislative districts are uncontested because 22 Democrats or Republicans have only a Libertarian challenger. No disparagement intended toward Libertarians, but in partisan elections for state-level offices, only major-party challengers pose any realistic competition.

The good news, according to the N&O, is that Democrats have candidates in all 13 congressional districts. So at the congressional level, Democrats have a chance, again, to demonstrate their level of statewide voter support. Thanks and congratulations to blogger and political consultant Thomas Mills for filing just before the deadline in the 8th congressional district. That ensures incumbent Republican Richard Hudson will have a Democratic opponent.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article50935595.html

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