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Open thread: 2018 early voting blows the doors off previous mid-terms

Alamance 12 face jail terms for casting votes

And a former Democrat turned rabid Republican is determined to put them there:

Mr. Sellars, 44, is one of a dozen people in Alamance County in North Carolina who have been charged with voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. All were on probation or parole for felony convictions, which in North Carolina and many other states disqualifies a person from voting. If convicted, they face up to two years in prison.

“That’s the law,” said Pat Nadolski, the Republican district attorney in Alamance County. “You can’t do it. If we have clear cases, we’re going to prosecute.”

Just a side-note, which is definitely relevant to this discussion: Pat Nadolski lost his Republican Primary for District Attorney a few months ago, which had many hoping he would relent and drop the charges against these folks. But true to form with this crazy election cycle, a local judge retired from the bench, and rumor has it Nadolski will be chosen by local R's to run. We (Alamance Dem executives) just chose our candidate Andy Hanford, who lost to Nadolski in the 2014 Democratic Primary. The year after that Nadolski switched parties to Republican, and has since allied himself with our local Latino-hating tyrant Sheriff Terry Johnson. The reason I (tried to) explain that convoluted mess was to underscore Nadolski's determination to prosecute these folks, who merely made a mistake about their qualifications. He's still got right-wing voters to impress, and maybe a little national attention to garner for himself:

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:

NC GOP chooses African-American Chairman

And he appears to understand exactly why he was chosen:

The N.C. Republican Party has elected Hasan Harnett as its new chairman Saturday, naming a successor to Claude Pope.

Harnett, of Concord, served as campaign manager for GOP Congressional candidate Vince Coakley last year. Coakley lost to Democrat Alma Adams in a strongly Democratic district. Harnett, who is black, says he can expand the GOP’s appeal to minorities.

You know, that in itself is an insult to the African-American community. It's policies, not personalities, that have kept them voting Democratic for all these years. The only way the GOP can make substantial inroads into that voting demographic is to change its ways radically, and that's just not going to happen.

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