Possible judicial bias in North Carolina voter ID case

Remarks made by an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court at a Democratic Party fund-raising dinner, as well as her membership in a private organization, raise serious questions about her possible bias against the state’s new voter ID law. Under applicable judicial ethics rules, she should remove herself from the controversial litigation challenging the law before it reaches the state Supreme Court. On Saturday, March 22, North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Cheri Beasley spoke at the Carteret County Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Beasley was appointed to the Supreme Court in December 2012 by lame duck Gov. Beverly Perdue (D). The justice is up for election for a new term on Nov. 4 of this year.

Voting information for May 6 primary

Last year, the NC General Assembly made a number of changes to North Carolina elections law. Voters will notice some of these changes during the current primary season. The early voting period has been shortened by one week. It starts April 24 and ends…

Sign up for the Chatham Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament on May 19

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[ May 19, 2014; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. ] Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 26th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at The Golf Club at Chapel Ridge on May 19. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Each year the Chatham Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is held at one of [...]

More than 20,000 NC voters have fake registration addresses

The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina submitted data to the NC State Board of Elections that show 20,532 NC voters were registered at street addresses that do not exist and 13,027 (or 63.4%) of them listed a post office box as their alternative mailing address.

“It’s baffling that anybody can vote with a false registration address,” said Jay DeLancy, “but that looks like the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. We found 342 voters registered to false address, 77 of them to the fictional address called Zero Tunnel Road.”

Promises made – promises kept

Pam Stewart, Walter Petty and I have had the honor of serving as County Commissioners since December 2010 and are candidates for reelection. As we talk to friends, neighbors and residents, we hear their frustration with the dysfunctional nature of partisanship. Fortunately, at the county level we are able to avoid that problem to a large degree. We get to be more connected with our residents than officials in “higher” office. Our cell phone numbers are on the county website and we hold town hall meetings throughout the county. Party affiliation and labels aren’t important locally. Actions and results are what matters.

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Concerns with the Goathouse Refuge’s anti-gun range petition

I read in the Chatham Record and now in the Chatlist that Ms. Scarpa is unhappy about what the shooting range that is under construction near the Goathouse Refuge. I would just like to point out a few items in her post. First, the individual purchased the property “adjacent” to the Goathouse property – not attached to it. If it were attached, it would be owned by Ms. Scarpa, and she could do with it what she wants. If the property was for sale, any individual had the right to purchase it, and do whatever he/she wished with it. Perhaps, Ms. Scarpa should have purchased it “for the safety of the animals, cats, dogs, goats.”

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream

When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle. That was the message from the City of Wilmington’s proud and professional public utilities department at an event celebrating one of its enlightened water quality improvement projects a few years ago. Their message still hits home with me.

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