Republicans http://wfae.org en Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May http://wfae.org/post/many-nc-legislative-winners-will-be-determined-may <p>My previous post looked at what has become one of the key competitive races for a U.S. Senate seat, following the closing of the filing period. But it won’t be just the U.S. Senate seat that will be up for grabs in May and November, but also all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly. Or so one would think.</p><p>In looking at the candidate filing and the past voting patterns of the district lines under the new maps, the overall contest for North Carolina’s state legislature really won’t be as competitive as most would expect.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:14:19 +0000 Michael Bitzer 47139 at http://wfae.org Many NC Legislative Winners Will Be Determined In May Candidates Aplenty For US Senate And Sixth Congressional District http://wfae.org/post/candidates-aplenty-us-senate-and-sixth-congressional-district <div><p>Those seeking political office had until noon today to file for this year’s election. Two races in particular are fielding a large number of candidates. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:31:13 +0000 Tom Bullock 46022 at http://wfae.org Candidates Aplenty For US Senate And Sixth Congressional District Unaffiliated Status Gains Appeal To Younger Black Voters http://wfae.org/post/unaffiliated-status-gains-appeal-younger-black-voters <p>A recent <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/10/19/4399850/voting-fight-is-it-race-or-is.html#.UmSFZ5QaeLj">article</a> in the Charlotte Observer had the headline asking, “Voting fight: Is it race or politics?”</p><p>For intensely partisan observers, the redistricting fight is either racial <u>or</u> political. But, in looking deeper into the numbers nowadays, the answer is that the voting fight is much more race <u>and</u> politics.&nbsp;</p><p>Going into the future, however, it could be ‘or’ rather than ‘and’ when it comes to racial politics in North Carolina.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:44:16 +0000 Michael Bitzer 38095 at http://wfae.org Unaffiliated Status Gains Appeal To Younger Black Voters GOP's Slide In Charlotte Elections Likely To Continue http://wfae.org/post/gops-slide-charlotte-elections-likely-continue <p>With Washington’s mess garnering the nation’s attention, many voters would like a chance to register their complaints against DC right now. And while they will have to wait until next spring’s primary elections and the general election a year from now, some voters will have their chance to express their votes in the coming weeks.</p><p>I say “some” voters because very few voters cast their ballots in odd-year elections, one of which is Charlotte.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:35:40 +0000 Michael Bitzer 37455 at http://wfae.org GOP's Slide In Charlotte Elections Likely To Continue GOP Lawmakers Evoke Controversy In Raleigh, But Go Home To Safe Districts http://wfae.org/post/gop-lawmakers-evoke-controversy-raleigh-go-home-safe-districts <p>­With several months of Moral Monday protests under way, the North Carolina General Assembly may be feeling the heat of the dog days of summer, especially in terms of public opinion.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:28:42 +0000 Michael Bitzer 31897 at http://wfae.org GOP Lawmakers Evoke Controversy In Raleigh, But Go Home To Safe Districts NC Democrats Need To Call Up Some Fresh Faces http://wfae.org/post/nc-democrats-need-call-some-fresh-faces <p>With the release of the provocative and no holds barred “NC 2013 Legislative Strategy” memo as <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/21/3869144/leaked-memo-outlines-liberal-attack.html">reported</a> by <em>The Charlotte Observer</em>, liberal advocacy groups are finally learning the lessons that conservative groups have been teaching them for some time: Be prepared to play the same game and have a playbook.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:43:27 +0000 Michael Bitzer 22220 at http://wfae.org NC Democrats Need To Call Up Some Fresh Faces GOP Lawmakers' Message Clear: Do As We Say, Not As We Do http://wfae.org/post/gop-lawmakers-message-clear-do-we-say-not-we-do <p>When the constitution’s framers developed the American system to handle governing power, they divided power in two distinct ways: the first is horizontally, by giving pieces of different powers (law-making, law-executing, law-adjudicating) to different branches of government. Hence, our “checks and balances” approach to government.</p><p>The second distinct way is by dividing power vertically, through a system we now call federalism on the levels of national, state, and local.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:51:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 21644 at http://wfae.org GOP Lawmakers' Message Clear: Do As We Say, Not As We Do Republican Lawmakers Demonstrate An Old Adage http://wfae.org/post/republican-lawmakers-demonstrate-old-adage <p>Back in 1831, U.S. Senator William Macy coined the phrase “to the victor go the spoils. In a war or other contest, the winner gets the booty.” In our modern times, “other contests” can be thought of as election contests just as easily.&nbsp;</p><p>With the recent <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/HTML/S10v2.html">legislation</a> by Republicans in the NC State Senate to strip clean a significant number of state commissions and boards, the saying about “elections having consequences” is as important as the spoils going to the victor.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:01:15 +0000 Michael Bitzer 20918 at http://wfae.org Republican Lawmakers Demonstrate An Old Adage Republicans Hold Edge In State Government Power http://wfae.org/post/republicans-hold-edge-state-government-power <p></p><p>While the national electorate returned a divided govern­ment to Washington, D.C., state capitals reflect a new norm in unified political party control, with North Carolina being a prime example.&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><strong>Blue = Democratic Unified Party Control; Red = Republican Unified Party Control; Purple = Divided Party Control (Nebraska’s unicameral legislature is non-partisan)</strong></p><p>In 15 states, Democrats control both the legislature and the chief executive, while in 23 states, the GOP controls both branches of state government.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:02:14 +0000 Michael Bitzer 16652 at http://wfae.org Republicans Hold Edge In State Government Power Expect Republicans To Keep Control Of General Assembly http://wfae.org/post/expect-republicans-keep-control-general-assembly <p>Along with the various congressional races that could help the GOP keep control of the U.S. House, there are many state legislative races in which districts were redrawn to benefit the party in power.</p><p>One way to classify these new districts is to use the <a href="http://cookpolitical.com/story/4937">partisan voting index</a> system developed by Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report in Washington, to classify U.S. House seats.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 02:41:23 +0000 Michael Bitzer 14910 at http://wfae.org Expect Republicans To Keep Control Of General Assembly