Elections

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    Is North Carolina Next, Or Will Voters Endorse Reforms?

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, discusses the potential impact of 2017 Virginia elections on 2018 N.C. races. Gray offered these comments during the Nov. 8, 2017, edition of Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.” Watch.
    Donna Martinez, November 13, 2017
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    Outside groups sway Virginia elections

    Democrats in Virginia kept their hold on governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, and made significant gains in the House of Delegates. Even if Republicans win all three seats that are too close to call, they will have lost fifteen seats. If the seats go the other way, Democrats…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2017
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    Overview of Tuesday’s school board elections

    On Tuesday, voters in four counties went to the polls to elect school board members for 16 seats.  Here is what happened in each. Burke County Number of seats: 3 Partisan? No Winners: Buddy Armour (Central District), Sam Wilkinson (Eastern District), Seth P. Hunt, Jr. (Western District) Hot Take:…
    Terry Stoops, November 9, 2017
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    JLF’s Kory Swanson In News & Observer: “Keep focused.”

    The News & Observer’s Andy Specht writes a good survey of Tuesday’s election results and what the Democratic Party wins could mean for North Carolina. Andy picked up on the key perspective offered by JLF President and CEO Kory Swanson: Kory Swanson, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation,…
    Donna Martinez, November 9, 2017
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    A few surprises in local referenda

    Yesterday, voters across North Carolina voted in municipal elections.  The full results are available here.  In addition to mayors and aldermen and city council members, there were 33 local referenda – 24 about alcohol sales, seven bond issues, and two about local government organization. Local referenda are pretty predictable.
    Julie Tisdale, November 8, 2017
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    The Virginia Election Results: Et Tu, North Carolina?

    Is the Democratic Party sweep in Virginia a portent of things to come in North Carolina? North Carolina conservatives should be concerned; but, they should stay on message—tax reform, regulatory reform, education reform, etc. In other words, expanding freedom for all North Carolinians. The economy is doing well. Keep focused.
    Kory Swanson, November 8, 2017
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    Municipal election update: Fuquay-Varina

    I was voter 18 at the Fuquay-Varina High School polling place.  I voted an hour after the polls opened. Residents will elect a mayor and two members of the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners (Massengill and Wunsch seats) today.  Candidates spent much of their time addressing concerns about growth, traffic,…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2017
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    The proper role of political parties

    Don’t count Jay Cost among those who are hyperventilating over news that the Democratic Party rigged its presidential nomination process to boost Hillary Clinton in 2016. He explains why at National Review Online. The hyperbolic reaction to the Clinton-Sanders-DNC news does not suggest anything pernicious about the Democratic…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2017