Redrawn election maps would help Democrats

The maps proposed by the third-party expert would make it easier for Democrats to defeat Republican incumbents in four House races and two Senate races, based on analysis of 2016 election results in the proposed districts.  What do you think?  Redrawn election maps would help Democrats from the News & Observer Under the Dome 11.28.17

Running for Judicial Office?  Here’s what you need to know: There have been a number of changes to the judicial elections process over the past year, and NC Policy Watch has received a number of questions about the new requirements to run for office.  Melissa Boughton has compiled all you need to know (for now!)
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/11/29/interested-running-judicial-office-2018-heres-helpful-guide/#sthash.woMKHOsa.dpbs

What is our stake in the 2020 Census?  “Census data guides more than $16 billion annually in federal funds to the Tar Heel State. These funds are for such vital needs as Medicaid and Medicare (Part B), Head Start, school lunch programs, highways and transportation, and housing assistance. All depend on the census count.”
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2017/11/27/nc-lose-big-2020-census/

 

Food for thought

DEQ
This is the follow up to news we shared a couple of weeks ago regarding the former Secretary of Environmental Quality.
“NC scientist tapped as Trump adviser quits DEQ, sees ‘politicization of science and law’
blogs/under-the-dome/article187055948.html#storylink=cpy

HBCU voters – How do we engage them?
“Voter turnout among the estimated 300,000 students at HBCUs fell nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016, according to a national survey by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University. The decline, while consistent with a fall off among black voters of all ages in 2016, was a sharp departure.”
Voting at black colleges falls – can Dems turn it around for 2018?

Coal ash showdown
“What makes this rate case hearing more contentious than usual — rarely does any increase go unchallenged — is that DEP wants to shift the $200 million burden of cleaning up its coal ash sites from the company and its shareholders to its customers. It’s possible that amount could include the cost of providing bottled water to private well owners affected by groundwater contamination from leaking coal ash impoundments.”
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2017/11/28/coal-ash-debate-takes-center-stage-duke-rate-hike-cases-get-underway/

Giving is a “Liberal” thing?
NC Civitas president DeLuca denigrates “Giving Tuesday” saying “While giving to charity is good and noble, being ‘guilted’ into giving to charity is not, and that’s what #givingtuesday is all about: transforming ‘giving’ into ‘giving back,’”  No you didn’t!
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article186846068.html