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UPDDATE, Sept 11, 9am: Thanks so much to Patti for keeping an eye on things while I troubleshot my computer (and by that I mean stood around while more tech-savvy people did). I'm as disappointed as Patti is by the results of last night's elections: BOTH Republican candidates won. Based on the frankly obscene amount of money spent in the NC-09 election (which favored Bishop) and Trump's rally in Fayetteville (which also favored the Republican), the outcome of neither election was a shock to me.

This is a blow, but one we can-- and must-- learn from. Democrats seriously need to get their act together if they're going to stand against the coordinated efforts of both a huge funding apparatus and the weight of Trump's support. Paying attention to and courting swing voters may be one key. And by courting, I mean the Democrats making a concerted and sustained effort to keep issues like climate change and healthcare at the fore, because according to the analysis linked above, "democrats may have the edge on three issues among swing voters: climate change (38 percentage point advantage), health care (18 percentage points), and immigration (10 percentage points) while President Trump, on the other hand, may have the edge on the economy (12 percentage points). As the 2020 presidential campaign continues, this data indicates that Democrats may benefit more when the focus is on climate change, health care, and immigration, while President Trump may have the advantage on the economy among this group of swing voters."

Patti will take a deeper look at the first couple days of the Redistricting Committee meetings; they met this week as the first efforts to redraw the maps judges ruled unconstitutional last week. This just goes for NCGA maps, NOT the congressional ones.

Fun fact: One of the chairs of the Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections is Republican Sen. Dan Bishop.

This'll be fun.

BREAKING: According to Sen. Jeff Jackson, "After telling Democrats there were no votes, House Republicans just called a surprise vote and overrode the Governor’s veto on the budget, 55-9 (with almost half of members absent)."

What in the whole heck?!

It's chaos in the House this morning, with Representatives arguing over whether an explicit announcement was made yesterday about this sudden vote. Watch this video of Rep. Deb Butler on the floor: "You will answer to the people!" "Not today," says the Republican leadership. 2020 IS COMING, THEY WILL ANSWER THEN!

This smacks a great deal of a Republican temper tantrum to me.

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*UPDATE, Sept 11, 7am:
Two Trump yes-men from NC are headed to Congress. Dan Bishop, driving force behind NC's HB2 bathroom bill, won by two points in a deep-red (gerrymandered) district that Trump carried by 12 in 2016. He (and the president, who is taking credit for the victory) campaigned on lies about moderate Dan McCready, painting him as a far-left socialist, which is far from the truth. Both of these new representatives will have to run again in 2020. That's all I can say right now, very disappointed.Two Trump yes-men from NC are headed to Congress. Dan Bishop, driving force behind NC's HB2 bathroom bill, won by two points in a deep-red (gerrymandered) district that Trump carried by 12 in 2016. He (and the president, who is taking credit for the victory) campaigned on lies about moderate Dan McCready, painting him as a far-left socialist, which is far from the truth. Both of these new representatives will have to run again in 2020. That's all I can say right now, very disappointed.

First, you're right to be disappointed - this isn't Kate. She had a major computer meltdown half-way through her post for tonight/Weds, so Patti is jumping in with a super-quick ICYMI. If Kate can get back online in the morning, she'll update in her inimitable style.

As of Tuesday, 9pm, the 9th District race is too close to call, but with Bishop holding a slim margin - despite the president and VP flying in on Monday to rouse their minions. I'm on pins and needles, and telling myself that even a close loss is important in this reliably, historically RED district - and I still imagine waking up to the news that McCready has won.

At least some voters were paying attention: they showed up to vote for Bishop or McCready, only to learn - and get angry - that they weren't eligible to vote in that race because they're not in that district. Parts of Mecklenburg are in the 12th district and there were lots of TV ads in the city. Still, I'm with this official: “Know before you go,” says Kristin Mavromatis, spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. “There is some onus on the voter (for knowing their district).” N&O.

As expected, Republican Greg Murphy won handily over Democrat Allen Thomas in Walter Jones's vacated seat in the Third District.

Check back for my post tomorrow to catch up on what's happening in the NC House & Senate Redistricting Committees this week. (Can you say "hot mess?) But right now, you need to go to the Senate redistricting comment portal and the House redistricting comment portal and let them know what you want to see:

  • Recommend Nathaniel Persily as an independent referee, not Art Pope (partisan) or Gerry Cohen (not his area of expertise).
  • Engage in a truly bipartisan process.
  • Dr. Chen's maps were not drawn in a public process and not for this purpose. (Slate)
  • The maps that the Senate Committee drew from included (outdated) incumbency data, which by definition will favor Republicans. (Slate link above)
  • Establish a NC Citizens Redistricting Commission, SB 673.

That's it for this quick and dirty substitute for ICYMI, thanks for understanding and check back tomorrow to see what's happening with redistricting.

Tags: (2019 elections, redistricting, NCGA, NCPol)

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