Category Archives: ELECTION

Scattered, covered & smothered! — Screwy new districts prompt more candidate explaining, than campaigning!

At right, Keith Kidwell, a Republican, is running for a state House seat in District 79, and is seen here with campaign manager Bill Cook. News Analysis EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Voters should be forgiven if the early days of this year’s election season resemble the often inscrutable refrain barked by waitresses inside the 24 / 7 environs of the popular Waffle House restaurant chain. Press releases issued by both incumbents and challengers for a slew of recently redrawn state legislative seats suggest that increased voter apathy – rather than voter inclusion – might be the unintende…

Court says GOP-controlled General Assembly wrong to limit Democrats in Congress to just three seats

Voters still decide, but too many Democrats in 1st, 4th and 12th dilutes voting impact elsewhere! By Kari Travis | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Court intervention in congressional redistricting has some lawmakers wondering whether judges are gaveling their way into legislative territory. On Jan. 9, a panel of three federal judges blocked North Carolina from using its current map during congressional elections. The map, GOP redistricting leaders admitted, was designed to give Republicans an advantage in 10 out of the state’s 13 U.S. House districts. The consolidated…

Expert to discuss voting fraud

NEW BERN – David Goetze, an expert on ways that voting fraud is allegedly being perpetrated in this country, is the featured speaker Tuesday night, Jan. 16, at the monthly meeting of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association. In his remarks, titled “Update on Voter Fraud and Moves to Avoid It,” Goetze (known affectionately as ‘Major Dave’) will describe his own simple, elegant idea that would be very inexpensive to implement – a concept that he hopes the North Carolina General Assembly will embrace. Because President Trump recently disbanded his Voter Fraud Commission…

Meet the Mayor! John Wetherington loves his small town!

DOVER – Mayor John Wetherington is on a crusade of sorts to boost this small town’s profile. Located in the far west corner of Craven County, “Dover is more like a bump on the map, than a corner,” jokes the 76-year-old. Earlier this year, Wetherington and other town residents spearheaded an impressive Veterans Memorial Park for a triangular plot located next to Lenny’s and VC Grill, which features delicious ‘turkey barbecue!’ This Saturday, Oct. 7, everyone is invited to the popular Fireman’s Day. By no means confirmed, local rumors hint that Wetherington may be honored wi…

Trump honors campaign pledge

Rich prez donates government paychecks : White House press secretary Sean Spicer (right) gives Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (left) the first-quarter earnings of President Donald Trump as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superindendent Tyrone Brandyburg looks on. WASHINGTON, D.C. – News reports have been scant, but for the record let’s note that U.S. President Donald Trump is making good on a promise from the 2016 campaign. Presidential earnings are paid quarterly, and thus far this year, each of two installments from the President’s $400,000 annual salary has been dona…

Dacey to Run for Congress in NC-3

Today, Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey filed the necessary documents with the Federal Election Commission allowing him to begin accepting contributions in support of his campaign to capture the Republican nomination to serve in the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina’s Third District. Dacey has served as a commissioner since 2010 when he was first elected to represent the citizens of Trent Woods, River Bend and approximately one-third of the City of New Bern. He was reelected in 2014 without opposition. Currently serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Boa…

‘Patsy’ and Jane plan their Inauguration trip!

By Pat Dixon Yes! These two ladies plan to attend the Inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 20. Some readers who know me may ask: Who is Patsy? That’s what I was called, when I was growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m pictured on the left and Jane Wright on the right. I hope you enjoy this series of articles describing our upcoming trip. Two women from a small coastal town here in eastern North Carolina who want to be a small part of history – hoping to share our experiences with readers of The County Compass. If possible, please put all politics aside and enjoy our first story…

Little known facts about the Electoral College

Things they didn’t teach in high school civics! A vote for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates named on the ballot is actually a vote for the electors of the Party. Typically, electors are steadfast Party operatives, having held leadership positions or they have been chosen to recognize years of loyal service. Key Electoral College Dates and Events November 8, 2016—Election Day: The voters in each State choose electors to serve in the Electoral College. As soon as election results are final, the States prepare seven original “Certificates of AscertainmentR…

Lawsuit questions Same Day Registration

RALEIGH – The Civitas Center for Law and Freedom – an organization that promotes conservative policies — has filed a federal lawsuit requesting a restraining order against including ballots cast via Same Day Registration (SDR) in the 2016 election. Read the lawsuit here. Francis De Luca, president of Civitas, is the lead Plaintiff in the lawsuit, which names as Defendants the five members who comprise the N.C. State Board of Elections, and the agency’s executive director, Kim Westbrook Strach. In another development Tuesday morning, Gov. Pat McCrory has requested a st…

Elections analyst points to errors in Durham voting

DURHAM – Officials with the McCrory for Governor campaign show no signs of backing down on their assertions that snafus may have occurred during Nov. 8 voting at a large precinct in Durham County. In a press release Wednesday, campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz offered the following assessment: “We are pleased the Durham County Board of Elections decided to move forward with proceedings and hopefully will begin to get answers to the many questions people have. Last night (Tuesday) the State Board of Elections released an affidavit from one of their staff that identified at least six err…
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