It’s easy to grouse about Iowa’s outsize role. It forces candidates who never stood in a cornfield to pay homage to farm subsidies of questionable merit. It skews Republicans’ stances to the evangelical right, and Democrats’ to the far left, given its vigorous progressive element. Its system of caucuses, in which precinct voters turn up in a school gym or social hall to vote under arcane rules, is not a traditional primary at all and isn’t even called one.
But Iowa matters, particularly for this year’s national front-runners.
More numbers are likely to be highlighted Monday, when closing arguments are set for a trial that has garnered national interest.
The arguments are set nearly two years after state Board of Elections officials released early numbers from a report that cross-checked North Carolina voter rolls with those in 28 other states.
The initial report focused on 35,750 records of people who voted in North Carolina with first names, last names and dates of birth that matched people who had voted in other states.
It also highlighted 765 North Carolina voters in 2012 whose last four Social Security digits also matched those of people who voted in other states that year.
Evidence of fraud, though, is not what’s on trial in Winston-Salem.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will be asked to decide whether the Voter ID rule, amended in 2015 to allow voters who can show a “reasonable impediment” to being able to obtain an ID card, disenfranchises black and Latino voters as alleged.
Wake commissioners may forgo a bond referendum to fund school construction this year because they fear it would jeopardize a countywide transit plan, which they hope to partially fund with a half-cent sales tax referendum.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet Wednesday with the Wake Board of Education to talk about the school district’s construction and renovation needs in the coming years.
Wake commissioners are responsible for funding facility construction for the county school system, and for years they’ve done it by asking Wake voters to approve a bond referendum, giving commissioners permission to borrow money or raise taxes for the effort. Bond referendums typically allow governments to borrow more and at better rates than they would through other means of financing.
But this time, commissioners are looking for ways to fund school construction without putting a referendum on November’s ballot. The reason: They’re hoping voters will approve a half-cent sales tax increase to help fund the transit plan, and they don’t want to confuse or overburden constituents.
A growing number of law enforcement agencies want to ensure that when you find the perfect deal on Craigslist you don’t have to be afraid to take it.
Apex is the latest in the Triangle to create an “Internet Purchase Exchange Location” to provide a safe space for buyers and sellers to meet. The area consists of several marked parking spots at the police station downtown that are monitored by cameras 24 hours a day. […]
The Southern Pines Police Department, where Apex Police Chief John Letteney was once chief, also opened an Internet exchange location last month. Capt. Charles Campbell has yet to see anyone use the exchange location in Southern Pines, which comes complete with a panic button to contact officers inside.
“It’s going to take a few weeks for people to realize it’s there,” said Campbell. […]
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office goes a step further by offering to take a more active role in the transaction. Since May 2015, the sheriff’s office has been inviting residents to make exchanges in its parking lot or lobby in Hillsborough. But residents also can make appointments to have a sheriff’s deputy present for the transaction or check the serial numbers on items that may have been stolen.
“No one has called to ask for an appointment yet,” said Sheriff Charles Blackwood.