Mark Davis will be sworn in as the state’s newest appellate court judge at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the N.C. Court of Appeals building in Raleigh. Davis was general counsel to Gov. Bev Perdue for the past two years. He replaced Judge Cheri Beasley after Perdue elevated her to the state Supreme Court.
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The lame-duck governor watch sits at 11* days. But no white smoke from Gov. Bev Perdue's office is expected Wednesday, a spokesman said.
A huge pile of big decisions still sits on the Democratic governor's desk. Among them: a formal lease with the city of Raleigh for the Dix property; appoint a N.C. Court of Appeals judge; take action on the Wilmington 10 pardon request; and review dozens of other pardon rquests.*Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr doesn't agree with our count. "Governor Perdue's term ends in 5 days not 11," he wrote to Dome. "Governor-elect McCrory's term begins per the NC Constitution on January 1 whether he takes the oath of office then or not."
Orr's argument is one we've detailed before. But it's not traditional practice and it hasn't been challenged in the past. Tradition usually puts the new governor in office much later. McCrory's actually getting sworn in a week before his inauguration.
The nation's $16 trillion-plus debt has some Americans so worried that they've donated nearly $8 million outside of federal taxes - to help pay it off. Yes, it's less than a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, which annually accepts such "gifts." Read the article here.
More political headlines you may have missed over the long weekend:
--State legislators say their upcoming proposal to deal with the unprecedented $2.8 billion unemployment insurance won’t eliminate the issue that has outraged the business community – the higher taxes being imposed on employers to pay down the debt.
There’s an unexpected reshuffling of the calendar at the state Court of Appeals. All of the hearings that were scheduled for next week (the week beginning Nov. 26) have been postponed, to be re-scheduled later.
Word is it’s because Judge Cressie Thigpen lost his bid for re-election this month. He was the only judge among the three incumbents running who lost. Thigpen will be replaced by Chris Dillon in January.
Some attorneys are upset because the cancelations force them to reshuffle cases that are already on track.
After two weeks of early voting, there have been almost daily complaints about intimidation, aggressive campaigning and attempts to misinform voters.
While every presidential election has its share of discord, State Elections director Gary Bartlett said long lines and partisan tensions have led to an increased number of complaints to his office and to county election officials. Election officials are spending much of their debunking rumors. Full story here.
More political headlines:
--Democratic lawmaker Martha Alexander's race has become a magnet for money – not only from the Republican Party, but from outside groups. Now, it’s one of Mecklenburg’s two contested House races and one of about a dozen in the state that Republicans are targeting – and bankrolling – in hopes of increasing their House majority.
Money keeps pouring into efforts to retain state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby over challenger Sam Ervin IV, an appellate court judge. Newly posted campaign finance records show a huge infusion of out-of-state funding, including national Republican interests trying to protect redistricting maps.
Justice for All N.C., an independent expenditure committee created by Republicans in May, has sat dormant most of the year, at least on paper. But its third-quarter report and a subsequent filing show a sudden flurry of activity adding up to $1.3 million in receipts. A huge part of that -- $860,000 – comes from the Republican State Leadership Committee, based in Washington, D.C.
The super PAC formed to re-elect Justice Paul Newby to the state Supreme Court has spent $1.3 million on the intentionally corny “banjo” TV ad promoting the incumbent, newly released records show. And the records provide the first glimpse of who is backing the independent campaign.
The N.C. Judicial Coalition – comprised of key figures in North Carolina conservative politics – racked up that amount just between Oct. 11 and Oct. 23, according to reports just filed with the state Board of Elections. Previously, it had only been known that the PAC, known as an independent expenditure committee, had spent more than $800,000 on TV ads.
Justice Paul Newby isn’t the only one benefitting from an outside money group. An independent expenditure committee called N.C. Citizens for Protecting Our Schools is paying for a mailer supporting appellate Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV.
Meanwhile, Newby's hokey banjo ad is sweeping the state.
Let’s just stop pretending once and for all that judicial elections in North Carolina are nonpartisan. Candidates for the bench don’t have an “R” or a “D” next to their names on the ballot, but most go out of their way to stake out ground on the right or the left, just like any other politician. Or they have their surrogates do it for them.
It’s not supposed to matter, because judges are expected to rule impartially and fairly without regard to political consequences. But in the case of the campaigns for state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby versus appellate court Judge Sam Ervin IV, everyone knows that the current 4-3 conservative balance of the highest court is at stake.