Pete's Prep: Thursday, July 12, 2018

NC Democrats tout fundraising

The North Carolina Democratic Party is celebrating what it says is the largest fundraising totals in a midterm election in history -- $5.8 million. Democrats say it's proof that people oppose the Republican-led majority and that the "Break the Majority" fundraising campaign being led by Governor Roy Cooper is working.

From the News & Observer report:

This fall, every seat in the NC General Assembly is up for election. If Democrats pick up either four House seats or six Senate seats in the November election, they’ll break the Republican supermajority — meaning Republicans will be less likely to override the vetoes of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

No report yet from the NC Republican Party.

Study finds "Ferguson effect" in Baltimore led to crime spike

Asheville is seeing a spike in violent crime since the publication of a video showing the arrest of Johnnie Rush. The City Council wants the police force to have fewer interactions with citizens, as well.

Is this "the Ferguson effect" - where law enforcement agencies pull back, in an effort to avoid being the subject of another viral video or the target of violent protests.

USAToday took at look at Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and the riots that ripped that city apart.

Millions of police records show officers in Baltimore respond to calls as quickly as ever. But they now begin far fewer encounters themselves. From 2014 to 2017, dispatch records show the number of suspected narcotics offenses police reported themselves dropped 30 percent; the number of people they reported seeing with outstanding warrants dropped by half. The number of field interviews – instances in which the police approach someone for questioning – dropped 70 percent.

In other words, cops didn't see any crimes.

This is "de-policing" and it's what many progressives want.

What accompanies this blinkered approach, however, is more crime.

“Immediately upon the riot, policing changed in Baltimore, and it changed very dramatically,” says Donald Norris, an emeritus professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, who reviewed USA TODAY's analysis. “The outcome of that change in policing has been a lot more crime in Baltimore, especially murders, and people are getting away with those murders.”

Police officials acknowledge the change. "In all candor, officers are not as aggressive as they once were, pre-2015. It’s just that fact," says acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle, who took command of Baltimore's police force in May.

Local activists say drug dealers are flooding back in... selling on more corners - and more brazenly - than they've seen in years.

But, wait! There's more!

Papa John resigns after using racial slur on a conference call.

Stormy Daniels busted for motorboating undercover cops.

Democrats are increasingly worried that the socialists rise within the party might not be so great.

Buncombe trash fees are going up.

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