It's Election Day (in some places)

Before Asheville City Council decided to change its election back to a solely At-Large method, the Mayor asked the state to change the elections to even-numbered years. Which is why Asheville does not have a municipal election today.

Daniel Walton at Mountain Xpress has a rundown of the local races that ARE on the ballot:

Woodfin and Weaverville [are] the only towns with elections taking place in 2019. Of the four county races still occurring this year, just one — that for the Woodfin Board of Aldermen — has more candidates running than available seats.
To Asheville’s south, however, a vibrant collection of races is underway in Henderson County. Four candidates are running for two at-large seats on Hendersonville City Council, while contested elections are also afoot in the smaller municipalities of Flat Rock, Fletcher, Mills River and Saluda (part of which lies in Polk County). In addition, voters in Saluda will decide whether to allow the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants.

EDITED: To correct the name of Mountain Xpress reporter Daniel Walton. -PK

Pete's Prep: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

  • NBC News: Facebook is rebranding itself. It will now be called FACEBOOK.
  • LA Times: "Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely as their Democratic or liberal counterparts to seriously have considered moving — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. Conservatives mentioned taxes and California’s political culture as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited the state’s soaring housing costs."
  • The Federalist: "Conservatives have happier families, find more meaning in life, are generally happier overall, and donate far more money and time to the needy than their liberal peers."
  • The Hendersonville Lightning: "The city of Hendersonville announced Friday that Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni has resigned, saying he is leaving for family reasons and to pursue other opportunities. He has served as fire chief since 2016. His resignation was effective Friday, the city said in a news release."
  • Business Insider: "Microsoft found that implementing a four-day workweek led to a 40% boost in productivity, the company announced as part of the results of its "Work-Life Choice Challenge."" There are pros & cons to a shorter work week.
  • WJLA: "Three months after Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) banned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from accessing secure portions of the county jail, the Elrich administration has quietly reversed the policy, in part."

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