First Drip (8/31/15): New poll shows Roberts, Peacock well ahead of mayoral primary opponents

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A new Charlotte Observer poll shows Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock with double-digit leads in their respective primaries, as early voting is set to begin on Thursday. Roberts reportedly showed a lead in all demographics, including men, women and black voters. Both Republicans in the race, Scott Stone and Peacock, were on the losing side of the last two mayoral elections in Charlotte, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. 

Bishop Phillip Davis of Nations Ford Community Church accidentally shot and killed himself while cleaning his gun in his Union County home over the weekend. He had worked as a preacher for more than 40 years. The congregation gathered Sunday to mourn Davis on an occasion that was planned to be a celebration of the anniversary of the church's founding. Davis was known throughout the community, and had appeared on local media multiple times to speak about issues ranging from the Randall Kerrick trial to his stance against same-sex marriage. 

Cousins Properties and Dimensional Fund Advisors are reportedly eyeing a triangle-shaped parcel of land between South Tryon Street, Camden Road and Park Avenue. Popular, locally owned shops like Common Market and Black Sheep skate shop currently sit in the parcel, and Food Truck Fridays are held in an empty lot that also is on the land. Creative Loafing reported in early August that Common Market has been researching potential new locations amidst rumors that developers are eyeing the land. Dimensional Fund Advisors recently announced it will move its East Coast regional headquarters to Charlotte, and wants to have it done by 2018. 

The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments today for the second time in a case regarding how voting districts were redrawn in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state court to revisit the issue following a decision in a case out of Alabama regarding voting districts. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Voting Rights Act does not require that lawmakers place a certain percentage of African-Americans in majority-minority districts. The U.S. Supreme Court has not made any statement regarding the decision already made by the state's Supreme Court, but just asked that it review the state's voting districts again with the new guidance in mind. 

The University of South Carolina football team unveiled a new sticker players will wear on their helmets through the 2015 season to honor the nine people shot and killed in an attack on Emanuel AME Church this summer. The sticker depicts nine birds formed out of the characteristic South Carolina palmetto tree design. 

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