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Park Politics: Wrightsville Beach tennis lobby exposes the leverage,



Wrightsville Beach — Congregated at a public forum to discuss a grant application, the top players from both the pickleball and tennis community were able to influence opinion and impact how the park will be developed shortly. Wrightsville Beach Park.

The alderpersons’ board has instructed the city’s parks and recreation department to explore the possibility of a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant, which the government manages. It will fund $400,000 worth of improvements to the facility for pickleball at the park, specifically five courts for pickleball specifically designed and the lighting of all courts.

The growing player base of the sport of pickleball is known to parks and recreation departments across the country. As per Katie Ryan, program supervisor for Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec, the increase in players makes this grant application confident. Ryan organized an evening meeting on Wednesday nights in the town hall, which is another stage in the grant application process where tennis players came to their strength in the hope of improving their game.

The issue at hand is an additional plan to help the growing community of players until the five courts they have built could be finished (should this grant ever be approved). When the tennis courts are renovated shortly, the town plans to convert one of the four courts to tennis courts — and will remove one tennis court in favor of four courts for pickleball.

If the grant funds are secured and the new tennis courts are built and striped, the court will be converted into tennis courts.

(Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

For the five courts that will remain in place and the remainder of the grant, the estimated cost is $800,000. The gift will pay for only half of the charges, while the town hopes to raise funds from private sources to pay for a portion of the cost.

Lisa Weeks, a former board of aldermen member, was present as a representative of the tennis club in Wrightsville Beach. She was dismayed that the tennis courts at Wrightsville Beach are lined with lines for pickleball (depending on the day). There are set times for tennis and pickleball games on the courts).

“I support the project, but the tennis people I represent feel like there’s an inequity,” Weeks stated. “[The pickle ballers are] getting five new courts plus the re-striping of the fourth tennis court, and there’s still pickleball lines on the three other courts.”

Weeks later renounced her leverage and said that she and a coworker were ready to turn on their Rolodex to get $200,000 in private financing to fund the project. “But unless those three tennis courts are purely tennis, I think it would be difficult to do that,” she added.

Wrightsville Beach Park (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands Williams)

After that, players who spoke pointed out that their many tennis courts within the county, but there are only six designated courts for pickleball. Holly Manning, the new president of the Cape Fear Pickleball Club, claimed the club boasts 497 members. She estimates the number of players within the region to be around 1500.

“If they have so few courts in the county, they’ll all be coming to these courts, and I feel it’s going to take over the tennis,” said a Wrightsville Beach local in the tennis crowd. “I don’t think Wrightsville Beach has to provide for the whole county.”

Tennis players claimed that the courts were only a little short of being adequate for USTA league play and that their group was set to receive an upgrade. Many felt that the presence of tennis courts with pickleball lines made judging those back lines difficult. Some players claimed they don’t have to look at tennis players.

There were moments of pointing fingers and shouting following a confrontation between one of the main pickleballers who questioned Weeks, who responded that Weeks had already addressed the issue for a long time and that other players ought to have the opportunity to speak up. The pickleball demanded Weeks provide specific instances where tennis players could not get a place to play in the park because of the large number of players — a situation that Weeks and others said was all-encompassing.

“Send out a newsletter to your membership and let them know to look for Jim or me on the court,” the player said, which led to the tension to be high.

The objective of the gathering was to strengthen the town’s grant application to the state. Parks and Rec supervisor Ryan wanted to gather as many affirmations that support the plan as possible. In pursuit of the new tennis courts and the temporary striping of the tennis court already in place are instructions from the alderpersons’ board, Ryan stated.

There is a chance that additional discussions are likely to be required. When the grant application comes to be submitted in May, “I think we’ll be able to come to a compromise,” Ryan stated.

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A decline in trust in government demonstrates how critical local politics are.



The trust in the government has dropped substantially across the world since the initial times of the deadly pandemic. According to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer, trust in the world’s government has dropped 13 points since May 2020.

In America, the decline is a part of a longer trendline. It is reported that the Pew Research Center has data dating back to the 1950s, which shows a constant decrease in trust in the government. It went between 73% in the year 1958 to a lowly 24 percent in the spring of 2021. Gallup data also indicate the long-term decline of trust in government at the federal level for both the legislative and executive branches.

When the government’s trust declines, it can have significant and grave consequences. Most people realize that a lower level of confidence in the government makes it more difficult for us to resolve our problems as a community and undermines the sense of belonging.

Particularly relevant in this moment, the lack of trust in the government can affect the perceptions of federally-funded or controlled agencies like those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These organizations require credibility to be effective during an emergency. My group, called The State Policy Network, has monitored trust levels in various institutions during the outbreak. We discovered that trust in the CDC has dropped from 60 percent in March 2020 to 41% by December 2021. The lack of confidence in government reduces confidence in our processes and procedures, which allow for the peaceful exchange of power and the acceptance of the courts’ decisions. While distrust of the government is an old American tradition, a lack of trust in our leaders is bound to lead to disaster.

The foundation of trust is when the actions are consistent with expectations. The confidence within the Federal government’s performance has dipped because it seldom exceeds expectations, either through over-promising or not delivering. The federal government often claims that it can solve most of our issues if given more funds and authority. However, with each rise in taxes, regulations, and laws, the problem worsens. While the fundamental tasks of the government, like precise financial reporting and prompt tax processing, diminish.

The in-depth Gallup results reveal an intriguing pattern. While the trust level of the government in Washington dipped from 70 percent in 1972 to just 39% in 2021, trust in state governments fell by just six points, ranging from 63 percent to 57%, and the belief in local government increased by three percentage points from 63 percent to 66 percentage. While confidence in Washington falls, many believe that their local government can accomplish.

Surveys of public opinion over the last 50 years have shown that incentive programs have resulted in positive outcomes and increased trust within communities. The optimism is well-placed. Local governments are more efficient than distant Washington. It is more probable for them to be aware of the consequences of policies and act swiftly to rectify unintended consequences. In addition, people with leadership positions are likely to be concerned. Suppose the leaders of a community reside in the community they manage. In that case, they are more likely to have a stake in ensuring the most favorable outcomes and not only those that generate the most funds or receive the most significant public attention.

From the COVID-19 reaction to the state election laws being manipulated, The current administration claims that federal authorities should have more power to address the nation’s challenges. However, it’s been demonstrated that giving more control to the government will result in nothing other than more significant failures and further deterioration of the government’s credibility. The trust will only improve in the event of greater participation from the citizens. Local politics can be a model for nationwide achievement.

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Trump has announced his Tennessee House race endorsement, a test of his political power.



The former president Donald Trump made his preference well-known by winning the Republican nomination for a newly created Tennessee House district before the hopeful candidate officially announced his candidacy for this seat. The community, located in Nashville, could be a chance to test Trump as a kingmaker within Republican politics.

Following the announcement that Tennessee Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper announced on Tuesday that he would retire after the current year, Trump touted a run to succeed him by the former State Department spokeswoman and Fox News presenter Morgan Ortagus. Although Ortagus has not yet announced her intentions to run, several established Republicans consider a run for the position.


“I am told the very strong and impressive Morgan Ortagus is exploring a run for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. I couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA!” Trump declared.

Ortagus Thanked Trump via Twitter, a platform for which he is suspended, for his endorsement; however, she has not announced her candidacy.

Nashville is a liberal-leaning enclave that is home to state government employees in the capital of Tennessee and scholars and undergraduates from Vanderbilt University, which is being divided into three districts. The district that Nashville-based Cooper was a member of for over 20 years (plus a 1983-95 House time in a rural region) is now being changed to favor Republicans. The goal is to transform Tennessee’s present House delegation comprised seven Republicans to two Democrats to eight GOP lawmakers and one Democratic one.

Trump’s decision to apply anointing to Ortagus has riled those who are his supporters. They argue that Trump should have backed the music-video producer Robby Starbuck. Starbuck put forth an effort to run for the post last year and has tried to align himself with Trump.

The former Tennessee State House Speaker Beth Harwell is also reportedly contemplating a bid to run for the Republican nomination, Maury County mayor Andy Ogles and attorney Kurt Winstead. A House campaign by Harwell, who was a former state Republican Party chairwoman, would be “formidable” in the race, according to John Geer, a Vanderbilt University political scientist who is also a co-director of the poll.

Despite what Geer stated, the new configuration of the 5th Congressional District is not an easy win for Republicans. If Cooper had decided to run for office, Geer said, “He might have been able to win.”


“He has name recognition, and people respect him and, and he’s, you know, not an AOC-type Democrat,” Geer stated and added that absent a notable Democrat becomes involved, “the battle now is likely going to turn to the Republican primary to see who gets the nomination and therefore has an edge in the general election come this November.”


Democrats seeking to succeed Cooper are likely to include community activists Odessa Kelly. When it was clear that the state Republicans were planning to dismantle the 5th Congressional District to divide into its Nashville supporters, Kelly had already launched an initial campaign for the seat of Cooper, who is a leftist.

Kelly stated in a Facebook post that she intends to run for office. However, other candidates could also be in the race before the deadline for filing in April.

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The ordinary’s transformative politics,



We voted for Democrats in 2020. It’s time that Democrats stand for us in 2022.

The nation faces the unavoidable consequences of climate change, a housing and affordability crisis, pandemics, gun violence, and racial inequality. As elected officials continue to take in more and more money day after day, working-class and middle-class families continue their losses. Corporate politicians from both parties are putting their financial interests ahead of their jobs.

I was not raised in a political family, nor was I groomed to run for higher office. I am a community activist, climate researcher, and rising educator. You can also vote for me in the State House.

If we demand it, I believe better is possible. We need someone to stand up and defend us.

Michigan should be a place where people thrive and can build a better future. Family incomes below $65,000 per year are eligible for tuition-free college or trade school. The environment and our posterity must be protected with a bold climate plan that stops Line 5 and implements comprehensive polluter-pay legislation. Michigan should also transition to solar and wind energy as soon as possible. It is essential to identify and root out the systemic causes of racism, hatred, and other forms of violence by reforming our institutions.

I am committed to keeping the promises made by the political establishment of Lansing.

Special interests were awakened when I announced my candidacy in April last year. A first-time candidate, who hoped to deliver for the people and not corporations, they disrupted the carefully calculated game of shifting positions from one political insider into the next. I was asked almost immediately to withdraw my candidacy. They said that I was too young and too naive to win. You can still have your chance in a few decades. Unfortunately, people elect their representatives.

These conversations always bring me back to why I started running: for real, tangible change.

The status quo is no longer appealing to people.

We are tired of being forced to choose between two options and repeatedly voting for the same politicians.

People want to make a difference for their families, children, and communities. They are not those who have been in government for many decades. People who have experienced the challenges and corridors of life. We are experts on the problems and have solutions. Let’s create a future we can be proud of.

I am asking for your vote to help me build something better on August 2nd.

A society that is fair and just for everyone. A system that will stand by you when you are ready to. A government that works for all, not just a few.

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