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Thursday News: Kicking and screaming

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AS BIDEN INCHES CLOSER TO VICTORY, TRUMP FILES LAWSUITS: As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump's campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat. Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president's campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. In spite of the aggressive move, the flurry of court action did not seem obviously destined to impact the election's outcome. The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raised absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said. The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said.
https://www.wral.com/trump-sues-in-3-states-laying-ground-for-contesting-outcome/19371426/

Wednesday News: Congrats, Roy

COOPER WILL CONTINUE AS GOVERNOR AFTER THRASHING DAN FOREST: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has been reelected to a second term, the Associated Press reports, defeating Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. With more than 99% of precincts reporting, Cooper led with 51% of the vote compared to Forest’s 47% of the vote. Cooper had 2.8 million votes to Forest’s 2.5 million votes, according to unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Cooper talked about how North Carolinians are resilient, inclusive, creative and “do not give up easily.” Cooper took the stage shortly before 11 p.m. at the Democratic Party headquarters, appearing with his wife and three daughters. “North Carolinians made their voices heard tonight,” Cooper said. He said it was important for all the votes to be counted. “I know there are a lot of important races that are still too close to call. We must let the process work, to be sure that all the legal votes are counted,” he said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246762766.html

Tuesday News: Judgment Day

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US DOJ WILL MONITOR WAKE AND MECKLENBURG VOTING SITES FOR HARASSMENT: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to send staffers to Mecklenburg and Wake counties on Election Day to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws, including those that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion. The two N.C. counties are among 44 in 18 states that will be monitored Tuesday, the department announced Monday. “Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment,” said Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in a statement Monday. “The work of the Civil Rights Division around each federal general election is a continuation of its historical mission to ensure that all of our citizens can freely exercise this most fundamental American right.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246896212.html

Monday News: Four thousand, three hundred eighty three

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CORONAVIRUS HAS INFECTED OVER 276,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS: At least 276,692 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,383 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,057 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,805 the day before. About 6% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data is available. That’s higher than the 5% target set by health officials. At least 1,122 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 1,172 the day before. A Durham homeless shelter has reported 18 COVID-19 cases among residents and staff. Staff at the Urban Ministries of Durham learned Monday that a resident had tested positive for the virus. An additional 16 residents — who will also be moved to an isolated location — and one staff member subsequently tested positive.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246882852.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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TRUMP'S SPIN ONLY PROMOTES COVID 19'S DEADLY SPREAD: Against all reason, evidence and even concern for the safety and health of Americans, President Donald Trump and his White House echo chamber continue to treat the COVID-19 pandemic as a political problem and not a life-and-death global crisis. While Trump’s public relations operations release mission accomplished statements concerning ending the pandemic, numbers of COVID-19 infected and dead Americans continues to expand – and at an increasing rate (8.8 million cases and 226,000 deaths nationwide; 264,000 cases in North Carolina and 4,236 deaths). To anyone listening to the comments spreading virally from Trump and the White House in the last few days, it is hard to tell if they’re declaring victory, announcing “mission accomplished” or simply accepting surrender. “We’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great. Our numbers are incredible,” Trump said during his appearance last Saturday in Lumberton.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/editorial-trump-s-spin-only-promotes-covid-19-s-deadly-spread/19357...

Saturday News: Let them eat cake?

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ONLY 7% OF POOR NC FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE $335 RELIEF CHECKS: Under program guidelines, the checks automatically will be sent to more than 1 million of the state’s middle- and upper-income families, with household incomes as high as half a million dollars annually. The state hopes to disperse some $440 million by Dec. 15. But low-income families — annual incomes of between $10,000 and $20,000 — who did not file a 2019 state tax return had to apply by Oct. 15 to receive a check. Since Parker did not know that Extra Credit money was out there, according to the lawsuit, she missed the filing deadline. Tens of thousands of other needy families did the same. According to the lawsuit, only 1 in 14 low-income households in North Carolina are now in line to receive a check.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246832094.html

Friday News: Racist to the core

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NC GOP MAILER HAS PICTURE OF BLACK JUDGE WHO ISN'T EVEN RUNNING THIS YEAR: The North Carolina Republican Party featured a Mecklenburg County judge who isn't even on the ballot this year on a recent political mailer, beseeching voters not to choose "liberal activist judges." Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams is Black, and the North Carolina Democratic Party blasted the mailer Thursday as "just the latest racist dog whistle from the state Republican Party." "This mailer is a disgusting example of the bigotry and discrimination that has permeated the North Carolina Republican Party for years," Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said in a statement. "It’s dishonest, deceptive and blatantly racist." North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Tim Wigginton said those "wild false accusations ... do not merit a response."
https://www.wral.com/this-judge-isn-t-on-the-ballot-but-she-s-on-a-gop-mailer/19361065/

Thursday News: Democracy scores a victory

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SUPREME COURT RULES 5-3 TO NOT INTERVENE IN NC BALLOT DEADLINE EXTENSION: North Carolina voters will have more than a week for their ballots to reach election officials and still be counted after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Wednesday night. The new deadline for mail-in ballots to be received is Nov. 12, though ballots must still be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, Election Day. The previous deadline for ballots to be received by local boards was Nov. 6, as set by state lawmakers. The Supreme Court declined to overturn lower court rulings in a 5-3 decision. New Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the consideration or decision. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals permitted the Nov. 12 deadline on Oct. 27.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article246660368.html

Wednesday News: Welcome aboard

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SOME 800,000 OF NC'S EARLY VOTERS THIS YEAR DID NOT VOTE IN 2016: More than 3.3 million people have either voted early in person or mailed in an absentee ballot. Nearly a quarter of them didn't vote in 2016, according to State Board of Elections figures. Of the 24 percent who are voting this time around after not voting in the last presidential election, most weren't even registered to vote in North Carolina back then. "We may be moving towards record turnout, which, you know, that’s what we’re in this for," Brinson Bell said. "We want to ensure that every voter has the ability to cast their vote, and if they’re turning out this year, that’s the best thing we could have happen." Early voting runs through 3 p.m. Saturday. But people have only until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request an absentee ballot if they don't want to or cannot get to a polling place either for early voting or on Election Day next week. The looming absentee deadline means it's too late to mail in a request, Brinson Bell said.
https://www.wral.com/nearly-quarter-of-state-s-early-voters-didn-t-cast-ballots-in-nc-in-2016/19355096/

Tuesday News: Mindless automatons

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TILLIS AND BURR GUSH OVER UNQUALIFIED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: “I think Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to go down in history as one of the great justices on the Supreme Court,” Tillis said in a seven-minute speech Monday on the Senate floor. “Judge Barrett has proven to be an exceptionally qualified and well-respected jurist. Throughout her distinguished career, she has demonstrated that she will faithfully serve as an impartial judge to defend the Constitution and rule of law,” Burr said in a statement after the vote. Barrett, a former law professor at the University of Notre Dame, has been an appellate court judge in the 7th U.S. Circuit since 2017, when she was nominated by Trump. Barrett is a mother of seven, including two adopted children from Haiti. In June, Burr and Tillis signed a brief asking the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 law that allowed women the right to seek an abortion nationwide.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article246726701.html

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