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Congress probing DuPont/Chemours over PFAS-related illnesses

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz rakes them over the coals:

For more than two and a half hours on Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz and many of her colleagues on the House Oversight and Reform Committee grilled and castigated company officials over their refusal to accept responsibility for the widespread contamination of drinking water by perfluorinated compounds.

Corporate representatives blamed one another for the nationwide contamination. They dodged questions. 3M’s senior vice president of corporate affairs, Denise Rutherford, despite being under oath, falsely claimed — or lied — that there were no human illnesses linked to exposure to these compounds.

That's the same thing they said about C8, the predecessor to GenX. Just before DuPont paid $670 Million to settle a class-action lawsuit from all the people made ill by the compound. Go get 'em Debbie:

"Trump 2024" is not a joke, it's a warning

Because violating the Constitution (22nd Amendment) is just another day in crazyville:

President Trump’s tweeting of a “Trump 2024” meme should concentrate the minds of his opponents. So should the results of North Carolina’s special congressional election Tuesday.

Perhaps it’s a mistake to take the first too seriously. But it does underscore the utterly abnormal, chaotic, norm-breaking and corrupt nature of this administration. We have a leader who, like some of his dictator friends abroad, would love to be president for life.

I'm actually much more worried about what he and his rabid followers will try to do when he loses the 2020 Election. He may have to be (physically) removed from the White House in January 2021, but even if he rides off into the sunset on his golf cart, there will be some violent confrontations as a result. Here's more from EJ Dionne:

Another surprise attack by terrorists on 9/11

GOP uses a Lottery machine(?!) to choose district maps

And once again the circus comes to town:

The North Carolina Senate used a state lottery machine Tuesday to pick base maps to work off of for its court-ordered redistricting. The unprecedented scene came after legislative staffers winnowed down a pack of 1,000 potential maps, drawn by a computer algorithm, to a handful of top contenders based on specific criteria.

Legislative staff spent much the day pulling the five maps that scored the best on a combination of compactness, fewest precincts split and fewest municipal boundaries split for each of seven clusters of counties that must be re-drawn, including one that includes the Senate district in Wake and Franklin counties.

Before they go any further with this dubious approach, somebody needs to confer with the judges about not only this Lottery thing, but also the use of the 1,000 generated maps they're using as a base "pool" or whatever. They might also want to mention to said judges House Republicans are going behind closed doors to scheme:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today's the big day:

Cue the late-night "refreshing" of election results pages...

NC Institute for Constitutional Law announces "relaunch"

It looks like Dallas has found a new job:

The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) will relaunch on September 12th, 2019 with laser-like focus on educating the public about the importance and limiting principals of the North Carolina Constitution and to ensure public accountability for elected officials who take an oath to uphold the text of the North Carolina Constitution as written.

NCICL’s first and primary mission is educational, however, the organization is poised to litigate to fight grievous violations of the North Carolina Constitution and the constitutional separation of powers.

Yanno, it's funny (not really) NCICL was not around to "fight" grievous violations of the separation of powers when the NC GOP was steadily stripping authority from the Governor-elect after he won his election. But now that the Veto-proof majority Republicans grabbed via gerrymandering has been broken, and the Governor is able to re-assert his Constitutional authority, we need a "laser-like focus." Or something. Speaking of the previous iteration of NCICL, it appears all of that has been scrubbed, and the new web page is being hosted on Nationbuilder. Which is of course the Republican Party's national platform for budding political campaigns. Film at eleven...

Robeson Board of Elections member resigns over yard signs

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Yeah, you're not supposed to do this:

Olivia Oxendine, a Republican, said Wednesday she has sent a letter of resignation to the state board. The effective date of her resignation will be the day the state board confirms it has received her letter.

A complaint was made against Oxendine earlier this month. The complaint, heard by the county Elections Board during its Aug. 14 meeting, charged Oxendine with having multiple signs from the Dan Bishop campaign in her yard. Photos of the signs were attached to the complaint charging Oxendine of a violating state law.

I'm not even going to speculate why a Lumbee would be so enamored of a bigot like Dan Bishop. But that alone should prompt a psychological evaluation...

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