Tuesday News: Investing in hate


NEW AD IN NC09 RACE GOES AFTER DAN BISHOP OVER WHITE SUPREMACY: The potentially incendiary ad from a group called Stand Up Republic comes a month before the special 9th Congressional District election between Bishop, Democrat Dan McCready and two third-party candidates. “Remember when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville and killed a young woman?” a narrator says over graphic images from the 2017 rally. “When they were banned from social media, Dan Bishop took their side. In fact he invested in a social media website because it welcomed the white supremacists.” The ad that starts Monday refers to Bishop’s 2017 investment of $500 in Gab, a site that billed itself as a free speech platform. It has become popular with white supremacists including the alleged killer of 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.

GOVERNOR COOPER MOVES FORWARD WITH GUN SAFETY MEASURES: Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday signed a directive to improve gun purchase background checks, better identify potential threats and respond to mass shootings more effectively. "Recognizing that the odds are long for our current legislature to make real changes, today I signed an executive directive to my cabinet agencies to build on the work we’ve done to this point," Cooper said in a statement. "Wishing, praying and sending condolences alone just aren’t enough to prevent these tragedies. We have to take action." Cooper's directive calls on the State Bureau of Investigation to close information gaps where the state should be sharing information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. The SBI has, since March 2018, added 284,289 individual instances of criminal convictions that had previously been unreported in the NICS database, he said.

CHIEF JUSTICE CHERI BEASLEY SPEARHEADS EFFORT TO KEEP STUDENTS OUT OF JAIL: North Carolina's governor and chief justice are encouraging each county to create a partnership between schools and law enforcement to help students who commit minor offices stay out of court. Gov. Roy Cooper and Chief Justice Cheri Beasley spoke about the partnerships Monday in Gibsonville before they appeared at a Back to School Safety Summit in Greensboro. Eight counties have the partnerships, and more than 30 others are developing them. Each partnership develops an agreement that establishes guidelines for addressing student misconduct without court or law enforcement involvement. In North Carolina, school-based referrals make up about 40% of the referrals to the juvenile justice system. Most of these referrals are for minor, nonviolent transgressions. In the 2016-2017 school year, 8% of school-based referrals were for serious offenses.

"DON'T GIVE US YOUR POOR." TRUMP ADMIN MAKES IT HARDER FOR POOR IMMIGRANTS TO GET GREEN CARDS: Immigrants here legally who use public benefits — such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance — could have a tougher time obtaining a green card under a policy change announced Monday that is at the center of the Trump administration’s effort to reduce immigration levels. The new criteria for “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” due to take effect Oct. 15, will set stricter standards for applicants seeking legal permanent residency in the United States, criteria that will skew the process in favor of the highly skilled, high-income immigrants President Trump covets. Since its first days, the Trump administration has been seeking ways to weed out immigrants the president sees as undesirable, including those who might draw on taxpayer-funded benefits. The move is part of the Trump administration’s systematic effort to add new bureaucratic obstacles to the U.S. immigration system at the same time the president wants to put physical barriers along the Mexico border. The administration has slashed the number of refugees admitted to the United States, tightened access to the asylum system and expanded the power of the government to detain and deport immigrants who lack legal status.

HONG KONG UPRISING COULD LEAD TO VIOLENT CRACKDOWN BY CHINA: “They kind of try to rule Hong Kong the way they rule China. That doesn’t really work in an open society,” said Michael C. Davis, a global fellow at the Wilson Center, a think tank in Washington. “In Hong Kong, when you push people, when you repress them, when you ignore them — they push back.” But the protesters’ challenge to Beijing has also backed the party into a corner. In recent days, protesters have grown more defiant, lighting fires, hurling bricks and gasoline bombs and defacing symbols of Chinese rule. The party is determined to not look weak in the face of the tumult, which has quickly become the biggest public resistance to the rule of Mr. Xi since he took power in 2012. The Chinese government has made veiled threats of military intervention and accused protesters of plotting a “color revolution” with help from the United States, referring to anti-Communist uprisings it says are orchestrated by the West. “It is now a ‘life-or-death’ fight for the very future of Hong Kong,” Wang Zhimin, the head of the central government’s office in the city, warned members of Hong Kong’s establishment last week. “There is no room for retreat.”