Tuesday News: Petty retribution

ANGRY ABOUT CONFEDERATE STATUE REMOVALS, REPUBLICANS HOLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN MONUMENT HOSTAGE: Over the weekend, protesters brought down two Confederate statues on the grounds of the North Carolina Capitol building in downtown Raleigh and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the rest of the Confederate statues at the Capitol removed as well. On Monday in the state legislature, Republicans put a pause on discussion of funding monuments to African Americans on the Capitol grounds and another block downtown. A week after $4 million in funding for the proposed monuments passed the Senate easily in a surprise vote, the money was set to be discussed in a House committee Monday, but was pulled from the agenda. “I do disagree with mob violence. I do disagree with simply relinquishing control of state property regardless of what’s on the property, to be destroyed. It’s going to be a greater discussion,” Saine said. Saine said it’s not up to him to decide how long that “pause” will be.

NOW THE NC GOP WANTS TO "DEFUND THE POLICE" FOR NOT PROTECTING RACIST STATUES: Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger blamed Cooper for the State Capitol Police’s decision to pull back during the Friday night protest. "Did Gov. Cooper order the police to abandon the Capitol grounds? If not, who is in control of this state?" Berger said in a statement. "Leadership is not ceding the law to a mob." Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, who chairs the Senate Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety committee, has threatened the funding for the State Capitol Police. “Query whether the General Assembly and taxpayers of NC should continue to fund the State Capitol Police if they’re not going to guard the State Capitol?” Daniel tweeted. A spokeswoman for the State Capitol Police said officers did defend the monuments during protesters' first attempt to tear them down on Friday. Several officers were injured in that incident, including one who suffered a broken wrist, she said.

NC'S LATINX COMMUNITY REELS AS EVICTION MORATORIUM EXPIRES: North Carolina's statewide ban on evictions was lifted Monday. This means many people who have struggled to pay their rent during the pandemic could face other challenges. According to Siembra NC, the Latinx community has been directly impacted by this issue. As of June 16, Latinx North Carolinians made up 42% of all coronavirus cases in the state, and the vast majority of Latinx workers who get sick do not have access to paid time off or federal stimulus funds. A survey conducted by Siembra NC in May showed nearly half of all Spanish-speaking tenants were unable to pay their full rent in May. Siembra staff have been sent dozens of photos of letters from landlords to Latinx tenants demanding full payment and threatening eviction. One day after the expiration of a statewide moratorium on eviction cases, legal aid workers at UNC’s Civil Legal Assistance Clinics received an influx of calls. Those battling possible homelessness can now text or call 919-590-9165 to receive free legal assistance. They’ll also receive an information packet. The goal is to help people better advocate for themselves in court.

TRUMP MAY (FINALLY) BE LOSING SUPPORT OF WOMEN: At the core of the erosion is a dramatic abandonment of Trump by key demographic groups. The rebellion by college-educated women against the president in 2018, which gave Democrats control of the U.S. House via victories in the suburbs, has begun to register more deeply in recent months among non-college-educated and older women. Trump’s weekend rally in Tulsa, which focused more on his personal grievances than on solutions to America’s pressing problems, reinforced the sentiments that political strategists say have driven women to desert him. “These women really describe their lives as filled with exhausting chaos,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who is advising the Biden campaign and who traced the recent shifts to Trump’s pandemic response. “It is something new every day. And they want someone who will lead them through this, not someone who will make it more chaotic.” Just 4½ months from the election, an already historic partisan gender gap appears to be solidifying, with Biden enjoying a 23-point lead over Trump among female voters, up from the 14-point edge for Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to a Washington Post average of current national polls, 2016 exit polling and a Pew survey of confirmed voters. Trump still has an advantage among white non-college-educated women, winning them by 14 points, compared with college-educated women, whom Biden wins by 28 points. But both groups have moved in the Democrats’ direction since 2016, by 11 points among those without college degrees and 12 points among those with degrees.

TRUMP MOVES TO BLOCK ALL FOREIGN WORK VISAS: President Trump on Monday temporarily suspended new work visas and barred hundreds of thousands of foreigners from seeking employment in the United States, part of a broad effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country. In a sweeping order, which will be in place at least until the end of the year, Mr. Trump blocked visas for a wide variety of jobs, including those for computer programmers and other skilled workers who enter the country under the H-1B visa, as well as those for seasonal workers in the hospitality industry, students on work-study summer programs and au pairs who arrive under other auspices. The order also restricts the ability of American companies with global operations and international companies with U.S. branches to transfer foreign executives and other employees to the United States for months or yearslong stints. And it blocks the spouses of foreigners who are employed at companies in the United States. Officials said the ban on worker visas, combined with extending restrictions on the issuance of new green cards, would keep as many as 525,000 foreign workers out of the country for the rest of the year. The effort to restrict entry from foreigners into the United States was at the heart of one of the president’s key promises during the 2016 campaign and is certain to play a central role as Mr. Trump seeks to energize his core supporters during his re-election campaign this year. While the president’s pledge to build a “big, beautiful wall” to prevent illegal border crossings has attracted more attention, his efforts to slow down the flow of legal immigration have been even more effective and potentially long-lasting.



There's no end to the pettiness ... and the racism

The legislature might as well have said:

"There's been slaves for all of human history, and we ain't gonna stand for nigras misbehavin'. White's in charge."