Wednesday News: Whatever, Dude


TRUMP TWEETS HE IS MOVING RNC FROM CHARLOTTE: “Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.” Cooper responded on Twitter with a similar message that he had delivered throughout the day. “We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority,” Cooper tweeted Tuesday night. Cooper said Tuesday that he could not guarantee the “full convention” envisioned by Trump and convention organizers that included 19,000 people in attendance at the Spectrum Center and nearby bars and restaurants operating at capacity. Cooper said it was “very unlikely” that Republicans could have the convention they had envisioned and offered to work on a scaled-down version.

DAN FOREST HAS TONS OF QUESTIONS, BUT NO ANSWERS OF HIS OWN: Forest's campaign spokesman, and his state office spokesman, largely declined an opportunity to discuss President Donald Trump's comments on these issues from Monday. The president told governors on a conference call Monday that many of them are "weak," then said in an evening speech that he's willing to send in the U.S. Military without authorization from state governors. The lieutenant governor tweeted support for Trump's remarks Monday evening, but his spokespeople wouldn't answer follow up questions about how Forest would feel if a future president sent troops to North Carolina. "Under Gov. Forest, there would be no need for the president to intervene in our state," campaign spokesman Andrew Dunn said in an email. Forest's team wouldn't engage on what happened outside the White House following the president's speech. Authorities used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from near a church that rioters burned over the weekend, according to multiple media reports from the scene. Then the president walked over, holding a Bible, for a photo opportunity. "I will say that, in that Bible that he was holding in front of the church, is Jesus' Sermon on the mount," Cooper said. "In that sermon he said blessed are the peacemakers. I think it takes leaders of strength to be peacemakers. And right now we need leaders of strength who can hear everybody, and who can be peacemakers in this state and in this country."

GEORGE FLOYD MARCH PLANNED FOR CHAPEL HILL THIS AFTERNOON: The Town of Chapel Hill is preparing for a Wednesday afternoon march protesting the death of George Floyd. Several organizations are expected to participate in the march, including the NAACP and N.C. United. Groups from UNC and Duke University are also expected to march. Chapel Hill transit tweeted it will detour some routes away from Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. since the march is expected to last for several hours. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemmingway released a statement Tuesday that read, "We support the rights of those who are peacefully protesting and honoring the memory of George Floyd and countless others that have been victims of systemic racism and police violence. Let’s work together to ensure that protests remain peaceful...and we pledge to make every effort within our power to fight systemic racism within our police forces, cities and this nation."

UNAPOLOGETIC RACIST STEVE KING LOSES IOWA PRIMARY FOR U.S. HOUSE SEAT: Iowa Republicans voted Tuesday to end the long and divisive congressional career of Rep. Steve King, whose hard-right views on immigration and abortion became part of the GOP mainstream over two decades in the House but whose deliberately polarizing rhetoric ultimately became a liability for his party. Support for King started to evaporate last year after he made racially offensive remarks that forced national Republicans to distance themselves from the conservative Iowa firebrand. That gave an opening to state Sen. Randy Feenstra, who garnered support from national GOP groups and from some prominent Iowa conservatives who argued that King undermined his influence in Washington with his drumbeat of provocative behavior. Feenstra led by nine points late Tuesday and was projected to beat King, according to the Associated Press. The key issues in King’s race have been years in the making. He lost his House committee assignments in January 2019 after questioning in a New York Times interview why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” should be considered offensive.

FERGUSON ELECTS ITS FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND WOMAN MAYOR: Ella Jones became the first African-American and first woman elected mayor in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, nearly six years after the city erupted in protests after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager. The victory for Ms. Jones, a Ferguson City Council member, came as another night of protests unfolded throughout the country over the killing of George Floyd and persistent police brutality against black Americans. Ms. Jones, 65, and her opponent Heather Robinett, 49, had both vowed to continue changes enacted after the 2014 shooting of Mr. Brown, including a federal consent decree, a legally binding agreement requiring reforms to a police department. And both had made clear that they supported peaceful protests after the killing of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis, while condemning the violence that has broken out in several cities. “I’ve got work to do — because when you’re an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart,” Ms. Jones said after her victory, in a video posted online Tuesday night by the journalist Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio. “I know the people in Ferguson are ready to stabilize their community, and we’re going to work together to get it done.”



Good news day?

In 2020 terms, this is a hell of a good news day.