Tim Moore is the poster child for campaign finance reform

Here are just a few of his generous donors:

Wednesday News: Rigging the ballot

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NC REPUBLICANS PASS BILL REMOVING "R" DESIGNATION FOR SUPREME COURT CANDIDATE: Two Republicans are running for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court this November, but Republican state legislators don’t want voters to know that. A bill filed by state Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown would not allow Chris Anglin to be listed as a Republican on the ballot. But the incumbent in the election, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson, would still be listed as a Republican. The Democrat in the race, Durham civil rights attorney Anita Earls, would also continue to be listed as a Democrat. Anglin isn’t mentioned by name in the bill, which says: “The party information listed by each of the following candidates’ names is shown only if the candidates’ party affiliation or unaffiliated status is the same as on their voter registration at the time they filed to run for office and 90 days prior to that filing.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article215443760.html

Tuesday News: We'll see you in court, ad infinitum

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NC GOP SPECIAL SESSION SHENANIGANS MAY END UP IN COURT: If lawmakers approve caption wording and stay in session, Cooper will have 10 days after the day the bill is transmitted to him to veto it. The legislature could then return to override the veto. A veto is possible, Moore said, so the legislature may have so-called skeleton sessions that only a handful of members attend in case lawmakers need to return for a veto override. Then there’s the commission charged with writing the captions. Moore said the legislature did not plan this week to change the commission. If the legislature doesn’t somehow negate the caption-writing commission’s duties for this year, the state could end up with competing versions of the amendment descriptions, said Gerry Cohen, former general counsel to the General Assembly. “If people want to litigate this, one thing the state courts could do is take it off the ballot,” Cohen said. The North Carolina Supreme Court removed a proposed constitutional amendment from the ballot in 1934, he said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article215357305.html

Surveillance nation: Asheville PD's monitoring of advocacy groups

So much for being the most progressive city in NC:

Asheville Police Department Chief Tammy Hooper authorized the monitoring of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice in response to what she said were threats to officers after the shooting of Jai "Jerry" Williams by a white police sergeant.

The groups' organizers said they are unaware of any threats made by their members to harm police. Their groups work to raise awareness about racism and get more equitable treatment for minorities, they said. City Council members appear to have been briefed on the operation sometime after March 2018, according to statements from the elected officials and police. APD revealed the operation to the Citizen Times in May after questioning.

You know what? Between that shooting and the brutal beating of a black man for jaywalking, it is blatantly obvious any sort of monitoring or surveillance that needs to be carried out should be directed at the Police Department itself, not those citizens trying to stop such fascist behavior. And as far as this rationalization:

Monday News: Propaganda session

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NC GOP MAY USURP COMMISSION ROLE OF WRITING SUMMARIES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: The General Assembly may come back into session in the coming days to write short summaries of the proposed constitutional amendments that will be before voters this November. That's supposed to be the purview of a three-person commission, but House Rules Chairman David Lewis wrote House Speaker Tim Moore on Saturday with concerns about the commission's work. Lewis, R-Harnett, said in his letter that he's worried about "maneuverings" by unnamed outside political groups trying to sway the commission. "Politicized captions" with "long sentences or negative language" could hurt the amendments' chances for passage, Lewis wrote. The General Assembly is controlled by Republican super-majorities. Two of the three commission members are Democrats: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Attorney General Josh Stein.
https://www.wral.com/general-assembly-may-hold-surprise-session/17712843/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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THE GOP'S WAR ON THE POOR: So what is the war on the poor about? As I see it, you need to make a distinction between what motivates the G.O.P. base and what motivates conservative politicians. Many blue-collar whites still think that the poor are lazy and prefer to live off welfare. But as events in Maine show, such beliefs aren’t central to the war on the poor, which is mainly being driven by political elites. And what motivates these elites is ideology. Their political identities, not to mention their careers, are wrapped up in the notion that more government is always bad. So they oppose programs that help the poor partly out of a general hostility toward “takers,” but also because they hate the idea of government helping anyone. And if they get their way, society will stop helping tens of millions of Americans who desperately need that help.
https://www.wral.com/paul-krugman-the-g-o-p-s-war-on-the-poor/17704135/

Under GOP leadership, NC's income gap is the widest in decades

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The inequality is now staggering:

In North Carolina, the average income for someone in the top one percent is 20.6 times larger than everyone else, a figure that has increased substantially during the Great Recession and is much higher than it was in the 1960s through early 1980s. The top one percent took home over 17 percent of all income in North Carolina in 2015, and the top 0.1 percent commanded 7.4 of all income. In 1974, when the level of income inequality in North Carolina was the lowest in modern history, the top one percent only consumed 7.8 percent of all North Carolina income.

Not an accident, it's by design. And the vast majority of the Republican base has unknowingly contributed to its own decline.

Saturday News: A sign of the times

WHITE SUPREMACIST GANG MEMBERSHIP ON THE RISE IN NC: "We're not sure what's causing it. It's just a trend we're starting to see, and we're trying to figure that out," Taylor told members of the state Emergency Response Commission. "We don't know what's causing it other than this one group that seems to be standing out right now – Bound for Glory." Russell Jackson, a DPS intelligence agent, said national groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Pride also are expanding across the state, including inside the prison system. "Not only are we seeing them increasing in numbers, but we're seeing them increasing in violence and violent behavior," Jackson said. Many white supremacy groups engage in the same criminal enterprises as other gangs, Taylor said, and some gangs have even developed their own dark web apps to communicate out of sight of law enforcement. But he said recruiting is still mostly done via social media or in person.
https://www.wral.com/white-supremacist-gangs-growing-in-nc-officials-say/17711284/

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