Even though the biggest killer of American children is guns and our NCGA republicans can't be bothered to work on keeping kids safe, I thought you'd be interested in knowing that they did spend time this week making sure our schools had muscadine grape juice available.
WRAL has a report out this morning that state representative Republican leaders Jason Saine and Jon Hardister have their underwear in a tangle about TikTok, calling on Governor Cooper to ban the social media app from state-owned devices, calling it a “matter of national security”. They say if Cooper doesn’t act, they move to create a law with such a ban next year.
Cooper spokesman Jordan Monaghan said the state is "constantly updating guidance to ensure cyber security and is reviewing state government use of TikTok and considering potential additional safety measures."
TikTok's media relations office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment sent through the company's website.
WRAL isn’t quite giving you all the background on this story, however.
There's an old saying we don't think about too much these days: 'He's loyal to a fault.'
Most of us value loyalty. We are loyal to our country, to our family, to our friends, and to our faith.
In Jonathan Haidt's book, The Righteous Mind, he lists Loyalty amongst the 6 most important values held by humans. Haidt's research further breaks down the importance that individual Americans place on each of his 6 virtues by political party. And it turns out that Republicans place more importance on Loyalty than Democrats do. Much more importance.
Upset about test scores? Then fund kids. Fund education. Give them housing, food, clothes and resources. Start with diapers, start with their families and their health. Give them books to read, childcare, and early education with lots of play. #nced#ncpol
This, all day long. The roadmap has been in place for a long time, but Republicans refuse to take part. If they were just twiddling their thumbs, it would be bad enough. But they're shoveling tons of taxpayer dollars into private school vouchers, while lowballing public schools. Their legacy of bad behavior will haunt us for decades.
And there are considerably more early voting sites this year than the last mid-term election. But you should go early (early), because there will likely be long lines. Gerry has a link to all the locations right here:
The deadline to register for the 2022 Mid-Term Elections is this Friday. If you have moved (even just a block away) you need to update your registration. If you miss that deadline you can still same-day register & vote at early voting locations, but it's best to do it ahead of time.
They will not stop trying to disenfranchise voters in NC. We can be better than this. Check on your friends and neighbors…make sure they are registered and encourage every one of them to vote. #TurnNCBlue for a brighter future. #ncpolhttps://t.co/XmSuGmkBIi
“Faith in election integrity is a huge piece of what makes democracy work,” said Paige Alexander, who leads the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonpartisan group founded by former president Jimmy Carter that promotes freedom and human rights around the globe.
The organization has monitored elections in foreign nations for many years, often asking candidates to sign pledges that they will accept the certified result of a free and fair contest. With the proliferation of false claims about the 2020 election, Alexander said, the center’s leadership agreed that it was time to circulate a similar pledge among candidates in the United States as well. The center is focusing on five battleground states this year — Arizona, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan — but its pledge welcomes any candidate, former elected official or organization to sign.
Of course Cheri Beasley said she would accept the results, and so did nut-jobs Herschel Walker and Mehmet Oz. But Tedd Budd apparently doesn't want to get "pinned down" promising to honor the will of the voters. But even if he said he would honor the results, he simply can't be trusted. He's notorious for taking credit for things he tried to block:
Which is why I do my best to ignore polls, of any sort. Half of them are push-polls, nudging people to choose a particular opinion, and others give you a "middle of the road" option that is not present on the real ballot. And a false sense of security (or insecurity) does not help anyone.
Not only does @TedBuddNC still question the 2020 election, but he won't commit to accepting the results of this year's election. Like Trump, it'll only be legit if he wins. That's becoming a bigger and bigger "if." #ncpol#ncsenhttps://t.co/IKEa2AmbgL
This needs to be a question asked during their (probably only) debate. And he also needs to be asked why he voted to overturn the will of the people, after a mob of traitors invaded the Capitol Building.
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