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Thursday News: Tick-tock...

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REPUBLICANS RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO COMPLY WITH LEANDRO: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper pushed Tuesday for a multi-billion dollar plan to increase school funding as a state judge is considering whether to try to force lawmakers to fund the proposal. State Superior Court Judge David Lee has given state lawmakers an Oct. 18 deadline to fully fund the next two years of a plan that calls for at least $5.6 billion in new education funding by 2028. Republican lawmakers have balked at the court order, but Cooper said major new state investments in education funding are needed now. “We have a comprehensive plan,” Cooper told the Governor’s Commission on Access To A Sound Basic Education. “We have the support of the majority of the people of this state, and we have a court order. So now it’s time for us to work to implement that plan.” Bad water, mold, ancient heating and air systems. People would refuse to go to work under those conditions. Come on.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254581167.html

Wednesday News: Every little bit helps

CITY OF RALEIGH IS BUYING HOTEL FOR THOSE IN NEED: The city of Raleigh has bought a 113-room hotel to shelter people in need. The three-story extended stay hotel, built in 1987, will be paid for with $8 million of the city’s federal American Rescue Plan Act money. The Raleigh City Council will begin searching for a nonprofit partner to manage it. People facing evictions or other barriers to stable housing sometimes stay in hotels for weeks and months at a time, but there aren’t good methods of counting them. Wake County has about 400 beds for those with emergency shelter needs across a handful of shelters, but more than 500 people on the waiting list. Another $10 million will go toward “large-scale” proposals to tackle community health initiatives around mental health, food security and those “disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.” We can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article254557857.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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CITIZENS ARE SPEAKING UP TO LEGISLATORS. ADOPT NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING NOW: “I do not think that the legislators should be picking their own voters,” Ann Watson said at the hearing last week at Pitt County Community College. “We the people want to elect legislators that are loyal to our communities and not to the parties themselves. We want a democracy that is a government of the people, by the people and for the people -- not politicians,” Lori Yoshi Newsman of Greenville said at the same meeting. For all the passion of the speakers, the sessions have been a showcase for civil discourse in stark contrast to the bitter, angry and disruptive displays at several recent local boards of education meetings around the state. But the civility doesn’t mask the frustration and neglect felt by citizens who have been deprived of a voice in Raleigh and Washington.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-citizens-are-speaking-up-to-legislators-adopt-non-partisan-redistrict...

Saturday News: You've been served

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HOUSE PANEL ISSUES SUBPOENA FOR MARK MEADOWS IN JAN 6 INSURRECTION PROBE: “You were the president's chief of staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or in the vicinity of President Trump on January 6, had communication with the president and others on January 6 regarding events at the Capitol and are a witness regarding the activities of the day.” Thompson wrote Meadows that the panel has “credible evidence” of his' involvement in events within the scope of the committee’s investigation. That also includes involvement in the “planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes.” Hopefully this will include the threatening phone call to Georgia's Secretary of State.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article254482152.html

Friday News: Not a member of the Club

UNC TRUSTEES DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE RIFF-RAFF HAVE TO SAY: The leaders representing groups of UNC-Chapel Hill professors, employees and graduate students have not been invited to speak on behalf of their colleagues to the campus Board of Trustees since new leaders of the board took over in the the summer. It is customary in the past for the faculty chair, Employee Forum chair and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government to give remarks at board meetings, typically in the University Affairs Committee meeting. At least one of those representatives, and usually all three, spoke at every board meeting over the past year thought May. But since that May meeting, none of them have been invited to speak, they say. Because they know they're doing a piss-poor job, and don't want that on record.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254462223.html

Thursday News: The wrong question

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UNC BOG AND TRUSTEES TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHO'S BOSS: The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday discussed the powers it has to make campus decisions on issues including personnel actions and tuition. That was prompted by a UNC System Board of Governors’ resolution passed this summer to amend and restate what the boards of trustees at individual campuses do. The resolution essentially asks campuses to map out where power is delegated and who decides about campus issues, from tenure to tuition. The trustees’ discussion also comes after complaints from UNC-CH faculty and the newly established Coalition for Carolina group regarding decision-making that affects campuses. Both the BOG and the Trustees should have relatively little to do. The Chancellor and Faculty department heads are not children who need to be guided, they're highly intelligent, experienced, and invested in the success of their school. No higher authority is needed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254433908.html

Wednesday News: Abject failure

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JOHNSTON SCHOOL BOARD IGNORES MADDY AND KEEPS MASK MANDATE: Johnston County students and teachers must continue to wear face masks in school, despite a protest led by U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn last week to make the coverings optional. The Johnston County school board voted 4-3 on Monday to continue its face mask requirement for at least another month. A group of two school board members will now meet with Dr. Marilyn Pearson, the county health director, to discuss the metrics for lifting the mask requirement. The vote comes at a time when nearly all of North Carolina’s 115 school districts are still requiring masks in the face of rising number COVID-19 numbers from the delta variant. But some districts, such as Harnett County and Lincoln County, voted last week to end their mask requirements. STFU, Comm's Guy.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254381138.html

Monday News: Fifteen thousand, six hundred fifteen

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AS MANY AS 1,120 NC CITIZENS MAY DIE FROM COVID IN SEPTEMBER ALONE: At least 1,330,492 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 15,615 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 7,905 new COVID-19 cases, up from 7,160 the day before. At least 3,573 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, including 908 adult patients who were being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. As of Wednesday, the latest date for which data is available, 9.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 68% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 63% have been fully vaccinated. Well, we may have surpassed herd ignorance anyway.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254330063.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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PLAYING POLITICS WITH A VIRUS THAT HAS NO IDEOLOGY IS A DEADLY GAME: School boards have had to face irrational and angry protests. Threats shut down Moore County’s school board meeting this week. In some communities, out-of-control protests and un-schooled boards are prompting retreats on necessary protocols to fight the pandemic. “Without a universal mask requirement in Union County Public Schools, a 14-day quarantine period remains the best option to provide for the protection of students, teachers, staff and members of the community,” Union County Public Health Director Dennis Joyner told the school board in a Sept. 10 letter. As of last week, 480 students and staff in the school system tested COVID-19 positive while 7,285 – 15% of the district’s total enrollment – were in quarantine. The Union school board is having none of it. No masks, no contact tracing, no quarantining, the board ordered. Ignore the facts and the problem goes away? Is that the misguided lesson this board and others are teaching? It's one of the lessons, and another is that "feelings" trump scientific reasoning. Both represent negligence.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-playing-politics-with-a-virus-that-has-no-ideology-is-a-deadly-game/1...

Saturday News: Racism is Racism

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3-JUDGE PANEL RULES NC VOTER ID UNCONSTITUTIONAL DUE TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: Republican lawmakers in North Carolina wrote the state’s voter ID law with the intent, at least in part, to make it harder for Black residents to vote, a panel of state judges ruled on Friday. “In reaching this conclusion, we do not find that any member of the General Assembly who voted in favor of (voter ID) harbors any racial animus or hatred towards African American voters, but rather ... that the Republican majority ‘target[ed] voters who, based on race, were unlikely to vote for the majority party. Even if done for partisan ends, that constitute[s] racial discrimination.’” The ruling strikes down a voter ID law that lawmakers wrote in 2018, after voters statewide approved the general idea during the 2018 elections, on a ballot referendum for a constitutional amendment. That amendment passed with over 55% of the vote.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254318478.html

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