MADISON CAWTHORN HAS A HARD-ON FOR KYLE RITTENHOUSE: Rittenhouse faced charges for shooting three people during turbulent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, killing two and wounding the other. A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges on Friday. On Instagram, Cawthorn said in a video: “Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. You have a right to defend yourselves. Be armed, be dangerous and be moral.” In a text box, Cawthorn told Rittenhouse to reach out if he wanted an internship. Cawthorn, 26, drew a passionate mix of reactions last week when he announced he would run in North Carolina’s new 13th District. I won't link to it, but Dallas Woodhouse cut loose on Cawthorn in a Carolina Journal oped a few days ago. Not that I expect them to, but rank-and-file Republicans need to reject this idiot's philosophy, before the bodies start piling up.
STACEY ABRAMS AND MHP TALK ABOUT GERRYMANDERING IN DURHAM: During a roughly hour-long conversation with political commentator and writer Melissa Harris-Perry at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Abrams said North Carolina outdid itself with the new maps passed by the Republican-led General Assembly earlier this month. “I think you guys like going to court,” Abrams said to laughs from the audience, when asked what she thought of the maps, which are in place for the next decade, and already face two major legal challenges. Previously, maps for state legislative districts have been struck down as unconstitutional twice in the last decade, most recently in 2019. Both of the current lawsuits, one of which was filed by a group affiliated with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that was behind the successful challenge in 2019, accuse GOP lawmakers of gerrymandering. That’s the controversial practice of lawmakers drawing maps that shape electoral districts to include more of their own supporters and less of the other side’s supporters. Damn right we're going to court, the NC GOP is out of control.
MARK ROBINSON SPEWS MORE INAPPROPRIATE GARBAGE TO GET HIMSELF BACK IN THE NEWS: Protesters returned to Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson's office in downtown Raleigh on Friday afternoon after video surfaced of his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric during a visit to a Winston-Salem church last weekend. Robinson, a Republican who's likely to run for governor in three years, has been under fire for weeks for comments he's made at churches and conservative gatherings, such as calling homosexuality and transgenderism "filth" and "garbage." "Everything that God made serves a purpose," he said. “Will somebody please explain to me the purpose of homosexuality? ... What does it create? It creates nothing." During that segment of his talk, Robinson noted that even cow dung and maggots have a purpose. “Ain’t but two genders – male and female," he continued. "I don’t care how much you cut yourself up, drug yourself up and dress yourself up. You are still either one of two things: You're either a man or a woman. You might be a cut-up, dressed-up, drugged-up, ugly man or woman, but you are still a man or a woman, and I don't care who doesn't like it." Oh, you care all right. All gaslighters do.
THIS BILL NEEDS TO BE VETOED WITH A VENGEANCE: North Carolina Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature on Thursday that would prohibit officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Gov. Roy Cooper is likely to veto the proposal, which fellow Democrats and allies say reinforces a nationwide narrative by the GOP based on unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. Republicans contend the measure, along with an elections funding bill the House also approved along party lines, is designed to rebuild voter trust that has eroded in recent years. Current law — in place for more than a decade — allows ballot envelopes postmarked by the day of the election to count if received within a three-day grace period. Republicans remain angry that a legal settlement extended the period to nine days during the November 2020 election because of postal delays and the pandemic. Under the new measure, which passed the Senate in June, ballots would have to be turned in to county election workers by 7:30 p.m. on the day of a general or primary election, whether through the mail or in person. Republicans say the wait for absentee ballots to trickle in delays results that the public wants. The Constitution wasn't written to please the masses, it was written to ensure despotism could not survive here. Quit screwing around with our right to vote.
U.S. HOUSE PASSES BUILD BACK BETTER ACT: More than a year after President Biden clinched the White House on a pledge to “build back better,” House Democrats delivered on that promise, voting Friday to approve more than $2 trillion in spending initiatives that would overhaul federal health-care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws. The measure amounts to a dramatic re-envisioning of the role of government in Americans’ daily lives. It sets aside in some cases historic sums to aid workers, families and businesses, seeking to rewire the very fabric of an economy still recovering from the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The successful 220-to-213 House vote on the Build Back Better Act, bearing the name of the president’s 2020 campaign slogan, marks the second legislative milestone for Democrats this month. It comes about two weeks after they joined with Republicans to finalize a separate, sweeping bill to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections, delivering long-sought infrastructure investments that Biden signed into law Monday. But the more than $2 trillion proposal, the final component of Biden’s broader economic agenda, must survive an even tougher political slog in the days ahead. The House vote sends the tax-and-spending package to the Senate, where moderates including Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) long have harbored skepticism about its price tag and policy scope — and could further seek to pare back its provisions. Uncle Joe needs to sit down with Manchin and have a come to Jesus conversation. Just like the Highlander, there can be only one.