Friday News: Poor Larry...

DEMS SHOULD REALLY STOP POSTING MUGSHOTS OF REPUBLICAN MOUTHPIECE: Upset enough that when the trooper took Shaheen to the jail for a breath test at 1:23 in the morning, Shaheen replied, "I ain't signing (bleep)." Shaheen refused to take the breath test, so at 2:48 in the morning, a nurse took a blood sample for testing. It's the second time in less than a year Shaheen has been charged with DWI, and the officer who arrested him last May noted that he was uncooperative toward doctors and nurses, yelling and screaming and threatening to sue police. Court records show Shaheen pleaded guilty to that charge in August and was given a suspended sentence. Oops, I accidentally posted the wrong article, but they say the Internet is forever, so I might as well just leave it up.

AND WE SHOULD ALSO TRY TO BE NICER TO THAT JACKASS KEITH KIDWELL: In a speech on the North Carolina House floor, a lawmaker who recovered from COVID-19 thanked supporters and blamed some Democrats for “vile and nasty” messages he received from people while he and his wife were sick. Kidwell said he received “wonderful messages and prayers from everybody” at the Legislative Building from both sides of the aisle and both chambers. “I did note though, after a couple days, we started getting posts on Facebook that were wishing my wife and I would die,” he said. “They used various reasons to wish us this ill, from being Trump supporters to being too fat, to calling us anti-vaxxers or anti-maskers — which by the way, my vaccine status is nobody’s business, OK?” Kidwell said that beyond Facebook comments, his office received phone calls and emails. “Here’s what I want to tell you,” he said. “The vile and nasty ones came from one group of people. Don’t take this personal, it’s not directed at you [he said to House Democrats], but it came from Democrats, registered Democrats.” Come on, folks. You don't have to resort to fat-shaming somebody like Kidwell. There's a couple dozen other good reasons to choose from.

DON'T LOOK NOW, BUT HELL MIGHT BE FREEZING OVER: Pope, who’s seen in liberal circles as a Republican kingmaker, noted that he’s worked across the aisle to advance the idea of amending North Carolina’s constitution through a referendum. “In 2020, yes, I picked up the phone and talked to legislators on both the Republican and Democratic side,” he said. Pope was a major contributor to Republicans who took control of the state House and Senate in 2010, and he ultimately served as budget director for former Gov. Pat McCrory until 2014. That conservative majority drew election maps that faced legal scrutiny multiple times over the last decade. Pope noted that he’s worked on redistricting reform since he was a legislator in the late 1980s and 1990s. North Carolina’s process has improved somewhat because of rules implemented after court rulings, he said. Republican lawmakers recently said they won’t use past election results, party registration data or data on race to draw new maps. Still, the current process gives the majority party an advantage. Not only does that hurt the minority party, Pope said, it can hurt members of the majority party, too. Party leaders can use the current system to protect incumbents. They can also punish people within the caucus who don’t fall in line by drawing them into a less-favorable district. “We need to start working today for a constitutional amendment for the next round (of redistricting),” Pope said. And there the other discount shoe drops. He's talking about 2030, in case you missed the point. But credit where it's due, Arthur.

LIQUOR SHORTAGES ON NC SHELVES GETS LEGISLATURE'S ATTENTION (That headline is funny without me rewriting it): Persistent liquor shortages on local Alcoholic Beverage Control store shelves prompted North Carolina lawmakers to question the current top state ABC official and the distribution contractor. But after a hearing Wednesday, the House ABC committee chairman leading the discussion remained frustrated, news outlets reported. “I’m probably more dissatisfied, or unsatisfied at the conclusion of this two hours than I was hoping I would be. I have a lot more questions than I have answers,” said Rep. Tim Moffitt, a Henderson County Republican. “The cause has yet to be really discovered and I don’t think this meeting has really allowed us to really dig in as deep as we would like to.” The House ABC committee held the meeting less than two weeks after state ABC Commission chairman A.D. “Zander” Guy resigned suddenly, citing in part the liquor supply troubles. Deputy Commissioner Terrance Merriweather and Ben Thompson, a lawyer representing warehouse vendor LB&B Associates, took most of Wednesday's questions. This is a Covid-induced problem. People drank a lot more over the last year-and-a-half, and liquor takes time (a few years) to produce. It's a good time to quit, sez the self-righteous tee-totaler.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER: Congress on Thursday approved a measure to fund the government into early December, staving off a shutdown that was set to occur after midnight. The votes in the House and Senate followed weeks of hand wringing between the two parties, after Democrats initially sought to move the measure along with another proposal to raise the country’s debt ceiling. Senate Republicans blocked that effort, leaving the country’s ability to borrow unresolved just 18 days before the next major fiscal deadline. The funding stopgap sustains federal agencies’ existing spending until December 3, at which point Congress must adopt another short-term fix, called a continuing resolution, or pass a dozen appropriations bills that fund federal agencies through the 2022 fiscal year. Senators adopted the measure Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) brokered a deal with Republicans that allowed them to vote on a series of amendments, including one that seeks to block the federal government from spending money to carry out President Biden’s pending vaccine requirements for medium and large-sized businesses. That amendment, and another targeting Afghan aid, require 60 votes to pass and failed in a chamber where Democrats possess a tie-breaking majority. Bolding mine, in the hopes that somebody will cram that down Josh Hawley's gullet.