Tuesday News: Beyond the pale


BERGER AND MOORE'S STATEMENT THREATENED COURT, NC BAR SHOULD REVIEW (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- It is one thing to disagree with a judicial ruling, but quite another to accuse judges of acting outside the law. Even more outrageous, lawyers like Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore threatened the judges - and the entire judicial branch of government - with retaliation. Specific rules govern the conduct of public officials who are also lawyers and we have no doubt that Berger and Moore are well aware of these prohibitions against using their position to influence judges; making reckless statements concerning the integrity of judges; or threatening, bullying or harassing judges with the intent to intimidate them. The N.C. Bar should review the legislators' conduct.

DURHAM DEMOCRATS PICK MARYANN BLACK TO CONTINUE HALL'S TERM (Durham Herald-Sun) -- The Durham Democratic Party voted Monday night to name MaryAnn Black to fill the term of the District 29 state legislative seat previously held by Rep. Larry Hall D-Durham, Commissioner Brenda Howerton confirmed. Commissioner Ellen Reckhow supported the choice.

GROUP PROTESTS TRUMP CHOICE FOR LABOR SECRETARY (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Restaurant workers in Greenville on Monday protested President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, rallying against a national fast food restaurant chain CEO who opposes the minimum wage, overtime and sick leave, and advocates for automation over humans. “We do not want Andy Puzder as our labor secretary. He’d rather use a robot than pay his workers more than $2 an hour,” she said. “The $7.25 minimum wage isn’t even enough. We are far more valuable than robots. There are people who have been working at Hardee’s for eight years who currently earn $7.75 per hour.”

OBSTACLES AND SUPPORT CONTINUE AS PRINCEVILLE REBUILDS (WUNC-FM) -- The tiny town of Princeville, North Carolina is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which flooded this historic African-American town in October. Cherry was one of about 100 homeowners who signed up for the buyout, a lot more than Princeville officials expected. A buyout means once FEMA closes on the sale of the home, it will be demolished and become open space. “There’s a lot of people not trying to come back. People are saying this is it. And then you have some that are diehard Princeville fans, and want to re-build and move back in, because all they know is Princeville," said Cherry. Princeville's Town Manager Daniel Gerald said residents should be worried. “These people shouldn’t have to go through this again and again and again," Gerald said.

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