Tuesday News: One in ten


11% OF NC CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY-STRICKEN NEIGHBORHOODS: Eleven percent of the state’s children live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation set for release Tuesday. Black and Latino children are more likely to live in neighborhoods where 30% or more of the residents live in poverty, according to a press release from NC Child. Black children are six times more likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to the press release, and Latino children are five times more likely to live in these neighborhoods. Middle-class black families are more likely to live in low-income neighborhoods than low-income white families, according to a New York Times report. The disparity was attributed to historical housing discrimination and the racial wealth gap. The increased likelihood of black families living in low-income neighborhoods “is not because those parents are working any less hard than other parents,” Tucker said.

REPUBLICANS WANT JUDGES TO CONFIRM THEIR NEW MAPS: Republicans leading the North Carolina General Assembly say state judges should sign off on new legislative boundaries that the judges directed be drawn when they ruled 2017 maps were skewed illegally by GOP bias. Attorneys for Republican lawmakers filed a legal memorandum explaining how dozens of House and Senate maps approved last week were created and comply with standards the judges laid out. The lawyers wrote on Monday that their clients disagree with the partisan gerrymandering ruling, but followed the judgment to create an "unimpeachably fair, nonpartisan and transparent" process. The plaintiffs who sued in the case have until Friday to make any objections to the plans. The judges could approve the districts as they are or alter them with the help of an outside expert.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES APPEARANCE IN RALEIGH: "As bleak as things may seem, I have seen so many changes in my lifetime – opportunities opened for people of whatever race, religion and finally gender," Ginsburg told a crowd of 1,600 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Many of those in attendance were students and faculty from Meredith College, which sponsored her appearance. "Justice Ginsburg has moved mountains for women, especially in education and the law. So, she has paved the way for us to be able to reach higher and jump farther," one student said. Chants of "RBG" – the moniker Ginsburg picked up from a recent documentary about her – filled the auditorium. But those in attendance said it was her decades of work on the bench to break down barriers, not her motion picture fame, that makes her such a magnetic personality.

BORIS JOHNSON GETS SPANKED BY UK SUPREME COURT: Britain’s highest court dealt a serious blow Tuesday to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ruling that his controversial decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, in a landmark judgment that will have immediate implications for Britain’s departure from the European Union. In one of the most high-profile cases to come before Britain’s Supreme Court, the 11 judges ruled unanimously that Johnson had attempted to stymie Parliament at a crucial moment in British history. The court ruled that Johnson’s decision to ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament frustrated the ability of lawmakers to do the business of democracy, including debating Johnson’s plans for leaving the E.U. The new prime minister has vowed that the departure, known as Brexit, will occur — “do or die” — by the end of October. The court’s judgment was a brutal one for the embattled prime minister. The justices asserted that his move to suspend Parliament was a political maneuver and strongly suggested that he might have misled the queen.

U.S. SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF PEOPLE CAN BE FIRED FOR BEING GAY: The question for the justices is whether the landmark 1964 law’s prohibition of sex discrimination encompasses discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Lawyers for the gay and transgender plaintiffs say it does. Lawyers for the defendants and the Trump administration, which has filed briefs supporting the employers, say it does not. Mr. Bostock, who spent a decade building a government program to help neglected and abused children in Clayton County, Ga., just south of Atlanta, said his story illustrated the gaps in protection for gay workers. “Everything was going amazingly,” he said in an interview in his home. “Then I decided to join a gay recreational softball league.” He played catcher and first base for his team, the Honey Badgers, in the Hotlanta Softball League. A few months later, the county fired him for “conduct unbecoming a county employee.”



Tale of two Courts

On the one hand you have the British Supreme Court rightfully defending the Parliamentary process (defending democracy), and on the other hand you have our Supreme Court arbitrating a dispute between Donald Trump and gay people. And I fear gay people will lose.

Two of those Justices should not even be sitting on the Court, Gorsuch (should have been Garland) and Kavanaugh (should have been flogged out of Congress), and now they're going to vote on a case that Trump is directly involved in? They should recuse themselves, but of course they won't.

Doesn't get much more absurd than that.