Friday News: Geez, Marty

ALLEGED SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS AND ARTISAN BURGERS IS ACTUALLY A RACIST: The UNC-CH Board of Trustees on Thursday struck down a member’s proposed resolution that would have prohibited the university from strictly using “race, sex, color or ethnicity” in admissions and hiring decisions. The last-minute motion proposed by board member Marty Kotis followed a closed session, where trustees discussed ongoing legal matters. UNC-CH has been a part of a years-long federal affirmative action lawsuit claiming white and Asian applicants are discriminated against. A federal judge ruled last month that UNC-CH can use race in its admissions process. Kotis said he thinks everyone should have a fair opportunity to be admitted, apply for a job or do contract work at UNC-CH “without fear of being labeled or stuck in a bucket.” Stuck in a bucket? WTF are you talking about, dude?

Robinson, Sears, and the Hate-Mongering Elephant in the Room

One curious aspect of the Virginia Race was the election of Winsome Sears in the Lt Governor race in the state. Sears seems to be a doppleganger of NC's Mark Robinson.

While Sears previously served in Virginia's House of Delegates and is a military vet, while Robinson came from nowhere with only a YouTube channel to his credit, they both share some common qualities besides being both states's first Black Lieutenant Governors.

Wednesday News: Packing (also called cheating)


REPUBLICAN GERRYMANDERS CRAM DEMOCRATS INTO HANDFUL OF DISTRICTS: “These districts that are the ones that are in play have many, many less Democrats than we’d typically see,” Mattingly said. “The districts that are very safe for Democrats have a lot more Democrats, so they’ve been packed in it. And the districts that are very safe for Republicans actually have less Republicans, still leaving them safe.” The state House passed a bill for its new district lines Tuesday night, and the state Senate did the same for its own map Wednesday. Nothing is likely to change as the maps wait for approval in opposite chambers. Pat Ryan, a spokesperson for Senate Republicans, said Wednesday he’d need more details on the Duke team’s analysis of congressional map proposals before commenting. Translated: Give me some time to find an errant word or two to criticize and distract people from seeing the obvious.

2021 NC Municipal Elections


Property taxes, water & sewer rates, downtown revitalization, planning & zoning, police and fire departments, affordable housing, all of these things and more are determined by your local elected officials. And your vote in these elections carries more weight than in any other elections, especially since turnout is historically low. Just do it. In and out with the quickness, no lines or very short ones (see turnout). I'm going right now to vote, and then work the polls, as long as my energy holds up...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

That's 3/4 of our seats. Going to a party with less than 1/3 of the registered voters in NC.

Monday News: Eighteen thousand fifty


COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NC CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND: At least 1,477,514 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 18,050 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. At least 1,335 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 394 adults who are patients in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 4.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. North Carolina health care providers discarded 703,000 COVID vaccine doses since December, representing a $12 million loss to the U.S. government, WTVD reported. That’s nearly 7% of the 10 million doses sent to the state, the Raleigh station reported Friday, citing N.C. Department of Health and Human Service data. Of course the anti-vaxxers won't admit to wasting taxpayer monies with their stubborn refusal.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


NEW MAPS MAY BE "RACE-BLIND," BUT THEY STILL HURT MINORITY VOTERS: It’s disingenuous for Republicans to pretend that using race in any way is wrong, when the courts have ruled that race can and should be used if it’s to ensure that all communities are represented fairly. The law is clear: racial gerrymandering is unconstitutional. But the consideration of race is permitted, and even required, under court interpretations of the Voting Rights Act. In states with racially polarized voting, mapmakers are required to create majority-minority districts so that those voters have an equal opportunity to vote and elect their candidate of choice. (Republicans say there’s no evidence of racially polarized voting in North Carolina, but they’ve also refused to study it.) The truth is, regardless of what they say, Republicans most definitely pay attention to race when they draw their lines. Just like they did when they cracked the NC A&T campus into two Districts. This "Race-Blind" thing is pure Orwell, a Big Lie in the making, in an effort to bluff their way through the inevitable court challenges.


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