Libertarian candidate drops out, endorses Republican opponent

And his state party is not very pleased with this decision:

Members of the Libertarian Party expressed disappointment after Ethan Bickley, a Libertarian candidate running for the District 9 seat in the North Carolina Senate, announced Wednesday he has decided to endorse the incumbent in the race, Sen. Michael Lee, a Republican seeking re-election to a third term representing most of New Hanover County.

Brent DeRidder, the vice chairman for North Carolina’s Libertarian Party, expressed his disappointment at Bickley’s decision. “We fight hard against the idea that we’re Republican-light or Conservative Democrats,” DeRidder said in an emailed news release. “Libertarians have a distinct ideology. It’s disappointing when any Libertarian endorses big government, but it’s particularly painful when it comes from a Libertarian candidate.”

Yeah, I'm not so sure about that "distinct" ideology. Every Libertarian I talk to seems to have a different idea of what the party stands for. They used to talk about open borders, but I haven't heard that in a while, probably because they know it won't play with Trumpites. They also used to talk about marijuana reform, but now that everybody else seems to be talking about it, it's not fun anymore because they're supposed to be "different." Back to Bickley, and a comment that got my conflict-of-interest antennae waving:

Thursday News: Voter suppression, by any other name

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REPUBLICAN LAW LEADS TO 17% FEWER EARLY VOTING SITES: When a last-minute measure to standardize the hours for early voting wound its way through the legislature during the final days of session earlier this year, opponents worried aloud that the move would be a heavier burden for cash-strapped counties. They were right, according to a detailed analysis of early voting locations conducted by WRAL News. As a result of the new law, the number of hours available statewide to vote early at one-stop locations nearly doubled from 2014. Total early voting hours increased in all but six counties: Henderson, Bladen, Stanly, Polk, McDowell and Halifax. But the total number of early locations dropped by about 17 percent statewide. In all, 43 counties lost at least one voting location. Two counties – Henderson and Buncombe – lost four. That matters, because political scientists say distance from a voting location can have at least a small effect on turnout.
https://www.wral.com/early-voting-changes-hit-nc-rural-voters-hardest-but-will-it-matter-in-2018-/17...

Senator Dan Bishop helped create Alt-Right platform GAB

And he needs to answer some questions about that synagogue massacre:

A Republican politician is an investor in Gab, the now-shuttered social media network used by the Pittsburgh synagogue gunman, DailyMail.com can disclose. Dan Bishop, a state senator in North Carolina who is up for re-election next week, boasted in August 2017 that he had backed the site because he was 'about done with SF [San Francisco] thought police tech giants.'

Bishop is one of the only known investors in the tech startup, which had billed itself as 'a free speech platform' for anyone who wanted to join.

And one of the many questions he needs to answer is: How much money did you earn by capitalizing on hatred and anti-Semitism? After what happened in Pittsburgh, we're just going to go ahead and call that blood money. The synagogue shooter (Robert Bowers) not only announced his intent on GAB, he has a history of posting anti-Semitic rants on there, including the personal information of Jews:

Wednesday News: Toxic cash

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GOP FUNNELS ALMOST A QUARTER-MILLION TO MIKE CAUSEY, WHO IS NOT RUNNING THIS YEAR: Causey had previously returned campaign donations from Lindberg and his wife, saying he did so out of an abundance of caution. He said he couldn't comment Tuesday when asked if he'd return the party's donation. He said there's "no doubt" people can say it doesn't look good. This is the largest political donation Causey has ever received. The timeline goes like this: In April 2017, Lindberg and his wife donated $10,000 to Causey's campaign. Causey said earlier this month that the donations came the same week he was due to meet with Lindberg about some of his insurance businesses. Causey returned the donations in May 2017. From September 2017 through May 2018 Lindberg donated $1.49 million to the state Republican Party. In July, the state Republican Party donated $240,000 to Causey's campaign.
https://www.wral.com/lindberg-nc-gop-causey-complaint-alleges-campaign-finance-violations/17957873/

Tuesday News: Blue Moon Wave

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EARLY VOTING THIS YEAR HAS ALREADY ECLIPSED 2014 NUMBERS: With six days of early voting left to go, North Carolinians hit a milestone: Elections officials have accepted more ballots from people who voted early in person during this election than during the full early voting period for the 2014 midterms. Nearly 1.1 million people have cast their votes in person so far, the latest data from the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement show. More than 41,000 ballots have been mailed in. Surveys suggest that enthusiasm for voting is high. A Pew Research Center survey in September found the highest level of voter enthusiasm in two decades. A majority of the 1,439 registered voters who responded to the survey said they considered their votes an expression of support or opposition to President Donald Trump.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article220806575.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Finally something of which North Carolinians can be proud:

I'm sure BergerMoore is stewing like an apple, but they better leave this one alone.

Google+

It’s not just Facebook who has some major bugs to work out in order to regain consumers trust. Just this month, an article published that Google is having the exact same problems through their Google+ platform.

GENX contamination emerges as a major campaign issue for NC Dems

And Republicans' defunding of environmental protection is coming back to haunt them:

Democrats also are making a push for House and Senate seats held by Republicans in and around coastal Wilmington. Favored by beachgoers and transplanted out-of-state retirees, the region became fixated last year on the presence of a little-studied chemical compound, GenX, in the Cape Fear River, which provides drinking water to many.

In campaign ads, Democrats and environmental groups are blaming GOP incumbents for passing budgets that reduced staff in the state environmental department responsible for water quality, and for failing to do enough for the river cleanup.

But it's not just the coastal & Cape Fear watershed areas where this is a big campaign issue; right here in Alamance County, GOP Legislators are being raked over the coal (ash) in numerous ads that began on Facebook but have jumped to radio and other Internet venues, like the intro to Youtube videos. And it's not just one group funding these environmental spots, there are several running ads similar to this one:

Monday News: Racism has consequences

DRUNKEN RACIST RANT GETS WHITE CHARLOTTE WOMAN FIRED FROM HIGH-PAYING JOB: A white North Carolina woman filmed going on a racist rant at her black neighbor has been fired from her job. News outlets report the video shows Susan Westwood approaching sisters Leisa and Mary Garris this month and saying "I am white and hot. So what are you doing here?" Charter Communications spokesman Patrick Paterno said Sunday that Westwood has been fired from her $125,000-per-year job referenced in the video. An apparently drunk Westwood is heard asking where the sisters live, if they're visiting their "baby daddy" and if she needs to reveal her concealed weapon. The sisters ask Westwood to leave them alone as they're waiting for AAA. They eventually call 911. Westwood has been issued criminal summons of communicating threats and simple assault. She wasn't reached for comment.
https://www.wral.com/white-woman-fired-over-filmed-racist-rant-at-black-neighbor/17953502/

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