Wednesday News: Spoon-fed

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NC REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO GERRYMANDER TIM MOORE INTO CONGRESS: None of the maps is exactly the same, with each making different choices on exactly where to split the lines. But so far, every single one does have one thing in common: A safe seat for any Republican who decides to run for it, centered around the home of N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore. And in nearly every version there’s no incumbent who might stand in the way, either. “There’s no sure things in any of this,” Moore said. “And I can tell you I haven’t decided what I’m going to do.” Riiight, act like you have no idea what they're doing, you're just an innocent and disinterested bystander, blah blah blah. Neither the GOP nor Tim Moore have an ethical bone in their bodies.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255300366.html

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Monday News: Seventeen thousand, seven hundred sixty five

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NC'S POSITIVE TEST RATE FOR COVID 19 HAS DROPPED BELOW 5% AGAIN: At least 1,463,410 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,765 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 2,609 new COVID-19 cases, down from 3,003 on Thursday. At least 1,693 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 468 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 4.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 71% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 66% have been fully vaccinated. Still not enough.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article255216281.html#storylink=mainstage_card

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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JUDGE SHOULDN'T NEED TO ORDER LEGISLATURE TO DO THE RIGHT THING ON LEANDRO: The General Assembly has the opportunity to act responsibly and move now to pass a budget that fully funds the court-ordered remedial education program. It is past time to end the legislative leadership's protracted and childish obstinance. The school-yard taunts and insults of the judge and misleading insinuations about the consensus remedial program are undignified and must stop. North Carolina, for nearly a quarter century, has denied its children a fundamental right promised to them. A sound, reasonable and consensus approach to remedy that has been worked out by the parties in the lawsuit. Legislative leaders have a simple choice. They can stand with the children of our state, give each one access to a brighter future that won’t just uplift individuals but our entire state. Or they can continue to stoop to name-calling, misrepresentation and political game-playing. But that is a losing proposition. There is no partisan side in this issue. One of the (many) flaws in GOP leadership of the Legislature is their primary goal of cutting taxes every year. They see that as the best way to remain in power, and it leads them by the nose when Budget season rolls around.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-judge-shouldn-t-need-to-order-legislature-to-do-the-right-thing-fund-...

Saturday News: Can't bear the market

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WAKE COUNTY MULLS NEEDS-BASED PROPERTY TAX PROGRAM: Local elected leaders mostly agreed Thursday night to work with Wake County nonprofits to help low-income residents pay their tax bills. One Wake, a nonprofit made up of religious organizations, and Habitat of Humanity of Wake County, held an in-person and virtual meeting to pitch their plan for long-time homeowners. Three women shared their stories of living in Rochester Heights and the burden of property taxes on their families. “Sometimes it’s just about time for the next tax bill to come out before I finished paying it,” said Martha Elaine Peebles-Brown, whose father built many of the homes in the historically Black neighborhood. The nonprofits propose a program for homeowners who have lived in their homes for 10 years or more, who earn up to 80% of the area median income and who pay more than 2% of their household income on property taxes. Every city/town needs to do this, frankly. And don't tell me it's not fair, because that's hogwash.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article255191517.html#storylink=mainsta...

Friday News: Dumber than a door nail

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CAWTHORN FILES BILL BLOCKING MANDATE THAT DOESN'T EXIST: “Vaccine requirements for interstate travel are in direct opposition to the United States Constitution,” Cawthorn said in the release. “The Biden Administration continues to flaunt their blatant disregard for the law in pursuit of their left-wing radical agenda.” No vaccine mandates for travel are currently in effect. President Joe Biden has proposed mandating vaccines in other settings but not for air travel, the Washington Post reported, although Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said he would support such a mandate. The bill, called the ‘‘Let Me Travel America Act,’’ would ban the government from mandating vaccines for travel within the United States. Me me me. What a spoiled narcissistic brat.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255178182.html#storylink=mainstage_lead

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