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Saturday News: Total Capitulation

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TIM MOORE IS AFRAID TO RUN AGAINST MADISON CAWTHORN: In Cawthorn’s announcement, he did not mention Moore by name, but he said he was worried about an “establishment” Republican prevailing in the 13th district if he did not run. “Knowing the political realities of the 13th district, I am afraid that another establishment, go-along to get-along Republican would prevail there. I will not let that happen,” Cawthorn said in a video announcement. Saine and Moore were at a fundraiser in the Outer Banks with other lawmakers on Thursday night when the news broke, first of Cawthorn’s change and then of Moore’s decision not to run for Congress. “I told him that he’s my speaker and has done a good job. I haven’t heard any announcement to the contrary and he continues to have my support as speaker,” Saine said. Yeah, you can play it like that 'til the cows come home, but everybody knows the deal. Afraid of a nut-job in a wheelchair, and afraid Trump will choose the crazy one to support. Which he would, of course.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255751846.html

Friday News: Honor them now, not after they die

HOMELESS RALEIGH VETERAN GETS VERY NICE FUNERAL: For more than a decade, Dominic Fiumara lived in a tent at the back of a Raleigh cemetery, where he was known as a tough, elder statesman of the city’s homeless. Nobody who shied away from Fiumara on the sidewalks knew he once wore a uniform, serving 15 years in the U.S. Army, lastly with the 1st Cavalry Division. They did not know he fought in the Gulf War, or that he earned the Bronze Star. They did not hear about the demons that pulled him out of polite society, leaving him so estranged that nobody noticed for weeks when he died at 63. There are some 50,000 homeless veterans in the United States, and about half of them suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition. Some 21 veterans commit suicide in our country every single day, and it's a good bet a lot of them are probably on the verge (or past the verge) of homelessness when they take that final step. Each F-35 costs about $78 million, not counting fuel and upkeep, while our outreach and assistance to veterans is patchy at best. We must do better.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article255699151.html

Thursday News: Pay up, tightwads

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LEANDRO JUDGE ORDERS TRANSFER OF 1.7 BILLION TO SCHOOLS: State Superior Court Judge David Lee ruled Wednesday that North Carolina has failed to provide students with their Constitutional guarantee to a sound basic education. To remedy the violation, Lee ordered the state budget director, state treasurer and state controller to “take the necessary actions to transfer the total amount” to fund the next two years of a plan developed by an education consultant. Lee, speaking at a court hearing in Raleigh, said that the state Constitution empowers the courts to act when the other branches of government don’t follow their constitutional obligations. He said “the court’s deference is at an end” after waiting 17 years since the last time the N.C. Supreme Court said the state wasn’t meeting its educational obligations. “The repeated failure by the state is a constitutional violation that has to be remedied,” Lee said. Didn't I just say that? I could have sworn...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article255678281.html

Wednesday News: It's the other way around, dimwits

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REPUBLICANS SAY LEANDRO JUDGE WILL VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION IF HE UPHOLDS THE CONSTITUTION: The plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding court battle have proposed requiring the state budget director, state controller and state treasurer to turn over $1.7 billion to fund the next two years of a new education plan. State Superior Court Judge David Lee has scheduled a court hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday to consider their proposal. “This Court cannot permit the State to continue failing to effectuate the right to a sound basic education guaranteed to the people of North Carolina, nor can it indefinitely wait for the State to act,” the plaintiffs say in their proposed court order, which was obtained first by WRAL. Senate Republicans said in a press release Monday they expect Lee will attempt to order the transfer of funds, which they say would be unconstitutional. The NC Supreme Court ruled that not funding schools properly actually violated the NC Constitution, this is a remedy for that. Case closed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article255584551.html

Monday News: Eighteen thousand, two hundred fifty one

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NC'S POSITIVE TEST RATE CONTINUES BELOW 5%: At least 1,489,653 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 18,251 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday reported 1,997 new coronavirus cases, down from 2,201 on Thursday. At least 1,144 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 340 adults who are patients in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. The State Board of Education approved a change to its attendance policy on Nov. 4 that allows for excused absences for students who have to quarantine or isolate from the coronavirus.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article255587521.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LT.GOV. ROBINSON GOES TOO FAR WITH DIVISIVE REMARKS: It was arrogant, mean and un-American. It was the kind of divisive rhetoric that might come from dictators like Hungary’s Victor Orban – not someone who is the lieutenant governor of North Carolina. But tragically, uninformed, over-the-top, hurtful and inflammatory speech has become the norm for Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. “Enemies” across the aisle? Democrats are NOT the “enemies” of Republicans or anyone else in this nation. Nor are Republicans. They are, as the cliché goes, the “loyal opposition.” “Socialist hellhole?” What is he talking about? Expressing concern for others, providing for their education and basic health needs regardless of where or how they live, who their parents might be or national origin, isn’t socialism. It is human decency. Robinson’s “Christian patriots” who “will own this nation and rule this nation.” Has he read AND UNDERSTOOD the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?” Does he understand what the nation’s founders meant? No, he does not understand, and he doesn't want to understand. Like Orban, he is an authoritarian megalomaniac, and must be stopped.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-lt-gov-robinson-goes-too-far-with-divisive-remarks/19958889/

Saturday News: A principled stand

SEN. NATASHA MARCUS REFUSES TO PLAY BALL WITH REPUBLICAN MAPMAKERS: Republicans said they offered Marcus a chance to draw her own district without a double-bunk. And she did so on Tuesday night, creating a district that met certain tests in the legislature’s self-imposed redistricting criteria better than the GOP version of the map. But she never submitted the amendment Wednesday morning during the Senate vote. Marcus and Sen. Dan Blue said Republicans, specifically Sen. Paul Newton, told them Wednesday morning that the only way they’d accept an amendment saving Marcus is if Democrats agreed to include the same version of a southern Mecklenburg district that Democrats have previously said is an example of gerrymandering. “They insisted, in other words, that we endorse their gerrymandering in order to save my place in the Senate. We would not agree to that deal. The need for fair maps in NC is too important,” Marcus said. They always have a self-serving agenda, and it's time voters took notice.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255459726.html

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?
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article255547731.html

Wednesday News: Packing (also called cheating)

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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.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255511481.html

Monday News: Eighteen thousand fifty

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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.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article255379961.html

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