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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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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.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article255325966.html

Saturday News: Tarheel Taliban

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MARK ROBINSON RILES UP 1,000 CHRISTO-FASCISTS IN FRONT OF LEGISLATURE: In a fiery speech Friday, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said he would not resign after making derogatory comments about the LGBTQ community weeks ago, just days after he indicated he might run for governor. Robinson spoke to a crowd of well over 1,000 people on Halifax Mall, just steps from the state legislative building, as part of a “Stand up for America” rally organized by Return America. The North Carolina-based group, according to its website, says its mission is to: “build a network of churches and individuals to educate, motivate and mobilize citizens in a united effort in promoting Judeo-Christian values; to educate and influence government in these principles upon which our state and nation were founded.” Apparently they forgot about all the anti-Semitic comments Robinson has made. Or they didn't forget...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255382551.html

Friday News: The answer, my friend...

OFFSHORE WIND FARM NEAR WILMINGTON WILL PRODUCE 1.5 GIGS: The Department of the Interior announced Thursday that it is forging ahead with the lease of a nearly 200-square mile portion of the Atlantic Ocean off the Brunswick County coastline for the development of offshore wind. On Nov. 1, the Department of the Interior will publish a notice in the Federal Register proposing the lease sale of a large portion of the Wilmington East Wind Energy Area, starting a 60-day public comment period that will last until January 3. When completed, the Wilmington East area could generate more than 1.5 gigawatts of electricity, which Interior said is enough for more than 500,000 homes. By comparison, Duke Energy’s natural gas-powered Sutton Plant near Wilmington has a capacity of 625 megawatts, less than half the offshore wind area’s potential. I hope they're close enough to see from the shoreline. They are majestic, not ugly.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article255356141.html

Thursday News: Seditious Punks

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BOTH MADISON CAWTHORN AND MARK MEADOWS HELPED ENGINEER COUP ATTEMPT: Rolling Stone said the organizers, speaking anonymously, named seven Republican members of Congress who joined, either directly or through their staffers, in the effort to overturn the election. Republican North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn was among those named. That Cawthorn was named is hardly a surprise. He spoke at the Jan. 6 rally near the White House where he said, “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans, hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice.” Cawthorn’s remarks are not the only embarrassment for North Carolina. The Rolling Stone report also suggests deep involvement in the Jan. 6 events by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a former Republican congressman who preceded Cawthorn in North Carolina’s 11th District. Why is Treason so popular up there in the 11th? Lack of oxygen? Vertigo due to acrophobia? Just spitballing here.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article255267771.html

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

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

Thursday News: It must be nice...

DURHAM CONDO HIGH-RISE WILL COST YOU MILLIONS: If you have a few million dollars laying around, the newest luxury high-rise housing coming to Durham may be for you. Million-dollar condos will be part of The Novus, a new high-rise tower developed by a firm with an already established presence in downtown. Although formal plans for The Novus mixed-use tower haven’t been announced yet, renderings of the future tower and early listings for its pricey condo units have appeared online. A three-bedroom, four-bathroom condo of 3,755 square feet with views of the Bull City will go on the market for a cool $3,479,900, according to a new Zillow listing. The building will also include apartments, office and retail space. Smaller condo units that are listed online will go from $1,429,900 to $1,939,900. Now, those are more affordable. Just kidding, this is insane...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article255127787.html#storylink=mainstage_card

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