Tuesday News: Outclassed

COOPER SPANKS FOREST OVER VOUCHERS IN ONLINE EDUCATION FORUM: “I think Lt. Gov. Forest really has one goal for our public schools: starve them for funding and then use those tax dollars to help rich people send their kids to private schools using vouchers,” Cooper said. He was referring to Forest’s support for the Republican-led legislature’s opportunity scholarships program, which provides families with vouchers for private school. “School vouchers are wrong. They hurt our public schools. I think he’s satisfied with teacher pay and per pupil funding and he’ll rubber stamp anything that the legislative leadership tells him to do or say,” Cooper said. Cooper also brought up one of the policies he is known for pushing — Medicaid expansion — which, along with the amount of teacher raises, was at the center of the 2019 state budget fight.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article245893730.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Yup. They just view it as a weakness anyway, so what's the point? They're either bald-faced liars, or willing to believe obvious lies. And when backed into a corner on such lies, instead of admitting to the inaccuracy they resort to whataboutism. Don't waste your time.

Monday News: Plague Rat-in-Chief

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TRUMP ATTACKS GOVERNOR COOPER OVER SHUTDOWN: President Donald Trump visited North Carolina and spoke to a crowd at Fayetteville Regional Airport on Saturday evening. He talked about the state’s coronavirus restrictions and a vaccine. “I hate to say, your governor’s got you shut down,” Trump said. “It doesn’t look good here. I think your governor has to let this state open.” He also said he would “deliver a safe and effective vaccine” for COVID-19 this year. At least 1,000 people were in the tightly-packed crowd. Seats were “crammed together” and less than half of the people there were wearing masks, The News & Observer reports. Attendees reportedly had their temperatures checked and were encouraged to wear masks. Some of those behind Trump on the stage were seen wearing their masks incorrectly.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article245881335.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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FROM TRUMP, NO RESPECT FOR RUTH BADER GINSBURG, OR THE RULES: Rules are for fools. To the cheaters go the spoils. That’s President Donald Trump’s credo. And he hasn’t been proven wrong yet. Technically, yes, it’s Trump’s right to nominate a new Supreme Court justice as soon as he wants and for as long as he’s in office — and he indeed signaled in a tweet Saturday morning that he wanted to move forward “without delay.” McConnell, for his part, can absolutely try to hustle that nominee through Senate confirmation. But McConnell would be violating his own code, the one he adopted after Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016. McConnell then decreed that with an election just nine months away, President Barack Obama should not be allowed to fill a court vacancy. The American people should first be allowed to speak through their presidential ballots in early November. Now an election is little more than one month away. And that code — poof! — is gone. McConnell’s quickness to abandon it arises principally from his own unscrupulousness but owes something as well to his confidence about Trump’s ethically inverted inclinations, which are that it matters only whether you win or lose, not how you play the game.
https://www.wral.com/from-trump-no-respect-for-ruth-bader-ginsburg-or-the-rules/19294753/

How Mitch McConnell Could Lose GOP State Races for Decades to Come

While we mourn the passing of the remarkable and accomplished Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we - and the GOP - have to face some political realities about an opening on the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell announced his intention to push through a Trump SCOTUS nominee barely an hour after Ginsberg death hit the news, slapping everyone in the face with the callousness that the GOP has become.

But, Mitch, you should be careful what you ask for.

Saturday News: R.I.P. R.B.G.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS PASSED AWAY: Ginsburg first made her mark in the 1970s, challenging laws and norms dictating that a woman’s place was in the home and a man’s place was in the workforce. As a lawyer, she litigated or contributed to more than 60 cases dealing with sex-based discrimination, including a dozen that reached the Supreme Court. Short in stature and known for her careful, halting manner of speaking, Ginsburg nonetheless became one of the most successful civil rights litigators of the last century. As historian Jane Sherron De Hart wrote in a 2018 biography of Ginsburg, “She showed Americans with intellectual rigor and precision that women’s rights are human rights.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article245848680.html

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