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Tuesday News: Status Quagmire


LITTLE TIMMY MOORE RE-ELECTED AS SPEAKER OF THE NC HOUSE: Incoming North Carolina House Republicans in a meeting Monday formally backed Speaker Tim Moore to lead their chamber for another two years, a result of the GOP expanding their majority in the Nov. 3 election. The fact that “we actually expanded our numbers shows that we have a mandate to continue the legislative leadership that we’ve had,” Moore said at a news conference at state GOP headquarters, where returning House Republicans met and approved his nomination by acclamation. “We'll continue to do all we can to to allow the ‘Old North State' to be even greater." Moore, 50, joined the House in 2003 and became rules committee chairman under then-Speaker Thom Tillis. Moore succeeded Tillis in 2015 when Tillis moved to the U.S. Senate.

Monday News: Four thousand, eight hundred six


NC SEES RECORD DAILY POSITIVES, OVER 312,000 HAVE BEEN INFECTED: At least 312,235 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,806 have died, according to health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 3,117 new COVID-19 cases, down from 3,885 reported the day before and the third-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. Saturday’s case count set a single-day record in North Carolina. Previously the record was 3,119 cases, reported on Wednesday. At least 1,395 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday. About 7.9% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data are available.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


VOTERS TO LEGISLATORS: STOP FIGHTING THE GOVERNOR, COOPERATE AND COMPROMISE: We hear a clear message from North Carolinians in their vote for governor. They want a government that meets the state’s needs with quality services and is striving for the best – whether that be schools, health services, economic opportunity or quality of life. They have had enough of the legislature’s wasteful, bargain-basement mediocracy. Being just OK, muddled and middling, isn’t good enough and doesn’t meet the expectations of the electorate. This means that there needs to be an end to legislative leaders take-it or leave-it modus operandi. It is time for legislators to work WITH the governor and not uncompromisingly against him. When the General Assembly convenes on Jan. 13, 2021, Berger and Moore should signal, in clear terms., they have abandoned their chintzy, cut-rate, run-of-the-mill expectations and they, too, want excellence for North Carolina.

Saturday News: Headed for a recount


BEASLEY AND NEWBY SWAP LEADS BACK AND FORTH, ONLY 100 VOTE MARGIN: The race for Supreme Court chief justice was going down to the wire Friday as county boards of election continued to count absentee ballots into the night. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, a Democrat, and Justice Paul Newby, a Republican, traded leads multiple times Friday. Newby led most of the afternoon and into the evening. Around 8 p.m., Beasley took back the lead over Newby with just 100 votes, after Guilford County’s canvass had been reported. State law allows a candidate to request a recount in statewide races if they are trailing their opponent by less than 0.5% or 10,000 votes, whichever is less. The Republican Party announced last week that leaders already had met to start fundraising for a recount in the Supreme Court race.

Friday News: Count all votes!


CHERI BEASLEY NOW LEADS PAUL NEWBY IN CHIEF JUSTICE RACE: The race for Supreme Court chief justice changed leaders Thursday as county boards of election continued to count absentee ballots. Since Election Day on Nov. 3, Justice Paul Newby, a Republican, led incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley but Beasley took over that lead by 1,101 votes, according to unofficial returns at 9:38 p.m. on the State Board of Elections website. Newby and Beasley both hold seats on the Supreme Court bench but their terms expire at the end of the year. County Boards of Elections have been meeting to count votes in recent days and have updated results in increments. They’re expected to canvass votes Nov. 13. The race was one of six statewide races that was too close to call on Election Night, The News & Observer reported.

Thursday News: Take a chill pill


NC REPUBLICANS WHINE ABOUT VOTE COUNT PROCESS: The North Carolina Republican Party and Republican members of the legislature are calling on the State Board of Elections to release voter history data for a different reason. They want data released so that national news outlets will call the state’s presidential results for Donald Trump, according to a press release the party issued on Monday. As of Wednesday morning, North Carolina and Georgia were the only states The Associated Press hadn’t called in the race for the White House. Still, Sen. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, a Senate Elections committee co-chair, said he wants to change the election system so that major news organizations can call North Carolina’s race for president on election night. “We ought to, going forward, be able to declare a victor on election night in North Carolina,” Newton said. “We cannot tolerate what’s going on right now.”

Wednesday News: Failing upward


AFTER TRUMP FIRES ESPER, TONY TATA GETS PENTAGON PROMOTION: In a memo obtained Tuesday by Defense One, acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller — who was put in that job on Monday after Trump fired former Defense Secretary Mark Esper by tweet — announced that Tata would take the policy role. Tata could not get the Senate to confirm him for the position earlier this summer in part due to a string of false statements he has made in the past, including calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader,” a comment for which he ended up penning a letter of apology to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, who was helping oversee his Senate confirmation. Tata is replacing Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson who resigned early Tuesday following the firing of Esper.

Tuesday News: Blue behavior matters


RALEIGH POLICE'S HANDLING OF PROTESTS BEING EVALUATED: An external review team hired by the City of Raleigh will present findings to Raleigh City Council members Tuesday afternoon. The review comes months after the protests, which peaked in late May and early June. Beginning the last weekend in May, some peaceful protests turned to riots in downtown Raleigh. Buildings were set on fire, the windows of businesses were shattered, and damages were even reported at North Hills and Triangle Town Center. Months later, some downtown businesses are still boarded up. In September, Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown presented after-action report to city leaders, acknowledging miscommunication between protesters and police led to the use of tear gas. Raleigh police also released around 500 videos of the protests that occurred between May 30 and June 1.

Monday News: Four thousand, six hundred seven


CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NORTH CAROLINA APPROACH 300,000: At least 293,339 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,607 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,094 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,676 reported the day before. The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has remained above 2,000 cases for the past 22 days. About 6.9% of tests were reported positive as of Wednesday, the latest day for which data are available. At least 1,147 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 1,196 reported the day before.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: LEAD NOT BY EXAMPLE OF POWER, BUT POWER OF OUR EXAMPLE: I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation — the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home. It is the honor of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision. And now the work of making this vision real is the task of our time. And I will be honored to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. We stand again at an inflection point. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America. We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.


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