Tuesday Twitter roundup

Aiding and abetting, indeed:

Richard Burr:

“This is a civilian now. A charge like this would go to the Justice Department and be referred for prosecution,” Burr said to reporters in the Capitol last month. “Unfortunately, that’s not what they’re doing.”

Thom Tillis:

“On January 6, I said voting to reject the states’ electors was a dangerous precedent we should not set. Likewise, impeaching a former President who is now a private citizen would be equally unwise,” Tillis said in a statement last month. “The impeachment power can be turned into a political weapon, especially if it is primarily used to disqualify an individual citizen from running for public office.”

Trump has demonstrated he is not fit for any public office, much less our highest one. If he had shown any genuine remorse for inciting an attempted coup, or backed off on his insane claim the election was stolen from him, it might be tempting to move on. But he hasn't, and remains a serious threat to our democracy. Trump brought this on himself, and if Senate Republicans had done their jobs properly a year ago, we wouldn't be here now.

I endorse this opinion wholeheartedly:

There’s no money in the bill to pay for the most basic necessities such as:

More teachers, so there could be, as necessary for appropriate social distancing, fewer students per class.
Additional transportation resources so students would be properly socially distant to-and-from school.
Appropriate space and facilities for safe preparation, distribution and consumption of school meals.
Adequate nurses, staffing each open school, to provide and respond to on-site health needs (even before the pandemic, fewer than 27% of NC middle and high schools had a full-time school nurse).
Regular on-site COVID-19 testing to spot potential outbreaks and deal with them before they become super-spreaders.

This is not extravagant. It is necessary. It is the precaution that those who advocate return to in-person learning say is prudent and must be taken.

Republicans continue to reject the need for every school to have a nurse on campus, which is a straight-up admission they don't care about those students. Injuries, illness, suicidal tendencies, all those things happen on a daily basis in schools, even without a pandemic raging. Put your money where your mouth is, or shut TF up.

Another myth to replace the debunked one. It's like whack-a-mole with these whack-a-doodles...

Yeah, that's a load of crap. The courts have had to fix Republicans' maps several times, and they will continue to stretch the rules whenever they can. The voters deserve a non-partisan commission drawing these lines, and efforts like this to perpetuate gerrymandering are shameful.

Heads are going to roll over this, but it won't bring this poor guy back.

I'ma have to give this a qualified "maybe":

And while several of the state's leading political strategists weighed in on Cooper's success and trying to define it, there was no mention made of several important facets that could have helped further explain, or at least address, the question "what's so different about Roy Cooper winning in North Carolina?"
One such aspect is that since 1980, North Carolina has had a rich history of voting Republican at the federal-office level and Democratic at the state-office level. This dynamic is a pretty important reason in considering the Trump/Tillis/Cooper dynamics of the 2020 general election.

Or, if the author wanted to get a journalistic point of view, recently retired Jim Morrill would have shared his three decades worth of covering the state's politics at the Charlotte Observer to give some thoughts, as well as Rob Christensen, long-time reporter and columnist at the other leading newspaper in the state (The Raleigh News and Observer) and who has written a book on the paradox of the state's politics.

North Carolina's population has nearly doubled since 1980, from 5.9 million to 10.5 million now. Trying to pass off Roy Cooper's success as some sort of broad, decades-long trend is flawed, and the current political makeup of the Council of State makes that theoretical trend even less accurate.

The simple fact is, Roy Cooper is a good man, a trustworthy and even-tempered leader, at a time we are besieged by demagogues, flip-floppers, and fear-mongers. Of course he beat Dan Forest, who is all those three rolled into one. It ain't rocket surgery.

Yeah, I've got a big decision coming up. I've ran (and lost) for local government twice now. First time I could pass it off as being an unknown, but the second time that wasn't the case. Not sure I'm cut out for it. I can't tell people what they want to hear just to get elected, and it's starting to seem that honesty is a political failing. I've got a few months to stew on it, so we'll see.

That means less than nothing. Marty Kotis puts billboards up all over Greensboro, some using weird-ass conspiracy symbology to attack Roy Cooper. It's not statistically relevant, unless you're an idiot.

The President can't fix everything, but at least he will try, as opposed to the Orange Twitler.

Cleveland is pushing HB62, an attack on sanctuary cities that authorizes an individual citizen to challenge any of those ordinances:

Any person may bring action in the appropriate division of the General Court of Justice seeking an injunction in accordance with G.S.160A-205.2(c) through (e).

The General Court of Justice has jurisdiction to enter mandatory or prohibitory injunctions to enjoin violations of this section.Any person may bring an action in the appropriate division of the General Court of Justice seeking such an injunction,and the plaintiff need not allege or prove special damage different from that suffered by the public at large. It is not a defense to such an action that there is an adequate remedy at law. Any injunction entered pursuant to this subsection shall describe the acts enjoined with reference to the violations of this section that have been proved in the action. Actions brought pursuant to this subsection shall be set down for immediate hearing, and subsequent proceedings in such actions shall be accorded priority by the trial and appellate courts.

Forget the tyranny of the minority, we're talking the tyranny of the one. One anti-immigrant nut-job can undermine the will of the entire municipal government body and the voters who elected them. Anybody who would even contemplate such an anti-democratic law has no business taking up a seat in the people's house.

On that exasperating note, here's your Onion:

I have to admit I'm guilty of this. It's the damn browsers and ingredient readers. Come on, it's a fricking pandemic. Just grab it and go...

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Geremy is pissed off...

I don't know (or care) who is in charge of JLF and Civitas now, but they're not just playing politics, they are endangering lives.