Tuesday News: Back the Blue or else...

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GOP BILL WOULD PUNISH CITIES FOR CUTTING POLICE BUDGETS: Republican lawmakers want the state to discourage local governments in North Carolina from cutting funding for law enforcement. North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards unveiled legislation Monday that would reduce state funding to any local government that cuts spending for its police or sheriff’s departments. The goal is to make it more difficult for local officials to heed calls to “defund the police” and shift money to social services and other programs. Edwards’ bill, Senate Bill 100, would apply to cities, towns or counties that cut salaries or other expenses for law enforcement by more than 1% of the government’s budget that year. “The Police Funding Protection Act seeks to encourage cities and counties not to defund their law enforcement agencies,” said Sen. Danny Britt, a Republican from Lumberton who is co-sponsoring the legislation.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article249266455.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

They actually took a vote on the lack of Constitutionality and it failed. But just like the Big Lie, these things live on.

Democracy on hold: Late Census data puts NC Municipal elections in limbo

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And you can thank the incompetent Trump administration for the delay:

Raleigh, Cary and other North Carolina cities like Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem, may have to push back their 2021 local elections and keep current local leaders in office past their original terms. Cities that elect local leaders by district must update those districts after every new U.S. Census.

On Friday the U.S. Census Bureau announced it won’t be releasing district data until Sept. 30, which is after the traditional filing date for candidates to run in this year’s elections.

Just to give you an idea of how bad this is, most municipal redistricting plans are finalized by mid-June. They won't even be able to start the process until a few days before many of them would be holding the actual election. Raleigh held its 2011 municipal election on October 11th of that year, and they scheduled this year's for the 5th. And I have to say, this statement brought a face-palm and an eye-rub:

Monday News: Ten thousand, four hundred ninety one

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NC'S POSITIVE TESTS FOR CORONAVIRUS ARE DOWN TO 6.5%: At least 821,894 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 10,491 have died since March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 3,170 new COVID-19 cases, down from 4,130 reported the day before. As of Sunday, 1,989 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus, down by 112 from the day before. As of Friday, the latest date for which data are available, 6.5% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials say the percentage should be about 5% or lower to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The state reports more than 1.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article249248695.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL HEALTH, SAFETY MUST BE PART OF IN-PERSON MANDATE: North Carolina’s school students and teachers are better off when learning and instruction are going on in a classroom. But, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, the State Senate legislation mandating it for most public schools (public charter schools are NOT included) lacks the funding for the necessary additional instructional staff to assure effective learning. There aren’t the appropriate health safeguards to assure schools aren’t hazardous and dangerous. No one should be required to risk their lives – and that is NO exaggeration – to fulfill some legislators’ political agenda. If it’s more than political posturing, there should be the money in the legislation to do things right. Opening schools takes more than waving some paper in the legislature and passing a mandate that lacks backing to get the job done.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/editorial-resources-for-school-health-safety-must-be-part-of-in-per...

Saturday News: Betrayal of trust

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TEACHER AT ONE OF BOB LUDDY'S PRIVATE SCHOOLS CHARGED WITH INDECENT LIBERTIES: A former physical education teacher has been charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child. Paula Stinson, 30, taught at Thales Academy in Rolesville. Thales Academy says that Stinson is no longer employed with them. "Mrs. Stinson has been terminated as an employee of Thales Academy, effective immediately. Thales Leadership is actively communicating with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and cooperating with their investigation," the school said in a statement. Stinson is in custody with a $75,000 bond. Note: although NCDPI does not require background checks, most NC school systems do, including Wake County.
https://www.wral.com/thales-academy-teacher-charged-with-indecent-liberties-with-a-child/19524360/

Trump, the grim reaper of the Republican Party

He's pushing people in both directions:

“The Patriot Party is a repudiation of the GOP for the central fact that they weren’t very supportive of the president, they had the majority once upon a time over the last four years, and they failed to do the things that need to be done for the American people.”

GOP leaders do have potentially more serious worries at the center-right of their party, however, as dozens of former officials, including people who have served as White House and congressional staff, met recently to discuss starting a breakaway political party to distance themselves from the Trump wing of the party, according to Reuters.

Go for it, you have my blessing. Split the party into three separate entities, and make sure you run Congressional candidates from all three as well. There will be a run on popcorn at grocery stores that will rival the Great Toilet Paper Crisis. Unfortunately, most of these Pro-Trumpers are pretty stupid:

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