Pay to play politics: Tillis hearts Big Pharma

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The GOP's culture of corruption is all-encompassing:

Senator Thom Tillis accepted more than $20,000 in campaign contributions from political action committees tied to pharmaceutical companies within two weeks of sponsoring a bill related to drug prices in late 2019. Tillis was an original co-sponsor on the Lower Costs, More Cures act, which was introduced on December 19, 2019.

It was similar to a competing bill that had been introduced earlier in the year by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, except that it omitted a key provision opposed by the pharmaceutical industry that would cap drug prices at inflation.

Get that? Tillis took thousands of dollars to make sure that you and I would pay more for prescription drugs than originally intended. He SOLD US OUT, and didn't even have the decency to flinch while doing it.

Thursday News: The Peter Principle?

UNC BOG WANTS TO GIVE PETER HANS AUTHORITY TO SELECT UNIVERSITY CHANCELLORS: The UNC System Board of Governors is proposing to allow the system president to add two finalists to each chancellor search process and then to select a final candidate from that list. The board says the policy change would improve the succession of leaders, but professors at multiple campuses say it would be dangerous and would give UNC System President Peter Hans too much power in selecting chancellors. The biggest concern is the president handpicking a chancellor without input from an individual campus, which “erodes our practice of institutional autonomy and shared governance,” said Karin Zipf, a history professor at East Carolina University. “No matter how they want to spin it … ultimately it gives [Hans] absolute power,” Zipf said. “Not only is he bringing forward the people, but he’s also choosing the person.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article245772935.html

Here they go again: Republicans try to block App State voting site

Hat-tip to Jerry Wayne for keeping an eye on these vote suppressors:

Eric Eller and Nancy Owen, the Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections, have filed a complaint in the Wake County Superior Court seeking to block an early voting site in the Appalachian State University student union.

Eller and Owen are represented by Boone attorney Nathan Miller, who has a long history of bringing suits to suppress the student vote. Eller and Owen are asking for an expedited hearing on their complaint. Early voting is due to begin October 15.

It appears that Eric Eller tried a few months ago to get local police to "gear up" for potential black protesters at the App State polling place:

Wednesday News: One step backwards

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COURT RULES GERRYMANDERING NOT SUFFICIENT TO BLOCK VOTER ID AND TAX CAP: "We conclude that the Superior Court erred in holding that our General Assembly lost its power granted by our state constitution ... simply because a federal court had determined that the maps contained too many majority-minority districts, such that some members elected to that body were from districts that were illegally gerrymandered based on race," Judge Chris Dillon wrote for the majority. "It is simply beyond our power to thwart the otherwise lawful exercise of constitutional power by our legislative branch to pass bills proposing amendments." Judge Donna Stroud wrote in a concurring opinion that declaring the General Assembly invalid because of some gerrymandered districts wouldn't allow any legislative action – even drawing new voting districts – which would create chaos.
https://www.wral.com/nc-appeals-court-upholds-voter-id-tax-cap-amendments/19287208/

Tuesday News: Purple state fever

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DONALD TRUMP IS REALLY WORRIED ABOUT NC, COMING TO FAYETTEVILLE SATURDAY: President Donald Trump plans to host a campaign event in Fayetteville on Saturday, his latest visit to North Carolina. The event is at 6 p.m. at Fayetteville Regional Airport. People can register for up to two tickets at events.donaldjtrump.com. Doors open at 3 p.m. The Republican president has visited Winston-Salem and Wilmington in recent weeks, in addition to a trip to Charlotte for the Republican National Convention. Gov. Roy Cooper has limited outdoor gatherings to 50 people in response to the coronavirus pandemic. His order exempts the exercise of First Amendment rights, but urges people taking part in such activities to avoid mass gatherings, follow social-distancing recommendations and wear masks.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article245737295.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

You know, if BergerMoore had shown half the energy they're showing now during their recent "session" they might have actually accomplished some things for the state. But of course you can't hold fundraisers while in session, so...

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