Trump doesn't want to "test" the system, he wants to de-legitimize it

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And increase unnecessary crowding and confusion at the polls on Election day:

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein reminded people they cannot vote twice, again rebuking President Donald Trump’s telling North Carolinians to vote by mail and to try again in person. It is illegal to vote twice.

Trump tweeted: “NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!”

Think about it. If his supporters follow this recommendation, there will be thousands of additional voters showing up at their polling places for no reason, asking poll workers for evidence that voter could easily get through the new NC Board of Elections BallotTrax portal. We're struggling as it is to have enough volunteers working the polls, the last thing they need is a steady stream of assholes who've already voted clogging up the process. Lines will already be long with social distancing, and this will turn even the least-crowded precincts into nightmares.

Monday News: Three thousand fifty two

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NC'S COVID 19 CASES APPROACH 185,000: At least 184,936 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,052 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,196 new COVID-19 cases, down from 1,454 reported the day before. Five coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. About 4.9% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest date available, in line with health officials’ goal of 5% or lower. At least 831 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 870 the day before. Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state health department, said last week the state is “simmering” but still has too many cases to open additional businesses.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article245709045.html

Protecting The Affordable Care Act Means Protecting Small Businesses

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a monumental achievement for our nation’s health care system, which opened the door for millions of previously uninsured Americans to receive the affordable health care coverage they deserve and finally guaranteed that individuals with pre-existing conditions could no longer be denied.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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DEJOY IS MERELY A TOOL IN TRUMP'S EFFORT TO DISRUPT THE ELECTION: Louis DeJoy, the Greensboro businessman and GOP mega-donor, may think of himself as a big shot with a lofty federal government appointment – U.S. Postmaster General. But to President Donald Trump, DeJoy is just another convenient bit-player in his dangerous and unrelenting effort to disrupt the 2020 elections. So far in North Carolina, it appears that request for mail-in ballots are both being handled expeditiously by local Elections Boards and mail service has been delivering requested ballots in a timely manner. Regardless, President Trump is determined to concoct an election crisis and plant distrust. First, he raised unfounded suspicions of potential fraud in connection with mail-in voting. Then he comes to North Carolina and tells voters to break the law – calling on voters to cast ballots by mail and then on Election Day try to vote again – to see if efforts to double vote are detected. He’s sought to raise doubts about the legitimacy of counting votes cast whether those delivered by mail or cast in person at early voting sites.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-dejoy-is-tool-in-trump-s-effort-to-disrupt-the-election/19280490/

Our Next Move: The next step in our path to a Democratic majority

The foundational aim of the Long Leaf Pine Slate is to build progressive power in North Carolina. This means winning a Democratic majority in the General Assembly this year, which really comes down to a numbers game: how do we flip 6 net seats in the state House and 5 in the Senate?

The clearest way is the one we’ve taken: aggressively funding our most flippable, critical-path candidates. We’re incredibly pleased to say that, with your help, we’ve put all of our candidates in a position to stage strong, aggressive campaigns. We are far from finished. But the Republicans are back on their heels, and we’ve forced them to invest heavily in defending these vulnerable seats. The NCGOP is fighting a vicious, dirty, last-ditch defense of their legislative majority. This is just where we want to be.

Saturday News: And where's the General Assembly?

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FACING BUDGET SHORTFALL, UNC-CH PONDERS FURLOUGHS AND EARLY RETIREMENTS: "We are going to be faced with some difficult decisions in the coming months," Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz told members of the Faculty Council in a Friday afternoon meeting. Becci Menghini, vice chancellor for human resources, said UNC-Chapel Hill has a limited number of tools to address the lost revenue: Some furloughs have already happened, and more are possible. Some employees may be required to work reduced hours for reduced pay. There could be temporary reductions in base salary for those making more than $45,000 a year. Some faculty and staff could be asked to take early retirement. Administrators also told faculty that they haven't made any decisions yet on the spring semester, including when and how it will start and whether there will be a spring break.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/unc-chapel-hill-weighs-furloughs-salary-cuts-to-offset-potential-30...

19 years at War

I'm seeing a lot of people post "Never Forget" on social media. We all mourn in our own ways, and I don't begrudge them that. But I remember that exact moment, when the 2nd plane hit, and horror turned to rage as I (and everybody else) realized it wasn't a freak accident, it was a brutal attack. It will not be forgotten, any more than Pearl Harbor was forgotten. But we also need to recognize this: There are combatants on both sides in Afghanistan who had not been born yet when the Twin Towers fell. It is (by far) the longest War in our nation's history, and people still keep finding reasons to continue it:

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