Cuomo must go: Sexual harassment in the workplace is no joke

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Lindsey Boylan in her own words:

As he began to approach me, I excused myself from coworkers and moved upstairs to a more distant area of the party. Minutes later, I received a call from an unlisted number. It was the Governor’s body person. He told me to come to the Capitol because the Governor wanted to see me.

I made my way through the underground connection that linked the Plaza to the Capitol. As the black wrought-iron elevator took me to the second floor, I called my husband. I told him I was afraid of what might happen. That was unlike me. I was never afraid.

I chose that particular passage to highlight the psychological effects that sexual harassment produces, because we too often focus on evidence; specific words or physical contact of the harasser. And in the process, the humanity of the victim is sometimes sidelined. Sexual predators are persistent in their unwanted advances, and that persistence piles up on the target of their desires. So much so that it can adversely affect the victim's job performance, giving the predator one more tool to use against them. More from Lindsey:

Wednesday News: Power play

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REPUBLICANS IN LEGISLATURE PUSH TO CURB GOVERNOR'S EMERGENCY AUTHORITY: This isn’t the first time Republican lawmakers have tried to use legislation to force Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to get agreement from the rest of the Council of State, which is majority Republican, for some executive orders. House Majority Leader Rep. John Bell, a Wayne County Republican, told reporters last week that this bill “is not about reopening, or anything dealing with masks.” Rather, he said, it is about how one person should not have unilateral control. Rep. Keith Kidwell, a Chocowinity Republican and deputy majority whip, is the primary sponsor of the House bill. In the summer of 2020, Kidwell made clear what he though of Cooper’s orders, saying on the House floor that he wouldn’t follow the statewide mask mandate no matter what the governor said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article248778990.html

Tuesday News: That was quick...

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CORONAVIRUS DETECTED ON FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN DURHAM: Durham Public Schools will close three classrooms at Southwest Elementary School after two students tested positive for COVID-19, the district reported. The students in the classrooms, as well as students who rode Bus 185 Monday afternoon, will need to stay home for remote learning for 10 days. DPS is working with the Durham County Department of Public Health and will reach out to any individuals who may have come in close contact with the students, according to a district news release. DPS is offering four days of in-person instruction to elementary students, and will soon offer four days of in-person classes to middle and high school students under new legislation.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article249970299.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

They say they want the best of the best teaching their children, but in reality, they would be happy with a robot teaching from a Texas textbook.

Monday News: Eleven thousand, six hundred ninety one

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1.2 MILLION NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR CORONAVIRUS: At least 882,715 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 11,691 have died since last March, according to state health officials. At least 1,028 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Saturday, down from 1,037 reported the day before. As of Thursday, the latest date for which data are available, 5.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials have said 5% or lower is the target rate to control the spread of the virus. More than 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in North Carolina, and 1.2 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article249930584.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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TAKE THE MONEY. IT'S OURS. EXPAND MEDICAID: There are no good reasons for North Carolina not to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 650,000 North Carolinians who now lack affordable access to health care. It remains irrational that the General Assembly continues the ban on such expansion – particularly in the midst of the worst health pandemic the state and nation has seen in a century. How many of the 11,552 heart-breaking COVID-19 deaths might have been avoided? North Carolina’s eight-year failure to expand Medicaid has cost the state about $15 billion in lost federal funds. That is money that North Carolina taxpayers are not getting brought back into the state that would have provided nearly 84,000 annual mammograms, helped support struggling rural hospitals and created more than 100,000 jobs. The federal COVID-19 relief legislation that appears to be headed to the president offers North Carolina between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion in ADDITIONAL federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funds over two years – that would be on top of the cost of covering Medicaid expansion.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/editorial-take-the-money-it-s-ours-expand-medicaid/19567219/

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