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Court rules NCGA actions related to two amendments VOID

I don't know if I read this right, but dang. It's big news.

The Wake County Superior Court just ruled that two amendments passed in November, Voter ID and Tax Cap, are INVALID. The Court ruled the NC Legislature was not legally constituted (because of gerrymandering) and its actions on these two amendments should be voided.

This is amazing. I'll try to attach the ruling.

Here you go!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SZvURg60pxJGxCOS_QJCIeApFzTboLhX

None of these guys should resign

For all my extremism, I don't call for elected officials to resign because of their pasts. Democrats and Republicans alike, they got elected being the persons they are today. If we didn't learn their dark histories, that's a due diligence problem on our part. And if we're dumb enough to elect known dirtbags, we deserve the consequences. As a rule, we should defer to the will of the electorate.

None of these guys should resign. It's up to us to fire them.

Lying and losing

We have come to expect lying from people in politics, including gross misrepresentations of objective reality. The president and his allies are free to say, "We never promised Mexico would pay for the wall," when reality suggests otherwise. Lying is the essence of being a Trump Republican.

I believe "Trump Republicanism" is what 2020 elections will be about. Do you stand with the liar or do you stand against him?

New Sparkle poll shows the entire NC GOP Congressional delegation with single-digit approval ratings

Lynchburg, Virginia -- A new poll just released by the Sparkle Group shows that North Carolinians are extremely unhappy with Republicans representing them in Congress. With an average approval rating of just 7%, no GOP member can be considered safe in the upcoming election cycle.

Alumni blues

You'd think UNC would be hustling like heck to get donations for me. I'm a wealthy alum married to a woman who used to be chair of the faculty. Together we give a great deal of money to educational and advocacy organizations in North Carolina. In any reasonable world, I would be at the top of UNC's development hit-list. But I'm not.

An actual expert weighs in on the Wall

I found this on Facebook. It's an awesome explanation of what's wrong with Trump's Wall of Shame:

Amy Patrick
January 8 at 10:52 PM

Howdy.

I’m a licensed structural and civil engineer with a MS in structural engineering from the top program in the nation and over a decade of experience on high-performance projects, and particularly of cleaning up design disasters where the factors weren’t properly accounted for, and I’m an adjunct professor of structural analysis and design at UH-Downtown. I have previously been deposed as an expert witness in matters regarding proper construction of walls and the various factors associated therein, and my testimony has passed Daubert.

Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

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