Thursday News: Lame duck


RICK GUNN FILES BILL TO REOPEN GYMS AND HEALTH CLUBS: Gyms and health clubs would be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity under legislation introduced in the Senate on Wednesday — the legislature’s second attempt to overturn parts of Gov. Roy Cooper’s current coronavirus executive order. Gunn’s proposal would allow gyms, yoga studios and other fitness facilities to reopen if employees get their temperature taken daily and wear masks unless they’re leading a fitness class where they can social distance. Temperature checks wouldn’t be required for gym customers, which prompted concerns from several senators Wednesday. “Any business of this kind ought to be doing that in this pandemic,” said Sen. Paul Lowe, a Winston-Salem Democrat. Gunn said that’s a “personal decision” for business owners, but signs would be posted at the entrances urging ill customers to stay away. Customers would be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks, but they wouldn’t be required for non-staff.

Another one bites the dust: Rocky Mount votes to remove Confederate statue

Maybe they can airlift it and drop it on that "mechanized cavalry" dude's barn:

Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson tells WRAL News the city council has voted to remove a Confederate monument that has stood for years at Battle Park. The decision was made during a meeting for the city's 2020-2021 budget Tuesday between members of the council. The council voted 6-1 to remove the monument.

Roberson said the vote will be confirmed in an open meeting of the city council this Monday. He also said the plan is to remove the monument and store it somewhere. He was not sure if the vote has standing but said the Monday vote would be official.

Phallic symbol bemoaning the emasculation of a failed reb...Sorry, just thinking outloud for a minute there.

Wednesday News: Whatever, Dude


TRUMP TWEETS HE IS MOVING RNC FROM CHARLOTTE: “Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.” Cooper responded on Twitter with a similar message that he had delivered throughout the day. “We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority,” Cooper tweeted Tuesday night. Cooper said Tuesday that he could not guarantee the “full convention” envisioned by Trump and convention organizers that included 19,000 people in attendance at the Spectrum Center and nearby bars and restaurants operating at capacity. Cooper said it was “very unlikely” that Republicans could have the convention they had envisioned and offered to work on a scaled-down version.

Gov. Cooper to Resident Trump: We're waiting for answers.

Looks like Governor Cooper is holding firm on hosting a safe convention. Very glad to see this clear, solid letter to the RNC.

Tuesday News: Peace out


RALEIGH PROTESTERS DISPERSE AS CURFEW DESCENDS: As the 8 p.m. curfew approached, police began demanding that protesters leave. “You are ordered to disperse immediately and return to your homes,” a police vehicle blared. “Failure to comply will result in your arrest.“ Most of the protesters departed, some on bikes and skateboards. A couple dozen remained at the capitol building, kneeling with their hands up. One man paced in front of officers wearing neon vests and guardsmen in fatigues. But shortly after 9 p.m., even they were gone, leaving only some water bottles behind. The curfew, which applies to the entire city, will run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily until it is rescinded. It requires people to stay home except for medical emergencies and a few other exempt employees.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

How about some good news to start your day?

The growing tendency for industry to poach on public lands needs to be curbed, and this is a great place to start.


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