Tuesday News: No-plan Dan


FOREST REFUSES TO ANSWER WRAL'S CAMPAIGN QUESTIONNAIRE: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest refused this week to answer questions for a routine WRAL News online voters guide, with his gubernatorial campaign saying the questions "don't reflect reality." Among the questions: "If elected, what are your top 3 priorities?" Other questions dealt with the state's coronavirus response, school funding, Medicaid expansion and systemic racism. WRAL publishes a voters guide most election seasons, and the question-and-answer portion of this year's guide is set to go live Thursday. Forest's campaign got the same questions as Gov. Roy Cooper's, and those questions also went out to candidates for lieutenant governor and to candidates in General Assembly races. Similar questions went out to candidates in other Council of State races. Forest's campaign was the only one to complain about the questions.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

As long as the NC GOP retains even the barest of majorities, they will abuse that advantage as much as possible. The only way to get them to act in a bipartisan fashion is to take that power away.

Same boat - only worse

I am in a nursing home. I pushed the administration to get this process (absentee ballots and registration) started in early August. Somebody dragged their feet - probably a combo of admin. and MAT, so it took until 9/26 for the MAT team to show up. They only allotted 4 hours for a facility with 200 residents.

It has been suggested that my signature can be witnessed through the window. I was just informed that the MAT team will be back "in a few weeks."

Say it so the folks in back can hear: One-Term Tillis


You wanted us to divide and conquer? Asked and answered:

In North Carolina, Senator Thom Tillis saw another devastating poll from a high-quality pollster. CBS News finds him trailing Cal Cunningham by ten points. At this point in the race, most voters know a lot about both candidates and closing a gap that wide in five weeks will be difficult. He will need Cunningham to stumble to make up the difference and Cunningham has not made many mistakes after a year of campaigning.

But what may be the worst news for Tillis is what is happening in other states. Outside money bolstering Tillis will soon be diverted to those states if his numbers don’t improve and races in those other states stay competitive. Expect the GOP to pull the plug on Tillis if the national environment or his numbers don’t improve in the next week or two.

Keep in mind, the Trump campaign is apparently down to eating its seed corn, and you know that bastard will scoop up as many dollars as he can, with zero concern for downballot races. And before you scold me for leaning on polls (which would be valid), we desperately need some good news in this current hellscape.

Monday News: Three thousand, four hundred forty one


CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RAGES ON IN NORTH CAROLINA: At least 207,380 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,441 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,290 new COVID-19 cases, down from 1,759 the day before. The state began counting antigen test results, which backdate to May 20, last week. Positive results from the tests account for 2% of detected cases in North Carolina. About 5.1% of tests were reported positive on Sunday, nearly in line with health officials’ goal of 5% or lower and up from 4.5% on Saturday. At least 917 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, up from 914 on Saturday, with 92% of hospitals reporting.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


THE TIME FOR POLITE DIALOGUE WITH THE POLITICAL RIGHT IS OVER: North Carolina’s Thom Tillis was typical when he stated, “The campaign is already underway. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.” Today — surprise! — they’re singing a radically different tune. The same men and women who blocked the Garland nomination are now ready to proceed with an absurdly rapid confirmation process for a Trump nominee — perhaps even in a post-election, lame duck session after Trump has lost the election. Meanwhile, as Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators pursue their unabashed perfidy in the glare of Washington klieg lights, another branch of the modern conservative movement has been toiling under the radar, pursuing similarly dishonest, if less-well-publicized work. This fact was on display last week with the remarkable revelation that a right-wing operative with ties to the national conservative establishment had tried to infiltrate multiple good government groups in North Carolina. What’s more, the tactic “Fortune” employed — attempting to deceptively ingratiate himself through the offering of financial contributions — is similar to that often used by Project Veritas, a notorious right-wing operation that has long used dishonest tactics in an effort to infiltrate progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns in hopes of catching them in (or prodding them into) some sort of unlawful activity. If there’s any fire left in the belly of the progressive movement, these incidents will serve as a final wake-up call — a last clear signal that the time for polite and civilized dialogue with the right has become all but impossible. Simply put: Now is the time for caring and thinking people to fight like hell to save our country from those who would lie, cheat and steal their way to power.

Saturday News: No surprise, at all


REPUBLICAN ELECTION BOARD MEMBERS WERE PRESSURED INTO RESIGNING: Those resignations, of board members Ken Raymond and David Black, came in the wake of several highly critical press releases from the state’s top Republican politicians. A party spokesman confirmed to The News & Observer that they also came after a phone call with the top lawyer for the state Republican Party to convey that the NC GOP was “very unhappy.” “They called and spoke with our counsel,” said Tim Wigginton, the N.C. Republican Party’s spokesman, referring to Chief Counsel Philip Thomas. “And afterward they put out their resignation letters.” On Facebook, Black’s wife wrote that his resignation was “not voluntary.” Deb Black’s Facebook comment read: “The GOP chairman neglected to mention that these resignations were not voluntary. They were told to resign. Sad times when republicans are firing intelligent and trustworthy republicans.”


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