NC throwback: Voting under a Confederate flag

Fighting a war that was lost 150 years ago:

"I said 'I don't care what they do every other day of the year, but when we vote, that shouldn’t be there'," Hudson said. "I find it to be very intimidating. To me, it’s saying we really don't want you coming in here. It is a form of intimidation, any way you look at it. And you know in a sense – it kind of intimidated me."

Meanwhile, since the June primary, local election officials asked the volunteer firefighter organization to take down the flag for the election this fall. They refused. So the county pursued a second polling location at the Uwharrie Community Building. That didn’t work out either.

Among many other troubling aspects, this issue exposes the hazards of performing a government-sanctioned function (voting) on private property. Not unlike having voting precincts in churches, there can be an element of intimidation, a feeling of "I don't belong here" from those of a different denomination (or religion) being forced to cross the threshold to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. And in the case of this fire station, it may be privately-owned, but a lot of taxpayer dollars have flowed into it:

Saturday News: Because "off sides" and homicides are the same thing


MCCRORY COMPARES FOOTBALL REPLAYS TO KEITH SCOTT SHOOTING VIDEOS (Global News) – Gov. Pat McCrory likened the multiple videos showing the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte to watching football replays on TV. Scott was shot dead by police Tuesday, sparking protests for three days straight. “I hope you don’t take this in the wrong vein, but I watched a football game last week on TV and watched four different replays and each showed something different."

Speaker Moore and the HB2 vanishing coin trick

Playing childish games with civil rights:

When House Speaker Tim Moore wanted the city of Charlotte leaders to compromise to get HB2 repealed, he took a different tact. Moore, R-Cleveland, made them an offer they couldn’t accept.

Moore demands the Charlotte City Council first repeal its non-discrimination ordinance “unconditionally.” After that happens, he MIGHT see IF there’s support among the Republicans in the legislature to “maybe taking a look to find other ways to see if we could, you know, support and make sure there were basic protections, you know, when it comes to restrooms, changing facilities, showers, etc.” Moore stressed that the legislature hadn’t “taken a formal position … because we were waiting to see if Charlotte‘s going to move.”

Frankly, I'm glad BergerMoore took such a ham-handed approach to this "deal" of theirs, because it proved their insincerity and kept the Charlotte City Council from making (IMO) a huge mistake. That being said, way too many people are buying into their narrative that Charlotte (and Roy Cooper, and Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton) are to blame for the continued crisis. And until the voting populace at large are made aware of the scheming, unethical behavior of the GOP leadership, we will continue to be subject to their machinations.

Friday News: Pittenger's true colors

PITTENGER: PROTESTERS ‘HATE WHITE PEOPLE’ (BBC) -- Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger from North Carolina says the US welfare system is to blame for protests over alleged police brutality. He was speaking to BBC Newsnight. “The grievance in their minds – the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”

PITTENGER SAYS CHARLOTTE PROTESTERS 'HATE WHITE PEOPLE' (AP) -- A Republican congressman who represents the Charlotte area said Thursday that people are protesting in the city because they "hate white people."

Polling the purple state of North Carolina

Burr and McCrory may be in trouble:

The presidential contest might be the least of the Republican Party’s worries in this rapidly changing state. The embattled Republican governor, Pat McCrory, trails by eight points against Attorney General Roy Cooper, 50 percent to 42 percent.

And even Senator Richard Burr, who was not thought to be in great jeopardy just a few months ago, trails his Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross, by four points, 46-42. That contest is among the handful that seem likely to decide control of the Senate.

Of course, "actual" turnout is critical this year, but thanks in part to the media exposure of Republican voter suppression tactics being challenged by the courts and the people, we may see some record numbers. And regardless of recent findings that HB2 has not made a significant impact on NC's economic revenues, it will still play a role in this election:

Thursday News: Peace unto Charlotte

MAN SHOT IN CHARLOTTE AS UNREST STRETCHES TO 2ND NIGHT (New York Times) -- A second night of protests in Charlotte set off by the police killing of a black man spiraled into chaos and violence after nightfall when a demonstration was interrupted by gunfire that gravely wounded a man in the crowd. Law enforcement authorities fired tear gas in a desperate bid to restore order. The scene of the shooting and the largest demonstration of the evening happened along a crowded street in Charlotte’s city center, where the sound of gunfire mixed with the noise of people banging objects into vehicles.

Republicans use faulty evidence to indict Cooper

That report doesn't say what you think it does:

Rep. Marilyn Avila’s remarks were delivered through a couple of layers of politics: She spoke at a GOP news conference attacking Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper for problems at the lab, and she is running for re-election against the former lab director, Joe John.

Avila, a chemist who lives in Raleigh, never mentioned John in her remarks and only passingly criticized Cooper, who is running for governor. She focused on the larger concerns raised in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report, which was released Tuesday.

She may have only "passingly" criticized Cooper, but the two others with her made up for that shortfall. And as I said on Facebook: In typical fashion, the NC GOP is now attacking Roy Cooper for a problem that is more their fault than his. The NC Crime Lab is woefully underfunded by the Legislature, lacking supplies, staffing, and crushed under unfunded mandates. And most attempts to rectify that, such as the bill I'm linking to below, are tossed into the committee dustbin. It would be nice to see a front-page story about this, but don't hold your breath:

Keith Scott's Life Matters

Keith Scott's life matters.

It mattered before he was shot and killed on Tuesday.

His life mattered if he held a gun and it mattered if he held a book.

His life matters as all sides rush to judgment with the truth, half-truths, speculation, rumors, and lies.

Keith Scott's life matters just as much as the life of the police officer who shot and killed him. Yes, the officer's life matters too. Nobody has said it didn't.


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