McCrory's lawyers withholding evidence until after election

Trying to ensure four more years of corruption and incompetence:

Real Facts v. McCrory, et al. – The Governor’s lawyers agreed to allow WBTV to intervene as a plaintiff in the case about McCrory’s travel records. The Governor’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety have asserted that they produced all records requested, but most were heavily redacted based on whether they were deemed a personal or political activity or might compromise McCrory’s security. Baddour directed the parties in the lawsuit to confer and attempt to agree on the scope of the issues presented by the case, and he tentatively scheduled a further status conference in the case (and in the other cases) for next week.

Charlotte Observer v. McCrory – The newspaper filed suit Oct. 7 over a request for email messages and other communications related to House Bill 2. The Governor’s Office subsequently produced a large number of records Oct. 17 but nothing since. McCrory’s associate general counsel told Baddour they were reviewing thousands of emails and hoped to produce an additional batch of records early this week. Tadych suggested the office turn over all records already vetted, regardless of a complete review.

I find it extremely frustrating to read about this the night before Election Day, especially considering how many other ethical bullets he's dodged since 2012. :(

Climate Change in NC: Floods and drought go hand in hand

Mountain forests are burning:

At last update at 4pm Saturday, the USDA Forest Service says over 2600 acres are on fire in the Nantahala National Forest in Southwestern North Carolina. Fires have been starting and spreading in several different counties since October 23rd, with several starting as recently as November 3rd.

On Sunday, Governor Pat McCrory visited Clay County to speak with local fire officials about their efforts to combat the blaze, which McCrory says is the result of drought conditions.

As many folks who live in the NC mountains will tell you, this is not a "new" development in weather patterns, drought has been a near-constant companion for many years now. But in the next few decades, the criisis will rise to the boiling (or burning) point, and many currently native tree species will likely not survive:

Monday News: Burr must be removed


COUP AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT (New York Times) -- Last month, Senator Richard Burr, of North Carolina, told supporters that if Hillary Clinton wins, “I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court.” Step back for a moment and consider the radical absurdity of this position. This mind-set isn’t just a matter of a few senators going rogue. Leading conservative groups are embracing the argument, happy to destroy a principle of American politics — to privilege partisanship over the Constitution itself. In the next Congress, regardless of who wins on Tuesday, the very survival of the court as an independent body will be at stake.

In memory and praise of Warren Judge

A true and strong voice for Eastern North Carolina, the Outer Banks, and particularly Dare County, has passed away. Warren Judge, current Dare County Commissioner and current candidate for the NC State House, passed away last evening after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. You can read more here:

I have a thing to tell you, Governor McCrory

In 1937 North Carolina’s most famous native son Thomas Wolfe published a novella entitled ‘I Have a Thing to Tell You.’

In the novella Wolfe describes leaving Berlin (in which he was very popular), his departure by train, and his final understanding of what was happening to the Jews in Germany, revealed to him by a German official's arrest of a Jew who was riding in Wolfe’s car.

Given all the recent noise concerning HB2 I was reminded of Wolfe.

Here’s what he wrote so long ago:

From an ex-Republican reader

Why I will never work the polls again

by Joe Vincoli

I used to enjoy working the polls. A chance to do something that had a civic value. A chance to build a sense of community.

After this election I will never work the polls again.

Since last Thursday I have had so many of my neighbors come up to me in the booth and express their contempt for me just because I am wearing an election vest.
They don’t know I live on the same street or in the same neighborhood. They think I am part of the 'big scheme'.

“It’s all rigged!”

Sunday News: The real voter fraud

TRUMP, GOP PAYING CONSULTANT DOGGED BY VOTER FRAUD CHARGES (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid at least $1.8 million to a political operative whose roster of companies include several that have been repeatedly investigated for voter registration fraud, even as Trump has complained that the election is rigged against him. Three employees of Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm owned by conservative operative Nathan Sproul, pleaded guilty in Florida four years ago to felony charges related to altering and destroying scores of voter registration forms. Recent federal campaign finance reports show Sproul is on the RNC’s payroll with a firm named Lincoln Strategy Group . A search of online help-wanted ads shows Lincoln Strategy Group is now hiring in North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri and other swing states, offering “Great Pay!” to those available to go door-to-door to canvass voters for conservative causes. “Make America Great Again $20/HR Canvassing,” reads a recent ad posted on Craigslist in Raleigh, North Carolina, offering full-time and part-time jobs through Election Day.

McCrory lays his bet on fancy horses to save his campaign

But he might be gambling with taxpayer dollars and not his own:

“This is bigger, with all due respect, than the All-Star Game, a football game, a basketball game — combined, times two. This economic impact is huge,” McCrory said of the 13-day equestrian competition during a news conference at the Charlotte Chamber.

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of the equestrian center, said the project requires only a small amount of public financing, including marketing and security. He anticipates his group’s budget will be between $50-$60 million.

Of course, he doesn't say how much of that $50-$60 million will be sucked out of public coffers, but we need that info desperately. Because the 2018 Games were originally contracted to be held in Canada, but they couldn't afford to do it:


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