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Saturday News: Racism is Racism

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3-JUDGE PANEL RULES NC VOTER ID UNCONSTITUTIONAL DUE TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: Republican lawmakers in North Carolina wrote the state’s voter ID law with the intent, at least in part, to make it harder for Black residents to vote, a panel of state judges ruled on Friday. “In reaching this conclusion, we do not find that any member of the General Assembly who voted in favor of (voter ID) harbors any racial animus or hatred towards African American voters, but rather ... that the Republican majority ‘target[ed] voters who, based on race, were unlikely to vote for the majority party. Even if done for partisan ends, that constitute[s] racial discrimination.’” The ruling strikes down a voter ID law that lawmakers wrote in 2018, after voters statewide approved the general idea during the 2018 elections, on a ballot referendum for a constitutional amendment. That amendment passed with over 55% of the vote.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254318478.html

Friday News: Leadership vacuum

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UNC SYSTEM PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GROW A PAIR: On Thursday, UNC System President Peter Hans defended the system’s position that it cannot legally require a COVID-19 vaccine at this time. He would not say whether he would want to mandate vaccines for students and employees if he could. “I think it’s best left in the hands of public health experts,” Hans said in a press conference. He then quoted a state law and said lawmakers clearly delegated the ability to add immunizations for children to public health experts through the North Carolina Commission for Public Health. And “that’s where those decisions best lie,” he said. Hans said they are following current public health guidance and flexibility for campuses given their particular situations, including local health conditions, capacities and cultures. But he has not given chancellors the go-ahead to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. “I can’t delegate legal authority I don’t possess,” Hans said Thursday. Then step aside for somebody who will.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254278218.html

Thursday News: IOKIYAR

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CONSERVATIVE BOOGEYMAN GEORGE SOROS INVESTED IN TED BUDD'S FAMILY BUSINESS: There are few people more maligned in ultra-conservative circles than George Soros, the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist who has donated millions to Democratic causes and candidates. U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, a Donald Trump-backed candidate in North Carolina’s 2022 U.S. Senate race, has a loose business connection with the billionaire activist, according to records with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A Soros investment firm was the largest shareholder of AgriBioTech, a seed company led by Budd’s father that filed for bankruptcy in 2000, securities filings show. Budd was a shareholder but was not an officer. Right-wing zealots have accused me of being on Soros' payroll, to which I responded, "I wish!" :)
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254257103.html

Wednesday News: Oxygen Thief

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CAWTHORN IS NOW LEADING THE ATTACK-THE-SCHOOL-BOARD IDIOTS: Hundreds of people are expected to join U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Tuesday outside the Johnston County school board meeting to protest mandatory masks in schools. Crowds also are attending local school board meetings across North Carolina, which have become heated battlegrounds in recent weeks because of face mask mandates. At an August Buncombe County school board meeting, some parents “overthrew” the current school board and instated themselves into the positions. Critics of requiring masks hope Cawthorn’s presence will cause the school board to reverse its 4-3 vote in August to mandate that students and teachers wear masks indoors. Apparently David Rouzer doesn't mind being cuckolded by a juvenile delinquent...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254214428.html

Monday News: Fifteen thousand seventy five

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OVER 900 COVID PATIENTS IN INTENSIVE CARE IN NC: At least 1,279,500 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 15,075 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 5,877 new COVID-19 cases, down from 6,290 reported the day before. At least 3,756 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, the latest date for which data is available, including 909 who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. Roughly 67% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 62% have been fully vaccinated. State officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number. Still not enough.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254142913.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LEGISLATORS NEED TO IMPLEMENT, NOT DEFLECT, LEANDRO JUDGE'S ORDER: Judge Lee, a Democrat, gained his assignment to oversee implementation of the Leandro settlement from former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin – a Republican. Lee made note during the hearing that his actions are not constricted by the state’s constitutional separation of powers. He quoted former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, who was a Republican when he served on the high court. “When the State fails to live up to its constitutional duties, a court is empowered to order the deficiency remedied, and if the offending branch of government or its agents either fail to do so or have consistently shown an inability to do so, a court is empowered to provide relief by imposing a specific remedy and instructing the recalcitrant state actors to implement it,” Orr said in a 2004 Leandro unanimous ruling where he was joined by the other five Republicans and lone Democrat on the state’s high court.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-legislators-need-to-implement-not-deflect-leandro-judge-s-order/19865...

Saturday News: Not on his watch

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GOVERNOR COOPER VETOES ANTI-CRT AND ANTI-PROTEST BILLS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills Friday, including an anti-Critical Race Theory bill that would have regulated what views public schools can “promote” and required them to post online in advance curriculum and guest speakers who might talk about race or gender. In an emailed statement, Cooper said: “The legislature should be focused on supporting teachers, helping students recover lost learning, and investing in our public schools. Instead, this bill pushes calculated, conspiracy-laden politics into public education.” Cooper also vetoed House Bill 805, known as “Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder,” which would have created stricter penalties for people who riot. Speaker Tim Moore filed the bill after George Floyd protests last summer became destructive. Both of these bills are deeply rooted in a racist mindset, and Republicans should be ashamed for even trying.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253948433.html

Friday News: Undeserved trust

SECURITY GUARD CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE OF 14 YEAR-OLD: On Monday, an on-duty private security officer was assigned to drive a 14-year-old in need of psychological treatment to a Charlotte hospital. Along the way, police say, he pulled over and had sex with the girl. Now, David Logan Marsh of Waxhaw faces an array of criminal charges, including statutory rape of a child and two counts each of indecent liberties with a child and sexual activity by a custodian. G4S is a British security company with offices in Charlotte and across the country. Its area clients include health care facilities and the Charlotte Area Transit System. The company’s website highlights its handling of behavioral-health patients, saying its staff provides “a dignified, empathetic and respectful transportation service for mental health patients in order to decrease law enforcement involvement and further patient trauma.” Some in the General Assembly think she's old enough to get married, especially if she gets pregnant.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article254100903.html

Thank you to our local hospitals combatting COVID-19

Dear Editor,

Despite the difficulties that COVID-19 brought to North Carolina, our local hospitals rose to the challenge to help those in need, and save countless lives. Whether patients were treated for coronavirus or a routine medical need, local hospitals continued to provide quality care.

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