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Friday News: The stench of desperation


NC GOP'S "VOTER SHAMING" MAILERS GET UNDER THE SKIN OF SOME OF THEIR BASE: "In North Carolina, your personal voting history is a public record anyone can look up on the internet," the mailer says. "The chart below shows your voting record and the voting record of some of your neighbors." This did not sit well with Kelly Ducker, who got a mailer listing her husband and four neighbors, plus whether they voted in elections going back the last six years. Zachary Ducker wasn't even registered to vote in North Carolina during the years the card said he didn't vote. He was registered in Washington state. He voted there by absentee ballot because he was assigned to Fort Bragg and pulling three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. "Now, I don't even want to vote for my party," said Kelly Ducker who, like her husband, is a registered Republican living in Harnett County.

Thursday News: Voter suppression, by any other name


REPUBLICAN LAW LEADS TO 17% FEWER EARLY VOTING SITES: When a last-minute measure to standardize the hours for early voting wound its way through the legislature during the final days of session earlier this year, opponents worried aloud that the move would be a heavier burden for cash-strapped counties. They were right, according to a detailed analysis of early voting locations conducted by WRAL News. As a result of the new law, the number of hours available statewide to vote early at one-stop locations nearly doubled from 2014. Total early voting hours increased in all but six counties: Henderson, Bladen, Stanly, Polk, McDowell and Halifax. But the total number of early locations dropped by about 17 percent statewide. In all, 43 counties lost at least one voting location. Two counties – Henderson and Buncombe – lost four. That matters, because political scientists say distance from a voting location can have at least a small effect on turnout.

Wednesday News: Toxic cash


GOP FUNNELS ALMOST A QUARTER-MILLION TO MIKE CAUSEY, WHO IS NOT RUNNING THIS YEAR: Causey had previously returned campaign donations from Lindberg and his wife, saying he did so out of an abundance of caution. He said he couldn't comment Tuesday when asked if he'd return the party's donation. He said there's "no doubt" people can say it doesn't look good. This is the largest political donation Causey has ever received. The timeline goes like this: In April 2017, Lindberg and his wife donated $10,000 to Causey's campaign. Causey said earlier this month that the donations came the same week he was due to meet with Lindberg about some of his insurance businesses. Causey returned the donations in May 2017. From September 2017 through May 2018 Lindberg donated $1.49 million to the state Republican Party. In July, the state Republican Party donated $240,000 to Causey's campaign.

Tuesday News: Blue Moon Wave


EARLY VOTING THIS YEAR HAS ALREADY ECLIPSED 2014 NUMBERS: With six days of early voting left to go, North Carolinians hit a milestone: Elections officials have accepted more ballots from people who voted early in person during this election than during the full early voting period for the 2014 midterms. Nearly 1.1 million people have cast their votes in person so far, the latest data from the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement show. More than 41,000 ballots have been mailed in. Surveys suggest that enthusiasm for voting is high. A Pew Research Center survey in September found the highest level of voter enthusiasm in two decades. A majority of the 1,439 registered voters who responded to the survey said they considered their votes an expression of support or opposition to President Donald Trump.

Monday News: Racism has consequences

DRUNKEN RACIST RANT GETS WHITE CHARLOTTE WOMAN FIRED FROM HIGH-PAYING JOB: A white North Carolina woman filmed going on a racist rant at her black neighbor has been fired from her job. News outlets report the video shows Susan Westwood approaching sisters Leisa and Mary Garris this month and saying "I am white and hot. So what are you doing here?" Charter Communications spokesman Patrick Paterno said Sunday that Westwood has been fired from her $125,000-per-year job referenced in the video. An apparently drunk Westwood is heard asking where the sisters live, if they're visiting their "baby daddy" and if she needs to reveal her concealed weapon. The sisters ask Westwood to leave them alone as they're waiting for AAA. They eventually call 911. Westwood has been issued criminal summons of communicating threats and simple assault. She wasn't reached for comment.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


CONGRESS, DO YOUR JOB: REIN IN TRUMP'S EXCESSES: Bombs – very real explosive devices – are being delivered to the homes and workplaces of the United States’ most prominent leaders. Rather than focusing on assuring the safety and security of the American people, President Trump lies about who’s to blame. Instead of directly contacting former public servants to assure them the government is taking all possible steps to protect them and capture those responsible, the president’s further inflaming the public discourse. The toxic divide-to-conquer campaign is fomented by a president who leads a dysfunctional executive branch of government. It is not understatement, given this evidence, to say the safety and security of the nation is at risk. His toxic brand of politics brings out the worst in Americans.

Saturday News: Like a bad penny


TRUMP AND HIS FANS PUT ON ANOTHER SAD DISPLAY IN CHARLOTTE: “The media’s constant unfair coverage, deep hostility and negative attacks only serve to drive people apart and to undermine healthy debate,” he said. The rally was to campaign for Republican candidates Mark Harris and Rep. Ted Budd. Trump said he needs their help in Washington to what he called getting the job done, from tax cuts to border security and affordable healthcare. Following this rally, supporters seemed to be energized by what they heard. Angela Leson said she and her sister love Trump. “We support him 100 percent,” she said. Jerel Miller, wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, said he enjoyed the rally. Although many of Trump’s comments are “repeated over and over again,” Rick Horton said, “it’s not a lot of new stuff, but it’s good stuff.”

Friday News: She's not here


MARGARET SPELLINGS ON THE WAY OUT AT UNC SYSTEM: North Carolina's public university board is holding an emergency session amid news reports that Margaret Spellings is leaving as president of the state's 17-campus system. In a statement, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors said it would hold an emergency session Friday morning to "consider an executive personnel matter." Spellings is halfway through the five-year contract she started in March 2016. The former member of President George W. Bush's cabinet was selected after the Republican-majority North Carolina university board forced out her predecessor, who got the job under Democratic control. Some power brokers in the Republican-dominated state legislature saw her national reputation as giving her too much independence.

Thursday News: Isn't it ironic, don't you think?


BLACK REPUBLICAN THREATENED BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS AT CHARLOTTE POLLING PLACE: In an interview with the (Raleigh) News & Observer Wednesday night, Partee said he arrived at the polling place around 2:30 p.m. when a fellow volunteer pointed out the three people in the parking lot who had been taking photos that day and previously. Partee, who is a retired homicide detective from New York, said he decided to take down the license plate number of their car — but before he could, the man with the apparent gun jumped out of the car and confronted him. “He said something about being a Republican, I said I am a Republican, he said ‘Motherf***** you ain’t s***,’” Partee said. “They didn’t care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black.”

Wednesday News: Welcome to Absurdistan


DAN FOREST MAKES A "HOW TO" VIDEO ON VOTER FRAUD: Forest, a Republican, is not up for election this fall – his second term runs through 2020. However, he has been a strong proponent of requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls, and a proposal that would write voter ID into the state constitution is on the ballot. The video, titled Voter Fraud 101, was promoted on Facebook and paid for by the NC Republican Council of State Committee, a political action committee chaired by Forest and largely funded by Greg Lindberg, a major political donor currently under federal investigation. Although Facebook doesn't release targeting information in its online ad archive, data from ProPublica’s Facebook Political Ad Collector shows that some of those targets included North Carolinians interested in President Donald Trump.


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