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Wednesday News: Stay at home


GOVERNOR COOPER ANNOUNCES 10PM-5AM CURFEW STARTING FRIDAY: The 10 p.m. curfew means that everyone must stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are traveling to or from work or traveling to obtain essential goods or services, such as food, fuel, medical care. People can also travel during curfew hours if they must provide care for a family member. This means that in addition to the current orders — requiring face masks, social distancing and business capacity limitations — retail stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and personal care businesses must close by 10 p.m. Cooper said on Tuesday that “we will do more if the trends do not improve.” This could mean more restrictions on restaurant dining, indoor entertainment or shopping, or further restrictions on retail business capacity.

Tuesday News: Invertebrates


NC'S CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE BIDEN WIN: WRAL News contacted all 10 Republican U.S. House members and U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr on Monday to ask whether they believe Biden has won and whether they will accept him as the legitimate president if he wins the majority of the electoral votes on Dec. 14. Spokespersons for 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, 7th District Congressman David Rouzer, 8th District Congressman Richard Hudson, 9th District Congressman Dan Bishop and 13th District Congressman Ted Budd responded without answering the questions. Most issued statements calling for election integrity and saying all claims of fraud need to be investigated. The other seven didn't even respond. "I think the silence speaks a lot about the state of the Republican Party and the fear in which they’re operating under," McLennan said.

Monday News: Five thousand, five hundred forty three


NEARLY 400,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS: At least 394,990 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 5,543 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 6,438 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous daily record of 6,018 cases reported the day before. Saturday marked the first time daily cases had exceeded 6,000. A record 2,191 people in North Carolina were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday. About 10.4% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data are available. North Carolina expects to receive 85,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which Cohen said will be enough to vaccinate workers at 50 to 60 hospitals statewide, during the first week of distribution.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


VOTERS SHOULD PICK REPRESENTATIVES, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND: Thirty-one of the 50 winning candidates for the state Senate had victory margins that exceeded 20 percentage points – a landslide in any election. Just eight – 16% of the Senate, had victory margins at 10 percentage points or less. In the state House of Representatives, nearly 70% of the 120 members won with runaway victory margins that exceeded 20 percentage points. Just 19 races – barely 16% of the House (a familiar figure?) captured their seats with margins under 10 percentage points. The desires of a few outweighed the needs of the many. Gerrymandering protected nearly every legislator, regardless of their political affiliation, from any consequences at the ballot box. Our state cannot continue to have a legislature that is not accountable to the citizens.

Saturday News: Negligent to the bitter end


CHERIE BERRY REFUSES TO CLASSIFY COVID 19 AS A WORKPLACE HAZARD: Berry noted that on Oct. 26, as an example, less than 1.5% of people who had contracted COVID-19 in North Carolina died from the virus. She wrote that most of those deaths were people over the age of 65, who are generally “no longer active in the workforce.” Public health officials contest this logic. “This is not a disease to gamble with,” Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Kelly Haight said in response to a request for comment on the letter from The News & Observer. Haight noted that “people of all ages play a role in transmission of COVID-19 to older North Carolinians.” There have been 280 reported clusters at workplaces, with 6,636 associated cases and 30 associated deaths through the end of November, according to the state health department, including 4,047 cases associated with meat processing plants alone.

Friday News: Passing the baton

NC HOUSE DEMS CHOOSE ROBERT REIVES AS MINORITY LEADER: With Reives’ election, Democrats in both chambers of the General Assembly will be led by Black men for at least the next two years. Sen. Dan Blue, a Democrat from Raleigh, was reelected in November to continue serving in his current position of Senate minority leader, which he has held since 2015. Blue served as the first Black House speaker from 1991 until 1994. Rep. Darren Jackson announced earlier in November he wouldn’t run for reelection after holding the position for four years. Following that announcement, Reives said he would run, WRAL reported last month. “If he hadn’t offered to run, he would’ve been recruited to run,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison, a Democrat from Greensboro. “People respect him so much on both sides of the aisle.”

Thursday News: Hand-to-eye


BEASLEY CAMPAIGN DEMANDS A SECOND, MORE ACCURATE RECOUNT: Justice Paul Newby led North Carolina’s Supreme Court chief justice race after a statewide recount finished late Wednesday night, but the election isn’t over. Incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s campaign staff said in a news release they are demanding a hand-to eye recount, which differs from the recent recount tabulated by voting machines. The request came around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Following the first recount, Newby, a Republican, is ahead of Beasley, a Democrat, by 401 votes out of the nearly 5.4 million ballots cast. The recount dropped Newby’s lead by only five votes. Beasley’s request for the hand-to-eye recount has not yet been confirmed by the state board of elections, but she had only 24 hours after the recount ended to make the request. That countdown began at 9:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday News: Here we go again...


MARK WALKER TO RUN FOR BURR'S SENATE SEAT IN 2022: Walker, 51, released a video announcing his campaign for Senate and has created a website. “It’s a little uncomfortable to talk about why you’re the best candidate. Nobody in the House can match our record as a conservative warrior, but also somebody who builds bridges,” Walker said in a telephone interview Tuesday. He is expected to be joined by several other candidates. Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, is considering a bid. Lara Trump grew up in Wilmington and attended N.C. State. Walker is finishing his third term in the U.S. House. Walker served as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee earlier in his tenure and was a member of Republican leadership in his final term. (Not mentioned in this article: Pat McCrory is also sniffing around this seat)

Tuesday News: Long overdue


ACTIVISTS WANT TO RAISE THE AGE OF MARRIAGE IN NC: In North Carolina, 14- and 15-year-olds can get married with parental consent due to a “pregnancy exception,” in which one person is pregnant or has become a parent. That’s the lowest age of consent in the United States, alongside Alaska. Registers of Deeds throughout the state have found that North Carolina has become a safe haven for predators to marry minors, in marriages similar to what Pollard says hers was. N.C. State Rep. Graig Meyer, representing Orange and Caswell counties, said his colleagues plan to introduce a bill at the beginning of the General Assembly session in January to raise the minimum age to marry. It will need a bipartisan coalition, which he does not think will be difficult.

Monday News: Five thousand, two hundred forty


COVID 19 HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NC APPROACHING 2,000 MARK: At least 361,778 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 5,240 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 3,820 new COVID-19 cases, up from 3,444 reported the day before and the seventh-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. The numbers highlight a surge of new cases in November. The state averaged fewer than 2,000 new cases a day in October. Twenty-one additional deaths were also reported Sunday. At least 1,885 people in North Carolina were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday — surpassing the previous record of 1,840 reported the day before. About 8.6% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data are available.


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