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Pay to play politics: Tillis hearts Big Pharma

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The GOP's culture of corruption is all-encompassing:

Senator Thom Tillis accepted more than $20,000 in campaign contributions from political action committees tied to pharmaceutical companies within two weeks of sponsoring a bill related to drug prices in late 2019. Tillis was an original co-sponsor on the Lower Costs, More Cures act, which was introduced on December 19, 2019.

It was similar to a competing bill that had been introduced earlier in the year by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, except that it omitted a key provision opposed by the pharmaceutical industry that would cap drug prices at inflation.

Get that? Tillis took thousands of dollars to make sure that you and I would pay more for prescription drugs than originally intended. He SOLD US OUT, and didn't even have the decency to flinch while doing it.

Here they go again: Republicans try to block App State voting site

Hat-tip to Jerry Wayne for keeping an eye on these vote suppressors:

Eric Eller and Nancy Owen, the Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections, have filed a complaint in the Wake County Superior Court seeking to block an early voting site in the Appalachian State University student union.

Eller and Owen are represented by Boone attorney Nathan Miller, who has a long history of bringing suits to suppress the student vote. Eller and Owen are asking for an expedited hearing on their complaint. Early voting is due to begin October 15.

It appears that Eric Eller tried a few months ago to get local police to "gear up" for potential black protesters at the App State polling place:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

You know, if BergerMoore had shown half the energy they're showing now during their recent "session" they might have actually accomplished some things for the state. But of course you can't hold fundraisers while in session, so...

Trump doesn't want to "test" the system, he wants to de-legitimize it

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And increase unnecessary crowding and confusion at the polls on Election day:

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein reminded people they cannot vote twice, again rebuking President Donald Trump’s telling North Carolinians to vote by mail and to try again in person. It is illegal to vote twice.

Trump tweeted: “NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!”

Think about it. If his supporters follow this recommendation, there will be thousands of additional voters showing up at their polling places for no reason, asking poll workers for evidence that voter could easily get through the new NC Board of Elections BallotTrax portal. We're struggling as it is to have enough volunteers working the polls, the last thing they need is a steady stream of assholes who've already voted clogging up the process. Lines will already be long with social distancing, and this will turn even the least-crowded precincts into nightmares.

19 years at War

I'm seeing a lot of people post "Never Forget" on social media. We all mourn in our own ways, and I don't begrudge them that. But I remember that exact moment, when the 2nd plane hit, and horror turned to rage as I (and everybody else) realized it wasn't a freak accident, it was a brutal attack. It will not be forgotten, any more than Pearl Harbor was forgotten. But we also need to recognize this: There are combatants on both sides in Afghanistan who had not been born yet when the Twin Towers fell. It is (by far) the longest War in our nation's history, and people still keep finding reasons to continue it:

Trump protects red states only in offshore drilling ban

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Ten-year moratorium leaves out North Carolina and Virginia:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday in Florida imposing a 10-year moratorium on offshore drilling in waters from Florida to South Carolina, leaving North Carolina open to potential activity.

Under the order, leases of areas along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the purposes of offshore exploration or development are prohibited between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2032. What is not clear is why the order omits North Carolina and Virginia, where residents have been vocally opposed to offshore drilling, often citing the potential impact to fisheries and coastal tourism.

Oh, it's clear as a bell. DeSantis, Kemp, and McMaster are all Republicans, while Cooper and Northam are Democrats. Nobody wants that shit anywhere near their beaches, but when you've got a partisan hack like Trump making these calls, punishing states who (even moderately) support the other party is fair game. Here's more from the Southern Environmental Law Center:

Alamance battleground: Protesters arrested for stepping in jail parking lot

Sheriff Terry Johnson is nothing more than a petty tyrant:

The demonstration took a turn, however, once the march reached the jail. Deputies quickly arrested and detained Nicholas Cassette for not complying with orders to vacate the parking lot in a fast enough manner. Though officers sequestered protestors to the sidewalk along West Pine Street, protestors didn't know they weren't allowed in the parking lot.

Liles was taken into custody after trying to help Nicholas Cassette, and Blunk was arrested for doing the same with Liles. Half an hour after the initial arrests, officers arrested Katherine Cassette for having used what they believed to be foul language.

Foul language? Some 100 inmates in that jail have been stricken by COVID 19, and these idiots are concerned about foul language? It doesn't get much more absurd than that. The protest originated at the County Courthouse, in response to the all Republican County Commissioners' ruling that Graham's Confederate statue cannot be removed:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

What he said. DeJoy is an arrogant, unapologetic partisan hack, who refuses to put back the sorting machines and blue mail boxes he removed. He doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Biden's "mental health" issue is a Russian disinformation plot

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And one the Trump administration is helping to hide:

The intelligence bulletin, titled “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of U.S. Candidates to Influence 2020 Election,” was drafted to inform state and local law enforcement officials that Russian state media agencies were posting “allegations about the poor mental health of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden,” ABC News first reported on Wednesday.

But before the bulletin was distributed, senior Homeland Security officials intervened to halt publication, department officials confirmed.

This is a classic Republican tactic: If you are weak in a certain area, or guilty of something, accuse your Democratic opponent of it. In this case, Trump's own mental health has been increasingly in question (his physical health, too), and due to his Twitter obsession, there's no way in hell to hide that cognitive deterioration. So it's time to project and deflect. I would not be surprised if Trump had actually asked Putin to help with this. He did it with Ukraine. Keep in mind, Homeland Security was originally created to facilitate the dissemination of intelligence amongst law enforcement entities, not stifle it:

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