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Bias has no place in NC's criminal justice system

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley plants a seed on her way out:

Outgoing North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley on Wednesday detailed a commission that will recommend how to discourage and ultimately eliminate unfair treatment in the judicial system based on race, gender or other factors.

The text of the order acknowledged inequalities in the judicial system “that stem from a history of deeply rooted discriminatory policies and practices and the ongoing role of implicit and explicit racial, gender, and other biases.” Beasley, the first Black woman serving as chief justice, also delivered an address following the death of George Floyd that acknowledged enduring racial inequalities in North Carolina’s system.

There are many issues that need to be dealt with, and wealth disparities are at the top of that list:

Sam Searcy resigns, recommends Sydney Batch for Senate seat

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Sounds like a fantastic idea:

The Wake County Democratic Party will vote to recommend either Batch or someone else to take Searcy’s place. Then, Gov. Roy Cooper must officially make the appointment.

In their first reelection bids, Batch lost by more than 3 points in an upset by Republican Erin Paré, while Searcy held onto his seat, beating Republican Mark Cavaliero.

In order to head off any potential foolishness by Wake Dems, a little reminder is in order: even though she was recuperating from painful breast cancer treatment, Sydney showed up for work at the General Assembly in order to uphold and defend Governor Cooper's Veto power. We're not just talking about an hour here or there; Republicans jiggled the schedule to intentionally catch Democrats off-guard, giving Sydney and others no respite. And by setting that example, she kept other Dems from faltering. She has earned that seat, and we need her in it. Full stop.

Fact-checking in a post-fact GOP fantasy world

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Might just be a wasted effort:

Add North Carolina’s governor to the list of politicians accused of hiding from the public. During campaign season, Republicans on several occasions accused Democrats of hiding in their basements amid the coronavirus pandemic. That trend continued the Sunday after Christmas, when the North Carolina GOP tweeted about Gov. Roy Cooper.

“Democrat Governor @RoyCooperNC has not left the Governor's Mansion since the start of the #COVID19 crisis,” the party tweeted on Dec. 27.

Okay, this is more extensive than what I posted yesterday, but I wasn't really fact-checking something that was so obviously incorrect. I just wanted to use their own evidence against them (prior Tweet). But since Paul went to the effort:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

He was also a consensus-builder, something Phil Berger has never even tried to be. I would say, "he will be missed," but we've been missing him for some time now already.

No safe space: Girls in NC schools face sexual exploitation

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From people who are supposed to help them, no less:

Court files unsealed last week allege that the student had been meeting with Evans on a weekly basis since her ninth-grade year. The school assigned her to Evans, with her parents’ knowledge, after she experienced bullying.

Those meetings gradually increased in frequency throughout the student’s sophomore and junior years to the point that the student says she was in Evans’ office almost daily. Sexual encounters allegedly began to take place in Evans’ office at Pinecrest at the end of the plaintiff’s sophomore year. The plaintiff also places several of the alleged sexual encounters at Evans’ Aberdeen home.

And once again our court system has let down a young girl who was violated by an authority figure, in this case a school resource officer (cop). The jury refused to convict him, and the DA refused to pursue further investigations of other encounters. And it's not just underfunded public schools where girls are unsafe, as these Asheville women will attest:

A desperate Trump is relying on fringe fraudsters to make his (non) case

Scraping a hole in the bottom of the barrel:

Powell told courts that the witness is an expert who could show that overseas corporations helped shift votes to President-elect Joe Biden. The witness’s identity must be concealed from the public, Powell has said, to protect her “reputation, professional career and personal safety.”

The Washington Post identified the witness by determining that portions of her affidavit match, sometimes verbatim, a blog post that the pro-Trump podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman published in November 2019. In an interview, Maras-Lindeman confirmed that she wrote the affidavit and said she viewed it as her contribution to a fight against the theft of the election.

This "expert" is a real piece of work. Not only has she (continuously) vastly inflated whatever academic credentials she may actually have, she has taken Stolen Valor to a whole new level:

Climate Change Chronicles: More than just a relief bill

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are on the way out:

The coolant phase-down would be one of the most significant federal policies ever taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to an analysis by the Rhodium Group, a research and consulting firm.

By 2035, the law would help avoid the equivalent of 949 million tons of carbon dioxide, the group estimated, which is similar in scope to the extra expected emissions from Mr. Trump’s climate policy rollbacks on vehicle pollution and methane from oil and gas operations.

Read that bottom part again. One of the biggest and most important steps we could take, but it merely offsets some of the damage Trump did to our efforts to deal with climate change. Here's a short history of the EPA's efforts to control this chemical:

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