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Marathon State Board of Elections Meeting

A few comments regarding the marathon meeting of the NC State Board of Elections held Thursday, all day and into the night.

Issue #1. There are 33 counties in need of having the state board adjudicate their plans for early-vote hours. One can reasonably expect at least 1, and possibly, 3 persons from each county would attend-- maybe 4, if one also counts the local county director of elections. The general pubic is invited to attend and a number of NC BOE staff members will be present.

'Get 'em out!'

Trump's promise to 'remove' the undocumented within 1 hour of being sworn into office would probably require the activation of every police officer, national Guard unit, and all the military. Every plane & bus would have to be commandeered to provide transportation, gas for these vehicles arranged, food, housing and medical attention for both troops and prisoners provided for whatever period of time was actually required to move people around.

AARP backs out of ALEC

Some of you know I was recently informed that the AARP had helped sponsor the recent ALEC conference in Indianapolis. I immediately went to their Facebook page and sent them a message expressing my disappointment. Today, I received the following message:

#HeroicBathroomWarrior

Here are 2, Thursday afternoon news items:

The NBA has pulled the All Star Game out of Charlotte, taking lots and lots of dollar$$$ with it.

and

Twitter is referring to our governor as #HeroicBathroomWarrior.

This is what happens when government gets involved with people's bathroom habits.

Open Carry Creates Chaos

In January, 2016, it became legal to openly carry firearms in Texas. North Carolina can learn from what happened at the Dallas rally last week, where 20-30 individuals showed up with firearms slung across their backs. When gunfire broke out, wounding or killing 11 of those present at the peaceful rally, confusion reigned. Two men with firearms (and a woman who was with them) were detained, creating the rumor there was more than one gunman.

This is One Wall That Needs Re-Building

The Wall of Separation Between Church and State has had some holes punched in it over the past few years by those wanting everyone to believe, erroneously, that the US is some kind of 'Christian nation.' When we think about it, we all know that the only way that I can be free to follow my own religious beliefs is to allow you to be free to follow your's. And the only way that can be accomplished is if no one group's tenets of faith are enacted as the law of the land.

Control of NC courts

In an attempt to further gerrymander elections for our Court of Appeals, SB 667 has suddenly appeared.

Candidates registered with political parties that reflect at least five percent (5%) of statewide voter registration, according to the most recent statistical report published by the State Board of Elections, in alphabetical order by party beginning with the party whose nominee for Governor received the most votes in the most recent gubernatorial election and in alphabetical order within the party.

The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

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