NC REPUBLICAN WOMEN LASH OUT AT DEMOCRATS OVER KAVANAUGH HEARINGS: A group of Republican women led by NC GOP vice chairwoman Michele Nix on Sunday accused Democrats of using smear campaigns and resorting to mob rule during last week’s confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nix spoke at a press conference at the state GOP headquarters during a break in a party meeting. “The Democrat Party has become the party against freedom and liberty, the party of emotion over reason and the party of violence over civil debate,” Nix said. “In short, modern Democrats prefer mob rule over the rule of law. Over the past week, they have shown they will stop at nothing to get their way. Democrats destroyed a good man’s name, a good man’s family, all based on allegations that were refuted by the witnesses and disproved by seven FBI reports.”
ERIC HOLDER TOURS NC IN SUPPORT OF ANITA EARLS: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gotten involved in North Carolina politics as head of a Democratic group, so he'll visit the state this week to support a Supreme Court candidate and legislative hopefuls. Holder planned to attend a Charlotte news conference Monday with Democrat Anita Earls, who is trying to unseat Justice Barbara Jackson next month. He'll visit Democratic campaign offices in Huntersville later Monday and Greensboro on Tuesday. Workers there are trying to end Republican veto-proof majorities in the state House and Senate. Holder is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is targeting North Carolina and 11 other states with a goal of giving Democrats control over the next remapping round in 2021. The committee says it's given over $500,000 to North Carolina political causes.
"HANGING CHAD" FLORIDA SAYS WIRELESS VOTING MACHINES ARE SAFE, OTHERS DISAGREE: A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, Sarah Revell, defended the certification of such machines. “Voting machines are not connected to the internet,” Revell said in an email to McClatchy, adding that “it is important to note that when transmitting election data everything is encrypted and authenticated.” “The voting machine vendors like to say, well, the voting machine modem is only used for transmitting the unofficial results when you close the polls back through the internet to county central where the clerk can post them,” said Andrew W. Appel, a computer scientist at Princeton University. “The problem is, that modem talking through the cell phone network really is more connected to the internet than they like to think.” Appel said hackers could intercept signals using a portable cell phone tower, commonly called a Stingray, and even introduce malicious code through internet-linked cellular networks.
KAVANAUGH HIRES FOUR FEMALE LAW CLERKS IN EFFORT TO IMPROVE IMAGE: A day after the bitter fight over his nomination ended in his elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was in his new chambers Sunday, preparing for the arguments the court is to hear as it enters the second week of its term. His supporters hope he can settle into the court’s work, demonstrate that he is an able judge and put accusations of sexual misconduct and questions about his temperament behind him. His critics say the court may never fully recover from a confirmation process marked by raw anger and partisan polarization. Kavanaugh met with his four law clerks, all women — a first for the Supreme Court — in chambers that had until recently been occupied by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who has moved to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s old chambers. New justices often hire their former clerks when they start at the court, but only one of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court clerks, Kim Jackson, worked for him on the appeals court. The other three — Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen — worked for appeals court judges appointed by Republican presidents. Lacy had also worked for Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who helped push through Kavanaugh’s nomination.
UNITED NATIONS LOOKS AT PREDICTED SUFFERING AND DEATH OF GLOBAL WARMING: Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea. In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earth’s weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world’s leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F. “For some people this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt,” said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report.