WINSTON-SALEM TRUMP RALLY TO BE HELD AT AIRPORT: Smith Reynolds Airport has been gearing up for the president’s Tuesday campaign stop since 6 a.m. Monday morning. Fences have been set up around the airport to handle those who show up to hear the president and those who have planned protests. Hand sanitizer stations and temperature checks will happen as people enter the area. If you go, you also have to sign a waiver saying you take full responsibility if you catch COVID-19 at the campaign stop. Winston-Salem police plan to have more than two miles of road blocked off Tuesday. Liberty Street will be closed from 28th Street to Glenn Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Forsyth County deputies will be on-site working alongside secret service.
GOP COVID RELIEF BILL WAIVES BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR CHILD CARE WORKERS: When a version of the state coronavirus relief package began circulating Tuesday, headed for a vote by the North Carolina Senate the next day, it was too late for much public input about a provision that loosens licensing requirements for child care facilities. Now set to become law, it will allow some child care facilities to operate during the school day with little oversight during a state of emergency. No background checks for employees will be required. Reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases to public health officials won’t be mandatory, as it is in all other licensed child care facilities. Staff members will not need to be certified in CPR or first aid. “In a rush to pass this bill in two days without a lot of input, we’ve created these huge loopholes,” Rep. Julie von Haefen, a Democrat from Wake County, said in an interview. “Child care to me is a huge issue during the pandemic. The system operates on very thin margins. Now we’re allowing more child care with less parameters.”
VANCE STATUE IN ASHEVILLE LOSES ITS ($18,500) SHROUD, TIME TO TAKE IT DOWN: A shroud that had been covering a Confederate monument in downtown Asheville won't be replaced after wind tore it off. The city of Asheville announced online the shroud on the Vance monument will not be replaced but scaffolding that had been holding it up will remain until a taskforce makes a decision on the monument’s future, TV station WLOS reported Sunday. The city paid $18,500 to put up the shroud. The city has also been paying a $2,600 monthly scaffolding rental fee. The first meeting of the task force was held Thursday. The 12-member group is expected to present recommendations in three months. The monument honors Zebulon Vance, a Buncombe County native and North Carolina governor during the Civil War as well as a U.S. senator. (a href="https://mountainx.com/news/asheville-archives-zebulon-vance-argues-against-civil-rights-1874/">Direct quote from Vance: “No race, sir, in the world has been able to stand before the pure Caucasian. An antagonism of races will not be good for the colored man,” he stated.)
U.S. HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE OPENS INVESTIGATION OF DEJOY OVER STRAW DONORS: House Democrats are launching an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and called for his immediate suspension following accusations that he reimbursed employees for campaign contributions they made to his preferred GOP politicians, an arrangement that would be unlawful. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement late Monday that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which she chairs, would begin an investigation, saying that DeJoy may have lied to her committee under oath. Maloney also urged the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service to immediately suspend DeJoy, whom “they never should have hired in the first place,” she said. A spokesman for the Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Although it can be permissible to encourage employees to make donations, reimbursing them for those contributions is a violation of North Carolina and federal election laws. Such federal violations carry a five-year statute of limitations. There is no statute of limitations in North Carolina for felonies, including campaign finance violations. Maloney said DeJoy faces “criminal exposure” not only if the allegations are true, “but also for lying to our committee under oath.” Maloney was referring to DeJoy’s testimony to the House Oversight panel last month, when he forcefully denied that he had repaid executives for contributions to President Trump’s campaign.
HOPE FOR ANOTHER CONGRESSIONAL RELIEF BILL IS WANING: Senators return to Washington on Tuesday from their annual summer recess, no closer than when they left three weeks ago to resolving sharp divisions over another coronavirus aid package and now facing a potential government shutdown that could deepen the economic pain. The impasse amounts to a fraught political situation for both parties less than two months before the November election, with millions still unemployed and cities and states beginning to enact significant budget cuts with no promise of relief from Congress. Senate Republican leaders are hoping to corral their caucus around a scaled-back stimulus plan that would reinstate lapsed federal unemployment benefits at $300 per week — half their previous level — and allocate $105 billion for schools and funds for testing and the Postal Service, according to Republican aides familiar with the discussions. The plan represents an effort to intensify pressure on Democratic leaders, who want to fully restore the $600 unemployment benefits and have refused to consider any measure below $2.2 trillion. The Republicans’ bill would carry a price tag of $500 billion to $700 billion, far less than the $3 trillion measure Democrats passed in the House and smaller than the $1 trillion measure Senate Republicans introduced in July.