Wednesday News: Bribery & Corruption? No big deal


TRUMP PARDONS FORMER NC GOP CHAIRMAN ROBIN HAYES: Former Republican Congressman Robin Hayes, swept up in one of North Carolina’s worst political corruption scandals, received a late-night pardon Tuesday from President Donald Trump. Hayes, who has completed his probation, was one of three former Republican congressman who received pardons shortly after midnight from Trump’s at the beginning of the president’s last day in office. The others, Rick Renzi of Arizona and Duke Cunningham of California, had finished prison terms tied to corruption convictions. Trump also pardoned former adviser Steve Bannon, the rapper Lil Wayne, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, imprisoned for 28 years on a corruption charge, according to the Washington Post.

Tuesday News: 75% Turnout


NC VOTING INCREASED DURING 2020 ELECTION, IN SPITE OF PANDEMIC: Despite the coronavirus pandemic, voter turnout in North Carolina increased in the 2020 elections compared to the 2016 election. More than 75% of registered voters cast a ballot, setting a new record. More Republicans voted. More Democrats voted. More independents voted. More young people, middle-age people and older people voted. More white people voted, and so did more Black, Hispanic and Asian-American people. Black voter turnout in North Carolina increased 4.1 points over 2016. But it wasn’t enough for Democrats to flip the state for Biden over Trump. In the end, 68.4% of North Carolina’s Black voters cast a ballot in the 2020 elections, compared to 78.8% of white voters. In total statewide, Democrats added 98,996 voters from 2016 to 2020 and Republicans added 251,107. But the ranks of unaffiliated voters grew by more than both parties combined, as they cast 409,416 more votes than they did in 2016.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Wishing you a quick recovery, Brian. And thanks for your service to the people of NC.

Monday News: Eight thousand eighty three


CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO RAVAGE NC, POSITIVE TESTING RATE 10%: At least 674,637 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 8,083 have died since March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 6,911 new COVID-19 cases, down from 7,986 reported the day before. Sixty-seven additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. At least 3,862 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Sunday. As of Friday, the latest date for which data are available, 10% of coronavirus tests came back positive. Health officials say the number should be about 5% to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


ROY COOPER: NORTH CAROLINA IS STRONG, RESILIENT, AND READY: As we enter 2021, we carry the imprint of our people’s frustration and loss as well as our determination and resilience. This new year and this new term as Governor is more than just turning the page of a calendar. The lessons we’ve all learned must usher in a new era. An era where we can acknowledge and work around our differences while refusing to sacrifice truth and facts at the altar of ideology. Where the dangerous events that took place at our nation’s capitol can never be justified. So let’s reach together – to find ways all North Carolinians can afford to see a doctor. To get a quality education and a good paying job. To reform our systems that hurt people of color and to live and work in an economy that leaves no one behind, no matter who they are or where they live. I am humbled by the trust that you, the people of North Carolina have placed in me to serve again as your Governor.


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