Wednesday News: November is coming

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CONGRESSIONAL MAP WILL NOT BE REDRAWN BEFORE ELECTION: Democrats complained that North Carolina will again elect its congressional delegation using a map declared unconstitutional. The federal panel in that case, though, concluded that there wasn't enough time to force a redraw this cycle. Last week, it considered delaying those elections, but on Friday, the plaintiffs in the underlying lawsuit said they didn't want to create chaos by going down that path. The panel agreed in its order Tuesday: "And we further find that imposing a new schedule for North Carolina’s congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State’s electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout."
https://www.wral.com/courts-congressional-races-amendment-language-all-a-go/17819478/

Tuesday News: Town hall to be renamed "Waffle House"

CARRBORO BOARD OF ALDERMEN RECOMMEND PLAQUE INSTEAD OF NAME CHANGE: Some people in Carrboro want to change the town's name, according to town officials. Carrboro is named for Julian Carr, a white supremacist who gave a fiery speech at the dedication of the Silent Sam statue. The Board of Alderman decided against renaming the town, saying it would be too complicated and costly. Instead, a group will gather this month to start working on a "Truth Plaque" that will acknowledge the town's history while also affirming its commitment to working for social justice. "The Truth Plaque will acknowledge that Carrboro is named after the Julian Carr and refer to his racist legacy, cite the racist history of the town as well as celebrate Carrboro’s local civil rights heroes and affirm Carrboro’s commitment to continuing to work for social justice," Aikat said to WRAL. "But I have respectfully pointed out to them that a Truth Plaque may not be enough."
https://www.wral.com/some-people-in-carrboro-want-to-change-the-town-s-name/17818003/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Putting the workers first:

We need to carry these themes all the way to the November election.

Monday News: Pragmatism or capitulation?

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PLAINTIFFS SAY IT'S TOO LATE TO DRAW NEW MAPS BY NOVEMBER ELECTION: It's too late to redraw North Carolina's congressional map before this year's elections, a legal team that has tried for two years to change that map said Friday in a key legal brief that could clear away some of the confusion clouding the state's coming election season. Attorneys for Common Cause and the League of Women Voters "reluctantly concluded" in a brief filed Friday that trying to redraw the districts now would be "disruptive and potentially counterproductive." Instead the court should force a redraw of the map before the next election cycle, Common Cause and the LWV argued. That should be handled by an outside expert commonly called a "special master," they said, instead of allowing the General Assembly to draw the map for a third time.
https://www.wral.com/groups-challenging-nc-s-congressional-map-don-t-change-it-before-november/17810...

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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GENE NICHOL: NC REPUBLICANS ARE PIONEERS AT CONSTITUTIONAL TRANSGRESSION: The federal courts have described the legislature’s racial gerrymandering plans as the most pervasive ever presented to a judicial tribunal. And our recent go at political gerrymandering has been characterized as the most aggressive in American history. Our Republican leaders aren’t timid about their cheating. They are, quite literally, nation leading, cutting edge, pioneers in constitutional transgression — pathbreakers in the overt, boastful and relentless abuse of power. And, as is their habit, our bold leaders put on the full-court whine. They ought to start casting their gaze inward, where the cancer lies. They sound a little like the kid who killed his parents and then complained about being an orphan. We either have a stunning array of tyrannical judges — state and federal, trial and appellate, Republican and Democrat — or we’ve got a runaway legislature. The odds don’t favor the lawmakers.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article217508760.html

Trump whines about NC Gerrymandering ruling during Charlotte visit

He can't understand it of course, but it seems wrong for some reason:

President Trump suggested Friday that there is “something wrong” with a recent decision by a three-judge federal panel in North Carolina that ruled the state’s congressional map was an illegal partisan gerrymander.

“I think it’s unfair with this whole redistricting thing they’re doing in North Carolina,” Mr. Trump told supporters in a Charlotte ballroom. “It’s very unfair you have an election in a little more than 60 days, and they change the district on you? And you’ve gone through primaries.” North Carolina’s population is closely divided between the parties, but the map drawn by the GOP-controlled Legislature produced a 10-to-3 Republican advantage among its U.S. House seats. The court raised the possibility that the state’s 13 districts could be redrawn for the midterm elections. “There has to be something wrong on this,” he added. “I know you guys are working on it.”

Okay, first of all, only one of those "guys" is actually in Congress, the other is a bible-thumping wannabe. But even the guy in Congress really has no standing, because redistricting is done by the state, not the federal government. You know what, I'm just going to stop right there, because arguing with Trump is about as pointless as predicting which way the squirrel will dash when he senses a car approaching. Even when he's almost all the way across the road, that doesn't mean he won't change his mind and run right under your wheel.

Saturday News: Overstepping its authority

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JUDGE RULES AGAINST BERGERMOORE IN BOARD APPOINTMENTS CASE: A three-judge panel has expanded Gov. Roy Cooper’s authority to make certain appointments, the latest step in a separation-of-powers struggle that began when then-Gov. Pat McCrory sued the General Assembly in 2016. The three state Superior Court judges in a ruling filed Friday noted that the Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by McCrory said the General Assembly had overstepped its authority. Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, who are defendants in the lawsuit, also unsuccessfully asked the judges to delay any ruling in the case until after the Nov. 6 election, when proposed constitutional amendments will be voted on. They argued that the outcome “would have an obvious impact” on Cooper’s lawsuit, according to the ruling.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article217667050.html

Manufacturer of GenX facing lawsuits on all fronts

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And the latest by SELC for Cape Fear River Watch is a doozie:

The Southern Environmental Law Center is representing Cape Fear River Watch in the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court in Raleigh yesterday. The litigation alleges that Chemours and DuPont, its parent company, for decades have illegally discharged the chemicals not only into the Cape Fear River, but also the groundwater and air; these actions violate of the company’s federal discharge permit, the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, the court filing says.

The SELC and Cape Fear River Watch are asking the court to force Chemours to stop all inadvertent discharges, to declare the company has violated environmental laws, and to assess penalties ranging from up to $37,000 per day to $52,000 day. Over years of violations, the penalties could accumulate to total millions of dollars.

Money is the only language these companies speak, and hefty court judgments are proving to be the only way to stop them from poisoning us. Here's the complaint itself, and it appears the contamination is much worse than has been commonly reported:

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