Monday News: Turkey buzzard

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PAT MCCRORY TEASES RUN FOR 9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT: On Monday at 8:15 a.m., former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will make an announcement about the new election for the 9th congressional district. In a tweet on Sunday, McCrory said he will share his "personal status" on the election. The announcement will be made on his radio show on 1110 WBT AM. "Much has changed over the past week regarding the 9th congressional district," McCrory wrote. "I have received an enormous number of calls about it from friends, reporters, and political operatives from our state and Washington, D.C." The 9th district covers an area that stretches from Charlotte to Fayettevile. Last week, the Board of Elections voted to hold a new election, following allegations of election fraud involving the apparent winner, Mark Harris' campaign. On Friday, Democrat Dan McCready, who ran against Harris, said he will run for the seat again.
https://www.wral.com/former-gov-pat-mccrory-plans-announcement-on-9th-district-election/18215932/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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NEW 9TH DISTRICT ELECTION MUST PROMPT OTHER MUCH-NEEDED REFORMS: There’s more than ample testimony and evidence for criminal prosecutors to sift through. Wake County District Attorney Lorren Freeman's ongoing probe of 2016 election activities by Bladen County political fixer McRae Dowless – the apparent mastermind of the absentee ballot scheme at the root of the tainted election -- will easily be expanded to include the latest allegations. Further, we hope and encourage U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon’s office to take a serious look at what happened here. It would be an opportunity to resurrect his office’s reputation after it failed to explore these problems when the state Board of Elections passed along worrisome findings two years ago. We’re thankful for the persistence of the Board of Elections staff – particularly amid the political manipulating by state legislative leaders that embroiled the agency in litigation – for its focus on its duty.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-new-9th-district-election-must-prompt-other-much-needed-reforms/18208...

Saturday News: Voided

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JUDGE CITES ILLEGAL GERRYMANDERING IN VOTER ID AND TAX CAP AMENDMENT REVERSAL: “An illegally constituted General Assembly does not represent the people of North Carolina and is therefore not empowered to pass legislation that would amend the state’s constitution,” he wrote. When the legislature wrote the amendments and voted to place them on the 2018 ballot, many of the members who voted to do so had been elected under district lines that were ruled unconstitutional because they had been drawn to dilute the political power of African-American voters. “We are delighted that the acts of the previous majority, which came to power through the use of racially discriminatory maps, have been checked,” N.C. NAACP president Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman said in a press release after the ruling was issued. “The prior General Assembly’s attempt to use its ill-gotten power to enshrine a racist photo voter ID requirement in the state constitution was particularly egregious, and we applaud the court for invalidating these attempts at unconstitutional overreach.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article226652589.html

Court rules NCGA actions related to two amendments VOID

I don't know if I read this right, but dang. It's big news.

The Wake County Superior Court just ruled that two amendments passed in November, Voter ID and Tax Cap, are INVALID. The Court ruled the NC Legislature was not legally constituted (because of gerrymandering) and its actions on these two amendments should be voided.

This is amazing. I'll try to attach the ruling.

Here you go!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SZvURg60pxJGxCOS_QJCIeApFzTboLhX

GOP school privatization scheme: Overfund, then loosen rules

Phil Berger is Public (schools) Enemy Number One:

Opportunity Scholarships, approved in 2013, provide up to $4,200 a year to help low-income parents send their children to private schools. The program has never used all the money allocated, leaving millions unspent each year, but a spending plan approved in 2017 calls for increasing the budget by $10 million a year through 2027, the Observer recently reported.

“We’ve got substantial demand,” Berger said. “I think the growth that’s currently built into the program is something that we don’t need to go backwards on.” Although he acknowledged that there haven’t been enough eligible applicants to claim all the money budgeted, he said that’s not a reason to rein in spending. “I think it’s reason to maybe modify the rules,” he said.

I take very little satisfaction that I predicted just that a few weeks ago. It was almost inevitable, considering how unethical Republicans can be when engineering their pet projects. I also take little satisfaction in being proved right RE my concerns about Joel Ford:

Supposed "charity" orgs funnel millions to hate groups

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That word doesn't mean what they think it does:

Some of America’s largest charities have been secretly giving millions of dollars to hate groups for years. Backed by anonymous donors, the charitable gift funds have been funneling funds to white nationalists and anti-LGBTQ groups.

An investigation by Sludge reveals that Donors Trust, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Schwab Charitable Fund, and Vanguard Charitable have given nearly $11 million to 34 groups classified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Most reading this won't have to worry they might be inadvertently supporting these groups, because these funds are mainly geared towards the wealthy. But if you have a modest portfolio managed by someone other than yourself, you should check anyway. Here are some of the hate-filled groups that money is funding:

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