Tuesday News: Mon Capitaine

JEFF JACKSON TO ANNOUNCE RUN FOR 2022 U.S. SENATE RACE: North Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson is expected to announce today that he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, the latest candidate to enter what could be a large field to replace outgoing Sen. Richard Burr. Jackson, a 38-year-old Democrat from Charlotte, is in his fourth term in the state Senate. A former Gaston County prosecutor, Jackson is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Afghanistan war veteran. Burr, a Republican, announced during his 2016 campaign that he would not seek a fourth term in the Senate. Jackson, whose state Senate district was redrawn into a more competitive seat for 2020, spent the final weeks of his race at out-of-state training with the Army National Guard and off the campaign trail. Marisa took over the campaign for the final week.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The timing of the FBI's decision to drop the months-long investigation tells us quite a bit. Shortly before Biden was sworn in, but after the House voted to Impeach. Was there a quid pro quo between Trump and Burr dealing with his Impeachment vote in the upcoming Senate trial? The fact the Senate Ethics panel did not outright absolve Burr of any wrongdoing is also very telling, but it looks like Burr will not face any consequences for his second bank run.

Monday News: Eight thousand, six hundred ninety five


MASS VACCINATIONS SCHEDULED AS VIRUS RAGES ON IN NC: At least 718,812 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 8,695 have died since March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 6,096 new COVID-19 cases, down from 7,181 reported the day before. On Sunday, 109 coronavirus-related deaths were reported. At least 3,303 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Sunday. Many hospitals and local health departments in North Carolina will receive fewer or no new coronavirus vaccine doses from the state this week, forcing them to cancel hundreds of vaccination appointments. A large portion of the state’s 120,000 doses this week will instead go toward mass vaccination events.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


BIDEN TALKS OF WHAT'S WORTH BATTLING FOR, NOT FIGHTING AGAINST: Trump’s “America first” was about fear and isolation. Instead of looking to confront and bully those who opposed him in the election, Biden reached out and promised respect for those who disagree and to seek consensus. “To those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy,” he said. “Disagreement must not lead to disunion,” he continued. “I pledge you this. I will be president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those of you who did not support me as for those who did.” Biden aptly noted the nation seems to be engaged in an “uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.” The resolution was in opening “our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”

Saturday News: Flagship floundering

UNC-CHAPEL HILL REPORTS 343 STUDENTS AND STAFF TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: UNC-Chapel Hill reported 112 students tested positive for COVID-19 before they returned to campus or to the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area for the spring semester. Last week, UNC also reported its first cluster of six coronavirus cases among students who’d been living in the Carmichael residence hall over winter break. About 260 students and 83 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this month, according to UNC’s COVID-19 dashboard. All undergraduate students were required to submit a negative test before moving into dorms or starting classes, which began Tuesday. But the university delayed in-person classes for three weeks because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across North Carolina.

Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric

Pretty sure he flunked out of homeschool:

You know, this is exactly what happened in the Revolutionary War. You know, we just felt like we didn't have any representation so people wanted to go and fight because of that.

It was *nothing* like what happened in the Revolutionary War, you twit. In the 1760's the British Parliament passed numerous restrictive acts on the Colonies, which included several forms of taxation (without representation). But it wasn't just the money being squeezed out of colonists, the Quartering Act required the colonists to house and feed the very Crown soldiers who were oppressing them. Those troops literally booted families out of their homes and moved in, with zero compensation. 80 million Americans voted Trump out of office, but you chose to ignore the will of the people. Just like George III did. Maddy is not much for critical thinking, either:


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