Tuesday News: Kiss of death?

TODAY IS JUDGMENT DAY FOR DEMOCRAT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Hall is battling accusations of sexual harassment, most of them anonymous. He has denied all, and ignored calls to resign from top Democrats, including Gov. Roy Cooper. Hall has mostly avoided reporters for the last two months, but in a late campaign mailer said "recent stories" about him are false. Still, someone is plastering Hall's campaign signs with puckered lip stickers. Dahle, a first-time candidate running against Hall, raised about $40,000. She's received support from state and national groups that support Democratic women. Lillian's List, the North Carolina group, contributed $5,000. Emily's List has a staff member who lives in North Carolina helping Dahle with her campaign, President Stephanie Schriock said last week in a call with reporters.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article210616609.html

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Don't be the voter who lets "them" figure out who should run in November. You are them.

NC GOP double-bunks three of its elected women

Apparently they have too many women in office:

Incumbent lawmakers running for re-election are used to campaigning against primary challengers, but usually those challengers aren't other incumbents. But that's a situation four Republican state senators are facing this year after redistricting drew two incumbents each into District 45 and District 31. First-term Sen. Deanna Ballard, R-Watauga, faces off against three-term Sen. Shirley Randleman, R-Wilkes, in District 45, which includes Watauga, Wilkes, Avery and Alleghany counties and part of Surry County.

Nathan Miller, vice chairman of the Watauga County Republican Party, said a lot of people are frustrated with having a double-bunked district. "They're both highly qualified, they're both highly competent," Miller said. "Frankly, I don't know why they got double-bunked. ... They're both strong-willed females in the N.C. Senate. Why would you want to double-bunk them? Eventually one of them is going to lose."

If by "eventually" you mean tomorrow, then yes, eventually one of them will lose her seat. The other race mentioned (District 31) also has a double-bunked GOP woman (Joyce Krawiec), so that makes three out of the four unlucky candidates female. Because GOP values are either inscrutable or non-existent.

Monday News: 2018, the year of the Women

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119 FEMALE CANDIDATES RUN FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEATS: There may be more people running for the General Assembly this year than ever before. Every seat has competition, and Democrats feel so good about their chance to break the Republican super-majority that they've widened their target list to include dozens of legislative seats. There are also more women running. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina said this week that, the last time there was a General Assembly primary without a presidential election in 2014, 24 women ran for the legislature. This year, 119 women are on the ballot in state House and Senate races, the league said. Several Republican districts that don't look competitive on paper not only have a Democratic challenge set for November but a primary to name that challenger. Contested races aren't just a chance to win, they're a chance to force the other side to spend time and money. “It was a concerted strategy," Democratic Party spokesman Robert Howard said.
https://www.wral.com/unlike-past-elections-2018-nc-ballot-filled-with-legislative-contests/17520806/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MCCRORY CAMPAIGN SHOULD FACE TRIAL FOR FALSE VOTER FRAUD CLAIMS: A desperate McCrory claimed massive voter fraud was the cause of his deficit. Cooper’s tally was boosted, McCrory claimed, by “counting the votes of dead people and felons.” To manufacture proof for the unfounded accusations, dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unsuspecting, civic-minded citizens were falsely and irresponsibly accused of election fraud – a felony. Their names and addresses were revealed in their communities, broadcast over the airwaves and printed on the pages of local newspapers. They have gone to court accusing the McCrory campaign and those it hired of defamation, want the record cleared and are asking for monetary damages. Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour needs to reject the defendants efforts to duck responsibility for their bad behavior. Those who were falsely accused deserve to have their day in court.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-mccrory-campaign-should-face-trial-for-false-voter-fraud-claims/17521...

Saturday News: $50 million for the Clown Car

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CHARLOTTE 1 OF 3 FINALISTS FOR 2018 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION: Party officials believe Charlotte is a finalist for the 2020 Republican National Convention and that a Republican National Committee delegation will visit this summer before final decisions are made, state party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said Friday. Woodhouse said state party Chairman Robin Hayes and others have been talking up Charlotte during these meetings and that all the feedback has been positive. National committee members said Charlotte's bid was "very competitive," Woodhouse said in a text. He also said Hayes is working to put together more than $50 million in private financing for the event, though much work remains to be done toward that goal. An RNC spokeswoman declined comment.
https://www.wral.com/charlotte-looking-like-a-finalist-for-2020-republican-convention/17531576/

SC Democrats block statewide abortion ban

A little too close for comfort:

At 1 a.m. Friday, after three days of debate and facing a Democratic filibuster with no end in sight, Senate Republicans gave in. A bill that would have outlawed virtually all abortions in South Carolina was killed Friday morning after the Senate's GOP majority failed — on a fourth try — to sit down the Democrats who were keeping it from getting a final vote.

The bill made exceptions only for cases of rape, incest or serious medical emergencies. It would have outlawed some 97 percent of the roughly 5,700 abortions performed each year in South Carolina.

For those of you still working under the misconception Republicans would never actually succeed in outlawing abortion, that they're just using the issue to garner votes from the fundamentalist crowd, this should set you right. If Democrats had not held fast on their filibuster, South Carolina women would be on the road to the Handmaid's Tale. And in answer to your next question (What about Roe V. Wade?), engineering a Supreme Court challenge is likely exactly what they were trying to do. Iowa Republicans have openly admitted that was why they just passed their "fetal heartbeat" bill, which would ban abortions after six weeks:

Friday News: Bloom is off the Rose

WAPO REPORTS 27 ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AGAINST CHARLIE ROSE: A Washington Post investigation says that an additional 27 women are accusing North Carolina native Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct and that accusations of sexual misconduct by Rose spanned a period of 30 years in which CBS managers were alerted to Rose’s behavior toward women. The 5-month Washington Post investigation says that concerns about Rose's behavior were reported to managers at CBS News as early at 1986. In November, the Post reported eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances, including walking around naked in their presence, groping them and making lewd phone calls. All eight women were either employees or people who wanted to work for Rose on the “Charlie Rose” show that aired on PBS from the late 1990s. The show was suspended after the allegations.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article210360764.html

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