Reflecting on NC Election 2020: It’s the Racism, Stupid

As President-elect Biden prepares for a transition to a sane Presidency, despite the lack of cooperation from the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his creepy band of d-list lawyers, we in North Carolina are reflecting on Election 2020 and basically saying, “What the f**k did I just watch?”

The pundits on tv and at leading newspapers are wringing their hands over down-ballot races that went well for Republicans, wondering of the Democrats were too “far left” or if liberals didn’t spend enough time trying to “reach out” to those they disagree with.

But let’s get real here. Just what was this election all about?

You can waste time looking at campaign platforms, pressers with candidates, and those useless little voter guides that the BOE puts out for judges that tell you about the candidates in very polite terms. What NC voters respond to is news coverage and advertising. And that’s where the results of this election are very telling.

Getting real about winning elections

A number of folks have been reaching out to suggest the need for convening people who see the need for rethinking how Democrats do politics in North Carolina. I agree completely that change is in order, and this post is intended to get the ball rolling. Before you do anything else, however, read this column from the New York Times. Here's a sampling of what's discussed, focused on the federal case.

Is Biogas a net positive or negative?

In which we put anaerobic digesters on trial:

North Carolina’s Division of Air Quality wants to hear from people in Duplin and Sampson counties about a proposed biogas facility. It’s called Align RNG. It’s a partnership between Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods. The project involves converting manure from 19 local hog farms into renewable energy.

“The methane product that is created, it gets inserted into this natural gas pipeline that’s then used for commercial and residential use,” said Zaynab Nasif, spokesperson for the NCDAQ.

This is one of those issues that has the environmental community split into opposing camps, with each side making some pretty solid arguments. I will endeavor to cover those equally, which means I'll probably piss everybody off. We'll start with taking a look at the science involved:

Tuesday News: Status Quagmire

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LITTLE TIMMY MOORE RE-ELECTED AS SPEAKER OF THE NC HOUSE: Incoming North Carolina House Republicans in a meeting Monday formally backed Speaker Tim Moore to lead their chamber for another two years, a result of the GOP expanding their majority in the Nov. 3 election. The fact that “we actually expanded our numbers shows that we have a mandate to continue the legislative leadership that we’ve had,” Moore said at a news conference at state GOP headquarters, where returning House Republicans met and approved his nomination by acclamation. “We'll continue to do all we can to to allow the ‘Old North State' to be even greater." Moore, 50, joined the House in 2003 and became rules committee chairman under then-Speaker Thom Tillis. Moore succeeded Tillis in 2015 when Tillis moved to the U.S. Senate.
https://www.wral.com/moore-poised-to-win-record-tying-fourth-term-as-n-c-speaker/19388670/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Maybe it will work this time, but I'm not confident Mitch McConnell will take the time away from packing the courts with Trump judges to do something Trump promised.

Newby pulls a Trump: Challenging mail-in votes in counties he lost

Because suppressing voters is apparently now considered Conservative Justice:

Republican Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby filed an election protest against the New Hanover County Board of Elections late Thursday evening in his race for Chief Justice against incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley. New Hanover is one of eight counties that received a similar protest from Newby in recent days, citing alleged absentee by-mail irregularities.

Newby trails behind Beasley by 5,007 votes in New Hanover County. At this point, all votes have been tabulated with no remaining ballots left to consider. However, because of Newby’s complaint, the New Hanover County Board of Elections certified canvass results in all contests except the Chief Justice and Attorney General’s race — the two contests Newby listed in his protest.

Aside from the fact he's just throwing poop against the wall to see what will stick, including the NC AG's race in his efforts is a gargantuan conflict of interest. He's trying to manipulate who will be coming before him (if he remains on the Court) in the vast majority of cases that are pushed up to the NC Supreme Court. Look at the docket if you doubt me. Billy Bob vs. the State of North Carolina is the bread, butter, and sweet tea of that august body, and stacking the AG's office with Conservative lawyers will give Newby even more influence than he could wield as Chief Justice alone. The fact he doesn't grasp that or doesn't care is just one more reason he's not qualified to even be a Supreme Court Justice, much less the Chief. But also like Trump, Newby is losing these battles swiftly:

Monday News: Four thousand, eight hundred six

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NC SEES RECORD DAILY POSITIVES, OVER 312,000 HAVE BEEN INFECTED: At least 312,235 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,806 have died, according to health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 3,117 new COVID-19 cases, down from 3,885 reported the day before and the third-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. Saturday’s case count set a single-day record in North Carolina. Previously the record was 3,119 cases, reported on Wednesday. At least 1,395 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday. About 7.9% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data are available.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article247205784.html

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