Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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VOTERS TO LEGISLATORS: STOP FIGHTING THE GOVERNOR, COOPERATE AND COMPROMISE: We hear a clear message from North Carolinians in their vote for governor. They want a government that meets the state’s needs with quality services and is striving for the best – whether that be schools, health services, economic opportunity or quality of life. They have had enough of the legislature’s wasteful, bargain-basement mediocracy. Being just OK, muddled and middling, isn’t good enough and doesn’t meet the expectations of the electorate. This means that there needs to be an end to legislative leaders take-it or leave-it modus operandi. It is time for legislators to work WITH the governor and not uncompromisingly against him. When the General Assembly convenes on Jan. 13, 2021, Berger and Moore should signal, in clear terms., they have abandoned their chintzy, cut-rate, run-of-the-mill expectations and they, too, want excellence for North Carolina.
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Saturday News: Headed for a recount

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BEASLEY AND NEWBY SWAP LEADS BACK AND FORTH, ONLY 100 VOTE MARGIN: The race for Supreme Court chief justice was going down to the wire Friday as county boards of election continued to count absentee ballots into the night. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, a Democrat, and Justice Paul Newby, a Republican, traded leads multiple times Friday. Newby led most of the afternoon and into the evening. Around 8 p.m., Beasley took back the lead over Newby with just 100 votes, after Guilford County’s canvass had been reported. State law allows a candidate to request a recount in statewide races if they are trailing their opponent by less than 0.5% or 10,000 votes, whichever is less. The Republican Party announced last week that leaders already had met to start fundraising for a recount in the Supreme Court race.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article247124949.html

Notes from the Kakistocracy: Lame Duck continues to attack climate science

Trump replaces top scientist on Climate Assessment Team:

Michael Kuperberg, executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which produces the climate assessment, was told Friday that he would no longer lead that organization, people with knowledge of the situation said.

According to two people close to the administration, he is expected to be replaced by David Legates, a deputy assistant secretary at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who previously worked closely with climate change denial groups.

Trump is not just dumping kitty litter on the living room carpet on the way out, he's stacking the deck with things Joe Biden will have to fix when he takes office. Forgive the strained metaphors, but that's the best way to assess the behavior of toddlers. He can no longer set a policy agenda, but he can make it harder for his successor:

Newby's shameless approach to "justice"

More on the NC Supreme Court race, received via email:

Incumbent North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (Democrat) took a 1,033-vote lead over Justice Paul Newby (Republican) around 10:00 pm as counties completed their canvassing. Since 3 November, about 37,000 mail-in ballots were accepted, along with 41,000 provisional ballots. The counties have been processing, evaluating, and tabulating those ballots for the 13 November canvass.

Friday News: Count all votes!

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CHERI BEASLEY NOW LEADS PAUL NEWBY IN CHIEF JUSTICE RACE: The race for Supreme Court chief justice changed leaders Thursday as county boards of election continued to count absentee ballots. Since Election Day on Nov. 3, Justice Paul Newby, a Republican, led incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley but Beasley took over that lead by 1,101 votes, according to unofficial returns at 9:38 p.m. on the State Board of Elections website. Newby and Beasley both hold seats on the Supreme Court bench but their terms expire at the end of the year. County Boards of Elections have been meeting to count votes in recent days and have updated results in increments. They’re expected to canvass votes Nov. 13. The race was one of six statewide races that was too close to call on Election Night, The News & Observer reported.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article247124949.html

Trump's legal challenges crash into an impenetrable wall of evidence

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Our legal system has many flaws, but fantasy isn't one of them:

During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump, a judge asked a campaign lawyer whether he had found any signs of fraud from among the 592 ballots challenged. The answer was no.

Trump has not been so cautious, insisting without evidence that the election was stolen from him even when election officials nationwide from both parties say there has been no conspiracy.

One of the most ironic aspects of this is how many Republicans, who won their elections, are backing up Trump's baseless election fraud claims. Truth be told, most of them know it's bullshit. But they're still afraid of him. They're still afraid of his crazy Q followers. So they're playing along, and making the problem much worse by doing so. It's the height of irresponsibility, but they don't really care about any ill effects it may cause:

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