Wednesday News: Environmental protections

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GOVERNOR COOPER ISSUES 60-DAY FREEZE OF UTILITY DISCONNECTS: Cases of coronavirus topped 1,500 in North Carolina on Tuesday, as residents hunkered down under statewide stay-at-home restrictions and Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order prohibiting utility companies from shutting off service to people who are unable to pay. “Today’s action orders that electric, gas, water and wastewater services can’t be shut off for the next 60 days,” Cooper said in an afternoon news conference, adding that telecom companies that provide phone, cable and internet services are “strongly urged to follow these same rules.” The order also encourages banks not to charge customers for overdraft fees, late fees and other penalties for the next 60 days, while landlords are “strongly encouraged to follow the spirit of” an order previously enacted by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, which delays evictions already in the court system.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241610361.html

Open thread

Thom Tillis knows he's vulnerable. He knows he has a big "trust" problem with North Carolina voters. Just like Richard Burr.

The two of them have done nothing but watch out for their own asses for years. And now they're pretending to care?

Tuesday News: Essential Fetish

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WAKE COUNTY DECIDES TO REOPEN GUN SHOPS AFTER THREAT OF LAWSUIT: Wake County is reversing its stance on whether gun stores can remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. But Wake County Commissioner Chair Greg Ford said the county is not changing its stay-at-home order because gun advocacy groups complained about it. "These are routine updates as circumstances change,” he said. Paul Valone, president of gun rights organization Grass Roots North Carolina, previously told The News & Observer that gun stores sell things people need to protect their families and homes. GRNC and Gun Owners of America (GOA) sent a letter to Ford and Wake County threatening legal action if gun shops were not listed as essential businesses. “I think they are denying people the ability to protect themselves,” Valone said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241626921.html

New Yorkers discover Franklin Graham's extremism

The Gothamist published a piece this morning on Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry setting up shop in Central Park to test and treat COVID-19 victims.

And, they pointed out the group's history of using these medical crises as an opportunity to against LGBTs and Muslims.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Somewhere between a blessing and a curse:

Unfortunately, this just means he now has his hands on Cabinet agencies. If anybody could fuck up this administration more than Trump, it's Meadows...

Dear Charlotte ...

... still think it's a great idea to host the GOP National Convention?

Trump Says 'No Way' He Will Cancel the RNC in Charlotte, Despite Coronavirus

The gun-humping and associations with every racist and violent neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate group in the country wasn't enough for you to turn away business from the RNC. COVID-19 isn't going away anytime soon, based on the estimates I'm seeing.

Will a deadly disease make you change your mind about hosting this hot mess?

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