Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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WHERE DO YOU STAND? GET CANDIDATES ON THE RECORD ON SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Every legislative candidate must be on the record as to whether they will support and will work for full implementation of the Comprehensive Remedial Plan – a multi-year program worked out and agreed to by the plaintiffs and defendants in the landmark Leandro case. This plan – that a judge has ordered implemented – will provide a solid foundation to make sure the state does what it promises. The non-partisan Public School Forum of North Carolina is working to help voters and candidates know where those seeking office stand on the most crucial public education issues. Every legislative candidate has been offered the opportunity to respond – and every one should. Regardless of the answers, it will be a crucial resource to help voters – and candidates. Voters will be more fully informed when they vote and candidates will clearly let voters know where they stand. The Forum expects to start posting answers to its six key education questions later this week with early in-person voting starting Thursday, April 28 and concluding on Tuesday, May 17 – primary election day.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-where-do-you-stand-get-candidates-on-the-record-on-support-for-public...

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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HAVE OUTSIDE FORCES TAKEN OVER NORTH CAROLINA'S GOP?: Is North Carolina’s Republican Party vanishing? Has it been bought out and swallowed up by former President Donald Trump and organizations backing his endorsed candidates? These are groups such as the “Conservative Outsider PAC” which shares many of the same donors as the Club for Growth that, with Trump, seems to be dominating this state’s GOP primary season. What have these groups been able to buy – in return for the more than $10 million that’s already been pumped into the state to promote their hand-picked candidates -- from the North Carolina GOP establishment? Pretty much anything and everything. What do those state GOP leaders get in return? What has been promised and to whom? What’s expected? Who’s in control? These are crucial questions – not just for the state’s Republicans, but for all North Carolina voters. Is political control being co-opted by big-dollar donors with no stake the state's welfare? BergerMoore have never been concerned about the state's welfare, and they've sold us out for over a decade. Whether it's Art Pope pulling the strings or Club For Growth, it almost doesn't matter. It's not the people, never has been.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-have-outside-forces-taken-over-north-carolina-s-gop/20246725/

Weekend Wound-Up

MADISON "KINKY" CAWTHORN TRIES TO DOWNPLAY LINGERIE PHOTOS: U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn has defended photos published of him wearing women’s lingerie, saying they were taken while he was playing a game on a cruise ship before he ran for office. “I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken waaay before I ran for Congress) is going to somehow hurt me?,” Cawthorn, 26, tweeted Friday. Charlotte Clymer, an LGBTQ rights activist, tweeted Friday night: “I don’t care that Madison Cawthorn likes to wear lingerie in his free time. It doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t affect me. If he wants to be playful with gender expression, it’s his life. I do care that Madison Cawthorn attacks trans people and shames us for living our lives.” Also, when you're 26, nothing could have happened "Waaay before" anything, in your adult life, anyway. But as Charlotte alluded to, it's the hypocrisy, not the attire, that is at issue here.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article260682662.html

AG Stein should steer clear of Texas AG Paxton

Today’s headlines paint a dismal picture of American politics. Divisions are apparent across the country, including here in North Carolina. But candidly, for those of us who truly care about preserving civil liberties, that response is justified. Partisan officials across the country, particularly in Texas, are driving an anti-trans, anti-choice, and anti-education agenda that only services to drive us further apart.

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