Bias has no place in NC's criminal justice system


Chief Justice Cheri Beasley plants a seed on her way out:

Outgoing North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley on Wednesday detailed a commission that will recommend how to discourage and ultimately eliminate unfair treatment in the judicial system based on race, gender or other factors.

The text of the order acknowledged inequalities in the judicial system “that stem from a history of deeply rooted discriminatory policies and practices and the ongoing role of implicit and explicit racial, gender, and other biases.” Beasley, the first Black woman serving as chief justice, also delivered an address following the death of George Floyd that acknowledged enduring racial inequalities in North Carolina’s system.

There are many issues that need to be dealt with, and wealth disparities are at the top of that list:

Thursday News: Just and compassionate


REP. DARREN JACKSON IS HEADED TO THE COURT OF APPEALS: Jackson will resign his seat at the legislature and has been appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday. “Darren Jackson has spent his legal career fighting for a more fair and just North Carolina,” Cooper said in a press release announcing the news. “His decades of experience as a lawyer and elected public servant have prepared him for the bench, and I’m grateful for his willingness to continue serving our state with honor.” Cooper is appointing Jackson to fill the empty Court of Appeals seat vacated by Phil Berger Jr., the son of Republican Senate leader Phil Berger Sr. The younger Berger won a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court in November’s election.

Sam Searcy resigns, recommends Sydney Batch for Senate seat


Sounds like a fantastic idea:

The Wake County Democratic Party will vote to recommend either Batch or someone else to take Searcy’s place. Then, Gov. Roy Cooper must officially make the appointment.

In their first reelection bids, Batch lost by more than 3 points in an upset by Republican Erin Paré, while Searcy held onto his seat, beating Republican Mark Cavaliero.

In order to head off any potential foolishness by Wake Dems, a little reminder is in order: even though she was recuperating from painful breast cancer treatment, Sydney showed up for work at the General Assembly in order to uphold and defend Governor Cooper's Veto power. We're not just talking about an hour here or there; Republicans jiggled the schedule to intentionally catch Democrats off-guard, giving Sydney and others no respite. And by setting that example, she kept other Dems from faltering. She has earned that seat, and we need her in it. Full stop.

Fact-checking in a post-fact GOP fantasy world


Might just be a wasted effort:

Add North Carolina’s governor to the list of politicians accused of hiding from the public. During campaign season, Republicans on several occasions accused Democrats of hiding in their basements amid the coronavirus pandemic. That trend continued the Sunday after Christmas, when the North Carolina GOP tweeted about Gov. Roy Cooper.

“Democrat Governor @RoyCooperNC has not left the Governor's Mansion since the start of the #COVID19 crisis,” the party tweeted on Dec. 27.

Okay, this is more extensive than what I posted yesterday, but I wasn't really fact-checking something that was so obviously incorrect. I just wanted to use their own evidence against them (prior Tweet). But since Paul went to the effort:

Wednesday News: Let them eat cake-like substance


ALL NC'S GOP REPS IN CONGRESS VOTE AGAINST $2,000 STIMULUS CHECKS: Forty-four Republicans joined House Democrats in passing the new stimulus bill 275-134 on Monday. Of the N.C. Republicans who voted, all voted against it: Reps. Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Virginia Foxx, George Holding, Patrick McHenry, Richard Hudson, Greg Murphy and David Rouzer. (GOP Rep. Mark Walker of the 6th District, who’s leaving office, did not vote, and the 11th District seat is vacant until newly elected Republican Madison Cawthorn is sworn in next month.) Politico reported that Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has threatened to filibuster an override of the defense bill unless Senate Republicans schedule a floor vote on the $2,000 stimulus measure. Spokesmen for GOP Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina could not be reached Tuesday.

Tuesday News: Get with the programming


NC'S UNEMPLOYED WILL SEE DELAY IN NEWLY EXTENDED BENEFITS: State and federal officials started that conversation Monday as the federal government worked up the fine print on a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill that President Donald Trump signed into law Sunday. His signature, delayed several days as the president threatened a veto, came a day after previous federal unemployment extensions expired. Now comes a rollout for the new program, then people get their 11-week extensions and the $300-a-week boost included in the bill. "The N.C. Division of Employment Security is reviewing the new unemployment provisions of the federal COVID-19 relief bill and preparing to reprogram its system to process claims for the additional benefits," agency spokeswoman Kerry McComber said via email. "These benefits cannot be paid until official guidance is received and the benefits system is reprogrammed." The division told claimants earlier on Monday that it didn't expect all of that guidance to come until next month.


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