Monday News: Twelve thousand twenty eight

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1.6 MILLION HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED IN NORTH CAROLINA: At least 905,528 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12,028 have died since last March, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services did not update its COVID-19 dashboard Saturday or Sunday. The department reported 2,154 new coronavirus cases on Friday, up from 2,112 reported the day before. At least 933 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 952 reported on Thursday. As of Wednesday, the latest day for which data are available, 4.3% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. More than 1.6 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated as of Friday. That’s about one in five adults.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article250276585.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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THE WILL OF CONSTITUENTS VS. LEGISLATIVE LEADERS: How is it that the people of North Carolina on these issues, and many more including support for and investment in public education, promotion of renewable energy and environmental stewardship, extension of access to information and communication technology – contrast so strikingly with the people who represent them in the legislature? The answer is obvious. For the last decade legislators have been able to pick their voters – instead of the other way around. Extreme gerrymandering, not service to all citizens, is the modus operandi. So, instead of working on real needs and priorities there is a broad consensus behind, legislators are focused on insignificant legislation that appeals to a narrow political base or satisfies partisan political grudges. They need to end their fruitless pursuit of mediocrity and buckle down to the hard work that the vast majority of North Carolinians agree needs to be done to achieve excellence.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-the-will-of-constituents-vs-legislative-leaders/19592635/

Saturday News: Sounds about White

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CARY POLICE SAY RACIST JOGGER WAS SUFFERING "MENTAL HEALTH" CRISIS: A jogger who threw water bottles and insulted two people on a Cary greenway was suffering from a mental health crisis and wasn’t attacking two people because of their race, Cary police said Friday. One of the people is Chinese American, and the other is Iranian. They both told ABC 11 they believed the attacks were racially motivated. “Investigators determined neither race nor ethnicity were a factor in the incident,” said John Reeves, a spokesman for the police department, in an email. “Following a complete and thorough investigation and in consult with the district attorney’s office, no criminal charges will be filed.” And when this dude escalates and uses a lethal weapon next time, what then?
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article250246170.html

Uncle Joe is pissed about GOP voter suppression efforts

McConnell may have just lost his filibuster barricade:

President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.”

“This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” Biden said, referring to laws that enforced racial segregation in the South. “This is gigantic, what they’re trying to do, and it cannot be sustained.” Biden said he would “do everything in my power” to prevent those changes from going into effect.

Strained analogies aside (wouldn't an eagle be more dangerous?), I'm glad to see the President is not only angry about this, but angry for the right reasons. This is not just political maneuvering on the part of Republicans, it is an age-old effort to suppress the rights of African-Americans and other people of color, using disingenuous points of attack. Here's more from a real President:

Friday News: Bragging about Insurrection?

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CATAWBA COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TEXTING RELATIVE DURING CAPITOL ATTACK: Les Little was texting with a family relative on Jan. 6 when he shared a secret: “We just took over the Capitol,” the Catawba County man wrote from inside the building, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. “And you are bragging?” the relative fired back in a fusillade of exclamation points and capital letters. “’We’? THIS IS TREASON!!! IF YOU DON’T CONDEMN THIS, NEVER BOTHER SPEAKING TO ME AGAIN! HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PEOPLE. IT’S A COUP! YOU OBVIOUSLY HATE AMERICA!!!” Little replied: “We are stopping treason. Stealing elections is treason! We’re not going to take it anymore!" Adding: “You’ll thank me for saving your freedom ...” According to the FBI, Little’s relative turned him in. Now the 64-year-old Claremont resident has a date with a judge in Washington, where he has been charged with four crimes.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article250201455.html

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