Friday News: Who's on the fringe, Tim?

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LAWSUIT GOES AFTER ANTI-ABORTION LAWS IN NC: The lawsuit targets a number of state laws, including: A 72-hour waiting period, which starts counting down after a woman gets mandatory counseling. A licensing program that the groups say "arbitrarily singles out abortion providers with medically unnecessary" requirements. A ban on physician assistants, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners providing abortions. A ban on using telehealth for medication abortions. A requirement that providers deliver "biased counseling with no medical benefit to their patients" before performing an abortion. Moore spokesman Joseph Kyzer said in an email that legislative leaders "will vigorously defend" the state's abortion laws "against another attempt by the radical left to use the courts to overcome voters’ rejection of their fringe agenda."
https://www.wral.com/abortion-providers-sue-over-nc-waiting-period-other-restrictions/19268626/

Pence to visit anti-abortion "clinic" in Raleigh

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Because pseudo-scientific bullshit is a staple of the Trump administration:

Pence is set to visit Gateway Women's Care, a pregnancy and sexual health center in downtown Raleigh, where he will participate in a roundtable discussion. CNN reports Gateway promotes misleading information regarding abortion on its website, specifically the assertion that abortion can lead to breast cancer.

The website reads, "A number of reliable studies have concluded that there is an association between abortion and later development of breast cancer." However, studies linking abortion to breast cancer were found to have flawed methodology.

Not sure, but I think this is the same bunch who tried to get a rezoning so they could be directly adjacent to Planned Parenthood. Much easier to harass women that way. But however you get in their door, harassment is on the menu, albeit a passive-aggressive form. And if a woman is still iffy after being scientifically misled, there's always God to straighten her out:

Thursday News: Agenda-driven lawmaking

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BERGER'S "RELIEF" PACKAGE RAISES INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS: Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said parents are at “their wit’s end.” The checks, which are being called “extra credit grants,” would be given to parents who filed taxes. For those who didn’t file, they would be able to apply for the grant, which is a flat amount regardless of how many children are in the household. $335 checks would be issued by Dec. 15. Part of the proposed bill also includes raising income-eligibility caps for opportunity scholarships, which are vouchers for private school. Republican leaders have said private schools opening for all-in-person learning this school year are an important school choice for parents. The state reopened in Plan B, which allows local school systems to decide how to operate with remote or a mix of remote and in-person learning with restrictions.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article245416500.html

Coronavirus goes to college in NC, and thrives

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Some 3,000 students have been infected, and that's a low estimate:

At least 3,000 college students in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus since campuses reopened last month for in-person classes, with an overwhelming number of cases coming from just three campuses, an Associated Press analysis shows.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has seen 895 students test positive for the virus since classes began Aug. 10, while North Carolina State University has reported 788 cases among students over the same time period. East Carolina University, which started classes Aug. 10, has had 756 students test positive since Aug. 9.

Even with this damning evidence of the risk, Republicans are still (continually) harping about opening the schools, and attacking Roy Cooper for his careful approach. Pay close attention to this spike in positives from testing:

Wednesday News: Education mandate

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LEANDRO JUDGE BACKS $427 MILLION FUNDING PLAN: A North Carolina judge has approved a plan that calls for spending $427 million this year to improve the state’s public education system. But it’s questionable whether the money will be provided. The $427 million action plan developed by the State Board of Education and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration includes pay raises for teachers, increasing funding for at-risk students and expanding early childhood education programs. “We are constitutionally mandated to move these issues forward, and I’m as committed as ever to complying with that constitutional mandate without anybody getting in the way,” said Lee, who is in charge of overseeing the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article245385185.html

The GOP strategy depends on voters hating one another. I don't hate them, but I do feel sorry for them.

In case you've been hiding under a rock (perfectly understandable), you know that Republicans count on people hating one another. Indeed, one part of their strategy is to make themselves so loathsome that no decent person can stomach them. They're all about the gag reflex, and they're good at is.

Seems like a kind of Tar Baby thing, where they get you mired in their ugly ways, fighting against their blinding stupidity. The only thing they're smart about is luring you in. Horned lizards.

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