Madame Justice

Ketanji Brown Jackson has been approved by the Senate to take Stephen Breyer's seat this Summer:

Judge Jackson was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Miami, Florida. Her parents attended segregated primary schools, then attended historically black colleges and universities. Both started their careers as public school teachers and became leaders and administrators in the Miami-Dade Public School System. When Judge Jackson was in preschool, her father attended law school. In a 2017 lecture, Judge Jackson traced her love of the law back to sitting next to her father in their apartment as he tackled his law school homework—reading cases and preparing for Socratic questioning—while she undertook her preschool homework—coloring books.

Hear that crash? That's the glass ceiling being shattered.


We had a big scare over the last three weeks. Our website went down and all of our data seemed to be lost. Over the last couple of days we were saved by Betsy, who came to the rescue and got us back up and running. Our biggest fear was that we may have lost 16 years of data. But that didn’t happen.

Now we’re in the spot where we have to decide what to do with ourselves. I know Steve probably has felt quite a bit of relief from not having to do daily updates and posts. And me? I’ve been missing in action for quite a while already.

Friday News: Ruh-roh, Relroy


NC STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION LOOKING INTO MARK MEADOWS' VOTER FRAUD: The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that a former Trump aide who once represented North Carolina in Congress may have committed voter fraud. Nazneen Ahmed, spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Stein’s office, confirmed the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows after the New Yorker first reported that the former congressman, who represented North Carolina’s westernmost district, registered to vote in September 2020 using an address he had never visited. Ahmed said Stein’s office received a request from Macon County District Attorney Ashley Welch that the Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Sections assume her role in this matter, and the DOJ agreed. Break out the popcorn. Seriously, I'm hungry, but anything that takes more than 3 minutes 15 seconds (that is the optimum popping time) it too much work.

North Carolina Democratic Leaders, Stay Focused!

For Democrats to be successful in the 2022 cycle, we can’t get distracted by issues that are far from the priorities of everyday voters. The top consumer complaints from 2021 released by Attorney General Josh Stein are a great example of the guidebook that leaders should follow. No doubt, Stein’s agenda this year will mirror these consumer priorities, and we shouldn’t expect him to get caught up in the distractions of the day – including the anti-tech wave sweeping Congress.

Thursday News: Thanks, John

GOVERNOR KASICH SETS A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR BERGERMOORE: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich made an impassioned plea to North Carolina lawmakers to expand Medicaid, making an explicitly moral case for increasing access to health care. Kasich, a Republican who also served in the U.S. House and ran for president in 2016, spoke via video Tuesday afternoon to a legislative committee studying health care access and Medicaid expansion. “When you die and go to heaven, you’re going to see St. Peter, and St. Peter is not going to ask you, ‘Did you balance the budget?’ He’s going to ask you what did you do for the least of those,” Kasich said, recounting a conversation he had with the Ohio House speaker. “And that’s how I feel about it. And what I would say to the fine members of the legislature of North Carolina, to the people of North Carolina, is there’s a lot of people who need a lot of help." Refusing to expand Medicaid is pure obstinacy, with a side of racism. And not just because it was Obama's idea, but because a whole lot of those in the income gap are people of color. Just do it.

Wednesday News: Unacceptable, but not unexpected


AUDIT OF NC'S UNEMPLOYMENT PAYOUTS REVEALS UNNECESSARY PANDEMIC SUFFERING: State Auditor Beth Wood's office found only 60% of the 3.67 million initial payments across eight programs valued at $1.2 billion were sent within the federal government's standards for timeliness. And 32% of the first payments — totaling $342 million — were not issued within 30 days, the report said. In all, $11.6 billion in unemployment benefits were issued during the 15-month period reviewed. Coronavirus lockdowns began in March 2020. Despite the “unprecedented" rise in benefit claims during the pandemic, the division wasn't “prepared for economic downturns that will inevitably occur,” auditors wrote. We covered this pretty regularly at the time, so it's not a big surprise. And considering $11,600 million was payed out over the whole period, that $342 million shakes out to be about 3%. It shouldn't have happened, but we shouldn't be freaking out about it, either.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

And before the right-wing nutters start flailing around about Liberal reporters, Travis is one of the most objective and fair journalists around these days. And this *is* a legitimate question. How about an answer?


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