Why Roy Cooper should *not* choose Burley Mitchell as #9

His support for bible-thumping Paul Newby cannot be ignored:

Tom Fetzer, a former state GOP chairman and former Raleigh mayor, said that he has formed an independent expenditure campaign finance group along with two former Supreme Court chief justices, Burley Mitchell and I. Beverly Lake Jr., designed to assist in the re-election of Newby. It is called the North Carolina Judicial Coalition.

This one is bad enough to warrant two strikes against Mitchell. First, for supporting the worst Justice who has ever donned one of those robes, and second for being a conduit for hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence such an important election, with a lot of that money coming from out of state. And strike number three is the fact Burley Mitchell has snuggled into Art Pope's network of bent think-tanks, joining such notables as Virginia Foxx (ugh) and Robert Shibley of FIRE, notable for pushing the worst campus speakers and whining when administrations don't want White Supremacists marching around. Do we want this man casting the tie-breaking vote on NC's election issues? That was a rhetorical question...

Wednesday News: "Win Bonus"?

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TILLIS CAMPAIGN PAID CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA $100,000 POST-ELECTION: Tillis’ campaign committee paid the firm $10,000 on Oct. 21, 2014, and $20,000 on Nov. 6, 2014. It made four payments of $25,000 throughout 2015 to Cambridge Analytica, according to Federal Election Commission filings. A Tillis spokesman called the $100,000 in post-election payments a "win bonus." Cambridge Analytica boasts of its work for Tillis and the NC Republican Party on its website, saying that it used its "unique data-rich voter file" to predict partisanship, turnout, and build "psychographic profiles of all voters in North Carolina." The company said it identified national security as the major issue among the majority of targeted voters.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article206085334.html

Tuesday News: The "Big Mac" argument? Really?

DUKE ENERGY ATTORNEY SAYS PEOPLE CAN SKIP MCDONALD'S TO COVER RATE HIKE: Duke Energy customers facing a rate hike regardless of how much electricity they use shouldn't be too worried, because it's just the price of a McDonald's value meal each month, a company attorney said Monday. "One extra Big Mac, fries and a drink," Duke Deputy General Counsel Bo Somers said during the company's ongoing rate increase hearing before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Somers was pushing back against claims that the company's rate hikes, meant to raise billions of dollars in new revenue over the next 10 years, would be a hardship for some. Attorneys seeking to block state regulatory approval of the company's full request have keyed at times on Duke's basic facilities charge – the fee customers pay each month just to be hooked into the company's electric grid.
http://www.wral.com/duke-energy-attorney-just-eat-fewer-big-macs/17428127/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Inducted into the hall of shame:

I seem to recall several folks telling me we shouldn't engage in opposition research during that campaign, that we should just present positives of our candidate because voters were tired of negative ads. Apparently they weren't tired enough...

ICYMI: Duke Energy poisoning NC families

Duke Energy: Nothing to see here. No big deal.

Me: But we're talking about arsenic in ground water that's 15 times the acceptable level.

Duke Energy: A few people die. So what? Besides, our customers are to blame. If YOU didn't want electricity, we wouldn't have coal ash dumps. That's why we're making YOU pay to clean up our messes. Sounds fair, right?

Tillis's broken clock: UPDATE

After a career of doing absolutely nothing good for America, Senator Tillis may finally be at the point of doing something that matters. I say "may" because drafting legislation is easy. Now he has to get it past the rest of Congress and Trump. I'd be surprised if he puts himself on the line to make this happen.

Monday News: Red flags waving

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ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO GET PARKLAND SHOOTER COMMITTED BACK IN 2016: Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month’s Florida schoolmassacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally. Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded. But more than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz and obtained by The Associated Press show school officials and a sheriff’s deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation.
http://www.thetimesnews.com/zz/news/20180318/some-wanted-florida-school-shooting-suspect-committed-i...

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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FARR'S NOMINATION MAKES THE WRONG STATEMENT: From 2009 through 2016 two highly qualified African-American women -- Jennifer May-Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodson – were nominated to fill the judgeship. Sen. But they were NEVER even considered – no committee hearings, no committee votes and no debate by the U.S. Senate. Richard Burr insulted the people of the eastern part of the state by ignoring the two nominees. Now, President Donald Trump’s added to the insult with his nomination of Thomas Farr. Why? Farr, as a counselor and adviser for the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ political operations and most recently to the state’s Republican Party, assisted in both developing and later defending, strategies, tactics and laws that were designed to discriminate against and diminish the impact of minority voters. The facts speak for themselves.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-on-the-merits-farr-s-nomination-falls-short/17420667/

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