The Elevator Queen of quid-pro-quo

Cherie Berry has some questions to answer:

He pointed to contributions totaling $10,000 from Ronald Cameron, the chairman and CEO of Mountaire Farms, a large poultry producer based in Delaware. Mountaire Farms has had a previous workplace death and had three open cases before the labor department earlier this year, Meeker noted.

Cameron, who lives in Arkansas, was Berry’s largest contributor, Meeker said. Executives for Mountaire did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon. “This is not right,” Meeker said. “North Carolina citizens deserve better from our public officials.”

The lack of ethics among GOP elected officials is astounding. And their lame denials all seem to be written by the same incompetent fool:

Burr should have kept his mouth shut about TPP

Because it opened the floodgates for criticism of his other trade deals:

Ross, a former state representative, has not made the trade deal a key point in her campaign but said she opposes TPP. “I have always said that I am against TPP,” she said. “We need to protect American workers and we need to stop trade agreements. It hurts the middle class.”

Burr decided to go after her only because he wanted “to mislead the public about his record on trade,” she said. “He voted for NAFTA,” she said. “He voted for CAFTA. He told people he wasn’t going to vote for trade deals, and he did.”

Open mouth, insert foot wearing a loafer with no socks. And this lame attempt at damage control is even worse:

Friday News: Oh! Well, in that case...NOT

TRUMP CATCHES CRITICS BY SURPRISE WITH ONE WORD: ‘REGRET’ (New York Times) -- Donald J. Trump went Thursday night where Donald J. Trump, the candidate, seemed to have never gone before: He expressed broad regret about some of his caustic language during the campaign. Precisely which words does Mr. Trump regret? He did not specify. But his speech in Charlotte, N.C., his third using a teleprompter this week, was praised by some of his critics as the best of his campaign.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/20/us/politics/donald-trump-speech.html?_r=0

N&O blasts Dallas Woodhouse's efforts to stifle early voting

Not clever at all:

Well, you have to give him this: Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, didn’t try to be clever or subtle when he sent an email to GOP members of county boards of elections and other party members last weekend. No, he basically instructed those board members to use their majorities to curb early voting, keep polling sites closed on Sundays, close college campus voting sites and in general, to, as he put it, “make party line changes to early voting.”

Woodhouse has inadvertently helped those fighting the voter ID law as discriminatory and partisan. And he has underlined the true motives in the voter suppression laws in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Proving the old adage, if you give somebody enough rope...

Voter suppression 3.0: Federal elections, local discrimination

Democracy is under attack on thousands of fronts:

In March, the City Council of Daphne, Ala., shrank the number of polling places from five locations in white and black districts to just two polling places located in districts that are mostly white. As a result, black voters are now forced to travel farther than before, yet most white voters face no new burdens.

Similarly, although a federal appeals court in July reinstated seven extra days of early voting in North Carolina, the Board of Elections in Wake County, N.C., decided this month to limit early voting to one site, rather than 20, during the restored early voting period.

So much for the "post-racial" America that doesn't need the Voting Rights Act anymore. But contrary to what many advocates fear, the selective stifling of voting in strategic areas, these attacks are ubiquitous and reflect a much wider conspiracy than previously envisioned:

Meadows in hot water with Congressional Ethics panel

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The hush-money payoff that wouldn't go away:

A congressional ethics panel said there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), broke House rules by paying his departed chief of staff a three-month severance package in 2015. Meadows has denied any wrongdoing, arguing through a lawyer that he acted in good faith, even if it turns out he broke the rules.

The OCE pointed out in its report that Meadows had not cooperated with their investigation. In May 2016 letter to House Ethics Committee leaders, Meadows’s attorney said he had opted not to engage in the “duplicative, costly and burdensome process” of the OCE review since the Ethics Committee “is the ultimate arbiter of compliance with House Rules and Standards of Conduct.”

Methinks Tea Party Mark doesn't understand the meaning of "good faith." It doesn't just mean you thought you were doing right, it also means you are willing to cooperate with investigators and disclose to them anything that might be relevant. The next logical step for the House Ethics Committee is to subpoena (if they have that authority) Kenny West, to find out a) what work he actually accomplished during that extended period, and b) what juicy information he was holding over Meadows' head (blackmail) that would force the Congressman to break rules over:

Thursday News: Cause & Effect?

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NC CHURCHES KEEPING THE FAITH IN CAMPAIGN SEASON (Public News Service) -- The North Carolina Council of Churches is discussing ways congregations can engage in the political process and educate their members without endorsing a particular candidate.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-08-18/civic-engagement/nc-churches-keeping-the-faith-in-campai...

CLINTON LEADS NC, ALTHOUGH SOME SAY SHE IS 'THE DEVIL' (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Hillary Clinton has grabbed the lead in North Carolina, two recent polls suggest, despite the fact that one found a good number of Tar Heels think she is the devil.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/08/17/clinton-leads-nc-although-some...

Charter supporters throw temper tantrum over low approval numbers

And engage in a little name calling between tears:

Today, Alan Hawkes, a Greensboro charter leader who sits on the state’s Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB), is still hot. That’s because five schools tapped for opening by Hawkes’ board, which makes recommendations on charter applicants to the state board, were overwhelmingly voted down by the State Board of Education (SBE). Board members cited typos, weak applications and publicly questioned whether some schools’ academic plans were ready for prime time despite the CSAB’s support. Typically, state board members heed the counsel of the CSAB, but not this month.

“Don’t get me started about public charter school no-nothings (sic) on the NC State Board of Education,” Hawkes wrote in an email to Policy Watch this week. “The temerity and ignorance of those soulless SOB’s (sic) presuming to know better than the NC Charter School Advisory Board with its diversity of knowledge and experience in this area. If there is anyone who knows the good, the bad and the ugly about public school choice, it’s members of our NC CSAB.”

The plural form is "sons of bitches," so I'm thinking it should be "S'sOB"? Still doesn't look right...Anyway, if the people who are supposedly going to teach our children can neither write well nor proofread, maybe they should take up another hobby, like ATV riding without a helmet? Using a chainsaw to cut the wrong side of the limb they're sitting on? Something along those lines.

Wednesday News: Tea Party panderer edition

MEADOWS OPPOSES ASHEVILLE PLAN FOR REFUGEES (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- A global aid and humanitarian organization is moving forward with plans to make Western North Carolina a resettlement site for refugees despite objections from a congressman representing much of the region. In an Aug. 12 letter to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the International Rescue Committee reported that it recommended Asheville to the U.S. Department of State as a "favorable" location for a resettlement office.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/08/16/meadows-opposes-asheville-plan-refugees/888...

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