Tuesday News: Sorry is as sorry does


BEING GOVERNOR MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SORRY: NO APOLOGIES TO VOTERS MISTAKENLY ACCUSED OF FRAUD (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign is staying silent on reports showing that election complaints included false accusations of voter fraud. A number of the 43 voters accused of being ineligible felons turned out to be cases of mistaken identity. Several other voters accused were serving a misdemeanor sentence, which does not affect voting rights. “We have no apologies to make, and we will keep doing this,” Woodhouse said. “Nobody has been disenfranchised or, to my knowledge, inconvenienced.”

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Finally, some very good news:

It's not over yet, because there's still a frivolous Civitas lawsuit to be dealt with, but this order makes it pretty clear the state Board of Elections isn't going to play along with McCrory's multi-county gambit. And even if sniffling Pat keeps whining, it looks like the NC GOP is also over it:

Fascism Watch: Spike of anti-Semitism on college campuses

Proving that pure evil never dies, it just lays in wait:

Benjamin Kuperman, associate professor and chair of computer science at Oberlin College, and his wife reportedly heard tapping sounds outside their home early in the morning on Nov. 17. They opened the front door to discover smashed seashells and a note behind their mezuzah, a small case that contains parchment with verses from the Torah, which many Jews place on the door frames. The note read, in glued letters, “Gas Jews Die,” according to the local Chronicle-Telegram.

And in just three words, this jackass not only threatened a professor and his wife, he also voiced his support for the Holocaust. Should we try to "understand" where this person is coming from? Start up some kind of dialogue? Rationalize it away, speculate that he doesn't really want anybody to come to harm, he's just frustrated? No. We don't have that luxury, and the Kupermans damned sure don't have that luxury. It's a hate crime, and should be treated as such, because such incidents are becoming more common:

Monday News: Good luck with that


SOLAR, WIND INDUSTRIES HOPE YEARS COURTING REPUBLICANS PAYS OFF (Reuters) -- U.S. wind and solar companies for the first time gave more money to Republicans than Democrats during the 2016 election cycle, according to federal campaign disclosures, part of a years-long effort to expand renewable energy's appeal beyond liberal environmentalists. … Recipients this year included 34 House Republicans and 19 Senate Republicans. U.S. Sens. Richard Burr from North Carolina, Dean Heller from Nevada and New York Rep. Tom Reed - all vocal proponents of renewables - together accounted for more than 40 percent of the Solar Energy Industries Association PAC's total federal campaign donations.

Sunday News: A new trick every day

CLAIMING ‘MALFEASANCE’, GOP ASKS STATE FOR SCRUTINY OF DURHAM VOTES (AP) — Republicans have formally asked state officials for closer scrutiny of thousands of Durham County ballots in the close governor’s contest. Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign announced Saturday that GOP lawyer Thomas Stark asked the State Board of Elections to require a recount because of questions about 90,000 or so Durham County ballots. His appeal says there are questions about how those ballots were tallied because of a computer problem at several voting sites.

Have we outgrown our Electoral College system?

Or was the idea flawed from the start?

Much has been written since Election Day about the need to resist the “normalization” of racism and misogyny. Less has been said about the “normalization” of democratic dysfunction, the signs of which are all around us.

Take the popular vote. Sorry, Americans, it’s just not “normal” for the candidate who came in second to be declared the winner of the race for the second time in the space of a mere 16 years. In 2000, George W. Bush was elected the 43rd president of the United States despite winning about 540,000 fewer votes than his Democratic opponent; in 2016, Donald Trump has been elected 45th president despite trailing Hillary Clinton by 2 million votes.

The short answer to both of those questions is "Yes." And as much as some of you might get angry at me for saying so, the idea we could appeal to individual Electors to change their votes and "fix" the Trump mistake is just more evidence the system is broken. You'd be giving them more power, not less, and also your tacit approval of a ruling class "deciding" what voters really wanted or needed. I've received several e-mails from friends wanting me to sign petitions asking Electors to do that, and I've refused (quietly) to throw my name in. Why? Because there's no middle of the road. We either do away with the Electoral College via the laborious (but Constitutional) method, or we allow it to operate the way it was designed. As we've learned from the behavior of the NC GOP, winning isn't everything, and the ends don't always justify the means:

Saturday News: SCSJ stands up to Civitas


ADVOCACY GROUPS JOIN FRAY OVER GOVERNOR VOTES (AP) — Voting-rights advocates have joined the legal wrangling over how votes are being counted in North Carolina’s close governor’s contest. Lawyers from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice asked a federal judge late Wednesday to reject a lawsuit questioning voters who used same-day registration to cast ballots. The request for a dismissal was by some of the same lawyers and advocates who successfully sued to overturn parts of a wide-ranging 2013 elections law enacted by the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Now the coalition opposes a lawsuit filed this week by the head of the alt-right Pope Civitas Institute.

Fascism Watch: Assaulted in a kindergarten classroom

Because choking little children will Make America Great Again:

In a three page complaint submitted to the State Board of Education and the Charlotte Mecklenburg school board, the David Cox Road Elementary teacher reportedly forced the child to carry a heavy backpack with a large textbook and headphones, causing him significant back pain.

The complaint claims the teacher also called the child “bad Muslim boy” on multiple occasions, and allowed his classmates to tease and mock him. On November 16, the complaint alleges the abuse turned physical when the teacher grabbed the kindergarten student by the neck and began choking him. "Another teacher then separated the two and began consoling the student, who was crying and extremely shaken," the complaint said.

Bolding mine, and before you say, "Hold on, Steve, let's wait and see what the investigation turns up," I fully expect that "investigation" will end up like this one:

Friday News: The shameful acts of a desperate man


MCCRORY'S BASELESS CLAIMS OF ELECTION FRAUD UNFAIRLY DEMEAN VOTERS (Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial) -- It is time to end the hyped-up claims of fraud and corruption in an election that was free and fair. Gov. Pat McCrory needs to urge the vote-counting process move ahead without delay. This is Pat McCrory’s last chance to demonstrate some leadership. He should, for once, stand up to the legislative bullies and partisan political manipulators, and be the governor voters thought they’d elected four years ago.


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