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Wednesday News: No big surprise

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WHITE MALE CANDIDATE WINS GOP PRIMARY FOR CONGRESS: State Rep. Greg Murphy won Tuesday’s runoff for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District in a race that exposed a gender rift among U.S. House Republicans and attracted attention from some of the biggest names in Republican politics. Murphy will be the favorite to represent the GOP-leaning district in Eastern North Carolina. He joins Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt on the ballot for the Sept. 10 general election. Murphy, a urologic surgeon from Greenville, won the nomination over first-time candidate Joan Perry, a Kinston pediatrician, in a bid to replace Walter B. Jones, Jr., in the House. With all precinct reporting, Murphy had 59.7 percent of the vote and topped Perry by nearly 7,000 total votes.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article232470717.html

Tuesday News: You're no Schindler, dude

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DAN BISHOP LIKENS ANTI-LGBTQ CROWD TO JEWS DURING HOLOCAUST: The Republican candidate for an open House seat in North Carolina likened his efforts to undermine LGBTQ rights via religious exemptions to the work of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved Jews during the Holocaust. State Sen. Dan Bishop, the Republican nominee in the Sept. 10 do-over election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, made the remarks in email communications with conservative activist leaders in March 2017. The emails were obtained through a public records request by the liberal news site Real Facts NC, which published them online at the end of June. “As Oscar Schindler said, as many as we can,” Bishop replied, comparing his wish to see the maximum number of people exempted from local anti-discrimination laws to Schindler’s professed desire to hire, and therefore save, as many endangered European Jews as possible during World War II.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dan-bishop-bathroom-bill-repeal-oscar-schindlnorth-carolina-dan-mccre...

Monday News: Dog whistle stop

PERRY AND MURPHY CALL EACH OTHER LIBERALS AS RUNOFF LOOMS: On a sultry summer morning, Diane McKillop stood in her driveway gushing over Dr. Joan Perry, the Republican congressional candidate who showed up at her door to ask for her vote. McKillop, a 72-year-old nurse, loves that Perry is a pediatrician, and regards her as exactly the kind of person she wants to send to Washington: a strong conservative who opposes abortion and will deal with what McKillop describes as “all these Mexicans” by building a wall and securing the border. But there’s something else on her mind, she tells Perry, leaning in slightly and lowering her voice as if sharing a secret with a girlfriend. “I sort of like that you’re a woman; is that a little prejudiced?” McKillop said last week with a giggle.
https://www.wral.com/a-battle-of-the-sexes-in-north-carolina-fuels-a-wider-republican-clash/18496179/

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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JULY 4 CITIZENSHIP EVENTS SHOW EMPTINESS OF LT. GOV'S ATTACK ON MULTICULTURALISM: Dan Forest wants us to believe, as he says he does, that North Carolina and the United States is a weaker place because of differences in background, nation of origin, forms of faith and worship. But he is wrong – and our nation’s unique and successful history is ample evidence. It is our nation’s ability to embrace those differences in a system where allegiance isn’t to any individual, royalty, family claims of divine right, or dictator whose power rests in fear. Citizens in the United States don’t swear allegiance to a president or any politician. Our allegiance is to the Constitution and the law. It was unique 243 years ago. It is the model of democracies that have followed. Dan Forest doesn’t get it. But we do. We support legal immigration. We support paths to citizenship. We welcome these newest citizens. We are a stronger nation for their participation and loyalty.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-july-4-citizenship-events-show-emptiness-of-lt-gov-s-attack-on-multic...

Saturday News: The fix is in

MARK JOHNSON REJECTS COMPLAINT ABOUT COMPUTER TESTING CONTRACT: In a letter sent Wednesday, the state Department of Public Instruction said that New York-based Amplify failed to submit a protest letter in a timely fashion, on the grounds that the company missed the 15-day cutoff to lodge a complaint about the contract process. “We disagree with their assertion that this letter is untimely,” said Mitch Armbruster, North Carolina counsel for Amplify. “State law has been clear for 200 years. If the deadline falls on a weekend, it rolls over to the next Monday.” The state, in its rejection letter to Amplify, said that this particular dispute did not fall under the statutes the company cited regarding whether a weekend should count toward meeting the deadline. “I cannot emphasize enough the fact that the Department followed all laws, policies, and rules related to the RFP and contract award,” State Superintendent Mark Johnson wrote in the letter.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article232323222.html

Friday News: Bigotry prevails

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TRANSGENDER WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BATHROOM CONFLICT: Police told the customer Lloyd was allowed to use the women’s restroom, The Shelby Star reports. While officers were at the scene, Lloyd came outside the business and yelled an expletive, according to the report. The customer who initially complained went back into the restaurant, where Lloyd spit toward him and his family, police say. Lloyd was taken to jail and charged with disorderly conduct, according to the arrest report. Denny’s, which has restaurants across the United States and in other countries, says it doesn’t “tolerate discrimination” and expects its customers to treat people equally. “Our bathrooms policies across the country allow guests to use the bathroom of their gender identity,” company spokesperson Hannah Rand wrote in an email to McClatchy.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article232258707.html

Thursday News: Patently irresponsible

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TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BILL QUASHED BY CONSERVATIVES: Corbin said when he introduced the proposed ban this winter he expected it would be difficult to persuade conservatives like himself that it was worth impinging on people’s personal freedom. He said he understands the hesitation among legislators. “I’m very aware that this bill would affect 7 million drivers in North Carolina. It’s a big deal,” he said. “When you have a bill that affects the public so widely, it should be scrutinized.” Corbin and his allies in the Senate sought to have the blanket ban restored, and hoped to do it in the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee. Instead, Corbin said he learned secondhand that the committee’s leaders had decided not to bring it up for consideration. The committee’s three chairmen — John Alexander Jr., Chuck Edwards and Rick Gunn — did not respond to a request for comment.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article232236132.html

Wednesday News: What are they trying to hide?

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NC GOP FIGHTING HARD TO SUPPRESS MAPMAKER'S FILES IN GERRYMANDERING SUIT: Republican lawmakers “had specifically promised the court that their mapmaker would not even possess racial data,” let alone use it, said Daniel Jacobson, one of the lawyers for the people and groups suing to overturn the maps. And Hofeller’s files, Jacobson said, will show that Hofeller broke the rules and did consider voters’ race when dividing them between districts. “It’s hard to imagine evidence that would be more directly responsive” to the key parts of the trial, Jacobson said. The maps in question were drawn in 2017, to replace a previous set of maps — also drawn by Hofeller, in 2011 — that were ruled unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. The state’s Republican legislative leaders strongly object to the files being used in court for this case.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article232190617.html

Tuesday News: Gerrymandering on trial, again

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STATE-LEVEL PARTISAN REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD: A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's legislative districts for having excessively political boundaries is going to trial, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it has no authority to rule on partisan gerrymandering claims. What's different about the case in Raleigh is that it's getting heard in state court, and the claims are based on alleged violations of the North Carolina Constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court's majority opinion last week involving North Carolina's congressional map focused only on federal courts. The state lawsuit challenging state House and Senate districts is scheduled to go to trial July 15. A big issue during Tuesday's pretrial hearing will be whether a Republican consultant's private files will be allowed as evidence.
https://www.wral.com/gop-consultants-private-files-viewed-in-gerrymandering-case/18486375/

Monday News: Theocracy

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DAN FOREST WANTS TO PREACH HIS WAY INTO GOVERNOR'S MANSION: In his speech, Forest encouraged the congregation to get involved in politics. He suggested that the Bible predicted the current political polarization and that God would “heal” the country if Christians prayed for forgiveness. He compared current culture to 2 Timothy Chapter 3 of the Bible which, in the New International Version translation, says “There will be terrible times in the last days.” He offered his assessment of multiculturalism shortly after mentioning Satan’s intentions to divide the country. And then he outlined his hope for the nation. If “Christians will humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and get on our knees and ask a loving and forgiving God to forgive us, he promises to heal our land. And he promises that he’ll give us a better land,” Forest said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article232077907.html

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