NC GOP

McCrory lays his bet on fancy horses to save his campaign

But he might be gambling with taxpayer dollars and not his own:

“This is bigger, with all due respect, than the All-Star Game, a football game, a basketball game — combined, times two. This economic impact is huge,” McCrory said of the 13-day equestrian competition during a news conference at the Charlotte Chamber.

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of the equestrian center, said the project requires only a small amount of public financing, including marketing and security. He anticipates his group’s budget will be between $50-$60 million.

Of course, he doesn't say how much of that $50-$60 million will be sucked out of public coffers, but we need that info desperately. Because the 2018 Games were originally contracted to be held in Canada, but they couldn't afford to do it:

Three cheers for Cecil Brockman

Showing GOP Legislators what courage really means:

Brockman spoke about his sexual orientation to the News & Record of Greensboro. ““I always felt that I tried to stick up for the LGBT community, even when I wasn’t ‘out,’” Brockman told columnist Susan Ladd. “I want to do more of my part, to be stronger and admit to the world that I’m actually a member of this community as well.”

Before becoming a legislator, Brockman was an aide to Rep. Marcus Brandon, the legislature’s first openly gay lawmaker. Brockman told Ladd that seeing how Brandon was treated at times made him hesitant about coming out.

Hopefully Cecil will be as outspoken as Chris Sgro has been, giving a continued voice to those whom the current leadership has treated so inhumanely. But statistically speaking, there should be five or six LGBT lawmakers in the General Assembly. I know, one battle at a time. Just saying.

Raleigh folds, anti-abortion nutters to move in next to clinic

And you think your next-door neighbor is bad:

Hand of Hope filed a federal lawsuit in September, arguing that the city violated its First Amendment rights to get a message out to a specific audience and its equal protection rights under the Constitution because city planning guidelines would allow churches, civic clubs and other groups to locate on the property.

“We are thankful for the city zoning staff’s review and common sense determination. If a nonprofit civic club like Kiwanis or a religious group like a church can locate at this property, surely we should be free to provide pregnant women free pregnancy resources and share the love of Jesus with them here,” said Hand of Hope Executive Director, Tonya Baker Nelson in a statement.

Just curious, does Jesus have a family insurance plan, that will cover 80% of the medical bills for the pregnancy? Is he going to whip out his checkbook or charge card and bring home a bunch of diapers and formula? Will Jesus be coming over to babysit during the day so mom can go to work and pay the rent? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Reuters details the NC GOP's concerted attack on early voting

Pulling back the veil, and it ain't pretty:

In emails, state and county Republican officials lobbied members of at least 17 county election boards to keep early-voting sites open for shorter hours on weekends and in evenings – times that usually see disproportionately high turnout by Democratic voters. Reuters obtained the emails through a public records request.

The officials also urged county election boards to open fewer sites for residents to cast ballots during early voting that began on Oct. 20 and ends on Saturday.

And it's looking like the GOP's efforts are bearing fruit, of the rotten and un-democratic type. African-American turnout numbers appear to be down at this point, as compared to 2012. While some may speculate that Obama not being on the ticket has played a part in that lower turnout, GOP shenanigans on the local level are likely a bigger factor:

Pay-to-play Pat waters his Lending Tree

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Business as usual for the ethically-challenged Governor:

State officials say LendingTree has received a state grant of nearly $4.9 million and will more than double its presence in North Carolina’s largest city.

McCrory resigned from the board of Tree.com, LendingTree’s corporate parent, after winning the 2012 election, and then later received a six-figure payout while serving as governor. He has insisted he did nothing improper or illegal.

He can "insist" all he wants, but this makes Tammany Hall seem like a bunch of schmucks in comparison. Why is this not leading the news cycle? Here's a clue, waiting until November 9th to dig into this story is not a good idea.

The NC NAACP files lawsuit to prevent voter purges

The sinister side of those campaign mailers:

In the weeks and months leading up to the November 8, 2016 general election, county BOEs throughout North Carolina have been removing large numbers of eligible, registered voters from the voter rolls, in response to coordinated and targeted en masse change-of-address challenges brought under the State’s voter challenge statute by a handful of individuals.

According to the State BOE, in Beaufort, Moore, and Cumberland Counties alone, a small number of individuals have recently challenged the registration of approximately 4,500 voters, based exclusively on mass mailings that were returned as undeliverable. The overwhelming majority of these challenges were brought in August and September 2016, less than 90 days before Election Day. Similar challenges may be occurring in other North Carolina counties as well.

While part of me hopes this situation is dealt with quickly and the purges are stopped, another part of me wishes this case could climb all the way to the (US) Supreme Court. They had no business gutting parts of the Voting Rights Act, and the targeting of African-American voters with these challenges proves their assumption we live in "post-racial" times was both flawed and naive. Here's what happened to some of these voters:

In his own words, Burr is unfit to serve another term

The sheer arrogance is mind-boggling:

Last Saturday, during a private meeting with supporters in Mooresville, Burr promised, despite earlier statement to the contrary, to continue to block judicial appointments if a Democrat is elected president. “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that four years from now, we’ve still got an opening on the Supreme Court,” Burr boasted. “This is not tough for me. I have the longest judicial vacancy in the history of the United States in the Eastern District of North Carolina.”

It's one thing to refuse to do your job, resulting in a crisis in our system of justice. But to actually be proud of that, to consider it a "worthy" characteristic? That's so childishly narcissistic it defies an adequate description.

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