Same boat - only worse

I am in a nursing home. I pushed the administration to get this process (absentee ballots and registration) started in early August. Somebody dragged their feet - probably a combo of admin. and MAT, so it took until 9/26 for the MAT team to show up. They only allotted 4 hours for a facility with 200 residents.

It has been suggested that my signature can be witnessed through the window. I was just informed that the MAT team will be back "in a few weeks."

Say it so the folks in back can hear: One-Term Tillis

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You wanted us to divide and conquer? Asked and answered:

In North Carolina, Senator Thom Tillis saw another devastating poll from a high-quality pollster. CBS News finds him trailing Cal Cunningham by ten points. At this point in the race, most voters know a lot about both candidates and closing a gap that wide in five weeks will be difficult. He will need Cunningham to stumble to make up the difference and Cunningham has not made many mistakes after a year of campaigning.

But what may be the worst news for Tillis is what is happening in other states. Outside money bolstering Tillis will soon be diverted to those states if his numbers don’t improve and races in those other states stay competitive. Expect the GOP to pull the plug on Tillis if the national environment or his numbers don’t improve in the next week or two.

Keep in mind, the Trump campaign is apparently down to eating its seed corn, and you know that bastard will scoop up as many dollars as he can, with zero concern for downballot races. And before you scold me for leaning on polls (which would be valid), we desperately need some good news in this current hellscape.

Monday News: Three thousand, four hundred forty one

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RAGES ON IN NORTH CAROLINA: At least 207,380 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,441 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,290 new COVID-19 cases, down from 1,759 the day before. The state began counting antigen test results, which backdate to May 20, last week. Positive results from the tests account for 2% of detected cases in North Carolina. About 5.1% of tests were reported positive on Sunday, nearly in line with health officials’ goal of 5% or lower and up from 4.5% on Saturday. At least 917 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, up from 914 on Saturday, with 92% of hospitals reporting.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246051265.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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THE TIME FOR POLITE DIALOGUE WITH THE POLITICAL RIGHT IS OVER: North Carolina’s Thom Tillis was typical when he stated, “The campaign is already underway. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.” Today — surprise! — they’re singing a radically different tune. The same men and women who blocked the Garland nomination are now ready to proceed with an absurdly rapid confirmation process for a Trump nominee — perhaps even in a post-election, lame duck session after Trump has lost the election. Meanwhile, as Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators pursue their unabashed perfidy in the glare of Washington klieg lights, another branch of the modern conservative movement has been toiling under the radar, pursuing similarly dishonest, if less-well-publicized work. This fact was on display last week with the remarkable revelation that a right-wing operative with ties to the national conservative establishment had tried to infiltrate multiple good government groups in North Carolina. What’s more, the tactic “Fortune” employed — attempting to deceptively ingratiate himself through the offering of financial contributions — is similar to that often used by Project Veritas, a notorious right-wing operation that has long used dishonest tactics in an effort to infiltrate progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns in hopes of catching them in (or prodding them into) some sort of unlawful activity. If there’s any fire left in the belly of the progressive movement, these incidents will serve as a final wake-up call — a last clear signal that the time for polite and civilized dialogue with the right has become all but impossible. Simply put: Now is the time for caring and thinking people to fight like hell to save our country from those who would lie, cheat and steal their way to power.
https://www.robesonian.com/opinion/columns/138094/the-time-for-polite-dialogue-with-the-political-ri...

Saturday News: No surprise, at all

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REPUBLICAN ELECTION BOARD MEMBERS WERE PRESSURED INTO RESIGNING: Those resignations, of board members Ken Raymond and David Black, came in the wake of several highly critical press releases from the state’s top Republican politicians. A party spokesman confirmed to The News & Observer that they also came after a phone call with the top lawyer for the state Republican Party to convey that the NC GOP was “very unhappy.” “They called and spoke with our counsel,” said Tim Wigginton, the N.C. Republican Party’s spokesman, referring to Chief Counsel Philip Thomas. “And afterward they put out their resignation letters.” On Facebook, Black’s wife wrote that his resignation was “not voluntary.” Deb Black’s Facebook comment read: “The GOP chairman neglected to mention that these resignations were not voluntary. They were told to resign. Sad times when republicans are firing intelligent and trustworthy republicans.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246017110.html

Social media battleground: Disinformation is the game, chaos is the goal

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And the upcoming election is the perfect medium for it:

Intelligence officials have expressed concerns that Russian and other actors will have a major opening if mail-in ballots are slow to be counted, or there are charges and countercharges about the handling of mail-in ballots, which President Trump has already said are being used to “rig” the outcome.

During that time after the election, the two agencies said, hackers could amplify “disinformation that includes reports of voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, voter or ballot fraud and other problems intended to convince the public of the elections’ illegitimacy.”

Bolding mine, because these are issues that are already of major concern to many on the left. They know we're worried about it, thus we have been preconditioned to help in the dissemination of that disinformation. But here's where it gets really complicated: Some of these stories might be true. Black voters may get harassed in Missouri, an election system may get hacked in Arizona. But sharing the hell out of that story on Facebook or Twitter may also discourage people from voting. And that would make said disinformation a success. Facebook is going after some low-hanging fruit right now:

Friday News: Daytime Emmy Awards

REPUBLICANS ARE APPARENTLY OUTRAGED OVER ELECTION SETTLEMENT: President Donald Trump's campaign and national Republican groups are trying to intervene in a North Carolina voting lawsuit after state GOP leaders denounced a proposed settlement. Republicans are accusing the Democratic-led State Board of Elections of colluding with national Democratic-affiliated groups to loosen the state's absentee voting rules, threatening election security. "They are suing to move Election Day even further out so they can harvest ballots after the polls close to steal the election for Joe Biden," Trump deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement. "The judge on this case has a choice to make: Side with collusion and rig this election, or uphold the rule of law and protect every North Carolinian’s right to vote." Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest fired off a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday, asking for a federal investigation into "the collusive attack on the integrity of North Carolina's elections."
https://www.wral.com/trump-campaign-national-gop-seek-to-block-settlement-of-nc-absentee-voting-laws...

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