Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LATEST REMAP EFFORT PROVES NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING SYSTEM IS A MUST: It should not be a surprise to anyone that when the court takes up the latest submissions, they are rejected and the expert referee for the case Nathan Persily is directed to develop more appropriate maps. The lesson here is simple. It can be addressed right away. Legislators lack the ability – either because of their own incumbency or partisan bias – to draw election districts that put the interests of voters and representation of communities first. Only imposition of a non-partisan system will fix it. Legislators can act now to pass an amendment to the State Constitution, to require a non-partisan system drawing legislative, congressional and ALL other election district maps. It is past time to end unfair and unconstitutional representation of North Carolinians in Congress and the General Assembly.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-latest-remap-effort-proves-nonpartisan-redistricting-system-is-a-must...

Saturday News: Proud Boy Blues

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NC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CANCELLED OVER MAGA RALLY: Ahead of a planned rally to support a cheerleading team on probation over a pro-Trump photo, a North Carolina high school has canceled its Friday night football game due to security concerns. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association previously placed the cheerleaders on probation over a picture that was taken of them in uniform with a Trump 2020 banner during a football game. Some community members, who feared the teens’ First Amendment rights were being infringed, had planned to wave a large flag with supporters before the game Friday. The district said it canceled the North Stanly High School football game because “Stanly County Schools has been notified of additional information that could compromise safety measures our schools have in place for sporting events.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article235315902.html

Skolstrejk För Klimatet: Triangle students join national movement

And the children shall lead them:

The Triangle Climate Strike in Raleigh is one of 800 events in the United States. On Friday morning, Chapel Hill high-schoolers will join students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University at the Peace and Justice Plaza. The activists will leave Chapel Hill at 9:30 a.m. and cycle 30 miles to the Triangle Climate Strike at Halifax Mall in Raleigh.

UNC-Chapel Hill organizers said the goals for combating climate change include reducing fossil fuel and stopping the use of coal-fired power plants, most notably the power plant operated by the university.

I could go on one of my usual tirades, attempting to grasp and portray the science behind the looming devastation of Climate Change. But today is about young people taking a stand, and carrying this banner forward. And I can think of no better young person to quote than Greta Thunberg, who sailed across the ocean to take her stand. The following is a transcript of her speech before the U.S. Congress:

Friday News: Hail Mary pass

LINDBERG WANTS BRIBERY CHARGES DROPPED ON TECHNICALITY: Businessman Greg Lindberg is asking a federal court to throw out his indictment on bribery charges in a case that also ensnared the then-chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party. Lindberg filed the motion Wednesday in the Charlotte-based court’s Western District. Lindberg and two associates, along with then-GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, were indicted last spring on charges of conspiracy and bribery for their alleged attempts to influence state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, a Republican. In their motion to dismiss, Lindberg’s lawyers rely in part on a 2016 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and established higher standards for proving corruption. The court said the definition of “official acts” was too broad.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235251527.html

Culture of Racism: Wake Forest faculty get barrage of hateful e-mails

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White Supremacy rears its ugly head once again:

The Wake Forest Review, an independent newspaper at Wake Forest, reported Tuesday night that the sociology department wrote that the emails “praised the white male founding fathers, dismissed our undergraduates with ugly vile language, and called for our land to be ‘purged’ of people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

The department continued, “The call to ‘purge’ categories of persons, is a white supremacist call for genocide,” the Wake Forest Review reported. The sociology department wrote in its response to the emails: “We live in a society plagued by racism, sexism, and gun violence. We will do all we can to carry forward our scholarship, teaching, and our public engagement for social justice.”

But as usual in cases like this, the administration has deemed there was no "explicit" threat, so there likely won't be any call for a criminal investigation. Nevermind the fact the UNC Charlotte shooter is taking a plea deal to avoid the Death Penalty for his deadly actions, we're still splitting hairs over "implicit vs. explicit" threats. Somebody (SBI or FBI) needs to track down the sender of these e-mails and make a real determination of that threat. Because these folks are downright scared:

Thursday News: Strike Three

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ANALYSTS SAY NEWLY REDRAWN MAPS STILL FAVOR REPUBLICANS: The new political maps approved by the North Carolina General Assembly this week would likely still favor Republicans in the 2020 elections, numerous experts say. The legislature was ordered to redraw a number of the districts used to elect its members earlier this month, after a panel of judges ruled the Republican-led legislature had violated voters’ constitutional rights with their 2017 maps. And those unconstitutional maps were themselves drawn to replace different maps, from 2011, that had also been ruled unconstitutional. “If you go back and analyze the maps, you can see the maps have a Republican bias,” said Sam Wang, a Princeton University neuroscience professor who is also a gerrymandering expert and leads the Princeton Election Consortium.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235176992.html

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