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Tuesday News: Guilty

REPUBLICAN FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY CONVICTED IN WIFE-HIRING SCHEME: A former prosecutor in North Carolina has been convicted of providing a no-show job for a colleague's wife. News outlets reported a jury convicted former Person and Caswell County District Attorney Wallace Bradsher on Monday of obtaining property by false pretense, assisting in obtaining property by false pretense, felony and misdemeanor obstruction of justice and failure to properly perform his job. Former Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer testified he and Bradsher agreed in 2015 to hire each other's wives to get around state ethics rules against prosecutors hiring their own spouses. Bradsher said the case was just administrative failure. Jurors return Tuesday on factors to be considered in Bradsher's sentence.
https://www.wral.com/ex-north-carolina-da-convicted-of-hiring-fellow-da-s-wife/17638217/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The folly of sending a pastor to Congress:

Mark Walker is quite possibly the emptiest suit we've ever sent to Congress, and we've sent a few doozies.

Constitution Party fields small group of right-wing extremists for 2018

And leading the pack is a GOP Sore Loser of course:

The far-right party, which promotes limited government and the Second Amendment while opposing abortion, selected Allen Poindexter, a freelance writer, to challenge Sarah Stevens, the Republican speaker pro tem, in state House District 90, which covers Surry County and part of Wilkes. The 41-year-old Poindexter ran against Stevens in the Republican primary. Stevens easily defeated Poindexter with two thirds of the vote.

“I got disgusted with the [Republican] party because the leadership lost their way,” said Poindexter during an open question-and-answer period at the convention, which was held at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in suburban Charlotte. Poindexter said he would support legislation to allow small communities to form independent school districts, and supports allowing teachers with proper training and screening to carry firearms in schools.

Dude, you were just a Republican like five minutes ago, got beat in the Primary, and now you're concocting a story about leaving the party because the leadership "lost their way"? They lost their way back in 2011 when they took over the NCGA, have been stumbling around since then grabbing whatever power they can, but somehow between May and June of this year they *really* lost their way, and you decided to change parties? Here's the rest of their "slate" of candidates:

Monday News: Raleigh's third "A" hopeful

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NC'S CAPITAL STILL IN THE RUNNING FOR NEW ARMY COMMAND CENTER: A U.S. Army spokesman says officials have narrowed to five the number of cities under consideration to house a prestigious command center that's meant to modernize Army operations and technology. Col. Patrick Seiber tells the Austin American-Statesman that Austin, Texas, is a finalist for the Futures Command headquarters along with Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina. Seiber says 10 other cities — including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle — are no longer candidates. A final decision is expected by the end of June. The Army wants the center to be near experts in technology and innovation who can figure out emerging threats and what equipment will be needed to answer them.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/technology/article213324309.html

An open letter to Apple and Amazon

Dear Apple, Amazon, and any other company considering North Carolina:

I am writing to ask that you delay consideration of North Carolina until November 7, 2018, the day after our next election. On that Wednesday morning, we will all have a clear picture of what the future of our state holds.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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BY NOT EXPANDING MEDICAID, LEGISLATORS FAIL THOSE WHO MOST NEED THEIR HELP: If ignorance is bliss, the state Senate might be the happiest place on the planet. It also may be where the largest number of President Barack Obama haters hang out. The logical conclusion: It is not about state money since the state’s hospitals have agreed to a plan that would cover the 10 percent cost of Medicaid expansion that isn’t being paid for through federal funds. That’s the only way to comprehend the unrelenting opposition to even study, much less expand, health care coverage to more than half-a-million citizens who don’t have it now. It is hatred of Obama. Period. It is far past time that North Carolina expands health coverage, as have 34 other states including most recently, Virginia. Does anyone care that refusal to expand Medicaid coverage is, truly, a life and death matter?
https://www.wral.com/editorial-by-not-expanding-medicaid-legislators-fail-those-who-most-need-their-...

Saturday News: Nope and nope

COOPER VETOES GOP ATTEMPTS TO MEDDLE IN ELECTIONS PROCEDURES AND JUDICIAL RACES: Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills late Friday, one dealing with elections laws and the other one of two judicial redistricting efforts passed by the General Assembly. Senate Bill 486 deals with various elections issues, from requiring criminal background checks on state and county elections workers to setting parameters for vendors of electronic poll books to barring any candidate who lost a primary election from switching to a third party to run in the general election. One section of the law outlines how judicial races will be handled on the November ballot after lawmakers canceled primaries for those seats this year. "Continued election meddling for partisan advantage weakens public confidence. Judges’ races should be free of partisan labels," Cooper said in a statement. Senate Bill 757 redraws judicial districts in Wake and Mecklenburg counties, splitting Wake County into six districts in which District Court judges would run instead of running in a countywide election.
https://www.wral.com/cooper-vetoes-elections-judiciary-bills/17631549/

All you need to know on GOP Early Voting shenanigans

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