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NC-GoVote's Reg Watch service: grassroots voter protection

While federal and state authorities continue to dither over whether (much less how) to protect U.S. elections infrastructure from state-sponsored election hackers, North Carolina activists have taken it upon ourselves to do it for them.

NC-GoVote's new Reg Watch service takes one minute to sign up for...and it's free, non-profit, non-commercial, and respects your privacy.

North Carolinians for a Fair Economy

New organization I just learned about, more information below.

New Campaign, North Carolinians for a Fair Economy, Launches to Expose Congressman George Holding’s Record of Harming Working Families

Campaign to Launch around One-Year Anniversary of Vote to Take Away Health Care from North Carolinians

Public vs. Private: The hypocrisy of Berger and Johnson on teacher rallies

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Do like I say, not like I do:

State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson have been voicing opposition to the big teacher-led education rally that’s taking shape next Wednesday in Raleigh. Berger attacked the one-day event and even likened it to a teacher strike, which he proceeded to describe in a thinly veiled threat as “illegal.” Johnson also criticized the rally because it is on a school day and said he would not attend.

Funny that neither Berger nor Johnson raised such concerns earlier this year when conservative school choice advocates – including teachers, parents and students – held a rally in Raleigh on, Tuesday, January 23 – a school day. At that time, Johnson thought it appropriate not just to endorse the event, but to attend and serve as a featured speaker.

We all know that Berger only cares about a tiny portion of the state's citizens, and an even smaller fraction of his own District constituents. But Mark Johnson is working diligently for an even smaller segment of the population, those who operate for-profit education factories:

Friday News: Put your money where your mouth is

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GOP BALKS AT FUNDING SCHOOL SAFETY COMMITTEE PROPOSALS: "These are going to be better trained officers who are particularly selected by their agencies to be in that school environment and to interact with those children," said Faircloth, a retired police chief. But Rep. Darren Jackson, D-Wake, said the proposed legislation includes only a tiny fraction of the $80 million needed to put an armed, trained SRO in every school. "We're funding $1.8 million. I'm not exactly sure which kids we're deciding not to protect," Jackson said. The committee's proposals recommend more spending on other items, such as mental health programs to more hiring more schools nurses and counselors, but they don't include the hard budget numbers it would take to meet all those recommendations. Jackson questioned whether Republican leaders would find the money to make the ideas a reality.
https://www.wral.com/little-money-included-for-lawmakers-school-safety-suggestions/17545607/

Racism on the Radio: One-Term Pat still can't control his idiotic commentary

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Charlotte apparently has too many black people in positions of authority:

A large number of key positions in local leadership across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are now held by African-Americans. The Queen City has an African American mayor, and the heads of the county commission and school boards are also black. For some of those positions, it is the first time someone who is black has held that job, but there is a new level of scrutiny coming from former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

"I'm worried about the segregated aspects of Charlotte-Mecklenburg politics, and lack of diversity we might have," McCrory said.

Yes, that's right. He just used the term "segregated" to complain about not having enough white people running things. I can't even.

Why they march, and why you should support them

Thursday News: Better get the smelling salts...

COFFEE SHOP EMPLOYEES FIRED AFTER RAP MUSIC OFFENDS VERY IMPORTANT WHITE MAN: Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke, said in a statement released Tuesday that he went into the Joe Van Gogh on Friday to purchase some items. "I was shocked to hear lyrics playing quite loudly. I found (them) quite inappropriate for a working environment that serves children among others," he said in the statement. Brown said she offered to give Moneta his order for free. Moneta agreed to pay, and both Brown and Simmons thought that was the end of it. Moneta said he then contacted the director of Duke dining to express his concerns, and that was the end of his involvement. Brown said she and Simmons were let go from their jobs on Monday. "I have definitely been, like, upset about it and honestly crying because I lost my job over something crazy," she said.
https://www.wral.com/duke-official-walked-into-campus-coffee-shop-heard-inappropriate-lyrics-and-the...

Mother's Day wish: Pass the ERA now!

The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their gender. Suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing "equal justice under law" to all citizens.

In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by only 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. As it stands today, The Equal Rights Amendment is only 1 state short of the 38 required! Help us make NC that 38th state!

Walter Jones headed for his final term in Congress

In many ways Democrats just dodged a bullet:

Walter Jones, the 12-term North Carolina congressman perhaps best known for helping to popularize the term “Freedom Fries” during the Iraq War, defeated his Donald Trump-supporting challenger, Scott Dacey, in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Jones’ victory, called by the Associated Press, virtually guarantees him another term representing North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, which Trump won by about 20 percentage points in 2016. No Democrats filed to run in 2018.

It may come as a shocker, but I'm happier about this result than most other contests, even among Democrats. From the moment I realized this was the only state/federal race that NC Democrats failed to challenge, two things have been going through my head: 1) If any race had to be conceded, this is the one. Jones is not only the most moderate (by far) Republican in NC's Congressional delegation, he's arguably the most moderate Republican in Congress, period:

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