Tuesday Twitter roundup

Happening this morning:

We're almost done with the 6th year of Republican rule in the General Assembly, and the progress they've made in destroying democracy is enough to take your breath away.

Which freedom? Your freedom to contaminate community drinking water resources? Your freedom to misrepresent your qualifications to perform a paid service to consumers? Your freedom to exploit a natural disaster by charging ten (or twenty) times the normal retail price for gasoline, food and drinking water? Your freedom to casually infringe on the freedoms of others? Anti-regulation dogma which lacks specifics is not a "public service," it's merely the rambling of an anarchist.

Oh, great. Randy is still around, even without his wheels. Okay, that joke is a little middle-schoolish, but somebody had to say it. You're welcome...

In honor of the "Me Too" movement, check out this list:

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. After Zervos made the accusation last October, just weeks before the election, Trump denied her accusation and called it a lie.

She responded by suing him for defamation. As part of that suit, her lawyers served a subpoena on his campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her.

They also asked for “all documents” concerning other women who have accused Trump of groping them, including Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, and Jessica Drake. The subpoena seeks “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.” Last year, Trump tweeted a blanket denial, saying, “Nothing ever happened with any of these women.”

Jebus Cripes, that man is perverted sexual predator, and we're actually allowing him to soil the White House. What kind of message is that sending to young girls? Not a good one, I'll tell you that.

You know what? Just stfu. Before Obama made the deal to get Bergdahl released, Republicans (across the board) attacked the President for "leaving a POW behind." After the trade, they (of course) completely flip-flopped. For all his faults and psychological issues, at least Bergdahl was there in a combat situation, unlike Trump who dodged the draft *five* separate times to avoid serving in Vietnam. But the right-wing doesn't want to talk about that...

See, this is one reason I hate Twitter (even though I've done this weekly Twitter thing for several years now): Does Dan McReady have two times as much cash as either (or both) of his opponents, or two times as much as he previously had? If I have to click that link to understand what you're saying, life is simply not worth living.

Yeah, what they did on the A&T campus *alone* should be enough to get these damn maps thrown out. There is no justification for that, or any explanation other than diluting the African-American vote. Tear 'em up and start over.

What exactly have you seen, Jason? Have you seen the 1 in 4 children in North Carolina who don't have enough to eat? Have you seen any of the families of the unemployed who are only receiving a fraction of the UI benefits that used to be available? Have you seen any of the thousands of NC workers whose wages are being stolen from them by their bosses? I didn't think so.

As we've seen with Amendment One and other referenda, it's all about the wording. "Do you approve of taking money out of the judicial election process via Legislative appointments?" You better believe they won't ask, "Are you willing to give up your ability to vote for judges?" Make no mistake, if this gets on the ballot, Republicans will lie and mislead their asses off to get it passed.

Of course he did, because Kakistocracy.

I've been following this mother's Tweets for several days now, and it's become glaringly obvious we have a huge problem with our mental health system. Apparently the "regional" approach is simply not working, even though we're paying some of these leaders a half-million in salary. Time to go back to the drawing board.

Here's some of what the two candidates are saying:

"My record speaks for itself. The best indicator of future success is past performance," she said. "Mr. Francis has been long on misleading rhetoric and championing political labels while offering nothing concrete in detail."

McFarlane rebutted Francis' claims that Raleigh isn't doing enough to provide affordable housing, noting that a dedicated portion of the city's property taxes will generate at least $60 million over the next decade to developing housing for low-income and fixed-income residents.

Francis argues that a property tax is the wrong approach, and the city should use tax credits to encourage developers to provide affordable housing. But McFarlane said Raleigh already participates in two tax credit programs, adding that federal tax cuts have made the programs less attractive to developers.

Francis said the fact that McFarlane couldn't win last week shows general dissatisfaction with her leadership, especially in communities that have been left behind amid Raleigh's growth. McFarlane said it's hard to draw conclusions from the results of a three-person race and said she has tried to visit neighborhoods through the city during her six years as mayor and to work on programs that benefit all of Raleigh.

I'm not going to make any sort of endorsement on this race, but I will say this: After becoming involved in my Town's government and familiarizing myself with efforts underway or previously attempted to revitalize parts of the Town, nearly every "bright idea" regular citizens come up with on how to improve things is either already happening or has been looked at closely before. The default assumption is that staff is just "coasting" along, drawing a paycheck while doing the bare minimum, but that's just not the case in most towns or cities. While it might be a given that municipal governments don't communicate well enough with citizens to keep them informed on all their efforts, that doesn't mean those efforts aren't being exerted. It makes a good sound byte, but that's all it is.

On that self-righteous note, here's your Onion:

Yeah, they're kind of dangerous...

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And the leaders of those parties are idiots. Governor Cooper didn't Veto the bill because of the 3rd party ballot access components, it was because the Republicans (like they always do) added a poison pill to it. And for the Constitution Party to support taking away people's ability to vote for judges is just so bizarre I can't even begin to comprehend it. They may get ballot access, but they just lost any semblance of credibility.