The front lines in the war against democracy:
Should judges remain nonpartisan? Because #ncga wants (D) & (R) next to the names of judges & making it a partisan issue. We need to separate politicians & judges.They have eliminated 2018 primaries for judges this year creating confusion at the voting booth. @democracync #ncpol
— Bryson Jones (@JonesNCHouse) December 5, 2017
Here's a prediction, and one which I hope I get wrong: The November 2018 ballot will have painfully long lists of candidates for judicial districts, and after voters have been forced to slog through all those names with which they're not familiar, they will be given the choice to continue electing judges, or allow them to be appointed. Thus creating a new phenomenon, the "push ballot."
If you are free at lunchtime today and live in the Raleigh area, come on over to the John Locke Foundation at noon to hear about Dr. Mike Walden's new book on North Carolina's economic future. Bring your own lunch, and your questions for Mike. https://t.co/q7PhGxtBxe #ncpol
— John Hood (@JohnHoodNC) December 4, 2017
I will be working feverishly (for me, anyway, which means an occasional foray into creativity) to turn "Bring Your Own Lunch" into a clever meme to symbolize the John Locke Foundation. Ehh, I'm already bored with it. But it does have potential...
— Michael Sexton (@jmsexton_) December 4, 2017
Okay, I need this, so take a quick break:
The scribbles, which the two-year-old drew when his grandfather left a copy of the bill unattended during Thanksgiving, were mistaken by Republican staff members for the work of McConnell himself and were hurriedly incorporated into the bill.
McConnell struck a philosophical note when he disclosed to reporters that the random crayon squiggles were on the verge of becoming the law of the land. “Laws are like sausages—it’s better not to see them being made,” he chuckled.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the toddler’s scrawl would add one trillion dollars to the budget deficit and result in ten million Americans losing their homes, but said that the scribbles were the most coherent passage in the bill.
Tee hee... :)
Since tax reform passed in 2013, NC's unemployment rate has cratered, new job creation has surged, poverty has plummeted, median household income has soared, businesses have thrived. If you call that anything other than success, I have to question your metrics. #NCPOL https://t.co/CEZ99MHG1K
— Brent Woodcox (@BrentWoodcox) December 4, 2017
Blah blah blah. If the rest of the country hadn't also "soared," there might be a morsel of truth in that. But as it is, it's just a masturbatory exercise.
I am announcing today that I will run for NC House 36 in 2018. My campaign's press release below to share with all. Visit https://t.co/q3HcGxzvSB to learn more & donate here: https://t.co/3Xtq4ZmNRS. RT to share if you care about NC & the current state of policy. #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/bNhJpP08S3
— Jen For NC36 (@jenfornc36) December 4, 2017
Fan-fricking-tastic. Jen is one of my favorite peeps, and she would be huge asset to the citizens of not just that district, but the whole state. Count me in, kiddo.
.@RepMarkWalker Don’t override NC’s concealed carry laws and force our state to recognize the concealed carry standards of every other state, including those states that have dramatically weaker standards, or no standards at all. Vote NO on #HR38 #StopCCR #NCPol
— JeffEgerton (@jeffe04) December 4, 2017
I applaud your effort, but Walker is the emptiest of empty suits. Seriously, dude doesn't even speak the same language as the rest of society, and can't even answer the question, "What is your favorite color?" without wandering off on a totally unrelated tangent.
— greg flynn (@gregflynn) December 4, 2017
We're going to be seeing more of these closings when cuts to Medciare and Medicaid kick in:
The closure was a big blow for Warren County, an area of the state considered a primary care desert, where doctors are few and patients are often forced to go without healthcare. The county has 0.49 physicians for every 10,000 people – among the lowest in the state, according to the annual 2017 NC Roadmap of Need, a report released by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Patients traveled from Vance, Franklin and other nearby counties for care at the Warren clinic.
Warren County has experienced decades of hardship and despair. The population sits at about 20,000 residents, and has been shrinking over the past five years. More than half of the population is African American, like Pinder. The Warren County poverty rate is 27.3 percent – more than ten points higher than the overall state rate, according to the U.S. Census data.
Take note of that designation "primary care desert," as it will soon join food deserts on our list of intractable market-driven problems.
No, a lie is a knowing false statement. I believed Moore had admitted to dating underage girls. Why assume bad intent? I'm engaging with you sincerely. You asked for link & I realized my mistake when sending it. So I corrected it. There was no intention to be misleading #ncpol.
— WomensMarchOnRaleigh (@WomensMarchNC) December 4, 2017
Your first mistake was even acknowledging that troll's existence, but I could have told you trying to reason with him is pointless. He lives for that shit. Just ignore him, they hate that. It forces them to talk to themselves:
2016 - Top State for Business.... NC Ranked Number 2 on Forbes List
— A.P. Dillon (@APDillon_) December 4, 2017
A couple sandwiches shy of a picnic, right there...
— PublicSchoolsFirstNC (@PS1NC) December 5, 2017
Of course that's part of it. Another part: "Hey! If we take over this school the taxpayers coughed up $45 million for, we won't have to build anything ourselves!"
The 2017 state budget included a provision that prohibits judges from showing compassion. Previously, judges could waive court fees if they found that a defendant was too poor to pay for them. Not anymore. #ncpol https://t.co/5I5868QL5g
— Kill the Bill (@killthebill_nc) December 5, 2017
Par for the course. If that compassion wasn't costing anything, they probably wouldn't care. But squeezing every dollar out of those on the margins of society will save money for the wealthy, so...
— Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) December 5, 2017
I can't think of a happier note to end this week's foray into Twitterdom, so here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 5, 2017
"Sometimes you just need to let him chill for a while."