Tuesday News: ALEC's new poster boy

NC REP JASON SAINE AWARDED ALEC'S TOP CORPORATE SELLOUT PRIZE: State Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincolnton, will be the next chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a conservative group backed by corporations that proposes model legislation for state legislators to introduce. Saine will serve a one-year term beginning January 1, an ALEC spokesman said in an email. Saine spoke at ALEC’s States & Nation Policy Summit last week in Nashville, Tenn. He hailed the coming 45th anniversary of ALEC, and encouraged attendance at the anniversary celebration next year at the Trump International Hotel. The event is aimed at raising millions for the ALEC endowment, he said. The 45th anniversary “is an incredible validation that an idea exchange works,” Saine said.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article18...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today's the big day in Alabama:

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything...

Letter to my younger self

To My Younger Self
JANET COLM on December 11, 2017 at 9:10 am
You were right to be mad when that creepy man from across the street felt under your shirt.

You were right to be even madder when your mom told you, “Well what do you expect, leaning over like that in front of him?”

You were right to be scared when that other creepy man exposed himself to you in the alley behind your house.

Is Art Pope pushing for a Second Constitutional Convention?

Many consider the prospect of a Second Constitutional Convention to be the biggest threat to freedom and fairness in the history of our nation. If you're not up to speed on what it is and what could happen, I encourage you to get there. I'll make it easy.

Blue Monday kicks off 120 seat strategy for retaking the General Assembly

Say hello to Army veteran and cancer warrior Dr. Rick Foulke:

Today, we rank 35th in teacher pay (41st in 2016) and 43rd in per capita student spending in the whole nation. Our quality teachers are leaving for other states every day because of low pay and lack of respect. Our politicians have played partisan games with our lives by refusing to expand Medicaid. As a physician, Rick Foulke saw first hand- every single day- how important it is to have access to quality healthcare.

Rick was successful because of his hard work and the opportunities afforded to him by the Army. Just as the Army invested in him, Rick believes we must invest in our best and brightest minds, regardless of race or income or social status.

I firmly believe we need to field more veterans as Democratic candidates, for both state and federal offices. And it's not just to swing votes, although I do believe it may be the best way to do that. It's also about integrity and self-discipline, which are traits sometimes hard to detect in more polished politicians. And it's also about representation: About 9% of North Carolinians are veterans, and we have a huge active duty military presence here, as well. They need to know the Democratic Party not only welcomes them, but values their experience and knowledge.

Monday News: Narcissist-In-Chief

TELEVISION AND TWITTER SET THE TONE FOR TRUMP'S TWISTED LEADERSHIP AND POLICY: Around 5:30 each morning, President Donald Trump wakes and tunes in to the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day. Energized, infuriated – often a gumbo of both – Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next door, watching another television. Before taking office, Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article189035854.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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UNHAPPY LEGISLATORS SLING MUD AT COURT: The legislature’s redistricting plans have invariably been concocted in secret, keeping motives and methods far from the view of the public they serve. GOP leaders have also relied on their own taxpayer-financed “outside expert” for help drawing the gerrymandered maps, which is conveniently forgotten amid their outrage over Persily’s alternative plan. There’s no mystery about what Persily’s done or how he’s done it. He has been open, transparent and explicit about his methods and criteria. Legislators and others have had broad opportunities for input. Rather than seeking ways to minimize some voters’ voices, Persily worked to give all voters a full voice in picking their representatives. The only transparency coming out of the General Assembly these days is the hyper-partisan, inappropriate and insulting braying to impugn the work of a bipartisan panel of judges -- working simply to bring fairness to North Carolina’s elections.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-unhappy-legislators-sling-mud-at-court/17163834/

Wake County still battling with Legislature over electoral districts

At stake are Commissioner and School Board seats:

Election officials are asking a judge for permission to use old district lines for next year’s election of Wake County school board members and commissioners as a lawsuit continues to make its way through the court system.

In 2011, the school board and commissioners adopted new election districts that they expected would be used through 2020. But the General Assembly redrew the maps in 2013 to turn two Wake school board seats into regional districts, with each covering about half the county. In 2015, state lawmakers changed the Wake commissioner lines to match the school board districts.

This should really be a no-brainer; nothing of substance has changed since they were allowed to use the old maps in the 2016 Election. And something doesn't become "Constitutional" just because it's aged a couple years:

Saturday News: Carolina Red?

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UNC BOG CONTEMPLATING FORMING A RIGHT-WING "CENTER" ON CHAPEL HILL CAMPUS: Members of the UNC Board of Governors are exploring the idea of establishing a conservative-leaning center at UNC-Chapel Hill that they say would foster debate and achieve more intellectual diversity. The board will hear a presentation Friday from Robert “Robby” George, founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. A delegation of UNC board members and administrators made a university-funded trip to Princeton this fall to learn more about the program, which was founded in 2000, according to its website, to explore “enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article188880434.html

The Republican two-step: Same dance, different music

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