Governor Cooper’s “open for business” posture steers our state toward growth in the face of inflation, politicking

Election season is in full swing, and leaders across North Carolina and the country are busy touting their legislative and political victories. And while Governor Cooper is not on the ballot this November, his impact on our state continues to deliver tangible gains for our communities, economy, and political system. Because of his strong leadership, business-minded Democrats are running up and down the ballot and a culture of growth and innovation has permeated our state.

KKK sends threatening letters over statue removal

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Courage in the face of racism:

The mayor of one town in Halifax County said he's calling on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to take action after receiving racist threats. Enfield Mayor Mondale Robinson said that letters his residents received are "domestic terror threats" and should be grounds for a state of emergency.

Residents received letters in a plastic bag with a racial slur, calling on the "white people of Enfield" to do something after someone “stomped down a piece of their white heritage.” The letter referenced the town's decision to take down a confederate statue in a local park.

It was actually bulldozed and not "stomped down," but that really doesn't matter. The peoples' chosen elected officials made the decision (4-1) to get rid of the statue, and the SBI needs to focus its attention on the threats to those residents and officials, and stop worrying about how or why it was done:

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED MEDICAID EXPANSION NOW: Despite careful planning and the tireless efforts of our team members, ECU Health is facing the same unprecedented challenges as other health systems. Some of our current challenges stem from unexpected and extremely high labor costs in addition to the rising cost of supplies like medicine and equipment, which are significantly higher than they were just one year ago. In rural regions like ours, navigating these realities is even more difficult. We already face a high burden of disease, a large geographical area where local providers and teams provide a literal lifeline to quality care and a large number of community members who don’t have access to adequate health insurance. That is why it is vital that the General Assembly pass Medicaid expansion and move forward with HASP funding. Together, these efforts will help close the insurance gap, provide care for our most vulnerable community members, lower medical bills, bring much-needed dollars to the state and allow health systems and hospitals to continue to provide high-quality care to those who depend on it. 9 out of 10 of the rural hospitals that have been forced to close their doors nationwide have been in states that have *not* expanded Medicaid. NC has lost 7 of those hospitals so far, and several more are teetering on the edge. The difference between traveling 20 miles for care or 120 miles is a deadly one, and those are deaths that don't need to happen.
https://www.wral.com/michael-waldrum-rural-communities-need-medicaid-expansion-now/20443241/

Republican candidates are now removing Trump from their websites....

Since the Dobbs Supreme Court ruling, Republicans have been scrubbing/erasing their previous views on abortion. That’s a pretty big deal.

However, on MSNBC tonight Senator Claire McCaskill mentioned a major shift.

Republican candidates are scrubbing/erasing Donald Trump from their websites.

That’s a BFD…

Maggie Astor NY Times

Hump-Day Handouts

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Once again Greg Lindberg is in hot water:

The regulator alleged that Lindberg, once North Carolina’s largest political donor, and an associate looted more than $75 million from Lindberg’s insurance companies, compromising the companies’ liquidity and leading to a state takeover of the insurers that has kept policy holders from receiving payments.

The money flowed through a Malta-based advisory firm through complicated schemes designed to mask the fact that Lindberg treated insurance company money as his own, SEC investigators said in their complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

I'm sorely tempted to label him the "Maltese Vulture," but those carrion fowl actually serve a purpose. Speaking of disgusting and contemptible people, the South Carolina House just passed a near-total abortion ban yesterday:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

This money is desperately needed, and the Pope network is desperately fighting it:

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