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.

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:

Wednesday News: Good riddance


BOTH JUSTIN BURR AND BEVERLY BOSWELL LOSE GOP PRIMARIES: On Tuesday night, the state lawmaker behind attempts to redraw judicial districts lost his primary election by nearly 1,000 votes. Wayne Sasser, a 67-year-old semi-retired pharmacist, beat Rep. Justin Burr of Stanly County in the House District 67 Republican primary. Rep. Beverly Boswell fell to Bobby Hanig, a Currituck County commissioner, by 411 votes in their Republican primary. Boswell of Dare County recently garnered attention outside of House District 6 and the Outer Banks for her comments about students participating in nationwide school walkouts being "Tide pod eaters" and misidentifying herself as a nurse. Hanig received 53 percent of the vote to Boswell's 47 percent.

Tuesday News: Kiss of death?

TODAY IS JUDGMENT DAY FOR DEMOCRAT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Hall is battling accusations of sexual harassment, most of them anonymous. He has denied all, and ignored calls to resign from top Democrats, including Gov. Roy Cooper. Hall has mostly avoided reporters for the last two months, but in a late campaign mailer said "recent stories" about him are false. Still, someone is plastering Hall's campaign signs with puckered lip stickers. Dahle, a first-time candidate running against Hall, raised about $40,000. She's received support from state and national groups that support Democratic women. Lillian's List, the North Carolina group, contributed $5,000. Emily's List has a staff member who lives in North Carolina helping Dahle with her campaign, President Stephanie Schriock said last week in a call with reporters.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

In case you've been living under a rock:

Don't be the voter who lets "them" figure out who should run in November. You are them.

NC GOP double-bunks three of its elected women

Apparently they have too many women in office:

Incumbent lawmakers running for re-election are used to campaigning against primary challengers, but usually those challengers aren't other incumbents. But that's a situation four Republican state senators are facing this year after redistricting drew two incumbents each into District 45 and District 31. First-term Sen. Deanna Ballard, R-Watauga, faces off against three-term Sen. Shirley Randleman, R-Wilkes, in District 45, which includes Watauga, Wilkes, Avery and Alleghany counties and part of Surry County.

Nathan Miller, vice chairman of the Watauga County Republican Party, said a lot of people are frustrated with having a double-bunked district. "They're both highly qualified, they're both highly competent," Miller said. "Frankly, I don't know why they got double-bunked. ... They're both strong-willed females in the N.C. Senate. Why would you want to double-bunk them? Eventually one of them is going to lose."

If by "eventually" you mean tomorrow, then yes, eventually one of them will lose her seat. The other race mentioned (District 31) also has a double-bunked GOP woman (Joyce Krawiec), so that makes three out of the four unlucky candidates female. Because GOP values are either inscrutable or non-existent.

Monday News: 2018, the year of the Women


119 FEMALE CANDIDATES RUN FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEATS: There may be more people running for the General Assembly this year than ever before. Every seat has competition, and Democrats feel so good about their chance to break the Republican super-majority that they've widened their target list to include dozens of legislative seats. There are also more women running. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina said this week that, the last time there was a General Assembly primary without a presidential election in 2014, 24 women ran for the legislature. This year, 119 women are on the ballot in state House and Senate races, the league said. Several Republican districts that don't look competitive on paper not only have a Democratic challenge set for November but a primary to name that challenger. Contested races aren't just a chance to win, they're a chance to force the other side to spend time and money. “It was a concerted strategy," Democratic Party spokesman Robert Howard said.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


MCCRORY CAMPAIGN SHOULD FACE TRIAL FOR FALSE VOTER FRAUD CLAIMS: A desperate McCrory claimed massive voter fraud was the cause of his deficit. Cooper’s tally was boosted, McCrory claimed, by “counting the votes of dead people and felons.” To manufacture proof for the unfounded accusations, dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unsuspecting, civic-minded citizens were falsely and irresponsibly accused of election fraud – a felony. Their names and addresses were revealed in their communities, broadcast over the airwaves and printed on the pages of local newspapers. They have gone to court accusing the McCrory campaign and those it hired of defamation, want the record cleared and are asking for monetary damages. Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour needs to reject the defendants efforts to duck responsibility for their bad behavior. Those who were falsely accused deserve to have their day in court.


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