Wednesday News: Not-so-bright ideas


REPUBLICAN "SIGNING BONUS" PLAN RUNS INTO FEDERAL ROADBLOCK: The proposal would pay $1,500 to someone who takes a job within 30 days, or $800 if the person is hired within 60 days. Lawmakers' original plan was to use federal pandemic unemployment funds to pay for the bonuses, but federal law does not allow those funds to be used as bonuses. Congress would have to take action to allow states more flexibility in how the federal funds can be used. The extended federal unemployment benefits will expire September 6th. But summer tourism season is already underway, and restaurants and hotels are struggling to find enough staff to serve the public. Edwards says the bonuses could help. Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC13) has proposed a bill that would replace the extended pandemic unemployment benefits - currently worth $300 a week - with a $900 federal back-to-work bonus. He called the extended benefits a "stay home bonus."

Tuesday News: "Person Three"


UNIDENTIFIED NC MAN WAS A COORDINATOR FOR OATH KEEPERS JAN 6: On Friday, the same day a grand jury approved the new indictment, Department of Justice prosecutors were describing in court filings what else they've learned about the group's so-called Quick Reaction Force, an effort to allegedly bring guns to a Northern Virginia Comfort Inn as backup for the siege. The Friday filing described whom prosecutors believe to be the organizer of the QRF, a person from North Carolina identified as "Person Three." The anonymized name means the person may not be arrested and charged at this time -- and Person Three is not among the four new charged defendants. Previously, prosecutors had described how the Oath Keepers gathered and stashed weapons at the Comfort Inn, and how defendant Thomas Caldwell of Virginia allegedly had floated an idea of ferrying weapons across the Potomac River to assist with the Capitol siege.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

As I commented elsewhere, this should be a no-brainer. The UNC BOG coughed up $2.5 million to a handful of Confederate nutters to "settle" a lawsuit that had not even been filed yet. Making this right won't cost the Trustees a dime.

Judge rips Trump for continuing election disinformation


The NC GOP needs to pay close attention to this:

A U.S. judge said there is a risk that Donald Trump's supporters could still carry out attacks similar to the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, noting the former president's "near-daily fulminations" about his election loss have not subsided.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson made the remark in a written decision on Wednesday explaining why she would continue to jail Cleveland Meredith Jr. while he awaits trial on charges that he texted about "putting a bullet" in U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's head.

Recently the NC Republican Party announced that Trump's speech(es) at their 2021 Convention would be open to the public and media outlets, and you can bet he will spew more of this "election was stolen!" garbage once that mic is turned on. That convention begins 3 days from now, turning Greenville into a circus town. More from the judge:

Monday News: Thirteen thousand seventy eight


NC'S COVID 19 CASE COUNT PASSES ONE MILLION MARK: At least 1,001,154 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 13,078 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 738 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down from 849 the day before. At least 694 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, up from 681 the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day for which data is available, 3.8% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 53% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 48.8% are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


CHARADE BONUSES? JUST PAY NC WORKERS A LIVABLE WAGE: Former Gov. Pat McCrory, now a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, bragged in a recent interview about slashing the state’s unemployment benefits back in 2013 to among the lowest in the nation. He perpetuated the myth that lowering benefits drives people to work saying some employers tell him “they cannot fill jobs now because when you pay people more not to work, guess what they’ll do? Most of them won’t work.” The facts just don’t bear it out. North Carolinians want to be on the job. Private sector employment for April has increased from 3.337 million a year ago to 3.763 million. In the hospitality and leisure sector, some have contended restaurant wait staff are shirking jobs in favor of government payouts. Not so say the figures. Employment surged 54% from 287,000 last April to 442,000 this year. What some workers are realizing, as they’ve struggled to cope during the pandemic, is the costs of childcare and related expenses to maintain a low-wage job are actually money losers.

Saturday News: Aiding and abetting treason


TILLIS VOTES TO BLOCK PROBE INTO JAN 6TH INSURRECTION: Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a commission Friday that would investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, using the filibuster to prevent a vote on the legislation. North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis voted not to end debate, a procedural vote that ends consideration of the underlying bill. Fellow Republican Sen. Richard Burr was not present to vote, one of 11 senators who did not vote. Burr was in North Carolina due to an unavoidable conflict, according to a spokesperson Friday. Supporters needed 60 votes to move to the legislation in the Senate. Six Republicans voted in support of the commission, but the 54-35 tally did not reach the needed threshold. It was the first GOP filibuster since Democrats gained control of the Senate in January.


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