Tuesday Twitter roundup

This is not a bad idea...

I was at a local candidates' forum last night (I'm not running this year) and four different people asked me something along the lines of, "What's going on with the judges?" I didn't even know where to start, so I covered the making them all run every two years thing, and the possible referendum to get rid of elections and do Legislative appointments. One of those people blew my mind when he said, "So, they're going to make voters struggle through a long list of judicial races, and then ask them if making appointments is a better idea, huh? It will probably work." I hadn't thought of that combination, but it makes perfect sense, considering the GOP's devious nature.

Monday Numbers: On gold mines and shafts


Chris Fitzsimon exposes the unfairness of GOP tax "reform":

20—amount in dollars of the average federal tax cuts in 2027 for households with children earning less than $75,000 under GOP tax framework released in late September.

230,000—amount in dollars of the average tax cuts in 2027 for households with children earning $1 million or more under GOP tax framework released in late September.

If this issue merely affected income tax rates, it would be bad enough. Even Reagan-era tax cuts gave a nod to the middle class, and his efforts to minimize deficit problems targeted tax shelters for the wealthy, and not deductions everybody used. But these new tax cuts rely heavily on deep cuts to the social safety net, Medicaid in particular:

Monday News: Toxic foxes in the hen house


SCOTT PRUITT BRINGS IN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY REPS TO HELP RUN EPA: The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems. So scientists and administrators in the EPA’s Office of Water were alarmed in late May when a top Trump administration appointee insisted upon the rewriting of a rule to make it harder to track the health consequences of the chemical, and therefore regulate it. The revision was among more than a dozen demanded by the appointee, Nancy B. Beck, after she joined the EPA’s toxic chemical unit in May as a top deputy. For the previous five years, she had been an executive at the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


MARCIA MOREY: LEGISLATIVE LEADERS MAKING POWER-GRAB TO CONTROL NC COURTS: This systematic attack on North Carolina’s judiciary by the power hungry oligarchy leading the General Assembly is a disgrace. Even former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, a Republican, labeled this latest initiative a “continued effort to try and intimidate the judiciary,” in an interview with N.C. Policy Watch. He found it repugnant. Step by step, bill by bill, the courts are being dangled and toyed with by legislative puppet masters regardless of the fact that they are a constitutionally separate and co-equal branch of government. This is not about better justice for North Carolinians. It is about the legislative leadership’s anger over recent court decisions declaring many of their laws unconstitutional, particularly a decision that said they were voted into power by illegal, racially gerrymandered districts.

E.A.T.S. Guidelines for issue advocacy in the Internet age

Notes from a recent class I gave to progressive activists:

EXPOSURE: Try to reach the widest audience possible when you are advocating for a specific issue. Although their circulation has dropped considerably, even small local newspapers will reach thousands of people, and LTE’s are a great communication tool. Social media on the Internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can reach even more if something you write goes viral. But be prepared for pushback.

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Saturday News: It's popcorn time...

PITTENGER IN CROSS HAIRS AS ROVE/BANNON FEUD GETS NASTY: On Thursday morning, GOP strategist Karl Rove lambasted Steve Bannon in the Wall Street Journal for his involvement in Republican primaries. By Thursday afternoon, Bannon’s allies were already plotting their revenge: mobilization against North Carolina Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger — Rove’s pick in that race. Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist who has returned to helm the hard-right outlet Breitbart, has cast the 2018 primary season as a war against the Republican establishment and is now prominently involved in a series of GOP contests across the country. To date, his emphasis has been on the Senate. Meanwhile, “Bannon now plans to meet with Harris,” said a source close to Bannon, in an interview Thursday after Rove’s op-ed posted. “Bannon has decided to target Pittenger.”

Bigoted, uninformed, and irredeemable: The demagogue Dan Forest


He makes Tami Fitzgerald seem reasonable in comparison:

Governor Cooper's Executive Order once again opens the bathroom stall for those who would seek to do women and children harm while falsely claiming they are transgender. While I take at face value the Governor's intent to help transgender people use the bathroom of their identity, his order creates a legal loophole that will be exploited by non-transgender pedophiles, stalkers and perverts. All bathrooms at state rest areas, parks and museums will now be fertile ground for sexual deviants who will falsely claim to be transgender to gain protected access to our women and children.

This is from his official page, not his personal or campaign stuff. In other words, you and I are paying for this hyperbolic nonsense, this monster-under-the-bed immature fear-mongering. James is right, we need to do everything in our power to bring this bible-thumping televangelist down on his knees and out the door.

Friday News: It's called homicide

JAIL DEATHS ON THE RISE DUE TO PENNY-PINCHING "EFFICIENCY" EFFORTS: In Cleveland County, Archie McNeilly Jr., 40, died from renal failure on May 12, 2015, after spending a week in the jail. His family claims in a lawsuit that detention officers and nurses did little in response to his complaints of weakness and abdominal pain, and were angered at his inability to control his bowel movements. An autopsy showed McNeilly had a large kidney stone and a related infection that shut down his kidneys. McNeilly had been accused of breaking and entering, larceny and possessing stolen property. The deaths in Craven, Cleveland and Stanly counties all happened in jails served by the same health care provider, Southern Health Partners, a company based in Chattanooga, Tenn.


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