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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:

Americans for Prosperity Thinks Gun Store Owner Ted Budd is (insert adjective here)

Screenshot of of "I really like Ted Budd" ad

Modern political campaigns have been inundated with a large number of connected dark money groups, thanks to Citizens United. A result of this proliferation of laundered money propaganda machines is that they’ve become “compartmentalized”, flooding us with campaign ads for and against candidates, with each group having its own little specialty.

A couple of weeks ago, the Koch network’s Art Pope affiliate, the John Locke Foundation, held a brainstorming session to fight Gun Store Owner Ted “I Never Met a Trump Attempted Coup I Didn’t Like” Budd’s declining poll numbers. Their internal polling was showing the race tied, with Cheri Beasley leading with seniors and college-educated voters and Budd under-performing on a generic ballot.

Koch Network's Americans for Prosperity to the rescue!

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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ILLEGAL LEGISLATORS CAN'T ENACT LEGAL LAWS: Should legislators, improperly elected from judicially ruled illegal racially gerrymandered districts, be able to enact laws that perpetuate racial discrimination? To most common-sense people -- even attorneys (such as state Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore) who learned the “fruit from the poisonous tree” concept in law school – the answer is an obvious “no.” And that is why Friday’s 4-3 State Supreme Court ruling says legislators likely lacked legal authority in 2018 to claim to be representing anyone and thus couldn’t enact legislation to amend the State Constitution. In the case at hand – it is Constitutional Amendments requiring presentation of a photo ID to vote and barring any increase in the state’s income tax rate above 7%. It is the job of the courts to review and determine if the legislature’s actions accord with the State Constitution. When those actions fall short, it is the courts’ job to negate those actions and apply appropriate remedies with which legislators must comply. That isn’t any infringement on anything. It is called the rule of law. That is what democracy is about in North Carolina and the United States. And their response is to attack that very authority that protects our Constitution, the state Supreme Court's oversight of the Legislature. That's what 3rd World dictators do, not responsible elected officials.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-illegal-legislators-can-t-enact-legal-laws/20427102/

The Trump White House was a national security nightmare

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The mishandling of classified material appears to have been rampant:

In addition, the FBI was concerned that the classified information was treated carelessly. The National Archives wrote to the bureau that the boxes it retrieved from Mar-a-Lago contained: “newspapers, magazines, printed news articles, photos, miscellaneous printouts, notes, presidential correspondence, personal and postpresidential records, and ‘a lot of classified records.’ Of most significant concern was that highly classified records were unfoldered, intermixed with other records, and otherwise unproperly identified.”

As innocuous as it may sound, the "unfoldered" part is the most damning, and it speaks volumes about the day-to-day operations in the office of America's worst President. This will give you an idea of what basic document control looks like:

Gun Store Owner Ted Budd is Concerned About the Rising Cost of Pickled Eggs

Ted Budd's basket of groceries

What’s in Ted Budd’s basket?

No, I’m not talking about that kind of basket. Get your mind out of the gutter.

If you’re on YouTube or other streaming services and live in NC, you’ve no doubt been inundated with this annoying ad from Rep. Gun Store Owner Ted “I Have My Nose So Far Up Trump’s Wazoo, I Can See Classified Documents” Budd.

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