Monday News: Three thousand, seven hundred seventy


OVER 231,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS: At least 231,471 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,770 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,719 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,321 the day before. Five coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. About 5.2% of tests were reported positive on Saturday. That’s lower than the 8% of positive test results reported last weekend but higher than the 5% target set by health officials. At least 1,046 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 Saturday, up from 1,034 the day before.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


SELFISH LACK OF COMPASSION DRIVES TRUMP'S COVID 19 RESPONSE: Here’s the clear truth. There is no mystery to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Maintain social distancing, wash hands often and wear a hygienic mask. Wearing a mask is more effective than a vaccine. Says who? Says the man President Donald Trump put in charge of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield. What logical reason could there be to refusing to wear a mask? What statement is made by attending a political rally, a reception for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee or re-entering the White House after a three-day COVID-19 infection-related emergency hospital stay — and refusing to wear a mask? How has something so commonsensical morphed into a statement of partisan politics; religious faith; political ideology and virility? Why does it spawn child-like behavior, as exhibited in the House and Senate chambers of the North Carolina legislature? Just as there is no vaccine for COVID-19, there isn’t one for willfully ignoring the facts which seems to be a pandemic of its own spreading through the White House, Congress, and North Carolina politics.

Saturday News: Dandy, Denied


FOREST MAKES A MOTION TO ALLOW ALL SCHOOLS TO REOPEN FULL-TIME: But Forest’s motion to allow all K-12 public schools to fully reopen was determined to be out of order. The state board and the state Department of Public Instruction have worked with the governor’s office on school reopening issues. Forest’s motion was criticized by Cooper’s campaign, which said Forest has missed 45% of state board meetings over the past seven years. The state board is made up of members who are there because of their position, such as lieutenant governor and state treasurer, and people appointed by the governor. “When you consistently don’t show up for meetings, it’s hard to know how things work,” Liz Doherty, a spokeswoman for Cooper’s campaign, said Friday. “Dan Forest believes schools should re-open with no plan to keep our children safe and healthy and that is dangerous.”

Today is the last day for voter registration for 2020 Election


Unless you're planning to one-stop early vote:

Applications received after 5 p.m. Friday will be timely if postmarked on or before Oct. 9. If a postmark is missing or unclear, an application will be processed if it’s received no later than 20 days before the election. Otherwise, the application won’t be processed until after the election.

Faxed or emailed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, and hard copies must be delivered to the Board of Elections by 20 days before the election.

Understand, if you have moved since you last registered to vote, even if you're still in the same voting precinct, your registration is no longer valid and must be updated. You can check your voter registration status right here just to make sure. If you miss today's deadline, you can register and vote the same day at an early voting site. But you will need to provide proof of residence when doing so. Here are some other qualifications to consider:

Friday News: The Party of Racism

GREG MURPHY TWEETS KAMALA HARRIS WAS ONLY PICKED BECAUSE OF HER COLOR: Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was picked for her color and her race, an Eastern North Carolina Republican congressman tweeted — and then deleted — during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate. Greg Murphy is a first-term Republican representative from Greenville. He was elected in a special election in 2019 to fill the 3rd Congressional District vacancy left by the death of Rep. Walter Jones. “@KamalaHarris is a walking disaster. ... she was only picked for her color and her race .... is that how we pick our leaders now in America??,” Murphy tweeted. Murphy spent much of the debate weighing in on Twitter, posting several tweets questioning Harris’ credentials. “Biggest take away from the VP Debate -- @KamalaHarris is not qualified to be POTUS in any way, shape or form,” Murphy tweeted.

Last month was the warmest September on record

Fiddling while the forests burn:

Worldwide, last month was the warmest September on record, topping a record set just a year before, European scientists announced Wednesday. It was also the hottest September on record for Europe. Northern Siberia, Western Australia, the Middle East and parts of South America similarly recorded above-average temperatures.

The announcement, by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, an intergovernmental agency supported by the European Union, capped nine months of devastating wildfires and followed the most active Atlantic hurricane season since 2005.

But of course this is just another Democrat hoax, created decades ago to (eventually) make Donald Trump look bad. The John Locke Foundation has always been a climate change denier, or a proponent of "there's got to be a better way than renewables," while of course coming up with zero ideas to achieve that. But their decision to hire Amy Oliver Cooke to lead their organization was the ultimate kow-tow to the fossil fuel industry:


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