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Thursday News: Power trip

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NC REPUBLICANS ARE NOW TARGETING AG JOSH STEIN: Tucked into this year’s state budget bill is a proposal that would give Republican legislative leaders veto power over legal settlements that involve challenges to a state law or part of the state constitution — allowing them to override the attorney general or individual state agencies on details the lawmakers oppose, even if they aren’t a party in the lawsuit. This year’s proposed budget would also cut $3 million from Stein’s office, the continuation of a $10 million cut lawmakers approved in 2017 just months after Stein was sworn in. Republican Senate leader Phil Berger explained those cuts, The N&O reported, by saying he was unhappy with Stein for doing “whatever he thinks is appropriate.” Apparently the voters think those things were appropriate, too. Quit acting like 7th graders, FFS.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253883033.html

Wednesday News: Nice try, but no

CAWTHORN'S SPOKESIDIOT SEZ MADDY DIDN'T ADVOCATE BLOODSHED: Luke Ball, a spokesman for Cawthorn, said in a statement to the Washington Post that the lawmaker’s remarks Sunday were “in no way supporting or advocating for any form of violence.” Cawthorn’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the Observer. “In his comments, Congressman Cawthorn is CLEARLY advocating for violence not to occur over election integrity questions,” Ball told the Post in a statement. “He fears others would erroneously choose that route and strongly states that election integrity issues should be resolved peacefully and never through violence.” When Cawthorn won the 2020 election at 25, he became the youngest Republican ever elected to Congress. And by far the most immature, and that's saying a mouthful.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253881613.html

Monday News: Fourteen thousand, three hundred nineteen

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COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NC HIT 3,651 UNDER DELTA VARIANT: At least 1,189,296 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 14,319 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 8,105 new COVID-19 cases, down from 8,620 on Thursday. At least 3,651 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, up from 3,552 the day before. Health officials reported Friday that 912 adults were being treated in intensive care units — the highest count since the pandemic began. As of Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 12.8% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. People who haven’t gotten COVID-19 vaccines are over 15 times more likely to die from the disease than those who are vaccinated, North Carolina officials said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article253787728.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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GLADYS ROBINSON ON THE FOLLY OF ANTI-ANTI-RACISM: And if you don't want to teach anti-racism, what are we teaching? We ought to be teaching anti-racism. Because the concept is that you are no better than me. And our Children have to learn that because we messed up. We've screwed this place up, to make little children who see the hearts of teachers who care about them rather than their skin color. They see teachers who care about them. These teachers aren't indoctrinating them. That's a bunch of political lies. Even the News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer says there is no fact to what the lieutenant governor says. He can't document it. These children don't have healthcare. Yet in this budget you refused to fund what Leandro demands. You refuse to give them health professionals, counselors, nurses. Give them the resources, build the buildings. All the kids don't go to air-conditioned buildings. Let's build the facilities, let's do what we're here to do. The General Assembly is supposed to be the great equalizer, the entity that pulls up the poorer school districts to give them parity with wealthy ones. It most certainly is not supposed to perpetuate White Supremacist beliefs.
https://www.wral.com/sen-gladys-robinson-stop-nonsense-and-lies-enable-teachers-to-teach-so-our-chil...

Saturday News: Hurry up and wait

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COVID SURGE IS SLOWING DOWN AMBULANCE SERVICE: Emergency Medical Service departments across the Triangle say they're being slowed down by crowded hospitals as 911 calls hit record levels due to the pandemic. The impact is highest in Wake County, where EMS responded to a record-breaking 10,000 calls in May, and has set new, higher records each month this summer, according to Wake County EMS Assistant Chief Brian Brooks. Brooks said average time it takes to check a patient into the ER and get back out on the road used to be between five and 15 minutes. Because ERs are so crowded, it now takes 45 minutes. "We’ve had times up to two hours on several occasions last week, but that’s not a normal occurrence," Brooks said. "It certainly trickles down to the streets, because those units are now tied up in the hospital and not able to answer the next emergency call that comes up." It did not have to be like this, it's a result of wanton irresponsibility.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/crowded-triangle-emergency-rooms-mean-it-may-take-longer-for-ambula...

Friday News: Déjà vu all over again

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UNC-CH AND NC STATE SEE SPIKES IN COVID CASES: At UNC-CH, new daily student cases have quadrupled since the first day of classes last week. Fifty cases were reported on Wednesday, according to the COVID-19 dashboard. That’s nearly triple the amount of new cases reported the previous day. The university is not requiring vaccines, but 88% of UNC-CH students and 82% of employees have reported they are vaccinated as of Aug. 26. At N.C. State, 44 students tested positive on Tuesday and another 21 new cases were reported Wednesday. N.C. State is not reporting vaccination rates on its website, but reports that more than 28,000 members of its campus community are vaccinated. Vaccinations should be required, at all UNC System schools.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article253764468.html

Thursday News: Sorry, NC farmers

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REPUBLICANS SCREW UP NC MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL: Pat Oglesby, a former business and law professor at UNC who has worked on medical marijuana issues in other states, told lawmakers Tuesday that they should reconsider the part of the bill related to who can get a license to grow medical marijuana in North Carolina. The current version would require a grower to previously have had “at least five years of experience in cultivation, production, extraction, product development, quality control, and inventory management of medical cannabis in a state-licensed medical or adult use cannabis operation.” Oglesby said this isn’t about something like building a nuclear power plant; it’s about growing a plant, and North Carolinians can do that. But there’s probably almost no one in North Carolina who would technically qualify under those rules, Oglesby said. I wonder if they even asked Steve Troxler about this?
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253708398.html

Wednesday News: Tarheel Taliban

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MARK ROBINSON TAKES HIS "TEACHER INDOCTRINATION" CRUSADE TO THE NEXT STEP: Some North Carolina teachers are misusing their position to indoctrinate and influence students, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson claimed in a report he released Tuesday. The “Indoctrination in North Carolina Public Education Report” comes as Robinson and other state Republican leaders are trying to pass legislation that would put new rules on how schools teach about race and racism. GOP leaders say the report, which they insisted is not meant to be a teacher witch hunt, shows that there’s a need to pass legislation regulating what’s taught in schools. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg teacher Justin Parmenter says the complaints he got from the task force as part of a public records request were “dominated by white racial resentment.” I don't believe a damn word coming out of Robinson's mouth. Trump 2.0.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253690073.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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PISTOL PURCHASE PERMIT REPEAL ENDANGERS LIVES, MUST BE VETOED: The federal system only involves gun purchases from a “Federal Firearms Licensee.” There are NO checks for guns purchased from individuals or at gun shows. The system also only tracks and accounts criminal convictions – NOT recent arrests, pending charges that might have been dropped or if someone’s in the midst of a legal proceeding concerning a domestic abuse or violence restraint order. Current law requires sheriffs to both check the national system as well as criminal history from the state Administrative Office of the Courts. State Sen. Natasha Marcus, a Mecklenburg County Democrat, says in the last fiscal year more than 2,300 Mecklenburg County permit applicants passed the “National Instant Criminal Background Check System” but not the local background review. And that's why they want it repealed, so they can game the system.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-pistol-purchase-permit-repeal-endangers-lives-cooper-needs-to-veto-it...

Saturday News: Get. Your. Shot.

RALEIGH'S HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL REQUIRE VACCINE CARD: In order to gain entry, attendees will need to show their vaccination card, a photocopy of it, or photograph of it on their phone, or they’ll need to show negative test result for the virus obtained within 72 hours “for each day that you attend the festival,” organizers said in an announcement on the festival’s website. Attendees must also bring photo ID. The festival is also strongly encouraging attendees to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status or seating location. And while the festival will be held at outdoor stages in Downtown Raleigh, event organizers reminded patrons that masks will be required at all indoor spaces, per the city’s recently adopted mask mandate.
https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article253640183.html

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