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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


TRUITT'S JOB IS TO STAND WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN, NOT POLITICAL PATRONS: As an independently elected statewide leader her focus should be, regardless of partisan leanings, on North Carolina’s public-school students, the concerns of their parents, the necessary instructional resources, welfare and working conditions of classroom teachers and support for educational staff and administrators. If that were the case, her reaction late last month to the Senate’s budget would have been very different. She would have accurately noted – instead of ignored -- that the Senate’s spending plan falls far short of the true and desperate needs of public schools. The Senate’s spending plan continues a documented legacy of neglect. Legislative leaders don’t need any more cheerleaders. But the school children of North Carolina do. Truitt must stand up for the public schools – the students, teachers, staff and administrators -- she was elected to lead.

Saturday News: Bank Run Burr


RICHARD BURR IS USING CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO DEFEND INSIDER TRADING CHARGES: The North Carolina Republican has used donations from his fellow senators’ leadership committees to pay mounting legal expenses throughout 2021 as his own campaign account has dwindled. Burr said in mid-January that the DOJ probe had been closed and no charges would be filed. At least 25 current U.S. senators and one former member have contributed money since February to the Richard Burr Legal Expense Trust Fund, according to first-quarter documents filed with the Senate’s Office of Public Records and campaign finance reports. Fellow North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and two current U.S. representatives from the state have donated. It's obvious that Burr cares nothing about ethics, when it comes to money, anyway.

Friday News: It's all about the Benjamins


UNC FUNDRAISER QUITS HIS UNETHICAL SIDE-JOB: Routh, 61, had been working for New Republic Partners for roughly two months, according to a letter the firm shared with “shareholders, clients and friends” dated May 3. That was a day before a UNC human resources director had signed a university document noting that she had reviewed Routh’s proposal to do the outside work. New Republic’s letter said Routh would serve as an independent consultant and senior advisor “available to talk with successful families and individuals, as well as endowments and foundations, about the investment management solutions, wealth advisory offerings and concierge financial services.” It was a more expansive role than what Routh described in his written proposal to UNC officials when disclosing his plans for outside work.

Thursday News: Saying the quiet part outloud


TIM MOORE SPOKESBOT SEZ TRUSTEES REIGN IN "LIBERAL" COLLEGE TOWNS: North Carolina’s House speaker says there’s no need to change how members are appointed to two of the most influential higher education boards in the state, despite journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ call for a change to the inherently political process. “The UNC Board of Trustees is appointed by the Board of Governors and General Assembly to represent the entire state, not just the wishes of left-wing college towns, students and faculty,” said Moore spokesperson Demi Dowdy. “The current board is composed of accomplished professionals of a variety of backgrounds, and there is no appetite for changing the appointment structure.” After Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, won the 2016 election, Republicans rushed to strip the future governor of his ability to appoint Board of Trustees members at individual universities.

Wednesday News: Therapy is therapy


43-1 IN WRAL SURVEY SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NC: Some viewers spoke from personal experience with medical marijuana. "I support medical cannabis because I'm a veteran of the Iraq war. And I was diagnosed with PTSD after I got out of military," said Thomas Baker in Wake County. "I was living in California at the time, and was able to access medical cannabis, and it truly helped save my life." Others said it could help them with their current medical conditions. "I hope the North Carolina General Assembly will approve medical marijuana for those of us that deal with chronic back pain due to failed back surgeries, failed nerve issues, multiple sclerosis, war victims, and so on," said Johnston County's Tanya Clemmons Cook "We deserve a break." Some said it could be a pain-management alternative to opioids, without the risk of overdose those drugs continue to pose.

Monday News: Gun Culture Club


SAMPSON COUNTY DEPUTY SHOOTS, KILLS ARMED PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER: In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said the deputy stopped a pickup truck on Laurel Lake Road at the intersection of Lakewood School Road around 1:09 p.m. The release doesn’t say why the deputy stopped the vehicle. The person inside the truck was armed when the deputy approached the vehicle, the news release said. That’s when the officer fired his gun, fatally injuring the person the news release described as an “armed suspect.” “Life saving measures” were performed unsuccessfully, the release says, and the person died at the scene. The NC State Bureau of Investigation is investigating, which the sheriff’s office said is protocol in North Carolina when a deputy is involved in a shooting.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


UNC TRUSTEES DID THEIR JOB AND DID THE RIGHT THING: The approval of tenure is an impediment that has been overcome. As Hannah-Jones should know well from both her work as a journalist and experience in life, it is just a battle and she has the opportunity to make those doubters – even those who might also be prejudiced – see the error of their pre-judgment and offer them enlightenment and a broader view. She must take this job. Each day she’s in the classroom, each interaction with her students and fellow academics, is a chance to further enhance the university’s reputation for higher education excellence and freedom of thought. Those who seem bent on limiting intellectual inquiry at our public universities will be further thwarted as she gives her students -- regardless of who they are – opportunities to exchange ideas, open themselves to a variety of perspectives and challenge conventional thought with civil dialogue.

Saturday News: Slim pickings


GOP SENATE HOPEFULS QUESTIONED ABOUT THE BIG LIE: Of the three leading Republican candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary, just one confirmed he would have voted to certify the election of President Joe Biden. Pat McCrory, a former governor and Charlotte mayor, confirmed through an advisor this week that he would have voted to uphold the election results. U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, who received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in early June, was in Congress on Jan. 6 and Budd voted against certification. In a statement, an advisor to Budd’s campaign said the lawmakers were “exercising their Constitutional authority to seek a review of the integrity of the 2020 elections process.” Former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, who left office on Jan. 3, said through an advisor this week that he would have voted for “election integrity,” but declined to answer the question directly.

Friday news: Some cheese with that whine?


NCGA REPUBLICANS SEND NASTY LETTER TO NCAA OVER BASEBALL DECISION: "The decision to disqualify the NC State baseball team came at the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Health Department. Their recommendation was not a requirement," the letter reads "The NCAA, in turn, treated this recommendation as a directive and eliminated the NC State baseball team from further participation." The 65 House and Senate signatories, mostly but not all Republicans, also complain that the NCAA had announced that it would test only unvaccinated players. "[T]he infected members with COVID-19 were in contact with Vanderbilt’s team. Yet, they were allowed to continue forward in the series. If the NCAA’s goal is to follow the science behind the COVID-19 virus, Vanderbilt’s baseball team should have also been eliminated," the letter reads. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Thursday News: Green (big) deal


MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL GETS THUMB'S UP FROM NC SENATE COMMITTEE: A key Senate committee gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a proposal to allow marijuana use in North Carolina for certain medical conditions and to set up a state network for supply and distribution of the drug. The vote was historic. No North Carolina Senate committee has ever taken a vote on medical marijuana. One House committee voted down a proposal back in 2015, and no bill has been heard in committee in either chamber since then before Wednesday's Senate Judiciary committee vote. Senate Bill 711 was amended to reduce the number of distribution centers from a maximum of 80 statewide to 40 and to lower the fine for an infraction to $100. Trafficking in medical marijuana would receive a slightly harsher penalty than trafficking non-medical marijuana.


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