Tuesday News: And they're off...

3-JUDGE PANEL APPROVES USE OF NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP: North Carolina judges ordered a new U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month be used in the 2020 elections, deciding on Monday there wasn’t time to scrutinize the boundaries further for any left-over extreme partisan bias. The three-judge panel agreed it was too late in the election cycle to receive evidence and testimony that would be necessary to consider detailed redistricting arguments from the lawmakers and from Democratic and independent voters who challenged the latest congressional maps. “There's simply not sufficient time to fully develop the factual record necessary to decide the constitutional challenges to the new congressional districts without significantly delaying the primary elections,” Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway said from the bench. “It is time for the citizens to vote.”
https://www.wral.com/new-north-carolina-congress-map-up-for-state-judges-review/18806211/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Dropping like flies:

If I were a betting man, I'd wager it has very little to do with "shifting boundaries" and a lot to do with BergerMoore turning every session into a marathon; driving to Raleigh by 8:30 a.m. nearly every day, and having night sessions a couple times a week. That's not how any of this is supposed to work.

Tillis dodges a bullet in the GOP Primary

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Apparently kissing Trump's ass religiously eventually works:

Raleigh businessman Garland Tucker won't face U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in next year's GOP primary after all, sources with knowledge of his plans said Monday.

Tucker was calling supporters Monday with the news, and a formal announcement is expected soon. Tucker announced a challenge against Tillis earlier this year, and the two were already been advertising against each other in what was expected to be an expensive GOP primary.

I wouldn't be surprised if Trump or somebody in his unstable orbit leaned on (or worse) Garland Tucker to get him to drop out. So much for him losing in the Primary...

Candidate filing for 2020 Election begins today

Except for NC's Congressional races, that is:

Political year 2020 gets underway in North Carolina today, as the filing period opens for candidates seeking most local, state and federal offices.

From noon today until noon Dec. 20, those wanting to appear on the ballot in 2020 can file with their local board of elections office or the state board in Raleigh, depending on which seat they are seeking. It’s this filing, rather than any announcements at party events or in the news media, that determines who shows up on next year’s ballot.

Now is the time for County Party officers (with help from Precinct folks) to focus on races that fall into their jurisdiction, with an eye towards making sure there is a viable candidate for each one. "Viable" might seem like a heavy-handed word, and it's as good a time as any to remind elected officers not to endorse in a Democratic Primary. But occasionally somebody will file who has neither the mental capacity nor the temperament and/or character to run a competitive campaign. That's what Primaries are for. There are well over 200 races in the upcoming Primary/General, including 170 General Assembly seats:

Monday News: Because Freedom

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ORANGE COUNTY CHURCH SETS UP BAIL FUND FOR THE POOR: People have been incarcerated before trial after being accused of littering, trespassing and stealing a a rotisserie chicken from a grocery store. Some have pleaded guilty without due process so they could go home and go about their lives, according to a new group Orange County Bail/Bond Justice. The group is the latest organization in the Triangle area trying to change that by establishing a rotating $50,000 bail fund. Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill launched the project in January 2019. The bail fund will post a maximum bail of $3,000 for those who cannot afford to pay it. When these people show up for their court dates, the money will be returned to the fund for other people to use. The fund will only cover Orange County residents charged with crimes in Orange County, and the nonprofit will consider previous failures to appear in court when deciding whether or not to fund a person’s bail.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article237628324.html

Sunday thinking

A Twitter post I saw this morning gave me a glimmer of hope. It argued that there's no way the US House will send the case to the Senate before the work is done. That means having i's dotted and t's crossed. For better or worse, that can't happen as long as subpoenas are ignored and litigation is ongoing. It could take until March or longer for the charges to be resolved.

NOTE: If any of you are in touch with Democratic leaders, please pass along this suggestion to them:

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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BURR'S COMMITTEE WORK WASN'T A HOAX; HE NEEDS TO SAY SO: As a loyal and partisan Republican, Burr may want to stand with the president on the question of impeachment. But loyalty should not be blind. Burr needs to stand up for the work of his committee – one that he has proudly pointed to as a bipartisan effort to find and tell the truth about Russia’s efforts to manipulate U.S. politics and elections. Burr needs to set Reps. Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Trump’s other reflexive defenders straight. He needs to call out the president, as well. Russian meddling is no hoax. It is, to paraphrase a witness from an impeachment inquiry long ago, a cancer on American politics that can’t be ignored and is wrong to deny. Richard Burr, for the sake of the nation, stand up for your work; the efforts of your committee; and most important THE TRUTH it uncovered.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-burr-s-committee-work-wasn-t-a-hoax-he-needs-to-say-so/18796565/

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