Wednesday News: More rare than an albino deer

ONLY ONE CASE OF A VOTER IMPERSONATING ANOTHER VOTER: But while voter fraud is rare, it does sometimes happen. How much is an unknown question, since there’s no nationwide data, and almost no state data, either. North Carolina, in fact, is perhaps the only state in the country to track such data. North Carolina compiled a voter fraud audit after the 2016 elections. Officials didn’t repeat it after the 2018 elections — although they did stop an alleged fraud scheme in Bladen County to help a Republican congressional candidate. In the state’s audit of the 2016 elections, North Carolina documented 508 allegations of voter fraud. That’s about 0.01% of the 4.8 million votes cast. Officials said that even if every allegation turned out to be true, no election results would have changed. And only one case out of those 508 was of someone impersonating another voter at the polls — which is the kind of fraud that voter ID would stop.

Tuesday News: GOP mismanagement


REPORT DETAILS LACK OF FUNDING FOR EDUCATION OVER LAST DECADE: But WestEd says that when adjusted to 2018 dollars, per-pupil spending in North Carolina has declined about 6% since 2009–10. The report also says that, based on 2017 dollars, average salaries for the state’s teachers that year were lower than compared to 2003 or 2009. This level of education funding, according to the report, has led to problems such as fewer teachers employed, “stagnating salaries” and “underfunded” high-poverty schools. “They try to address it, but unfortunately, funding is not there — that’s what we are told,” an unnamed middle school teacher says in the report. “For instance … we don’t have textbooks, we need to make copies of reading selections to teach those kids. We only get, like, 1,500 copies per nine weeks. … [W]e [use] our own money, we have to buy cartridges for our printers to print this.”

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Joining the ranks of the chickenhawks:

Aside from the fact Trump didn't notify/confer with the Gang of Eight in Congress before doing this, which should have both houses up in arms, he put thousands of our military folks in the region in danger wagging this particular dog. Tillis should be calling for restraint, not cheerleading.

Lawless king

Dear Senator Tillis,

You probably agree that
our US Constitution is about as good as it gets.
America's inspired framers engaged in serious debate
and achieved a masterful balance,
a country ready for anything.
Except a lawless king.
That's where we are.

Like you, I was raised to revere the Constitution.
Also like you, I've taken an oath to defend it
against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Head in the tar sands: Trump's rollback of Climate Change rules


Eroding decades of science-driven caution:

Michael Gerrard, director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, said eliminating the need to consider climate change would lead to more pipelines and other projects that worsen global emissions. It could also put roads, bridges and other infrastructure at greater risk, he said, because developers would not be required, for instance, to analyze whether sea-level rise threatened to eventually submerge a project.

“It has the potential to distort infrastructure planning by making it easier to ignore predictable futures that could severely degrade the projects,” Mr. Gerrard said.

We definitely cannot survive another four years of this jackass. And you better believe the industries that are the worst polluters will be throwing scads of money into his re-election campaign, because they've never had it so good. Previous administrations (even GOP) pale in comparison with how responsive Trump has been putting communities at risk for corporate profits, and the fossil fuel industry leads that charge:

Monday News: Shrink that carbon footprint

GOTRIANGLE PUTS TWO MORE ELECTRIC BUSES INTO SERVICE: The Triangle’s fledgling fleet of electric buses will get bigger this winter, and you’ll get a chance to see the newest buses on Tuesday. GoTriangle will unveil its first two electric buses in the plaza outside Raleigh Union Station, at the corner of West and Martin streets downtown. After a few words from Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, U.S. Rep. David Price and others, the public will be invited to have a look at the buses, inside and out. The buses, built by Proterra Inc., a California company with a plant in Greenville, S.C., will bring the number of public electric buses in the region to six. Raleigh-Durham International Airport put four electric buses into service last May, shuttling travelers between remote parking lots and the terminals.

Tillis on Twitter

Most people in North Carolina have no idea who Thom Tillis really is. But if you follow him on Twitter, the picture is crystal clear. And ugly as sin.

Nothing paints that picture more clearly than this Tweet from Tillis encouraging people to sign a birthday card for Eric Trump. As far as I'm concerned, Tillis could just as easily been asking for applause for a bowel movement ... a disgusting display from a world-class sycophant. And remember, this happened at the same time Trump authorized the assassination of an Iranian general, triggering new tensions, new threats to American citizens, and yet another illegal Republican.


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