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They don't want proper oversight, they want partisan oversight. Even if it ends up costing taxpayers millions.

NC GOP unveils "election integrity" committee to attack voting rights


Soon to be renamed "Buck's Clusterf**k":

The committee will be chaired by Buck Newton, a former state senator from Wilson who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2016. Other members include GOP officials, lawyers and political consultants from across the state.

During a panel at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Whatley said the absence of voter fraud in North Carolina last fall was due to the NCGOP’s disproportionate spending on legal resources — the party spent three-quarters of its annual operating budget on legal expenditures, he said — to scrutinize the electoral process.

And a big chunk of those legal expenditures went to arguing in the (US) Supreme Court that a deadline extension on receipt of mail-in ballots, made necessary by Louis DeJoy's relentless attacks on the US Postal Service, was unnecessary and an invitation to voting fraud. Or something along those lines. But guess what? Republican voters were strongly represented in those late mail-in ballots:

Monday News: Thirteen thousand, one hundred fifty one


POSITIVE TESTS FOR CORONAVIRUS IN NC ARE DOWN TO 2.5%: At least 1,004,669 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 13,151 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 680 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 481 cases on Thursday. At least 613 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, the same count as the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day for which data is available, 2.5% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 54% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and about 50% are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


STATE SENATE SHOWS QUALITY DOESN'T COUNT: Senate Republican leader Phil Berger, after Thursday’s vote said “the headline in this debate, was Governor Cooper has no plan. Shouldn't that be something folks are concerned about? That he has no plan to deal with the issue of natural gas in the state of North Carolina?” There it is. Delli-Gatti’s fate wasn’t about whether she’s able to do the job. She is eminently qualified – having worked for the EPA as a congressional liaison, the Environmental Defense Fund ad director of Southeast Climate and Energy and she is an Air Force veteran. She has both the experience and skills to do a good job for North Carolina. She’d been on the job with hardly a complaint since February. Nobody believes she is not qualified. This is a Sen. Berger political power play and his obedient caucus dutifully agrees.

Saturday News: Grifting in Greenville


TRUMP WILL DELIVER SPEECH TONIGHT AT NC GOP CONVENTION: President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for one of his highest-profile appearances since leaving the White House. And he’s hyping his Saturday night speech at the NCGOP state convention in Greenville in a very Trump way. “A great honor to be speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention tomorrow night. I understand the place will be packed, all records broken!” Trump said in a statement Friday. Trump, who carried the state during both of his presidential bids, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center after a 5:30 p.m. dinner. It is a ticketed event for about 1,250 people and is sold out. “North Carolina produced a big victory for us, without a fraudulent outcome — missing ballots, illegal voting, dead people voting, and all of the other Democrat tricks,” Trump said in statement Friday.

What the doctor ordered: Richard Besser (MD) on the Hannah-Jones issue

Truer words have never been spoken:

“At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are committed to achieving health and racial equity by dismantling cultural racism, ” Besser wrote. “A growing body of evidence shows the role that structural racism and discrimination play in health disparities for people of color in the United States. A recent New England Journal of Medicine article – which I co-authored with Dr. David Williams, a preeminent scholar on race and health and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, former RWJF President and CEO – outlined the clear and historic pattern of disparities in the health of Black people and other minority groups as compared with White people in the United States. These findings are not the result of a singular act or policy, rather they stem from historic and systemic racist policies and structures which can be insidious or overt.”

No matter how they try to justify or rationalize the decision to deny tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the practical effect is discrimination and disparate treatment. It is what it is, and not what you want it to be. The same goes for Walter Hussman, and his denial that he tried to intervene. There are e-mails detailing his intervention, FFS. More from Dr. Besser:

Friday News: Blowback


RENOWNED BLACK FEMALE CHEMIST TURNS DOWN UNC RECRUITMENT EFFORT: "The news this week that Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied tenure was very disheartening. It does not seem in line with a school that says it is interested in diversity," wrote Professor Lisa Jones in her letter to UNC. "Although I know this decision may not reflect the view of the school's faculty, I will say that I cannot see myself accepting a position at a university where this decision stands. I appreciate all of the efforts you have put into trying to recruit me but for me this is hard to overlook." The chemistry department explained that this is going to have long-term impacts on them and others for years to come. "As you can see, this is already having a chilling effect on future hiring at UNC, particularly from under-represented groups."


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