Thursday News: Sweet little lies

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IN TEXT MESSAGE TO REPORTER, DAVID LEWIS SAYS "NO VOTES AT 8:30": Lewis, R-Harnett, said he never told Jackson there would be no votes on Wednesday morning, saying that he told him the House wouldn't vote on two "mini-budget" bills added to the floor calendar that would provide money for disaster relief and for prison safety upgrades until after House Democrats caucused Wednesday morning. Lewis did acknowledge telling a WRAL News reporter via text Tuesday night that there would be no votes at the 8:30 a.m. session. But he said that's because he didn't think there would be any. He wasn't on the floor during the override vote. Several House Republicans coming out of a caucus shortly after 10:15 a.m. said they felt the surprise vote was fair game, noting that Moore has made it clear for weeks that he would call the override vote whenever the opportunity arose. "The speaker said at any given opportunity he would call it," longtime Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, said. "The opportunity was there, and he called it."
https://www.wral.com/how-dare-you-do-this-mr-speaker-in-surprise-move-house-overrides-budget-veto/18...

One Little Thing

You're likely as livid about the NC GOP's 9/11 stunt as I am.

There's only so much that you, as an individual can do. If you have one of the NC GOP's hand-picked cronies representing you in the legislature, it won't do you any good to write to them. You might write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to show your disgust. You might even go to a protest.

Here's one simple thing you can do to deal with some of your anger about this that I heard about from a friend.

Another surprise attack by terrorists on 9/11

GOP uses a Lottery machine(?!) to choose district maps

And once again the circus comes to town:

The North Carolina Senate used a state lottery machine Tuesday to pick base maps to work off of for its court-ordered redistricting. The unprecedented scene came after legislative staffers winnowed down a pack of 1,000 potential maps, drawn by a computer algorithm, to a handful of top contenders based on specific criteria.

Legislative staff spent much the day pulling the five maps that scored the best on a combination of compactness, fewest precincts split and fewest municipal boundaries split for each of seven clusters of counties that must be re-drawn, including one that includes the Senate district in Wake and Franklin counties.

Before they go any further with this dubious approach, somebody needs to confer with the judges about not only this Lottery thing, but also the use of the 1,000 generated maps they're using as a base "pool" or whatever. They might also want to mention to said judges House Republicans are going behind closed doors to scheme:

Wednesday News: Gerrymandering wins, again

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BISHOP SLIPS BY MCCREADY IN NC09 DO-OVER ELECTION: Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, with a strong showing in suburban Union County and three rural eastern counties. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready 50.8% to 48.6% in a race that analysts saw as a harbinger for 2020. Bishop rolled up big margins in Union County and carried Richmond and Cumberland counties, which McCready had won last fall over Republican Mark Harris. He trailed McCready by just over 200 votes in Robeson County, which McCready won handily in 2018. Turnout was about 37%. Trump took credit for Bishop’s win in a tweet: “Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race.” In fact, polls consistently had shown the race close.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article234890702.html

Scott Cooper running strong

One campaign I've been following closely is the Cooper-Holding Congressional race in NC2. Lots of people think Holding is one of the most vulnerable members of the US House, including me. That's why I've been supporting Scott Cooper since I first heard he's running. The fact that we both graduated from the US Naval Academy is just icing on the cake.

Here's some campaign material I got from Scott this morning. Give it a look, and help if you can: www.cooperfornc.com

Tuesday News: It's the One, not the Thousand, that is worrisome

DISTRUST OVERSHADOWS BEGINNING OF REDISTRICTING PROCESS: The plan centers on roughly 1,000 maps drawn by a computer algorithm from Jowei Chen, a University of Michigan professor whose testimony helped convince a panel of Superior Court judges that General Assembly maps drawn by the GOP majority two years ago were so tilted toward Republicans that they constitute an illegal partisan gerrymander. Both the House and Senate would winnow those numbers down by having staff rank each map on a trio of criteria the court in Common Cause v. Lewis identified as particularly important, then amend them here and there in public votes. Wary Democrats and others behind the lawsuit that got the current maps declared unconstitutional were anxious about the process Monday. Several times, they asked GOP leaders whether any analysis had already been done on the Chen maps, an insinuation that Republicans could have seen something they liked and reverse-engineered a process to get it.
https://www.wral.com/nc-legislative-district-map-redraw-underway-but-quickly-hits-snag/18622288/

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