Friday News: Blue tsunami


FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING IN NC DRAWS 272,000 TO THE POLLS: As the sun rose Thursday, voters at some Triangle polling stations formed lines hundreds of people deep, waiting over hours to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in North Carolina. The number of ballots crept up all day: 76,000 by noon. The state reported 170,000 as of 3:30 p.m. With two hours left to go, 230,000 ballots were cast. And as the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., North Carolina voters had cast more than 272,000 votes, far surpassing the first day of early voting in 2016, when roughly 166,000 ballots were cast, the N.C. State Board of Elections reported. Combined with absentee ballots also received so far, more than 826,285 North Carolinians had already voted in the election, about 11% of registered voters, the board reported.

Because it's good to have a record of evil

A good move from the NC Democratic Party

Today, on the first day of early voting, The North Carolina Democratic Party launched, a website built to explain the decade long history of corruption in the NCGOP.

Forest, Tillis, Berger, Moore and the NCGOP have no delusions in how they are running their operation, absolutely for themselves and no one else. Our state cannot take any more of this culture of corrupt Republican control, this November North Carolinians will make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Dan Forest and the post-truth coalition

Orwell would be impressed:

Truth and Prosperity is now Dogwood Coalition, and at least one ad attacking Gov. Roy Cooper is running in North Carolina with the new disclaimer: Paid for by Dogwood Coalition.

William Gupton, Truth and Prosperity's treasurer as of its last required state filing in July, said in an email Wednesday that this will be "a new organization with new individuals involved and with a different mission." Dogwood Coalition won't simply be an independent expenditure committee, but "will be involved in activities that do not involve express advocacy to support or oppose candidates." Gupton did not elaborate.

Bolding mine, because lying through your teeth seems to be a (really) popular activity by Republicans these days. At least they took the word "Truth" out of their name, but they didn't do it as an admission of a prevaricative nature, they did it to distance themselves (and Dandy) from convicted felon Greg Lindberg. But that connection runs too deep for a simple name-change to wash him clean:

Thursday News: No easy cure


FEDERAL JUDGE RULES BALLOTS MUST HAVE WITNESS SIGNATURES: A federal judge ordered more changes Wednesday to absentee voting rules after hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots have been cast and as early, in-person voting gets underway Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen criticized the NC State Board of Elections, saying it had misconstrued or misinterpreted findings he made in August in a way that changed election rules from what had been decided by the state lawmakers who hold authority under the U.S. Constitution to do so. “This court upheld the witness requirement — to claim a cure which eliminates the witness requirement is consistent with this court’s order is a gross mischaracterization of the relief granted,” Osteen said. All five board members agreed on the settlement that did away with the witness requirement in a state lawsuit before it reached the judge. That included the board’s two Republican members who resigned afterward.

Amy Coney Barrett flunked the racial bias test

Apparently being called a nigger by your boss is not hostile:

The 2019 case involved a Black Illinois transportation employee who sued the department after he was fired. He said his supervisor had created a hostile work environment and called him the N-word.

The unanimous three-judge panel ruled that the employee had failed to prove that he had been fired because of his race. In her opinion, Barrett wrote that the N-word is an "egregious racial epithet," but she argued that the employee couldn't win by simply proving the N-word was said to him.

If it had been a co-worker, or even a supervisor from a different department, her argument might have merit. But a direct supervisor doing that changes everything. It calls into question previous disciplinary "problems" the employee had on his work record, which is what Barrett used to justify dismissing the case. She ignored the inherent and obvious bias in his chain of command, and then held him responsible for the results of that bias. Forgetting (for the moment) the election results or dangers to Roe v. Wade, this decision proves she can't rule properly on any labor vs. management issue, a substantial portion of the Court's docket.


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