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Monday News: Twelve thousand, five hundred twenty three


3 MILLION NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR CORONAVIRUS: At least 956,932 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 12,523 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,167 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down from 2,236 reported the day before. State health officials reported 1,145 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 1,165 reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, the latest date for which data is available, 5.1% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. More than 3 million people in North Carolina, or about 37% of the state’s population, had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Friday.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


LEGISLATOR'S DEMOTION HIGHLIGHTS BACKROOM DEAL, POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Moore and his deputies defended their behavior ousting Howard from her leadership post, saying a deal had been cut in a closed-door meeting of Republicans to move the bill. "Several weeks ago, the North Carolina Republican House Legislative Caucus overwhelmingly voted to move forward on House Bill 334. ... Over the proceeding weeks, against the will of the caucus, Rep. Julia Howard, in her role as one of four Senior House Finance Chairs did not move the bill," said a statement from Moore, House Speaker Pro Tem Sarah Stevens, R-Surry County and House Majority Leader John Bell, R-Wayne County. Here's the rub. The House Republican Caucus has NO official standing (same goes for the Democrats’ caucus). It does not meet in public. There are no publicly available recorded votes. Nothing done or said in those secret sessions is open to the scrutiny of the people legislators represent, the voters who put them into office or the news reporters who can shine light onto what they say and do.

Saturday News: Ten against One

3 DEPUTIES RESIGN, 7 ON LEAVE AFTER ANDREW BROWN WAS SHOT IN THE BACK: Three Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies have resigned and another seven have been put on leave after the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, media outlets reported Friday. Sheriff Tommy Wooten called for calm Friday evening ahead of a third night of protests. Gov. Roy Cooper called for body camera footage of the shooting to be released, as did Elizabeth City leaders. “Initial reports of the shooting in Elizabeth City and death of Andrew Brown Jr. this week are tragic and extremely concerning,” Cooper tweeted Friday evening. “The body camera footage should be made public as quickly as possible and the SBI should investigate thoroughly to ensure accountability.”

Friday News: Demagogue


MARK ROBINSON STINKS UP CONGRESS DURING HEARING: Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson dominated a congressional hearing Thursday morning as he testified that he is tired of his race being used as a means to push a liberal agenda when it comes to voting rights. “It’s time that we modernize our election system in this country and stop playing all these silly games based on race, and please stop using me as a Black man as your pawn, and yes, I said it,” Robinson said. "Push your agenda. I’m sick of it.” Unlike Robinson, Barber chastised North Carolina lawmakers for what he said was suppression of minority votes through gerrymandering, trying to eliminate same-day registration and pre-registration of 16-and 17-year-olds and demanding residents show ID to vote.

Thursday News: They learned nothing


PASQUOTANK DEPUTY KILLS ANDREW BROWN WHILE SERVING WARRANT: Tensions were high in a small North Carolina city on Wednesday after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Black man. Deputies were executing a search warrant Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City when Andrew Brown Jr. was shot, the Pasquotank County sheriff said. The sheriff, Tommy Wooten, offered few other details about what happened and said the State Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead. Brown was 42 years old, online records show. He was a father of 10, WAVY reported. Brown’s son, Khalil Ferebee, said his father didn’t own guns, according to the The Virginian-Pilot. “He wasn’t a violent person,” Daniel Bowser, who said he and Brown were friends for nearly 30 years, told The News & Observer. “He didn’t mess with guns, he didn’t tote no guns.

Wednesday News: Petty tyrant


TIM MOORE STRIPS JULIA HOWARD OF CHAIRMANSHIP AFTER ETHICS TUSSLE: The move comes after Howard, one of the longest-serving members of North Carolina’s General Assembly, publicly opposed a bill that was backed by Moore and would benefit some North Carolina lawmakers who received federal coronavirus relief money from the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill, if signed into law, would give tax breaks to businesses that received those loans, including dozens of lawmakers’ businesses. By revoking Howard’s chairmanship, Moore acted swiftly to punish a challenge to his control. With the legislature sharply divided along party lines, infighting in the speaker’s party presents a challenge to his ability to advance his, and his party’s, agenda.

Tuesday News: Scam artists


MADISON CAWTHORN JOINS GOP COLLEAGUES IN "RECURRING DONATIONS" TRICK: Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, an Asheville Republican in the 11th district, is using two pages for his campaign with the boxes automatically checked for monthly recurring donations. One follows his push two weeks ago for turning Trump’s border wall into a national monument, which Cawthorn has dubbed the “Donument.” Cawthorn’s communications director, Micah Bock, referred questions to campaign staff. He only provided an email address for contact. No one responded. He then suggested contacting WinRed, a for-profit company that processes donations for many Republicans. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Concord Republican in the 8th district, has a fundraising page with the opt-in box pre-checked for a monthly contribution. Rep. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican, is raising money off of a webpage set up by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s campaign that has the box checked for monthly contributions, and a second pre-checked box that would draw another donation at the end of this month.

Monday News: Twelve thousand, three hundred eighty seven


NC'S HOSPITALIZATIONS AND POSITIVE TEST RATE INCH UP, DESPITE VACCINATIONS: At least 943,693 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12,387 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,475 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 2,434 the day before. At least 1,064 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, up from 1,020 on Thursday. On Wednesday, the latest day for which data is available, 5.5% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Edgecombe County was the only red county in the state’s tiered COVID-19 county alert system as of Friday, indicating it has the most severe spread. There were no red counties at the last update two weeks ago, The News & Observer reported.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


STOP EFFORTS TO MICRO-MANAGE VOTER TURNOUT: Republicans see advantage to limiting participation – whether it is when polling places are open and voting closes, what it takes for voters to identify themselves or the ways voters can cast their ballots. They’ve even admitted it in court – including during arguments recently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Carvin, a lawyer for the Arizona Republican Party, said the state’s voting restrictions were aimed at giving the GOP an advantage over Democrats. “Politics is a zero-sum game,” he said. Doing away with the state’s restrictive law – limiting out-of-precinct voting – “puts us at a competitive disadvantage relative to Democrats,” he confessed. “It’s the difference between winning an election 50-49 and losing an election 51 to 50.” Republicans are pushing legislation that generally sets narrower limits on when those who qualify can register, how and when those voters can cast ballots and get them counted.

Saturday News: Love & Treason?

RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN, TEXAS WOMAN IN CUSTODY FOR CAPITOL BREACH: Bennett was a QAnon devotee from small-town North Carolina, according to court records. She was a musician, lifestyle coach and essential oils guru from San Antonio. In a series of videos and photographs posted real-time from the day, the couple strolled through the Capitol and posed inside the Senate chambers. Williams mugged for the camera both inside the iconic building and outside on its grounds. “TODAY WAS A REVOLUTIONARY MESSAGE,” Bennett roared in an all-caps Facebook mini-manifesto posted that day. “WE WON’T GO AWAY. WE WILL FIND VICTORY.” For now, both must find lawyers. Bennett remained in custody Friday at the Mecklenburg County Jail, where he awaits transfer to the federal courts of Washington, which will prosecute his case. He joins some 420 others facing trial in connection with the Capitol siege. At least 12 are from North Carolina.


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