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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congresswoman Alma Adams Will Boycott Inauguration; Price Still Not Sure

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Congressman G.K. Butterfield told the INDY moments ago that he has too many concerns about President-elect Donald Trump to participate in Friday's inauguration. Here is Butterfield's entire statement, sent exclusively to the INDY: Moments after this story broke, Congresswoman Alma Adams (the INDY requested information about her intentions re: the inauguration this morning, also) released a statement, saying she, too, would boycott. Congressman David Price, however, won't yet commit one way or another. Here is his statement: "Congressman Price has attended every Inauguration since he was first elected to Congress in 1986, but he shares the sense of many of his...

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The Morning Roundup: Polls Show Little Confidence in Trump

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) More great news for Trump. Well, we're sure he'll find a way to spin it that way. According to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, the president-elect (still feels a bit surreal calling him that) broke a record. He's got to love that, right? Well ... maybe not. Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump's handling...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Breaking: Charlotte Repeals Nondiscrimination Ordinance That Prompted HB 2, Legislature Reportedly to Repeal HB 2 Wednesday*

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM

In a shocking and sudden move, the Charlotte City Council has repealed the nondiscrimination ordinance providing protections for transgender people, in exchange for what Mayor Jennifer Roberts calls a promise from the legislature to fully repeal HB 2 by the end of this year.  From The Charlotte Observer: Mayor Jennifer Roberts said this is the first concrete opportunity to repeal HB2. The law, which limits LGBT rights, has been cited as the reason for millions in lost economic development and boycotts by the NCAA and others. There was no advance notice that the ordinance would be discussed. WBTV, the Observer’s...

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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Morning Roundup: This Is How Democracy Dies

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Happy Friday/Rogue One day, everyone. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s pretty cold out there. We’ll begin at the legislature, where there are shenanigans afoot. Here’s a quick recap, courtesy of our own Paul Blest, who’s spent the last couple of days down at the legislature and posted some thoughts earlier this morning. On Thursday, the House and the Senate (many of their members unconstitutionally elected in illegally gerrymandered districts, according to a federal court) began the process of ramming through a series of bills—introduced Wednesday when the fourth special session of the year was suddenly dropped on everyone who...

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It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Near the end of a marathon day at the General Assembly on Thursday, Representative Grier Martin, D-Wake, asked a question about why the doors to the House floor were still locked to the public. Well after the hundreds of protesters who had previously occupied the House balcony had dispersed following threats from police, and after two dozen protesters (and one NC Policy Watch reporter) had been arrested, Speaker Tim Moore got riled up. Moore called a personal point of privilege and then proceeded to drill into the now-dispersed protesters, calling them "lawbreakers" who wanted to disrespect the institution and...

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Godspeed, John Glenn

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s cold out there, so pour yourself a cup of Joe and join us for your morning primer. 1. John Glenn, American hero, RIP. The first man to orbit the Earth—not to mentioned a Marine Corps combat vet, U.S. senator from Ohio, and 1984 presidential candidate—died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. From The New York Times obit, which is worth reading in its entirety: In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Durham PD Holds Media-Free Meeting,

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let's jump in: 1) The Durham Police Department meets with residents to "discuss" Frank Clark shooting. Less than a week after an officer (or officers) shot and killed a Durham man in McDougald Terrace, local residents, law enforcement and a member of the City Council converged on the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to talk about the incident. Well, except, that didn't really happen. From the INDY: It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Making Stuff Up Again, Must Be a Day That Ends in Y

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM

1. Last night, the president-elect, having nothing better to do with his time, took to Twitter to announce that he had personally intervened to dissuade Ford from relocating a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. One problem with that: Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville. … Meanwhile Ford said in a statement to NPR, "Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Report Claims Charlotte Cops Shot Scott in Back

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM

It's the one-week anniversary of the apocalypse and we're still here. Let's mark that achievement with a quick look at the headlines, shall we? 1) President Obama tries to calm NATO, Europe down. It's a tall order, having to explain to world leaders what to expect from a Donald Trump White House. But President Barack Obama is overseas doing just that. From CNN: "In my conversation with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said. "And so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Republicans Rumored to Be Considering Packing the N.C. Supreme Court In December Special Session

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:48 AM

One of the few bright spots of these unbelievably awful past few days is that, in the race for the N.C. Supreme Court, Mike Morgan soundly defeated conservative Bob Edmunds. This gives Democrats four out of seven seats on the state Supreme Court; if Roy Cooper's lead in the governor's race holds, these two positions will be crucial for Democrats to stem the flow of right-wing policies the legislature has enacted over the past six years. But, according to a Democratic legislative staffer, the Republicans are considering circumventing that by packing the Supreme Court with an extra two justices, both...

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Trump Finds Time, In Between Tweets, to Meet Obama at White House

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Well ... we're still here, so we might as well check out the headlines. 1) President Obama meets with "subdued" Trump in Oval Office. A ninety minute conversation that unfolded inside the White House Thursday gave President Barack Obama hope that a man he, only a few days ago, characterized as unfit to lead the nation, would not be that bad. From the New York Times: For years, Mr. Trump questioned Mr. Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy, branded the nation’s first black president weak and called his tenure a disaster. On Thursday at the White House, the once-unimaginable happened: The two men...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Today, We End This

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Good morning, guys and gals. The great American nightmare that has seen the rise of the worst presidential candidate in history is almost over. And in the interest of time—because instead of reading this, we would rather you were voting—we're going to keep this short and sweet. Let's dive in. 1) Trump showed up in Raleigh yesterday, lied within thirty seconds of taking stage. According to the Donald, there were thousands of people still waiting to pack into Dorton Arena when his speech began. THOUSANDS! Well, we checked. There were less than 100—and a handful of them were the men...

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Undercover at North Carolina's Final Gathering of Trump's Army

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

The first thing that struck me was the parking lot—how a nearly silent stretch of pavement could speak so loudly through vitriolic bumper stickers (including, many times over, the ever-popular slogan “Hillary for Prison”) and derogatory messages (most about President Barack Obama) painted on car windows. I mean, these vehicles, for the most part, weren’t even carrying messages of support for the man set to speak hours later inside the arena located a few hundred yards away. And as I walked toward the venue, I found more of the same in the T-shirts, hats and buttons being hawked by those...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Has Gone Full Trump

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) Richard Burr is having a tough week ... and isn't handling it well. Remember when Donald Trump was ridiculed for the super presidential move of banning particular media outlets from his campaign events? Well, his BFF Richard Burr apparently thinks that's a solid game plan. Sorry N&O: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign is refusing to provide The News & Observer with details of his campaign schedule, effectively limiting the newspaper from reporting on Burr’s public appearances. Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said concerns with The N&O’s coverage of the race have prompted the...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Morning Roundup: N.C. Values Coalition Crosses a Line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Happy Friday everyone. Let's just dive right in. 1) N.C. Values Coalition goes too far. If you thought the "Hillary Clinton killed my son" and the "Roy Cooper sides with the guy who raped me" ads were bad—if you hoped that kind of trash was as low as things would go during this election cycle—well, prepare for rock bottom. Frankly, if there is something below rock bottom, the N.C. Values Coalition—you know, the sponsor of the Franklin Graham Rally at which I was called a "fucking sodomite" and "Jew-boy"—has you covered. Here's our story. And even though we would rather...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Says He's Winning, Polls Are Rigged

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Good morning, one and all. Well, unless you're a political scientist. You guys and gals should be ashamed of yourselves. I mean, how dare you conduct "phony" polls to keep Donald Trump from winning the White House. 1) Trump tells crowd he is, in fact, winning. Polls? He don't need your stinking polls: The Donald told a crowd in Florida yesterday that, get this, even the polls are "rigged" against him. From WRAL: Even as his path to the presidency narrows, a defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is "winning" and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Gets Booed by Charity Crowd

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Well, it's Friday. We made it. Of course, some of us—cough, cough, Donald Trump—had a tougher time getting here than others. Let's dive in: 1) Trump marks another first, gets heckled at Catholic charity event. Tradition? Throw it out the window. Who needs tradition when you can just wing it and, again, be a giant dick? That, apparently, was Donald Trump's mantra as he used a Catholic charity event as an opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton. Here is a tidbit, courtesy of CNN: "I wasn't really sure if Hillary was going to be here tonight because, I guess, you didn't...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hours into Early Voting, Polling Places Are Facing Long Lines

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:34 PM

We're about three hours into early voting, and we're already seeing long lines at polling places across the Triangle. In some places, such as the Board of Elections office in Durham, people were lined up well before voting opened at 9 a.m.. And within the first hour, votes numbered in the hundreds and wait times were growing.  If you're planning to vote today, you'll most likely be waiting a bit, but that’s probably better than the alternative.  Since it started in 2000, early voting has become an increasingly popular option for North Carolina voters. In the 2012 presidential election,...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Melania Trump Blames Bush for Tape

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone—or, as the cast of SNL would say, "Only four more days until we get to lampoon a member of the Trump family." Who's feeling lucky this week? We'll give you a hint. Her name rhymes with Sha-lania. 1) Trump's wife blames Billy Bush for "grab 'em by the pussy" tape. Well, apparently, there is a way to "egg" somebody on to the point where they boast about being a sexual predator. Solid logic, Mrs. Trump ... said nobody ever. Oh, and also, for the record, it wasn't "locker room talk." It was "boy talk"—because, you know, boys...

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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Ross Faces Off With Burr, Franklin Graham Crowd Faces Off With, Well, Us

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Good morning, one and all. Hope everybody is ready to have a laugh—or, perhaps, cry—on us. Let's jump right in: 1) Ross hammers Burr for sticking with Trump. U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross used Thursday's debate with Richard Burr to, mainly, call him out for continuing to support Donald Trump, despite all the crazy shit that has come to light in the last few days. We'll get to that in a moment, but for now, here is what Ross said—and how Burr attempted to justify the unjustifiable. From the N&O: “It’s very disturbing to me,” she said. “Sen. Burr has...

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don’t Call Them Deplorable: I Went to the Franklin Graham Rally and Was Called a ‘F**king Sodomite’ and a ‘Jew-boy’

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 2:49 PM

I’m standing outside the state Capitol, attempting to ascertain what’s on the minds of Franklin Graham’s disciples as we approach Election Day, when an old man wearing a cowboy hat lets me know who’s in charge. He calls me a “fucking sodomite” and tells me he hopes I “burn in the fires of hell.” But wait. I’m married, I tell him. To a woman. I have kids. “Well, then, you’re a sodomite lover,” he snarls. Let me point out that of all the horrid ways homosexuals are characterized in this country, the word “sodomite”—and the aggressive way it’s used—makes my blood boil. But I try...

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

N.C. Republicans Disgusted By Trump, Will Vote for Him Anyway

Posted By on Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

October surprise / äkˈtōbər sə(r)ˈprīz/ noun any political event orchestrated (or apparently orchestrated) in the month before an election, in the hopes of affecting the outcome. October shit show / äkˈtōbər SHit·shō / noun a video leaked to the Washington Post that reveals a presidential candidate talking about attempting to have sex with married women and how he is entitled to grab women's genitals because he's "a star." Well folks. That should just about do it. We already knew that after an abysmal debate performance, Donald Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls. And those numbers were collected before the GOP White House...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Trump Says Veterans Who Take Their Own Lives 'Can't Handle It' ... For Real

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Good morning, one and all. If for some reason you endured a media blackout yesterday, consider yourself lucky. Sharing this stuff with you makes me jealous—like when my wife binge watched the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones" after I had already experienced the carnage. 1) Donald Trump kind of says military suicides are a result of "weakness"—and even kind of saying something like that is pretty bad. Go ahead. Read that again. Let the shock pass through you and go back for seconds so you can take it all in. Remember when Trump said he liked veterans who...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Debate Goes Clinton's Way ... Big Time

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Good morning everyone. So, I had this weird dream that there was a presidential debate last night, but that one of the candidates for the most important job in the world just sniffled a lot and answered every question with bizarre rants and lies instead of, you know, plans. Weird. What? That actually happened? God help us. Let's get going. 1) Round One: Hillary Well, I mean, what can you say about what unfolded at Hofstra last night? The first presidential debate was epic—and by epic, we, of course, mean it was a shit show, as Donald Trump, a.k.a. "Sniffles"...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump Jr. Tastes the Rainbow and a Poll That Makes You Go Hmmm

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Good morning, everybody. Let's get going. 1) Donald Trump Jr. hates Skittles ... and refugees. Remember when you were a kid and people warned you to stay away from red M&Ms? Well, Donald Trump Jr. apparently didn't understand the difference between fact and urban legend. Or maybe, this explains more than we think. I mean, we all remember Ronald Reagan's affection for jellybeans. Perhaps, the former president was simply picturing things he didn't like before sending them down the hatch. "Umm. Those kids smoking pot are the red ones. I LOVE the red ones. Wait. This sugar high is giving...

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