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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Protests in Charlotte Continue, One Protester Shot

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Top of the morning to y'all. If you haven't been up all night watching the news pour in, here's a primer for what has been happening over the past twenty-four hours.  1) The death of Keith Lamont Scott, after being shot by police in Charlotte, sparked new protests and demonstrations in Charlotte and in Durham. One man was shot during protests in Charlotte and was in critical condition. Gov. Pat McCrory also declared a State of Emergency.  From The Charlotte Observer:  The shooting was “civilian on civilian,” the city tweeted. “@CMPD did not fire shot.” Moments earlier, police fired tear gas...

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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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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump’s Campaign Swears Donald Trump Is No Longer a Racist Birther, and We Totally Believe Them

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Polling better than he has since August 20, Donald Trump started Wednesday with the wind at his back. And then: Of all these things—any one of which could be fatal in a more normal political year—the one getting the most attention today is his return to birtherism, or at least his refusal to disavow birtherism because “I don’t want to answer it just yet.”  After Hillary Clinton hit Trump’s birtherism in a speech that night, the Trump campaign tried to clean up the boss’s words.  Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Doomed Republican Congressional Candidates in Triangle Have Pretty Cool Signs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 2:24 PM

The preposterous gerrymandering of North Carolina by Republicans following the 2010 elections means Republicans win in most parts in the state but lose horribly in others. In addition to the snake-like Twelfth Congressional District, the districts where Republicans stand no chance of winning are the First and Fourth Districts, home to Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.  The GOP sacrificial lambs running in those districts this year are Sue Googe (Fourth District) and H. Powell Dew, Jr. (First District). Since nobody has ever heard of these people before, here are their respective platforms. Now, let's take a few moments to...

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The Morning Roundup: Farewell to ACC Championship Games and Hello Again to Hillary

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Happy Thursday, folks. Here's your daily dose of calamity to keep everything nice and regular.  1. HB 2 basically kills championship games in North Carolina, and there's nothing we can do about it (except vote in November to get rid of the people who thought up this crap in the first place).  First the NBA All-Star game, then the NCAA championship games, and now the ACC, which yesterday announced all neutral-site championships would leave the state, too. In North Carolina, you can mess with a lot of things, but you don't mess with sports—especially not college sports. By moving these...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

N.C. Congressman Casually Floats Idea Of Revoking NCAA's, ACC's Tax-Exempt Status Because They Did Thing He Doesn't Like

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Congressman Richard "Proud Daddy" Hudson (R-Charlotte Motor Speedway) has some thoughts about HB 2, the NCAA, and the ACC. In a statement provided to The News & Observer: “This is political theater by the NCAA and ACC. If these multi-million dollar, tax-exempt organizations were interested in social change and not making a political statement, they would proceed with their marquee events in North Carolina and enact any transgender bathroom policy they wanted. This blatant political move – less than two months before the election – brings into question their tax-exempt status. This is an avenue to we intend to explore.”...

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Three for Three: Atlantic Coast Conference Follows NCAA's Lead, Pulls "All Neutral-Site Championships"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Thanks, Pat. The hits just keep on coming.  Earlier this week the NCAA announced it was pulling championship games out of North Carolina, and it was only a matter of time before the ACC made the same decision. Well, a matter of time turned out to be less than forty-eight hours.  The decision means "all neutral-site championship" games will be relocated next year. Here's what the ACC Council of Presidents had to say:  “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every...

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In INDY Interview, Chelsea Clinton Says She ‘Can’t Imagine’ Why People Don’t See Her Mother Like She Does

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Chelsea Clinton, days after having her ailing mom over for a quick pick-me-up in New York City, came to North Carolina to campaign in her mother’s name, and to rally the millennial voters Hillary Clinton will need to carry her over the finish line in the Tar Heel state.  The latest Quinnipiac University poll found Clinton up four points over Donald Trump, with 47 percent of voters saying they’d likely vote for her. That changes slightly when you throw in Gary Johnson as a third-party candidate, but we’ll get to that later. Last month’s Public Policy Polling results showed...

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Popular Carry-on Items at RDU Include Guns, Knives, Grenades

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

In 2015, Transportation Security Administration officers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport stopped thirty travelers attempting to bring guns onto their flights. We're a little over eight months into 2016, and already thirty-seven travelers have been discovered trying to fly with their guns. The majority of those guns were loaded, the TSA noted in a release yesterday.  Here are a few other bewildering facts about travelers at RDU:   More than 1,200 pounds of VAP (Voluntarily abandoned property consisting of prohibited items such as knives and brass knuckles) and more than 9,000 pounds of HazMat (hazardous materials such as household chemicals) were...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UNC Sophomore Alleges She Was Raped By Football Player

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:57 PM

A UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore is expected to detail this afternoon a Valentine's Day rape she says she endured at Ram's Village, an on-campus apartment complex.  The alleged perpetrator? A UNC football player. According to statements released by the woman's attorney, Denise Branch—statements that the victim, Delaney Robinson, her father, Stacey Robinson, and Branch will read during a 2 p.m. press conference—the case has yet to be prosecuted, despite the fact that Robinson filed a report with the university's Title IX office. From the release: "I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do. I reported it. I allowed the...

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The Morning Roundup: Chelsea Avoids Plague, NCAA Avoids McCrory's North Carolina

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Good morning, folks. And for those of you who consider the opportunity to laugh at lunacy a gift, this isn't just any morning. This is Christmas morning. So let's dive toward that tree and start ripping through some wrapping paper ... so to speak. 1) NCAA pulls tournament games from North Carolina because of HB 2. Sorry college basketball, women's and men's soccer, golf, lacrosse, tennis and baseball fans. This just happened because of HB 2 (and, more to the point, that guy who lives in the Governor's Mansion). From the INDY: Greensboro was slated to host first- and second-round...

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Breaking: Red Wolf Recovery Program Spared by Feds

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Despite an aggressive lobbying effort by some North Carolina officials—an effort confirmed by a legislative source a few weeks ago—the roughly forty red wolves living in the eastern part of the state will live on. Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this afternoon that the federal government would not be abandoning the Red Wolf Recovery Program, a decades-old effort to save an animal that was on the brink of extinction when it was officially listed as an endangered species in 1967—a decision that is being celebrated by advocates.  "Our reality is, red wolves in the wild will require intensive, hands-on...

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Friday, September 9, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Delusional McCrory Blames Obama, Cooper for Forcing His Hand on HB2 ... For Real

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Good morning ... or for those of you recovering from Hopscotch, good afternoon. Let's get going. 1) McCrory blames Cooper, Obama for forcing him into HB 2. No, we didn't make that up. It seems the governor isn't taking his current plight well—you know, that whole getting his ass handed to him in the polls thing. So he's thinking, "Hmm. What can I do to turn the tides? Wait. I've got it. I'll blame Barack Obama and Roy Cooper for my HORRIBLE decision." Bravo, Pat. We knew you had another scummy move in you.  From the N&O: McCrory said Attorney...

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Morning Roundup: GOP Emails, Confiscated Guns, and Another McCrory Ad

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning! It's a new day, which means more news and more opportunities to shake your head at current affairs.  1. The NCGOP once again eats its words after a leader tells county election boards to limit early voting to one site. Maybe local Republican leaders should have their email privileges taken away, because they can't play nice with North Carolinian's voting rights. The News & Observer has a good rundown of the latest antics:  In an email with the subject line “CRITICAL and CONFIDENTIAL,” NCGOP 1st Congressional District Chairman Garry Terry told county election board members that they “are...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bubba’s Still Got It: Former President Bill Clinton Talks Policy—Not Trump—During Speech in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 1:07 PM

President Bill Clinton didn’t take a lot of jabs at Hillary’s opponent, but he didn’t need to—that’s what the local politicians were for (more on that later). Instead, his time at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park in Durham’s West End yesterday was spent talking about education, immigration, and everything except what he was billed to talk about—early voting and voter registration. To a crowd of more than seven hundred (capacity was 720, and fire marshals stopped admitting people before Clinton spoke), he said,  “North Carolina at its best represents the future of America...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Clown Story Far from Over

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 5:27 PM

There are, by my count, at least two news stories involving a clown and a machete in the past twenty-four hours. One involves an Insane Clown Posse fan chopping off his friend's pinky finger as part of some kind of ritualistic memorial ceremony for a fallen Juggalo. RIP.  The other clown-and-machete story comes from just down Interstate 85, in the Triad, where, as we mentioned yesterday, there have been reports of clowns lurking around and trying to cajole young children into the woods.  The clown monsters first cropped up in Greenville, South Carolina, last week. On Sunday, they were in Winston-Salem....

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The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump Is Pretty Confused, and Bill Clinton’s Coming to Durham

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Hope everyone had a solid Labor Day. Now, let's get back to it. 1) Donald Trump doesn't know, "OK?" It seems like a pretty fair assessment of Donald Trump's last several months to say that he disagrees with quite a few people. But now, the White House hopeful can add another foe to his list. Himself? That's right. Remember the super-hyped immigration speech he delivered in Phoenix last week—the one where he said this: For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry...

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Evil Clown Reports Have Migrated from South Carolina to, Oh God, North Carolina

Posted By on Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Hope everybody is enjoying their Labor Day. Did you know that the holiday was signed into law in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland, following the Pullman Stri—THE CLOWNS ARE IN NORTH CAROLINA NOW. As we noted last week, police in South Carolina have experienced a rash of reports of clowns lurking around Greenville and trying to lure small children into the woods. Here’s a taste, from Fox 8 in Greenville: One Tuesday night, the Greenville Police Department reportedly received two new calls about clown sightings at Shemwood Apartments, within hours of each other. Callers said kids started chasing two clowns...

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Uber Really, Really Doesn’t Pay Very Well, According to a Lawsuit Filed in North Carolina

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Offended by companies that don’t pay their workers a living wage? Maybe you shouldn’t take an Uber home from the bars tonight, then. Michael Hood has been driving for Uber in Forsyth County since September 2015. According to a recently filed class action lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina, he drives, on average, fifty hours a week, and often over sixty hours a week. All those hours—Hood must really be stackin’ that cheddar, huh? Nope. Factoring in Uber’s cut of every ride (it takes 20 percent) and his weekly expenses, which average around $200 (gas, repairs, lease payments,...

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Voting Rights Are Back, A Harvard Education Is Bad, and So Much More

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Gooooood morning folks. Here's a sampling of some of today's top headlines to get your day started on the right foot.  1. Let's start off with some good news: Yesterday the Supreme Court rejected Governor McCrory's appeal for a stay in the voter ID case! Thanks to a 4–4 split—which meant the court deferred to the lower appeals court—voters will not have to show a photo ID at the polls and the seventeen-day early voting period is here to stay.  Let's throw it on over to WRAL:  Only one justice, conservative Clarence Thomas, would have granted a full stay....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Morning Roundup: To Help African-Americans Learn to Love Trump, a Surrogate Depicts Hillary in Blackface

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Good morning, everyone. In case you've missed it, the Donald Trump campaign is still living in a fantasy world in which black voters will actually decide the Republican nominee is their guy. Let's jump right in: 1. Trump continues to sell the "African-Americans love me" schtick, despite poll numbers that suggest he's lost his mind. Monday, he gave the Twitterverse this gem: They do? Wait a second. Let's take a look at the Aug. 29 numbers from the Monmouth University Poll. So that's 14 percent of people who are NOT white and non-Hispanic, meaning these numbers include the...

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Hillary Shot a Campaign in Reno Just to Watch It Die

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Good morning! I didn’t come up with that headline, but damn if it doesn’t fit.  Let’s dig in:  1. Behold the evisceration.  In Reno yesterday, Clinton laid into the Trump’s campaign’s alliance with what’s known as the alt-right, which is a polite term for white supremacists, including the hiring of Breitbart CEO/alleged wife beater Stephen Bannon.  Watch it below; the good stuff starts around the eight-minute mark. Or read a transcript here.   State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turn-over rate for his minority employees was way...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Duke Sues Estate, Pence Talks Trade, and an Indecisive Orange County Board of Elections

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Well folks, it’s Thursday, and the weekend is almost upon us. Here are some of the finest headlines for your reading pleasure.  1. Duke is going after the estate of an alum months after his death. The Wall Street Journal had quite an interesting article about Duke University suing the estate of Aubrey McClendon’s for almost $10 million following his death in March.  McClendon, co-founder of the Chesapeake Energy Corp., donated about $18.75 million to the school for athletic funds, scholarships, and more in recent years, according to the WSJ. Take it away, WSJ:  Lawyers for Mr. McClendon’s creditors have...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

'Transgenderism' Is a 'Feeling,' Explains Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Confused by all this talk lately about "transgender" people in North Carolina? Don't even bother trying to figure it out for yourself. Just ask Dan Forest, a straight, white, Christian, conservative man who somehow ended up being elected lieutenant governor of the ninth largest state in the country. Sure, Dan's got weird beliefs on most topics. But on transgender issues, the guy is a true progressive. Why, back in April he came out and declared that HB 2 was discriminatory. How many Republicans in the state have the guts to say something like that?  Actually, strike that. Forest said the Charlotte ordinance...

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New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 4:23 PM

It looks like Pat McCrory will become a one-term governor after all—and utter humiliation couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.  The latest Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday shows Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Democratic candidate, nine points ahead of McCrory. Especially good for Cooper? He’s running a good seven points better than Hillary Clinton, who is up two (44–42) in North Carolina over Donald Trump. Even better for Cooper: he’s pulling a majority, 52 percent, compared to McCrory’s 43 percent.  Part of the reason, it seems, is that Cooper is backed by 93 percent of Democrats, while only...

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