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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Nothing You Can Do, Folks

Posted by on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 7:21 AM

Good morning, everyone. It's a new day, and there is new news. 

1. Trump in North Carolina. The presidential candidate visited our swing state yesterday to address crowds in Wilmington and Fayetteville. Just another day on the campaign trail, not a whole lot to report. Actually, he did say this one thing: 
Full quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

So, a dog whistle to crazy people with guns that maybe, who knows, maybe, if they want to, it might not be the worst idea to shoot Hillary Clinton with a gun. 

Trump blames the media for distorting his words. Rudy Giuliani—why is Rudy Giuliani back and being quoted for things?—also thinks it's the media's fault. Others do not seem to believe Trump's comments were necessarily benign: 
Trump will be back in North Carolina soon, no doubt. 

2. Halifax County plant closing. A windshield factory in Enfield, NC, is closing up shop, and 210 people will lose their jobs, the Rocky Mount Telegram reports
Officials said the first staff reduction is planned for Sept. 23 before the final closing on Oct. 10.

Cathy Scott, executive director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, said while 60 percent of the company’s workforce was from the greater Enfield area, there was a strong possibility several employees from Nash and Edgecombe worked at the plant and will be out of work because of the manufacturing plant ceasing operations.

Safelite public relations manager Melina Metzger said the local economy wasn’t a factor in closing rather than investments necessary to keep up with changes needed for windshield manufacturing.
3. Wildin Acosta likely soon to be released from immigration jail. The Durham teenager, taken into custody by Immigration Customs and Enforcement earlier this year, will be allowed to leave the Georgia jail where he's sat for the past six months. His release is pending a bond payment of $10,000. His supporters have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money, which as of the time of this writing is very near to reaching its goal. 

4. Judge rules 2011 maps will be used in 2016 Wake County elections. A day after Republicans signaled their intention to use unconstitutional maps for the upcoming Wake County elections, a federal judge issued a ruling negating those efforts. 
Judge James Dever ruled today that they would use the 2011 maps for this election.

In a 37-page ruling, Dever writes that the 2013 maps violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, and that "necessity compels the court to choose among the constitutional plans presented in order to ensure that Wake County voters are able to elect candidates to the School Board and Board of Commissioners."

Dever's ruling means that all nine school board seats will be up, as well as Wake County Commissioner districts 4, 5, and 6, for two-year terms. 
The News & Observer has a closer look at what this means for Wake politics. 

5. The weather will continue to be unpleasant

Enjoy your Wednesday. 

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