GOV. COOPER NEWS
Gov. Cooper visits hurricane-ravaged Scotland County
ABC 15 // Tonya Brown // November 27, 2018
Summary: North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper will spend much of Tuesday in Scotland County to make an economic development announcement and to tour areas badly damaged by Hurricane Florence. Several Scotland County schools and St. Andrews Presbyterian College sustained a significant amount of damage from the storm. Cooper said last week, “more than 720,000 North Carolinians in 304,000 households affected by Hurricane Florence received assistance buying food over the past seven weeks.”
Tissue maker expands in Scotland County after receiving incentives fromstate
Herald Sun // Zachery Eanes // November 27, 2018
Summary: Canadian-based tissue maker Cascades plans to create 66 new jobs in Scotland County, after receiving more than $560,000 in incentives from the state of North Carolina. The incentives were approved by the state Economic Investment Committee on Tuesday morning. Gov. Roy Cooper was in Wagram, where the Cascades plant is located, to make the announcement. Scotland County is required to add incentives worth up to $3.6 million, as part of the agreement. Cascades also must invest $58 million into the Scotland County plant, where employees make bathroom tissue, facial tissues and napkins, among other items. Scotland County is the state’s worst performing county in terms of unemployment, according to figures from the Commerce Department. The county’s unemployment rate at 6.2 percent was the highest in the state during the month of September, which is the latest month for which the numbers were calculated.
Cascades welcomes Cooper and new jobs
Laurinburg Exchange // Katelin Gandee // November 27, 2018
Summary: More jobs are coming to Scotland County and Gov. Roy Cooper joined Cascades in the announcement of the project on Tuesday morning. Cooper, along with Cascades executives, spoke to county and city representatives and residents who were present, ensuring the growth in Scotland County. “There’s a lot of good things that are happening in Scotland County — too often we find we spend too much time talking about the negatives,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Whit Gibson. “Industrial recruitment, industrial growth in our county has been good. In the 15 counties in the Southeastern partnership, there’s only one county that has either had a new plant or an expansion in each of the last seven years and Scotland County is that county.”
Governor proclaims 2019 Year of Music in North Carolina
Greensboro N&R // Staff Report // November 27, 2018
Summary: Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed 2019 "The Year of Music" to recognize North Carolina’s influence on America’s most important musical genres and to celebrate, support and sustain the state’s strong music heritage. “From bluegrass to the blues, from gospel to funk, from beach music to indie and hip hop, North Carolina has been the birthplace of musical styles and iconic performers,” Cooper said in a news release. “The Year of Music is a celebration of our state’s arts and culture and the thousands of musicians who call North Carolina home.” Activities will include a N.C. musicians' stage at the second annual N.C. Folk Festival from Sept. 6 to 8 in downtown Greensboro.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS
Tim Moore Lawyers Up
House Speaker Moore has hired criminal defense attorney for state, federal probes
WBTV // Nick Oschner // November 26, 2018
Summary: North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has hired a high-profile criminal defense attorney as he prepares to handle separate requests from state and federal investigators. In an interview Monday night, Moore confirmed to WBTV that he had retained attorney Colon Willoughby, who spent nearly three decades as Wake County District Attorney. Moore said he retained Willoughby to review questions that have emerged about work he has handled in his private law practice that may have related to legislation with which he is involved. The Raleigh News & Observer reported in September
about a contract Moore had with a Triangle-based pharmaceutical start-up that prompted current Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman to request the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to review.
NC House leader hiresattorney after DA launches inquiry into his business ties
N&O // Dan Kane, Craig Jarvis // November 27, 2018
Summary: House Speaker Tim Moore has hired a former Wake County district attorney to represent him as he deals with questions about his legal work for a Durham-based pharmaceutical startup and an association that trains bail agents, WBTV reported. Moore told WBTV that he hired Colon Willoughby, who served as Wake’s top prosecutor for nearly 30 years, after the current district attorney, Lorrin Freeman, launched an inquiry into Moore’s private legal work. Freeman has stressed the inquiry is not a criminal investigation. “I hired Mr. Willoughby to look into this and what he’s done is actually confirm that I’m not the subject of an investigation,” Moore told WBTV. A spokesman for Moore declined to comment on WBTV’s report.
Ralph Hise Ethics Complaint
Hise gets fine in long-running campaign finance complaint
WRAL // Travis Fain // November 27, 2018
Summary: Twenty months after it was filed, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement on Tuesday settled a campaign finance complaint against Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, accepting $4,500 to conclude its investigation. The board gave little explanation for its unanimous decision, which came after closed-session discussion. Greg Flynn, who requested the investigation after cataloging thousands of dollars in inconsistencies in Hise's reports, dubbed himself disappointed. "It's just like they gave up," he said. Hise's most recent political opponent, David Wheeler, was incensed by the decision and accused the senator of embezzlement. Hise wasn't there, but his campaign attorney, Steve Long, rose to push back. "You're making false statements," Long said. Wheeler said later that he plans to seek a criminal investigation from one or more district attorneys, and he called the affair "corruption at its worst." Long said the problems boiled down to bad bookkeeping and that the campaign worked for months to untangle it, cooperating with state board staff at every turn.
Hise agrees to pay $500 fine, reimburse the state over campaign finance violations
McDowell News // Staff Reports // November 27, 2018
Summary: The campaign committee for N.C. Sen. Ralph Hise, who represents McDowell in the state Senate, will pay $500 because of campaign finance violations and reimburse the state $4,000 for the investigation into the matter. The bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement held a hearing in Raleigh. The board took up the alleged campaign finance violations by Hise, who is a Republican from Mitchell County, according to NC Policy Watch. The state board held their hearing and released a settlement regarding the matter. Under this agreement, Hise’s committee will “disgorge funds in the amount of $500 and reimburse the State Board in the amount of $4,000 for expenses incurred in the course of its investigation.”
General Session News
Lame-duck session addressing voter ID, Florence, boards
N&O // AP // November 27, 2018
Summary: The North Carolina General Assembly is coming back to approve voter ID details, consider more Hurricane Florence spending and address legal fights with Gov. Roy Cooper over state boards and commissions. The legislature prepared to reconvene at midday Tuesday, three weeks since an Election Day in which Democrats won over a dozen legislative seats and broke the Republicans' veto-proof majorities come January. GOP leaders still have veto-proof control during a two-week lame-duck session. That will help them pass legislation to implement a constitutional amendment mandating photo identification to vote that was approved in a statewide referendum.
Voter ID Bill Faces Opposition During Special Session
Spectrum // Linne Supall // November 27, 2018
Summary: Those against the Voter ID Bill claim the measure disenfranchises minorities. However, voters said 'yes' to require an ID before casting a ballot. "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or any state, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," said Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NC NAACP. Legislative leaders say they're committed to an open and inclusive process as they continue to craft the wording and requirements of the bill.
T. ANTHONY SPEARMAN: Photo ID still aims to suppress minority voters
WRAL // CBC Opinion // November 27, 2018
Summary: This lame duck usurper legislature had no lawful authority to put the photo voter ID (State Constitutional amendment) on the 2018 ballot in the first place. It has no business convening this special session to discuss enacting legislation of that unconstitutional amendment. Put simply: The photo voter ID constitutional amendment that was passed earlier this month is invalid. The General Assembly should take no action to implement it until the courts can rule on its constitutionality. As the chair of this committee knows, the current General Assembly is a creature of racist maps. This leadership caucus of the General Assembly came to power because it successfully implemented one of the largest unconstitutional racial gerrymanders the federal courts have ever seen.
Lawsuits inevitable whatever voter ID law passes, experts say
Carolina Journal // Dan Way // November 27, 2018
Summary: Lawmakers are developing rules for the freshly passed voter ID constitutional amendment. But nobody believes the law will take effect without a pitched court battle. One voting law expert has a suggestion. “I would recommend that the state legislature include a provision in any enabling legislation that gives the legislature the power to appoint a private lawyer as a special assistance attorney general who will have total authority — without supervision by the attorney general — to defend any lawsuits filed against the voter ID law and/or referendum,” Hans von Spakovsky told Carolina Journal
on Monday, Nov. 26.
JDIG Cap Increase
North Carolina may raise tax breaks as Apple weighs decision
Greensboro N&R // AP // November 27, 2018
Summary: North Carolina legislators are considering more than doubling state tax breaks offered to companies that promise to bring lots of high-paying jobs but aren't quite "transformative." Legislation introduced Tuesday in the state General Assembly would raise the maximum tax break allowed for those companies by nearly 150 percent to $16,000 per job each year.
NC ladling on incentives in battle for executive jobs
WRAL // Matthew Burns // November 27, 2018
Summary: A proposal to sweeten the incentives North Carolina offers to attract businesses to the state is quickly moving through the Senate. Senate Bill 820 would more than double the cap on annual awards to businesses through the Job Development Investment Grant program, from a maximum of $6,500 per job per year to $16,000 per job per year. Sen. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the existing cap has been in place since 2002 and is now making North Carolina less competitive in the battle for high-paying executive positions tied to corporate headquarters. "When you get a headquarters located in your state, it becomes the center of gravity for that company," said Newton, a former Duke Energy executive. "Benefits will flow to existing citizens of North Carolina, even without job creation, but jobs will be created where the corporate headquarters is."
North Carolina lawmakers to talk marijuana legalization this week
Fox 8 // Staff // November 27, 2018
Summary: Should marijuana become legal in North Carolina? That’s what some North Carolina legislators will discuss at a meeting this week, according to WNCN. North Carolina State Rep. Kelly Alexander will meet with other lawmakers for the discussion and plans to push for cannabis reform. “It’s time now for the legislators in North Carolina to catch up with the people,” Alexander told WNCN.
Companies launch plan to capture methane from hog manure lagoons
WAPO // Steven Mufson // November 27, 2018
Summary: The world’s largest pork producer is teaming up with a Virginia-based energy company to harness methane gas from thousands of noxious hog lagoons to both heat homes and combat climate change. Food giant Smithfield and Dominion Energy, a large electric and gas utility, have agreed to spend $125 million each over 10 years to cover hog lagoons in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah, capture methane gas and feed that into Dominion’s pipeline network, the companies said. The joint venture, which would be one of the largest animal waste-to-energy efforts of its kind, would be a step forward in containing U.S. agricultural emissions, which account for 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. The states were chosen because both companies have operations there.
Starting over in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence, mom and son need help at Christmas
Charlotte Observer // Cristina Bolling // November 27, 2018
Summary: Krystal Stokes was hoping for the best when Hurricane Florence hit her hometown of Wilmington in September. She and her 8-year-old son, Krystian, packed a few things and left their first-floor apartment to ride out the storm with her sister, who lives in a nearby second-floor apartment. And when it came time to go back to their apartment, Krystal and Krystian found it had been flooded. Krystal, a certified nursing assistant at a group home, did her best to bleach her moldy kitchen and scrub the furniture, but a few days after moving back, the owners of the apartment complex gave residents a week to move out so the units could undergo several months of renovations. Now, Krystal says she’s battling with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds to help pay for another place to live while her rent-controlled apartment is being fixed. In the meantime, she and Krystian are staying with family in Charlotte. The mother and son say they love it here, but they’re struggling. Krystal hasn’t been able to pay for the new transmission her car needs, so she’s sharing a car with her cousin. She also is running out of gas money to get to job interviews as well as the funds she needs every month to pay for the storage facility that holds all of their possessions.
Lumberton organization seeks support for continued shelter for Florence victims
ABC 11 // Morgan Norwood // November 26, 2018
Summary: One Lumberton organization is calling on the community to help after families displaced by Hurricane Florence, and living in motels, are now in jeopardy of becoming homeless. "Everyday is like D-Day for people living in motels," said Randy Lewis of Christian Outreach Center. This is why Connie Blackman has kept her U-Haul trailer packed with her belongings. There's not much room for them inside her tiny motel room at Motel 6. "It's been a very uphill struggle. Each day is like am I going to make it through this day or am I going to have to sleep in the van with my dog," said Connie Blackman
NC attorney general: Beware of scams targeting Hurricane Florence victims
ABC 11 // Steve Daniels // November 26, 2018
Summary: Hundreds of North Carolina families who were hit hard by Hurricane Florence say they have been victimized again by home repair and debris removal rip-offs. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said his office is investigating 850 price gouging complaints related to Hurricane Florence. Stein visited Fayetteville on Monday to warn residents in the hurricane zone to beware of scams related to price gouging, home repairs, tree removal, donating to charities and flooded cars. "Unfortunately, as communities rebuild from Hurricane Florence, there will be people who take advantage of North Carolinians in need," Stein said.
HURRICANE FLORENCE VICTIMS: HERE’S HOW TO GET A FREE CHRISTMAS TREE
WWAY // Staff // November 26, 2018
Summary: The Salvation Army and King of Christmas have partnered together to provide new, artificial Christmas trees for residents of Cape Fear who were impacted by Hurricane Florence. The two organization will distribute 500 trees, while supplies last, on Wednesday, December 5, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Christmas Center located at 6840 North Market Street. Families requesting a new, artificial tree will need to bring verification of involvement with Hurricane Florence such as their FEMA number or insurance paperwork.
Where The Suburbs Moved Left — And How The Shift Swung Elections
NPR // Sean Mcminn // November 27, 2018
Summary: Some of the biggest county flips in the South were in suburbs of Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Oklahoma City; and Atlanta. Democrats saw gains because of that shift between the metropolitan areas of these seven cities. Though no counties flipped from red to blue in the Charlotte area, Democrats made gains in several of them. In Union County, for example, the Democratic share of House votes went from 32 to 39 percent in the past two years. In nearby Cabarrus County, the share went from 38 to 44 percent.
Did The College Student Vote End GOP Supermajorities In NC General Assembly? Quite Possibly
North Carolina board delays finalizing congressional result
BPR // Matt Bush // November 27, 2018
Summary: Democrats in North Carolina scored a victory in the mid-term elections at the state level, winning enough seats in both chambers of the General Assembly to break Republican supermajorities. That will prevent the GOP from over riding vetoes from Democratic governor Roy Cooper through party line votes starting in January. Most of the Democratic pickups occurred in the Triangle and Charlotte areas, but the party did pick up two critical House seats in the western part of the state. In District 119, Democrat Joe Sam Queen won his seat back from incumbent Republican Mike Clampitt. In District 93, Democrat Ray Russell defeated GOP incumbent Johnathan Jordan. Both districts are home to large public universities (Western Carolina in 119 and Appalachian State in 93), and an analysis done by Carolina Public Press showed a surge in early voting from younger voters in both districts. At Western Carolina, early voting increased at a polling place on campus. Kirk Ross is the capital bureau chief for Carolina Public Press. He spoke with BPR's Matt Bush about the affect millenial and Gen Z voters had in this election in North Carolina, and in particular how the campus vote benefitted Democrats not just in Western North Carolina but statewide.
Charlotte Observer // Gary D. Robertson // November 27, 2018
Summary: North Carolina's elections board has delayed finalizing the results of a close U.S. House race. The board appears to be scrutinizing potential wrongdoing in the 9th Congressional District. Board members meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to certify the final tallies in scores of elections earlier this month but didn't sign off on the 9th District. Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 283,000 cast in the district's eight counties. The board met privately for nearly two hours before voting in public without a detailed explanation. Member Joshua Malcolm lives in the 9th District and made the motion to delay race certification until at least Friday. Malcolm said earlier Tuesday he was concerned about "unfortunate activities that have been happening down in my part of the state."
Atrium Health: Hackers accessed billing data of 2 million people
What Does the Federal Climate Report Mean for NC?
Spectrum // Kevin Frey // November 26, 2018
Summary: After a year where severe weather rocked the Tar Heel state, a new climate report from the Trump administration offers more bad news: natural disasters are getting worse. Specifically, the report details how sea level rise, extreme heat, and heavy precipitation will impact the southeast part of the country. North Carolina is one of the states that could bear the brunt. "Some of the effects of climate change are just going to be felt so much more intensely here," said Kate Konschnik, the Climate and Energy Director at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Atrium Health says hacking compromised personal data of more than 2 million people
WBTV // Staff // November 27, 2018
Summary: Personal information for more than 2 million Atrium Health patients may have been compromised in a data breach of billing information, including addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, the Charlotte heath care giant said Tuesday. A hacking of Atrium billing vendor AccuDoc may have affected as many as 2.65 million people, Charlotte-based Atrium said. Of those, about 700,000 patients may have had Social Security numbers compromised, according to Atrium. Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, operates 44 hospitals across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Atrium is the largest health care provider and employer in Charlotte. Compromised patient information also includes insurance policy information, medical record numbers, invoice numbers, account balances and dates of service, according to a joint press release from Atrium and AccuDoc. Atrium emphasized that the information was accessed but was not downloaded. Medical records were not accessed, Atrium said, and neither were bank account or debit and credit card numbers. AccuDoc, a Raleigh-area company that prepares bills and operates the website where patients can make payments online, became aware that a cyber incident took place on Oct. 1, according to the release. An “unauthorized third party” accessed the patient information between Sept. 22 and 29, the release said. Atrium Health and AccuDoc said they began notifying patients of the hacking on Tuesday, nearly two months after they became aware of the incident.
WCNC // Staff // November 27, 2018
Summary: Atrium Health announced Tuesday that its AccuDoc system was hacked and may have compromised the personal information of millions of patients. According to Atrium Health, the AccuDoc system is a billing vendor that provides billing services to health care providers, including Atrium Health. The breach occurred between September 22 and September 29 and AccuDoc informed Atrium Health of the breach on October 1. Based on an investigation Atrium Health believes that hackers may have accessed information such as first and last names, dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, insurance policy information, account service and medical record numbers. Atrium Health said no medical records were involved in the breach.
Did CMS assignment changes slow resegregation? Here’s what 2018 race tallies show
Charlotte Observer // Ann Doss Helms // November 27, 2018
Summary: For most of 2016 and 2017, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders wrestled with student assignment changes while the community watched anxiously. This year the biggest changes took effect. They were designed to reduce racial and economic segregation while avoiding massive upheaval and keeping neighborhood schools intact. Just-released racial breakdowns for the district’s 176 schools show slightly fewer students attend what some call hypersegregated schools — those where more than 90 percent of students are nonwhite — but the changes are small. For instance, 75 of the district’s 176 schools still have white enrollment under 10 percent, and more than 53,000 students attend those schools. Just over half of all black and Hispanic students in CMS still attend those schools, though there has been a slight decline in those numbers.
Why young N.C. voters are frustrated with the absentee ballot system
Daily Tarheel // Ryan Smoot // November 26, 2018
Summary: On a midnight trek to a Washington, D.C. bus station, Emily Miller noticed a rat scurrying past her heels. To Miller, it was the perfect metaphor for America’s political state — one she hopes to change, despite never receiving her Durham County absentee ballot. Fearful her ballot would fail to arrive by the election, Miller packed her bags on Nov. 5 and bought an overnight bus ticket from D.C. to Durham, with a mission to vote and return to work the next day. As a 22-year-old working for Youth Caucus of America, a non-profit advancing the role of youth in politics, Miller said she was engaged in voter turnout efforts for months, both at her office and in her free-time. “I felt like considering all the work I had done and conversations I'd had with friends and strangers alike about the importance of voting. It was time to put my ballot where my mouth was," she said. Her story quickly went viral on Twitter, and her initial tweet documenting her eight-hour bus journey has eclipsed 9,000 retweets and 79,000 likes.
While in an ICE van, protesters surrounded to sing 'Amazing Grace.' Now an immigrant's lost his bid to stay in the US
USA Today // Josh Hafner // November 27, 2018
Summary: A Mexican immigrant detained after seeking refuge for 11 months in a North Carolina church has lost his bid to remain with his family in the United States. Samuel Oliver-Bruno's request for deferred deportation was denied, U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield and David Price, both Democrats of North Carolina, announced late Monday. Oliver-Bruno remained in a Georgia detention center as of Tuesday morning, online records showed, after federal immigration officials said the 47-year-old has no legal basis to be in the U.S. It was not clear when he may be removed from the U.S. The immigrant lived nearly a year in "protective sanctuary" inside Durham's CityWell United Methodist Church, only to leave last week when immigration officials told him he needed fingerprints taken as part of an application to stay in the country. Once inside an immigration office in Morrisville with his son, Daniel, on Friday, plainclothes ICE officers arrested Oliver-Bruno and forced him into a van in what Butterfield and Price, the congressmen, called it entrapment "at worst" and "a Catch-22" at best. A group of demonstrators encircled the van outside, singing "Amazing Grace" and blocking it for roughly two hours before 29 people — including a CityWell pastor and eight other members — were arrested, the church said in a statement.
Congressmen call ICE response to Mexican immigrant’s appeal a sham
Herald Sun // Joe Johnson // November 27, 2018
Summary: A Mexican immigrant’s bid to stay in the country while he fights his deportation order has been denied, say two congressmen from North Carolina. U.S. Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) issued a statement Monday night after learning federal immigration officials had determined Samuel Oliver-Bruno had no legal basis for remaining in the United States. They called the response to his appeal a “sham” and a “miscarriage of justice.” “Mr. Oliver-Bruno’s case exemplifies the anti-immigrant agenda of the Trump administration,” the statement said. "Mr. Oliver-Bruno — a decades-long resident of North Carolina with no significant criminal history and a loving family that includes his U.S. citizen son — was forced into hiding, taking sanctuary in a church to avoid being deported and leaving his sick wife without medical care,” it continued. “He was given strict instructions to appear at a USCIS office to provide fingerprints for his application to defer his deportation, and when he did so, he was abruptly apprehended by ICE and shipped off to a detention facility to await a sham appeal.”
President Trump’s choice for NC judgeship ‘by far a bad pick’ Adams among Democrats opposing Thomas Farr
Charlotte Post // Herbert L. White // November 26, 2018
Summary: North Carolina’s congressional Democrats are calling on the U.S. Senate to cancel votes on a federal court nominee with a history of supporting voter disenfranchisement. U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price forwarded a letter to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell demanding the upper chamber cancel all votes related to attorney Thomas Farr’s nomination to the Eastern District of North Carolina. Trump nominated Thomas Farr to the bench in July 2017, but civil rights advocates and black activists criticize Farr’s record of defending voter suppression and racially gerrymandered districts. “The appointment of Thomas Farr is appalling and an embarrassment to the American judiciary,” said Adams, whose congressional district includes Charlotte. “Farr fails to meet the basic standards required of any judicial nominee. His track record demonstrates a strong bias against African-Americans. He helped draft and defend North Carolina’s disastrous Voter ID laws that were ruled unconstitutional because they discriminated against African-Americans with surgical precision.”
NC congressional Democrats ask McConnell to cancel Farr votes
Progressive Pulse // Melissa Boughton // November 27, 2018
Summary: Democratic members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation sent a letter this week to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the cancellation of all votes on the judicial nomination of prominent GOP attorney Thomas Farr. President Donald Trump nominated Farr, who has ties to white supremacist Jesse Helms, to a U.S. District Court seat for the Eastern District of North Carolina. It is a lifetime appointment if he is confirmed. The letter to McConnell was signed by U.S. Representatives David E. Price (NC-04), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), and Alma Adams (NC-12). It states their concern for Farr’s record of voter suppression and points out the widespread opposition to his nomination. “Mr. Farr’s confirmation will threaten the participation of African-Americans and other vulnerable populations in our political process,” the letter states.
This Guy Is a Hack Too Far
Esquire // Charles P. Pierce // November 27, 2018
Summary: Comes now another test for Ben Sasse, and Susan Collins, and all the other Republicans who are terribly dismayed over the vandal in the White House, and what he is doing to our precious national dialogue and to our democratic institutions. How's about you all get-together and fight like hell to keep this gombeen off the federal bench. It's bad enough that Mitch McConnell has made it his life's work to salt the federal judiciary with larval Scalias, but this guy, Thomas Farr, whose entire career has been as a kept Republican lawyer, and who was primarily responsible for a voter-suppression plan that a court said targeted minority voters "with almost surgical precision," should really be a hack too far, shouldn't he?