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North Carolina Open Thread: Moore vs Harper, Voting Machines, Voting entry, Proper wing extremists – Each day Kos


Digby’s Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan, 9/15/2022

Contemplating whoppers advised by conservative nominees in current Senate confirmations, is it any marvel North Carolina Republicans consider conservative justices will discover “a 204-year-old lie” persuasive?

Representatives from the Brennan Middle demolish N.C. Speaker Tim Moore’s (R) argument for the “independent state legislature theory” (Politico):

This fall, the courtroom will hear Moore v. Harper, an audacious bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to free themselves from their very own state structure’s restrictions on partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. The swimsuit additionally serves as a automobile for would-be election subverters selling the so-called “independent state legislature theory” — the notion that state legislators have nearly absolute authority over federal elections — which was used as a part of an try and overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The North Carolina legislators’ case depends partially on a chunk of paper from 1818. However there’s an issue: The doc they quote of their temporary is a widely known faux.

Peer again into U.S. historical past (some most regrettable) and names from South Carolina seem often: John C. Calhoun, Charles Pinckney, Preston Brooks, Strom Thurmond. Lindsey Graham is destined to hitch them.

Pinckney’s identify is connected to the faux in query, a doc he submitted in 1818 that, students surmise, was Pinckney’s try and promote historical past on the notion that he was the true father of the Structure. James Madison responded on the time with a “detailed refutation of Pinckney’s doc together with the remainder of his copious notes from the Conference. It was the genteel, Nineteenth-century equal of calling BS.”

For over a century, the doc, says “a modern-day researcher,” is “most likely essentially the most intractable constitutional con in historical past.”

North Carolina’s progress on criminal justice at stake in high court election

Going through South, Billy Corriher, 9/15/2022

The North Carolina Supreme Courtroom has damaged new floor in defending the rights of legal defendants lately, whilst different Southern courts have backtracked. North Carolina’s excessive courtroom, which has a 4-3 Democratic majority, has dominated alongside get together traces to restrict lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders and cracked down on the longstanding downside of racism in jury choice.

However that progress may come to a halt subsequent 12 months, relying on the end result of this 12 months’s excessive courtroom election.

Two Democratic seats are on the poll in November, and a nationwide Republican group has pledged to spend millions of dollars to assist flip no less than a type of seats, which might give Republicans a majority. Courtroom of Appeals Judges Richard Dietz and Lucy Inman are the Republican and Democratic candidates, respectively, for one seat. Justice Sam Ervin, an incumbent Democrat, is working for reelection towards Republican Trey Allen, a former clerk to conservative Chief Justice Paul Newby.

Information can’t keep up with misinformation about NC voting machines

NC Coverage Watch, Lynn Bonner, 9/15/2022

Commissioners’ conferences in Surry County are a showcase of election conspiracy theories the place mistrust of the machines that depend ballots performs a starring position.

The northwestern North Carolina county on the Virginia border might be finest referred to as the house of Mount Ethereal, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry in his eponymous tv present from the Nineteen Sixties. This 12 months, Surry County has been a cease on the circuit for distinguished election deniers who falsely keep that votes have been engineered to have President Joe Biden win in 2020.  

The county devoted almost a complete Might assembly to election deniers that featured David Clements, a former assistant professor at New Mexico State College who travels the nation preaching about fraud. Clements, who misplaced his college job final 12 months as a result of he refused to put on a masks at school, urged Surry to hand-count ballots.  

On the assembly’s finish, Surry board Chairman Invoice Goins told the crowd that commissioners have been reviewing residents’ suggestions, however considerations about fraud ought to go to the native and state boards of elections.  Somebody within the crowd yelled “Pontius Pilate.”

Increase Voting Access and make polling places safe for voters and workers

BlueNC, WRAL, 9/18/2022

In the case of protecting voting in North Carolina accessible and safe the state’s Republicans appear to be saying one factor after which doing one other. They are saying they need voting accessible, the principles and procedures open and clear and polling locations to be safe. However then they block laws and file lawsuits that restrict voters’ alternatives to forged ballots and would really make polling locations much less safe. Moderately than performing to present voters extra religion within the electoral course of, these actions breed confusion and distrust.

These contradictions vividly got here into focus lately – first at a non-partisan session of the N.C. Trusted Elections tour in Smithfield and some days later in a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Courtroom by the state and nationwide Republican events. 

What’s achieved by a baseless authorized motion that really seeks to breed mistrust and plant doubts in regards to the conduct of the election? What’s achieved is a continuation of the harmful false narrative that Trump created to clarify his defeat, in an effort to encourage harassment and belligerence concentrating on ballot staff and minority voters. They need to be ashamed, however they do not have the capability.…


BlueNC, Charlotte Observer, 9/16/2022

North Carolina has 28 hate teams monitored by the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle (SPLC) — a comparatively excessive quantity per capita, however not as putting because the disproportionate quantity in sparsely populated, largely rural states like Wyoming and New Hampshire. Some politicians in North Carolina are tied to extremism immediately.…


BlueNC, WRAL, 9/16/2022

Finish the Instructor Pay Penalty: Elevate base trainer pay by 24.5% — That’s the distinction whenever you examine trainer salaries to non-teacher school graduates (EPI, 2022). We must always tackle this instantly to assist present and future academics. For a starting trainer, this could improve pay from $37,000 to $46,065. It could transfer NC from being within the backside 10 to the highest 20 states by way of starting trainer pay.…

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