WUNC uncovers disgusting behavior by lawmakers in NC Legislature

And what can only be described as a blatant cover-up of said behavior:

The first incident happened ten years ago when Representative David Almond (R-Stanly) allegedly exposed himself to his legislative assistant – and then masturbated on an office chair. The legislative assistant reportedly filed a complaint, and legislators dealt with the situation swiftly.

“The chair we put away. There was semen on the chair. We went to the individual and dealt with the situation,” said House Representative Julia Howard (R-Forsyth), who was on the Legislative Ethics Committee at that time. “We put a fine line in the sand and addressed it. That’s the end of your story.”

Uh, no. The lack of exposure this incident received because you and others decided that “story” should not be told at the time is a story in itself. And it’s a good bet at least part of that story is the desire not to impugn a Republican when they were counting on capitalizing on the imprisonment of Democrat Jim Black:



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Thursday News: Walkout

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DEMOCRATS LEAVE COMMITTEE MEETING AFTER REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ALLOW JUDGE TO SPEAK: Bishop said that since Stephens isn’t employed by Cooper’s office, he wouldn’t let him speak. Democratic Sen. Jay Chaudhuri of Raleigh told Bishop that was “a missed opportunity.” A fellow Democrat, Sen. Floyd McKissick of Durham, then asked permission to speak. Bishop denied him several times but eventually let McKissick ask a question. McKissick asked for Stephens to be able to give his presentation. Bishop disagreed, saying he’s the committee chairman and gets to make that decision. Then McKissick, Chaudhuri and the third Democrat on the committee, Joel Ford of Charlotte, stood up and walked out without another word. The meeting proceeded without them. At the end of the meeting the remaining Republicans introduced a new set of proposed election maps for judges and district attorneys – an issue that was not on the public agenda for the meeting.
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Charlotte Council member Lawana Mayfield boycotts restaurant

Reclaiming her time in the face of bigotry:

While she has not patronized any of Noble’s restaurants since 2015, she said she spoke out now because of Noble’s plans to open a business in the district she represents. “Any business that is within my district where I know that they signed on to the letter to support discrimination through legislation, I will not patronize knowingly,” she said. She said she knows of no other business in her district whose owner signed it.

Noble, who is also an ordained minister, was one of 94 signers of the letter, including prominent Christian conservatives such as Dr. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Others included business owners, realtors, educators, medical professionals and two captains for USAirways/American Airlines. The only restaurant owners were Noble and Joseph Acovski of Joey’s Fine Food and Pizza in Denver, N.C.

I know many of my friends in political circles are exhausted after the bitter fighting over HB2, but the truth is, bigots like Noble pretty much won that war. HB142 wasn’t even really a compromise, it was a victory of form over substance. Lawana was right to vocalize her opposition to patronizing this establishment, because there are over 90,000 LGBTQ folks living in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, and they deserve to know which businesses hold them in contempt, and actively work to deny them rights. And there’s something else this story exposes, the dangers of government relying on religious institutions to provide services to the poor:



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Wednesday News: Good job, Alabama

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE DOUG JONES DEFEATS ROY MOORE FOR US SENATE SEAT: In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. Tuesday’s Republican loss was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided GOP. “We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified,” Jones declared as supporters in a Birmingham ballroom cheered, danced and cried tears of joy.
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Tuesday News: ALEC’s new poster boy

NC REP JASON SAINE AWARDED ALEC’S TOP CORPORATE SELLOUT PRIZE: State Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican from Lincolnton, will be the next chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a conservative group backed by corporations that proposes model legislation for state legislators to introduce. Saine will serve a one-year term beginning January 1, an ALEC spokesman said in an email. Saine spoke at ALEC’s States & Nation Policy Summit last week in Nashville, Tenn. He hailed the coming 45th anniversary of ALEC, and encouraged attendance at the anniversary celebration next year at the Trump International Hotel. The event is aimed at raising millions for the ALEC endowment, he said. The 45th anniversary “is an incredible validation that an idea exchange works,” Saine said.
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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today’s the big day in Alabama:

Here at #DougJonesForSenate rally here in Birmingham!!!! Let’s go #DougJones Let’s get out and #Vote tomorrow! http://pic.twitter.com/0PRxmF1oHu

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 12, 2017

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything…



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