Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Queen of the Buffet!

Announcement came this morning that Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will chair the Republican National Committee's Platform Committee.

Look forward to all the thorns of disapproval and whips of scorn.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Roy Cooper Saves Jobs for North Carolina, While Gov. McCrory Sputters

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals was planning a $20 million expansion into North Carolina, with 52 new high-paying jobs, but HB2 made the company change its mind. "After the passage of this [HB2] --what we consider quite unjust law -- we decided to rethink the situation," said the president of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals.

Bottomline: the company has decided to stay and complete its expansion in North Carolina. Why? Not because of our "Carolina Comeback" governor, though Squishy wants to claim the credit. No, it was because of our Democratic Attorney General. "Roy Cooper absolutely pushed us to stay and fight [the injustice] from within," the Braeburn president said.

Meanwhile, Gov. McCrory's fiction-writers put out a press release taking credit essentially for Braeburn's turnaround and blaming Roy Cooper for driving away business from the state. When the truth is exactly the opposite of that.

And now the governor's prevarication has been exposed by a WFAE report. Once the governor's "yarn" was exposed, his press office suddenly clammed up about their claims, while the president of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals had plenty to say.

Bill Aceto Acted Unilaterally in Demanding No Early Voting Site at ASU Student Union

Nancy Owen
So it's abundantly clear that Watauga Board of Elections Chair Bill Aceto acted unilaterally -- on his own -- while implying that he was speaking for "the Board of Elections" in demanding that no one ask for nor expect an Early Voting site in the ASU Student Union this November (where more people voted early per hour during the March primary than at all other Early Voting sites combined in the county). Aceto penned his letters to ASU Chancellor Sheri Everts, Caldwell Community College President Ken Boham, and the ASU Student Government Assn. without even informing nor consulting with his fellow Republican member Nancy Owen. (Aceto's letters are reproduced verbatim in the previous two posts, down column.)

Nancy Owen, who's actually the secretary of the Board, was kept in the dark. So if it wasn't clear to her before, she should know by now that she's merely a tool of Bill Aceto and of the real director of the Board of Elections, county attorney Stacy C. Eggers IV ("Four"). She's merely taken the place of the previous tool, Four Eggers' own brother Luke.

Nancy Owen certainly knows the "party line" -- prevent ASU student-voting at all costs -- but does she realize the damage being done to her own reputation? Or does she care?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bill Aceto Also Attempted To Intimidate the ASU Student Government

Bill Aceto, Chair of the Watauga Board of Elections, wrote an identical letter to the president of the Appalachian State University student government, suggesting strongly that students not even ask for Early Voting in the ASU student union. Don't even think about it.

To repeat the obvious, the real reason Aceto and the Watauga Republicans want to rule out the student union is because it was the most popular and heavily utilized Early Voting site in the entire county -- by voters of all ages who reside all over the county -- during the March primaries. The Republicans are not about to let that happen again. Over their dead bodies.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bill Aceto Is His Name, Voter Suppression Is His Game

Bill Aceto, Republican Chair of the Watauga County Board of Elections, wrote a letter to the presidents of Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College which is unusually revealing about Mr. Aceto's continuing efforts to put stumbling blocks in the path of student voters.

1. In his letter (below), Mr. Aceto speaks for the Board as though discussions and votes have been held. We are told that he is acting and speaking unilaterally, or else the two Republicans have been meeting privately without the Democratic member.

2. Mr. Aceto says the Board is looking at the possibility of establishing Early Voting on either the ASU or the Caldwell Community College campus. As far as we know, there is still a standing court order that an Early Voting site must be placed on the ASU campus. We would welcome a site on both campuses.

3. Mr. Aceto lists three sites that the Board is considering. All three are on the far edges of the campus. He does not list the Student Union, where the site was located for the March primary. He goes further on page 2 of his letter and explicitly rules out the ASU Student Union: Don't even think about recommending the Union for Early Voting, he says.

4. Mr. Aceto justifies ruling out the Student Union by alluding to numerous complaints about the "buffer zone." An examination of the "complaints file" in the Board of Elections office reveals no complaints -- zero -- dealing with the Early Voting site in the Student Union in the 2016 primary election. There were complaints about Election Day voting at the Legends site, mainly about how long and slow the lines were (which is on Mr. Aceto and his administration of voting in this county).

5. It is clear that Aceto, his boss "Four" Eggers, and the rest of the colluding power structure in the local Republican Party will continue to flaunt their subversion of Judge Donald Stephens' order from 2014 to make voting accessible to ASU students ... until the entire power structure is changed in the state of North Carolina.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

McCrory Law Suit Will Be Heard by Terrence Boyle

Judge Boyle
Governor McCrory and his legal team sued the Feds over HB2 in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which is almost entirely stocked with Republican/conservative judges. It's a miracle! Because who should draw the McCrory suit but one of the most notorious conservatives on the Federal bench in North Carolina, Judge Terrence Boyle.

Boyle cut his teeth in the "culture wars" of the 1970s as an aide to Senator Jesse Helms. He was elevated to the Federal bench by President Ronald Reagan and twice nominated for a seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals by both presidents Bush. Those nominations failed because both times the U.S. Senate was under Democratic control, and Democrats considered Boyle a regressionist on civil rights.

Currently, Boyle is one of the best known judges in the Eastern District of North Carolina and serves with an all-white cast of other, mainly Republican judges. The Eastern District encompasses 24 counties including much of the state's "black belt" -- demographically, the Eastern District is 27 percent African American -- yet in its 143-year history, that court has never had a black judge.

President Obama has appointed two different black women to that court. The first was blocked by Senator Richard Burr -- because he could -- and Burr has promised to block the second one as well. Currently, the Eastern District has a vacancy on the court going back more than a decade, because both presidents Clinton and Obama have been stymied by Republican senates.

So ... Judge Boyle will hear McCrory's complaint that HB2 does not violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. How inexplicably fortuitous for McCrory's lawsuit to fall into the lap of a judge already hostile to the Civil Rights Act of 1964!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Twisted Logic of Governor McCrory

So the governor sued the federal government over bathroom policy. Then Messrs. Berger and Moore sued the federal government over the definition of civil rights. Then the federal government returned the compliment and sued the state for being so plime-blank stupid. And evil. (You can read all about it in the N&O.)

If you force yourself to read through the governor's suit (written by too-clever-by-half lawyers), you're confronted by some astounding logic:

HB2 doesn't discriminate against transgender people because transgender people don't actually exist. The only thing that exists is the "thang" between your legs when you were born. Every employee of North Carolina is required to use the toilet that conforms to that "thang." “All state employees are required to use the bathroom and changing facilities assigned to persons of their same biological sex, regardless of gender identity, or transgender status,” reads McCrory's complaint. See, everyone has access. Where's the discrimination in that?

That constitutes a denial that a transgender person has a different “gender identity,” which flies in the face of reality. But the governor has decided to stake his fortunes on that equation: if "gender identity" doesn't exist, then there is no discrimination in HB2.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article76601387.html#storylink=cpy
The governor's complaint also argues that transgender citizens can’t be discriminated against because they are not specifically named in Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which sounds like a tacit admission to us: North Carolina is discriminating against transgender citizens because they're unprotected by federal law. Open season!

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article76601387.html#storylink=cpy