Wednesday News: Straight from the Republican horse's mouth

"I would like everybody to know that we, as of today, and I say this absolutely with no hesitance, we have seen no evidence whatsoever that there's any inaccuracy or any problem with any of the returns that were reported on Election Day," Brian said at a news conference on Tuesday. "We have no reason to believe that the returns that came back on the paper tapes are in any way inaccurate or any different than they would have been had the cards read into the machines read properly." – Bill Brian, chairman Durham County Board of Elections
http://www.wral.com/durham-elections-official-no-evidence-vote-count-wrong/16238806/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Looking for malfeasance? Look in the mirror:

An SBI which was removed from the Attorney General's control and placed directly under his opponent, Governor McCrory. The stench of corruption in his administration is overwhelming.

Tuesday News: Why even have elections?

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COULD NC LAWMAKERS CHOOSE THE NEXT GOVERNOR? (WRAL-TV) -- It may be an outside possibility, but the ghosts of a contested election for school superintendent in 2004 could haunt this year's gubernatorial race, allowing the Republican-led legislature to settle the contest between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper, the state's attorney general. Over the weekend, several political operatives and others with interest in the election began circulating a 2007 article by Robert Joyce of the University of North Carolina School of Government. That article recapped the 2004 contest between June Atkinson, a Democrat, and Bill Fletcher, a Republican, and sketched out the process that eventually allowed the General Assembly to decide the race.
http://www.wral.com/could-nc-lawmakers-choose-the-next-governor-/16234656/

Capitol Broadcasting calls for transparency in vote counts

Keep it clean, and keep it open:

What is important isn’t merely that the votes are counted – but that North Carolina citizens know and feel assured that all votes have been counted accurately and fairly. In that spirit, we call on Gov. McCrory, Attorney General Cooper, the State Board of Elections and the county election offices throughout the state to go the extra mile and provide full and complete transparency in this process.

McCrory, Cooper and the Board of Elections should make any and all communications with local and state officials and agencies, public. The candidates can do this easily by posting them on their campaign websites. The state Board of Elections can do the same.

As I mentioned on another diary, I am genuinely concerned McCrory's army of lawyers and other diehards are going to try to get as many Dem ballots rejected as they can during this process. That could be one ballot at a time, or the wholesale rejection of large numbers of provisional ballots, such as those from Durham County. And the tone of his recruitment message sounds more like a pre-election call-to-arms than merely a request for neutral observers:

Monday News: The conflagration continues

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MORE THAN 20 WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN WESTERN NC (TWCN-TV) -- Thousands of acres continue to burn in western North Carolina as wildfires rip through the drought-stricken region. More than 20 wildfires continue to burn across the Appalachian Mountains as dry conditions and wind make the job even more difficult for firefighters. Evacuations -- some mandatory and some voluntary -- were expanded to those living in portions of Henderson, Buncombe and Rutherford counties.
http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/11/13/more-than-20-wildfires-continue-to-burn...

The media is still getting it wrong about Hillary

The myth of her dishonesty is alive and kicking:

Trump was a much more prolific liar, but his lies were, by comparison, benign: boastful exaggerations, hyperbole about issues, times when he simply didn’t know what he was talking about.

Clinton’s lies were about serious matters – about classified materials on emails, about Benghazi, and the things she had said in speeches on Wall Street that were different from things she said to voters. People didn’t trust her, and she kept giving them reasons not to trust her.

The author is the former Editor of Char-O's editorial page and a novelist, much lauded for both. But his attempt to convince readers Trump's victory does not herald an upsurge in racism, and that it's merely a rejection of his flawed opponent, is both naive and embarrassing. Clinton did not lie about classified e-mails, but Republicans on the House panel "investigating" her surely did. And for this guy to even mention Benghazi proves his information sources were tainted beyond recovery. After thousands of hours of posturing, the Benghazi Committee produced zero (nada, nothing) evidence of wrongdoing on her part. But that doesn't fit the narrative of "there is no racism, it was Clinton's fault" this man set out to prove in his little essay. By far, the biggest loser in this election was (and apparently still is) the truth.

Sunday News: McCrory throws tantrum, demands recount

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MCCRORY CALLS FOR RECOUNT OF DURHAM VOTES, CITES OTHER “IRREGULARITIES” (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory, trailing in a close race for re-election behind Attorney General Roy Cooper, claims there was “malfeasance” in tabulating votes in Durham County and “irregularities” reported around the state. McCrory and his Republican Party, appoint and control state and county boards of elections that supervise election operations. Cooper’s campaign said nothing improper happened in Durham, and accused McCrory of trying to undermine the election.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article114391848.html

Is van der Vaart trying to take his incompetence to DC?

Birds of a feather destroy the environment together:

President-elect Donald Trump has named Myron Ebell to head up his transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The news was met with name-calling, even though Ebell agrees with the same position taken by a former top scientist with the Obama administration, Steve Koonin (formerly of Cal Tech) namely, that scientists simply do not know what fraction of observed global warming is due to manmade CO2 emissions.

Consequently, Ebell has expressed concern about EPA positions, including the Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s controversial power plan is based on an inadequate understanding of global warming and should not drive our middle class into energy poverty against congressional will.

Koonin worked for British Petroleum before his brief stint at the Department of Energy, and is widely considered as much of a nut-job as Myron Ebell. And van der Vaart's "what fraction" argument is merely the next tier for Climate Change deniers. They've given up on the idiotic "man doesn't cause this" position because it is patently indefensible, so now they demand a hyper-accurate, to-the-decimal-point percentage of how much carbon is anthropomorphic vs natural. Nevermind the fact that vulcanism is wildly erratic from year to year, so that percentage is naturally a moving target. Oh no, now you're bringing more science into it. Can't have that. Van der Vaart is an embarrassment, frankly, and we can't be shut of him soon enough.

Saturday News: Classy as usual, George

REP. CLEVELAND REBUKED FOR EMAILING ‘TRUMP FORCES BLACK FAMILY FROM HOME’ IMAGE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville, faced criticism from his Republican colleagues for emailing them a fake newspaper headline that said “Trump forces black family from home” and showed a picture of the White House. Cleveland’s email didn’t include any comments about the image, which he sent to members of the House Republican caucus.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article11...

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