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And the parade of bad Trump picks marches on:

Not only is Carson not qualified for the position, but both he and Mnuchin (FED Secretary) are proponents of privatizing Fannie and Freddie. Which will probably bring about another sub-prime meltdown and bump a lot of lower middle class families out of the home-buying game. Make America rent again.

McCrory's dream slowly fades as Durham recount finishes

Cooper's lead actually increases by a handful of votes:

As of Sunday night, 53,000 votes had been recounted and the report said that Democrat Roy Cooper has picked up three votes while McCrory has lost one vote while the overall vote tally dropped by two. The task is to recount about 94,000 votes and Bill Brian, chairman of the Durham Board of Elections, said everybody is on the same page in wanting to get the work done.

“Democrats, Republicans, white, black, old, young; it’s been very much a community experience,” Brian said. “We’ve closed out three of the five one-stop sites. Then we had a very long day today, but we’re feeling good about ourselves.”

In a sane world, McCrory would have already conceded this race, but we don't live there. My biggest fear with this Durham recount was the possibility of the vote margin dipping below 10,000, giving McCrory his state-wide recount. That didn't happen, but they tell me he could still do that if he was willing to pay for it. Considering he's never had any trouble attracting millions of dollars from potential puppet-masters, that would come as no surprise. But the only way to overcome that 10,000+ deficit would be fraud, on a grand scale. We're almost there, folks.

NC Supreme Court's mystery "rule" needs more scrutiny

And the timing is very suspect:

Some legal experts find the change curious in its timing and mysterious in its intent. Certainly it prompts questions: Will this allow Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is now to be in the conservative minority, to pick retired justices to break ties who agree philosophically with him? Is the change even legal under the state constitution?

McCrory's legacy reduced to "sore loser" status

As a wise (country music-singing) man once said: "You gotta know when to fold 'em."

“With each day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud,” said Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager in a statement Nov. 17. Um, no. The State Board of Elections issued an order Monday dismissing such protests. But while the State Board was mining grassroots details, a couple bigger questions from 10,000 feet up have gone unanswered.

If voter fraud is/was as widespread as Gov. Sore Loser has claimed, how is it that he is the only big-name Republican to lose a statewide race? Was the fraudulent conspiracy so surgical that it only took out McCrory?

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when fist-clenching Pat reads this editorial. Of course, he won't get the message and reassess his efforts to undermine the will of the voters, it will simply be more proof of the widespread conspiracy to derail the Carolina Comeback and unfairly blemish his resume'. So the fight will go on, and North Carolina will continue to be the subject of ridicule on the national stage, as people from other states gawk at us in disbelief. Thanks, McCrory.

Junior Berger gives thumbs-up to pollution of Blount's Creek

I'm sure daddy is very proud:

68. Petitioners argued that DWR underestimated or understated the effects the proposed discharge will likely have on the Blounts Creek aquatic ecosystem, including effects on flow, pH, salinity, benthos, fish, and the existing biological community of Blounts Creek.

69. DWR’s findings and inferences regarding the predicted effects of the proposed discharge fall within “specialized knowledge of the agency.” As such, the undersigned is required to give such facts and inferences “due regard” pursuant to the APA. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-34(a).

The above excerpts are mild in comparison with a lot of other language in this order. Usually, you'll find deference to opposing views/positions in these point-by-point decisions, but Berger went out of his way to toss in "not convincing" and "failed to prove" wherever he could. I also find the timing of this order questionable. Had he made this decision before the Election, it might have kept him from winning a seat on the NC Court of Appeals, if enough anger and outrage could have made it into print. Grrr.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Finally, some very good news:

It's not over yet, because there's still a frivolous Civitas lawsuit to be dealt with, but this order makes it pretty clear the state Board of Elections isn't going to play along with McCrory's multi-county gambit. And even if sniffling Pat keeps whining, it looks like the NC GOP is also over it:

Primer on the 2004 contested election for NC Superintendent

McCrory is not the first Republican sore loser:

Few would have envisioned this moment back in November, when candidate Fletcher challenged candidate Atkinson’s 8,500-vote margin by questioning the legality of 11,000 out-of-precinct provisional ballots cast in the election, enough ballots to draw into question the outcome of the election and perhaps justify a court order for a new election.

The procedure followed by the General Assembly on August 23 was specially designed to fulfill the requirements of a provision of the state constitution that until then had escaped almost everyone’s notice: Article VI, Section 5. It says that a contested election for any of the ten Council of State offices (for the offices involved, see the sidebar on page 44) “shall be determined by joint ballot of both houses of the General Assembly in the manner prescribed by law.”

Bolding mine, because that date tells us many things. First, the General Assembly didn't "rush" into making a decision about this race, it viewed such a decision as a last resort. No doubt they considered her 8,500 vote lead to be strong enough to stand on its own. That date also tells us the lengths that some people are prepared to go in an effort to undermine the will of the people. And the legal actions that took place in 2004 are eerily similar to what Civitas is trying to do now:

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