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Last week I sent an email that bluntly stated:

“The election was not rigged. The elected officials saying otherwise are being intentionally dishonest.”

And I got a lot of replies from people saying, “Are you SURE it wasn’t rigged? How do you know? Where’s the proof? I heard that it was, so maybe we should look into that.”

Ok, so let me double back for a minute.

If you honestly aren’t sure whether or not the election was rigged, the best way I know to address that is to provide a wide variety of sources on the subject.

So here are 44 sources — a number of them supporters of the president — for you to consider. …


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For years, people have said our state needs to widen access to high-speed internet.

Then the pandemic hit, and all of the sudden the issue went from general concern to red-blinking alarm.

Now everyone is talking about this, and we’re hearing the same phrases over and over:

“We need to close the digital divide.”

“We need to bridge the homework gap.”

Agreed!

But HOW?

What does a realistic solution actually look like?

Let’s take a look.

Short-term

Let’s break this problem into two pieces: short-term and long-term.

In the short-term, the biggest concern is families who don’t have broadband for remote learning or working or telehealth. …


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We need to reform our unemployment insurance system in NC, and we should make it an immediate priority.

The truth is, our UI system had been underfunded and neglected for almost a decade by the time the pandemic hit. It was basically a creaky old row boat that got smashed by a tsunami.

My office has spent months trying to help constituents get their UI benefits — we’re still helping some folks. In the process, we’ve heard countless stories about people calling for weeks and not being able to get through, of a website that wasn’t user-friendly enough to accommodate even savvy internet users, of a scattershot system of benefits from the state and the federal government that had to be applied for in perfect sequence or the process would restart. …


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Update 8/26/20: Today, a court released body camera footage from this incident. In it, you can see CMPD officers emplace themselves at the end of an alley facing 4th St., moments before the protesters walk past. Then you can hear an officer clearly describe what is about to occur.

He states, “We’re going to stay here and watch the show. [An officer] has a platoon on Tryon, out of sight. [Another officer’s] platoon is staged now on College, out of sight. We’re gonna push their ass straight up 4th. Soon as they get up on 4th, we got a bottleneck now, [the first officer’s] squad is going to step out and hammer their ass. They start running down, [the second officer’s] squad is going to step up and hammer their ass, with gas. We’re going to f*cking pop it up.” He then directs his officers to throw flashbangs in such a way as to force the crowd to “run up” 4th St. …


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CURRENT NC STATS

  • 10k+ cases
  • 384 deaths
  • 5,700 tests done yesterday

SOME OF THE LARGEST LAYOFFS IN THE STATE

  • HMSHost (a catering company for Charlotte airport) — 815
  • Great Wolf Lodge (an indoor water park my family enjoys) — 626
  • Hooters — 416
  • Cheesecake Factory — 376
  • Walmart — 285
  • Kanki Japanese Steakhouse — 220

“SUSTAINED LEVELING” IS THE NEW “PEAK”

The basic idea had been to reopen once we were about two weeks past the peak. And that’s still the official guidance from the White House.

But the problem is the more we’ve flattened the curve the more we’ve pushed out the peak. Different models show different peaks, but some of them now take us out to late June. …


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As of March 14 at 8:00 a.m., the state of North Carolina has a total of 680 public (i.e., non-commercial) coronavirus test kits.

So the big question is, “Why don’t we have more tests?”

Here’s the situation:

First, there’s a difference between “test kits” and “extraction kits.”

Extraction kits = extract RNA (genetic material) from nasal swabs.

Test kits = test RNA to see if it’s coronavirus.

We started with a national shortage of test kits. That happened because the CDC — after rejecting the WHO kits and deciding to make their own — had a manufacturing error that allowed their test kit to produce false positives. …


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It’s actually pretty straight-forward.

The Governor vetoed the budget in late June. He put forward a compromise in early July. It primarily included differences with respect to teacher pay (more), corporate tax cuts (less), and Medicaid expansion.

Republican leadership then made a strategic decision: Rather than negotiate with the Governor, they would fully commit to a veto override strategy.

They used two tools to try and override the veto. The first was promises of pork barrel money to select Democrats who they thought they could flip. This was largely ineffective.

The second was turning the veto override process into a longterm siege of legislative Democrats in an attempt to call a vote when there weren’t enough of them present to sustain the veto. …


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A few weeks ago I was sick for a couple days so I used the time as productively as I could: I watched every single haunted house movie on Netflix.

(If you fast-forward through all the chatter they only take about 30 minutes.)

And now — strictly as a constituent service — here are my tips on surviving the ordeal:

First, HEED EARLY WARNINGS.

Some of this is easy. If you wake to find a living corpse hovering over your bed screaming, “Be gone from this house!”, you should reply, “Got it. I’m out.”

But it really shouldn’t come to that. …


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I get a lot of questions about how we spend the lottery money. Here’s a quick breakdown.

It’s about $600 million per year.

Originally, the money went four places: Pre-K, teacher pay, school construction, and college scholarships.

In the last few years, there’s been a major shift away from funding teachers and toward funding support personnel, which mainly includes teacher assistants but also includes staff such as counselors, psychologists, and nurses.

Why the shift? Because funding priorities have shifted away from public education and we almost eliminated all of our teachers assistants a few years ago. …


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I’m hearing some disingenuous comments from House Republican leadership about their budget vote last week. Here are my responses.

GOP: “The vote was on the calendar!”

Response: Yes, just as it was on the calendar *every day* for 60 days prior. Rather than simply call a vote — which they knew they would lose — Republicans laid siege the the House Democrats, forcing all of them to be at every vote for two months, resulting in one of them having to attend session while receiving cancer treatment — which she did, dutifully. But there were going to be *two* sessions on this particular day — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The afternoon session was going to be the one with votes. …

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Sen. Jeff Jackson

North Carolina State Senator

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