Democrat Roy Cooper Calls Recount Demand ‘A Last-Ditch Effort From Governor McCrory to Delay and Deny the Results of This Election’
North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory has formally demanded a recount of all results in the state’s 100 counties. McCrory’s Democratic challenger Roy Cooper has already declared himself the winner, while the first-term governor has spent the past two weeks trying desperately to find ways to challenge the results of the gubernatorial race.
A spokesperson for the North Carolina State Board of Elections confirmed that results currently show McCrory trailing Attorney General Cooper by one-tenth of a point. However the spokesperson refused to respond to a question from NCRM as to whether or not the board would grant McCrory’s request.
“With serious concerns of potential voter fraud emerging across the state, it is becoming more apparent that a thorough recount is one way the people of North Carolina can have confidence in the results, process and system,” McCrory’s letter reads.
â€” Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 22, 2016
McCrory and his fellow elected Republicans in the North Carolina legislature were slapped down in a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voting rights caseÂ ruling this summer, which found a GOP voter ID law systematically disenfranchised Black voters.Â
Reuters reports theÂ official results show McCrory “trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, by one-tenth of a point,” and notes that a “recount is mandatory if the margin is less than 10,000 votes once all 100 counties have finished their canvasses, a spokesman for the election board said. As of Tuesday afternoon, Cooper’s lead was 6,187 out of 4.7 million votes cast.”
Cooper’s campaign insists his lead is somewhat larger.
Calling the Republican governor’s demand for a recount “a last-ditch effort from Governor McCrory to delay and deny the results of this election,” the Cooper campaign says their candidate “leads by 8,569 votes â€“ a number that is growing daily as counties finalize election results. We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election.”
Political observers and community human rights activists see the results of the election as a referendum on the Governor’s support of HB2, a state law passed barring transgender persons use of public bathrooms that match their gender identity, instead requiring trans persons to use facilities that conform to their gender assigned atÂ birth.
The law was passed by in a hastily called special session of the state’s General Assembly after the largest city in the state, Charlotte, passed a measure protecting the trans community. Passage of the measure led to organised widespread boycotting of the state by entertainers, sports teams, with both the National Basketball Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association relocating major annual events out of the state.
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White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme
Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican U.S. Rep. from Arizona and a white nationalist on Sunday tweeted out a meme featuring a sex worker and the motto from a white nationalist group.
“$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY,” says a woman peering into a car. The driver says, “Can you TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”
“America First is inevitable,” as HuffPost reports, “is the motto of the ‘America First’ white nationalist movement headed by the racist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.”
Gosar’s original tweet is here. NCRM has inserted a screenshot in case it gets deleted.
Gosar late last month delivered the hate group’s keynote address, then on the same day headed to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and appeared to denounce white nationalism.
RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago
The Republican Party has had multiple chances to distance itself from former President Donald Trump, including most recently when he sent the RNC a cease and desist letter warning them to not use his name or image for fundraising. But as usual the RNC just reinforced its ties to Trump, moving a major donor dinner to Mar-a-Lago.
“The weekend retreat in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, as in past years,” The Washington Post reports. “But the RNC has decided to move the Saturday evening portion of the schedule to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site.”
The move will line Trump’s pockets with cash and give him another opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the donors’ adulation.
At least 350 are expected to attend the Mar-a-Lago event.
Image Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.
The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.
The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.
“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”
Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.
“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.
“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”
Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.
On International Women’s Day, I rose to condemn the so-called “Equality” Act.
This disgusting bill destroys the rights of women and girls across America and sets a horrific precedent for the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/qswerFcnhH
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) March 8, 2021
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