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Pat McCrory, Losing North Carolina Race, Demands Total Recount, Cites ‘Concerns of Potential Voter Fraud’



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.

McCrory and his fellow elected Republicans in the North Carolina legislature were slapped down in a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voting rights case ruling this summer, which found a GOP voter ID law systematically disenfranchised Black voters. 

Reuters reports the 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 – 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 at 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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‘Riding Bikes While Black’: New Jersey Cops Under Fire for Confiscating Bike and Arresting Teen



Police officers in Perth Amboy, New Jersey are under fire after video clips of them appearing to harass a small group of Black teens who were riding their bikes through town went viral. Perth Amboy has a law requiring a bicycle “license tag” but the teens say they live in Edison, and were just riding home.

At one point six police cars were involved. The officers ordered the teens off the bikes, confiscated at least one, and arrested one teen who was arguing they shouldn’t have to give up their bikes.

Later, at the police station, one officer told the teen he was lucky to get his bike back, asking if he had the purchase receipt for the bike, and if it is registered with them. The officer also says the teens were told “to stay on the sidewalk,” but they were also told to stay on the road and ride with traffic. She says they did all this for their safety.

Part of Perth Amboy’s extensive bicycle law reads: “An application for a license to own and operate a bicycle shall be made to the Chief of Police in writing upon a form approved by the City Council. Upon approval of an application, the Chief of Police shall provide, at the expense of the city, a proper license tag which shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle in a substantial manner. The removal of such tag, except by proper authority, shall be a violation of this chapter. A license fee of fifty cents ($0.50) shall be charged per year for each bicycle. Such license shall be issued as of the calendar year and shall be effective for such period.”

It also bans “fancy riding”:

“The rider of a bicycle shall not allow it to proceed in a street by inertia momentum, with his feet removed from the pedals, nor remove both hands from the handlebars while riding the bicycle, nor practice any trick or fancy riding in a street or carry another person upon the bicycle.”

Many are outraged:


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Ted Nugent Tests Positive for Coronavirus He Called Fake: ‘I Thought I Was Dying’



Rocker and COVID-19 denier Ted Nugent has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The right-wing rock musician revealed in a Facebook video that he is seriously ill with the potentially deadly virus he has insisted is fake or not very serious, reported Consequence of Sound.

“Everybody told me that I should not announce this,” Nugent says in the video. “I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days. I thought I was dying — just a clusterf*ck.”

“I was tested positive today, I got the Chinese shit,” Nugent added. “I’ve got a stuffed-up head, body aches. My God, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days… So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.”

Nugent downplayed the pandemic and various mitigation efforts as recently as last week, and even after his infection questions the safety and necessity of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yet, even after his own infection, Nugent isn’t about to change his stance on COVID-19, especially when it comes to vaccines,” Nugent says. “Nobody knows what’s in it. If you can’t even honestly answer our questions of exactly what’s in it and why are you testing it on human beings and forcing it on people in such a short period of time.”


Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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Rudy Giuliani Slammed for Lying That Maxine Waters Made a ‘Direct Threat to the Jury’ in the Chauvin Trial



On Monday, former President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Rudy Giuliani posted a Twitter rant against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), accusing her of making a “direct threat” against the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota.

Contrary to Giuliani’s claim, Waters’ claim that protesters should be “more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted is not actually a threat of violence, against the jury or against anyone else — and indeed, the judge in the case made clear that while he wasn’t fond of her commenting on the case, it did not taint the jury.

Commenters on social media quickly scorned Giuliani, some of them reminding him he had said far worse at the “Save America” rally mere minutes before a violent pro-Trump mob invaded the U.S. Capitol.


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