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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‘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.
We can’t even ride bikes now… I’m not surprised. I’m just angry. pic.twitter.com/xcAR8zmnuP
— ⁶Kid (@deep_dab) April 19, 2021
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.
Here’s the explanation from a Perth Amboy police officer: pic.twitter.com/8T48DMEgoA
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 20, 2021
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:
Riding bikes while black is a crime in Perth Amboy https://t.co/0v6znJ4SkO
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) April 20, 2021
This is Perth Amboy, NJ. Are the police really arresting kids over bike registrations? Does it really require this many officers to address whatever situation this is? Police CANNOT continue to be our response to EVERYTHING. https://t.co/fcrPfJNKBI
— Amol Sinha (@AmolSinha) April 20, 2021
I rode my bike through Perth Amboy, NJ last year. No one asked me for my bike license. I wonder why. pic.twitter.com/VRsHggDxbv
— Charlie O’Donnell (@ceonyc) April 20, 2021
Municipal bicycle licenses are just registration stickers. And they can be an effective tool to arrest wheelie kids.
— BCGP Biking The Region (@BikingTheRegion) April 20, 2021
Cops in Perth Amboy, NJ arrest a Black teenager for no reason. They let him go later in the day and gave all the bikes back because they knew how this would look. pic.twitter.com/AQ8FXgCjs4
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 20, 2021
Now, let’s take a quick second, These guys state they are from Edison, NJ. There is no requirement for a license/registration for a bike. But in Perth Amboy, NJ there is… So this is just profiling by police with classic failure to communicate or listen. #ACAB #BIKE #Cycles https://t.co/x7bGP3UR1P
— Serotonless Graves (@Nopeamine) April 20, 2021
Then she says she could be a real asshole and confiscate the other youths’ bikes that are not registered. Perth Amboy requires they be registered. But, contrary to her first charge, they also prohibit riding on sidewalks in many places around town so… https://t.co/SJohgEibZx pic.twitter.com/FCWphZgR7d
— sahra (@sahrasulaiman) April 20, 2021
Imagine being some miserable police force, like that of Perth Amboy in NJ, who’s latest claim to fame is: trending because you idiotically swarm to confiscate bikes and detain (just the black) boys for lack of a 50 cent registration that proves ownership…#HowItStarts https://t.co/sxxADzeImM
— Gerald Hampton (@VaTechPhiDelt) April 20, 2021
Perth Amboy NJ has an ordinance requiring all bicycles to be licensed. Here is what happens when you live in neighboring Edison NJ and you want to ride through Perth Amboy. This is deja vu of Robert Moses building low bridges on the highways to prevent bus traffic.#FTP #ACAB https://t.co/qbrXsow1Gd
— #DefundThePolice 🌻🌹 (@Tom4CongressNY6) April 20, 2021
Need an annual license to ride a bike in Perth Amboy, NJ AS A FUCKING KID… but, we can’t figure out how to require licensing and common sense legislation for firearms. Amerikkka! https://t.co/Kk1oDXgLKd
— Stephen G. Friend (@StephenGFriend) April 20, 2021
i looked it up, f’in wild. you gotta register your bike with the cops. they can steal your bike for ANY infraction & throw you in jail for up to TEN days. this is such a blatantly bullshit law meant to target black kidshttps://t.co/8KCuzvQmtg
— nick still wears his mask 😷 (@NickKramarev) April 20, 2021
FIFTY CENTS per year to license your bicycle in Perth Amboy, N.J. – this is nothing but a pretext to harass
(this is not an archaic law – dated 2011) pic.twitter.com/XFpMny8Tjf
— Brian (@FinallySock) April 20, 2021
I broke this law last summer when I stopped in Perth Amboy’s waterfront ice cream shop on my ride back from New Brunswick
1. Biking laws shouldn’t change from one town to the next
— Brian Hedden (@BriHedden) April 20, 2021
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.
“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.”
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.
Maxine Waters did exactly what Donald J. Trump did not do.
It was a deliberate call for violence and a direct threat to the jury, if she and the mob do not approve the verdict.
Any accountability for Democrats who pose a danger to America?
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 20, 2021
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.
Rudy. One question. What did “let’s have trial by combat!” mean? https://t.co/xSshWrFoiY
— Liberal World Order Stan 🌐 (@fedtanyl) April 20, 2021
This is too easy… Trial by combat! https://t.co/4ZsellTrTl
— Howard Johnson Esq (@HowardJEsq) April 20, 2021
This. Is. Insanity.
The crowd that Maxine Waters spoke to didn’t march to The Capitol, infiltrate it, cause millions in damage, injure over 140 police officers and try to kill the Vice President.
For gosh sakes! https://t.co/hChoKXCaPl
— Daniel Pants (@DanielPantss) April 20, 2021
No you did! You did it for him! Go wipe the brown sticky stuff running down your face.
— Ms B (@Ms__B) April 20, 2021
What? She did exactly what trump didn't do, but worse??? So she didn't do anything? But better? I'm confused! lolololol pic.twitter.com/Qn5xzLdpYD
— Billie Ruben (@BillieRuben1) April 20, 2021
Mr Giuliani, I really think you need to do another press conference. I think an issue as big as this deserves to be held at Four Seasons total Landscaping. Don't forget your hair dye! pic.twitter.com/6uHUQmpZYz
— Reptilian Overlord #38274619 (@DevinsOverlord) April 20, 2021
Uh……. you encouraged trial by combat???
— Teresa Terranova🏳️🌈 (@teresatheNova) April 20, 2021
Hush, Mayor McCheese.
Right now we’re concerned about accountability for those police officers who commit criminal acts.
And pose a danger to Americans who happen to be black.
— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@larsp2740) April 20, 2021
Oh jeez Rudy have u been disbarred yet?
Asking for a friend pic.twitter.com/q7tOFYDAT6
— Rowicz (@Rowvitch2012) April 20, 2021
I recall January 6th being fairly violent, and being egged on by you and Mango Mussolini.
— Dustin Bushnell (@CubbiesFan82) April 20, 2021
What brand of diapers do you buy? My neighbor lost his mind a few years ago and I need a recommendation.
— mike lawrence (@mikeylaw7161) April 20, 2021
Ironically true. She did not gather together a mob and set them off to do dirty work to (Trump hoped) take for him an election he had lost.
— Rulon James Downard (@RJDownard) April 20, 2021
So trump didn’t do something but worse ?
Remember Trial by Combat?
— Tonchi 😷 🌊 ReSisTer 🌊 (@tonchitorres) April 20, 2021
— John Holmes (@JohnHol20885637) April 20, 2021
I thought you were in support of "trial by combat"
— Mondale should have won 🦭 (@isilanorien) April 20, 2021
You have gone FULL cray-cray! 🤣
— DEFCON 4 (@Leftech) April 20, 2021
— #TheFormerGuyIsDone! 4️⃣6️⃣ 🕶 (@socratesnurse) April 20, 2021
Maxine Waters did exactly what Donald J. Trump would do.
Her call was a deliberate call for peace and a direct threat to the trump ninjas if the mob do not approve the verdict.
Any accountability for Republican who pose a danger to America?
— Tania Banks (@Taniabanks24) April 20, 2021
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