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The Morning Roundup: We Hate State Voter ID. Related News: We Like Mike


This is Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan. Do vote for him in the November election for N.C. Supreme Court, won't you?
  • This is Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan. Do vote for him in the November election for N.C. Supreme Court, won't you?
Good Tuesday morning to you all. 

The battle over N.C. voter ID continues, with state and federal lawsuits pending. A Wake County judge has all but ensured that a state case will be resolved a few weeks before early voting starts in October. 

1. A trial date for state voter ID has been set for September 26.

Judge Mike Morgan, pictured on the right, "will decide whether the state's new requirement to show photo identification in order to vote in person violates the state's constitution in a case that is scheduled to wrap up less than month before in-person early voting will begin this fall."

From WRAL:

Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan rejected calls from lawyers for the state and legislature to assign the case to a three-judge panel or dismiss it altogether. Instead, he set the case for trial beginning Sept. 26."I will move this case forward as expediently as possible," Morgan said in court Monday afternoon.

That decision throws another twist into an election year that has already been shaped by a number of court rulings and could be shaken further depending on rulings pending in other courts. A federal case over North Carolina's voter ID requirement is pending before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while other cases involving legislative and congressional districts are at various stages in front of federal district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

You may recognize Morgan from The INDY's endorsement back in June. He's running for the N.C. Supreme Court.

Even if the case takes only a week to hear in court, Morgan will almost certainly issue his ruling in the early days of October. Early in-person voting begins Oct. 27. In addition to Morgan's ruling, the case will likely be appealed, and the state has already challenged some of his rulings in filings before the state Court of Appeals.

Another interesting twist in the case involves Morgan himself. Morgan is running for state Supreme Court against incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds. While party affiliations aren't listed on the ballot for Supreme Court, Edmunds is a Republican, Morgan is a Democrat and both are explicitly backed by their respective parties. Democrats have generally opposed the voter ID rules because the voters affected are more likely to be Democratic voters.

We could say more, but we don't want you to think we're, y'know, too partisan on this issue or the Supreme Court election. 

2. Proud Daddy is a shameless politician.

Rep. Richard "Proud Daddy" Hudson, our Christanist protector against Hollywood values, probably thinks he's being cute in his recent move to ban EPA officials from flying on airplanes.

See, if these lib'ruls are so goldang worried about the environment.... eh, we'll leave the rest of that "logic" to conservative commenters on Facebook. They'll have a ball sharing this one.

From Think Progress:

And if a North Carolina congressman gets his way, EPA officials may find themselves taking more buses and trains than planes for official business: Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) has proposed an amendment that would ban EPA officials from using funds to pay for official travel by plane.

Hudson also introduced a second amendment that would prohibit EPA officials from carrying firearms — something that a small number of employees do for enforcement purposes. 

Anyway, since we're way into linking political websites today for some reason, here's Thomas Mills, Hudson's Democratic challenger in November. 

3. N.C. is going greener, with support from the federal government. 

From Greensboro News & Record:

North Carolina’s growing foothold on solar power helped it land more than half the loan support for renewable energy projects in this year’s allotment by a major, federal program for rural areas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing $43.2 million in loan guarantees today for rural, energy projects across the nation. Of that money, $24.7 million — 57 percent — will go to seven large projects in this state.

According to the N&R, "North Carolina ranks third nationally in the production of solar power, behind California and Arizona." Let the sunshine in!

4. He's Bernin', he's Bernin', he's Bernin' for Hillz. Yes, Bernie supporters, it's officially time to play B-sides.

Senator Bernie Sanders will appear today in New Hamp-shuh, alongside presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, his former rival. And yes, he will endorse. 

From CNN:
Clinton's final victory over Sanders comes at the end of a long campaign in which she repeatedly moved to accommodate him and the liberal activists behind his campaign.

She reversed her position on sensitive political issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the Keystone XL Pipeline — two projects that progressive staunchly oppose.

And last week, Clinton announced a new college affordability plan that mirrored Sanders' proposals. It proposes tuition-free enrollment in public in-state colleges for families making up to $85,000, with the income benchmark increasing to $125,000 over the course of several years.

Sanders also was able to win concessions from Clinton for language in the Democratic party platform last weekend in Orlando, including a provision calling for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

"We got 80% of what we wanted in this platform," Warren Gunnels, a top Sanders foreign policy adviser, told CNN.
Good work, Bernie.

However, some of his supporters, such as political commentator Robert Reich, are worried about one concession he really didn't get from drafters of the 2016 Democratic platform, to the possible benefit of "huckster populist" Donald J. Trump.

From Reich's Facebook page:

Frankly, I'm appalled. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a Trojan horse in the global race to the bottom. That the Democratic Party platform won't oppose the TPP is a sad commentary on the continuing power of global corporations to dictate party policy whenever that policy might otherwise conflict with their goals.

The Democrat's failure to oppose the TPP also gives Donald Trump — who is unambiguously against it — a trump card he doesn't deserve.

Incredibly stupid.

It will be interesting to see if — or how —  Sanders continues to press the issue. 

5. Dumb law. Bad law. INDY reporter David Hudnall said it best in his piece about the joke-of-a-police-body-cam law signed into law by Governor McCrory. Read here.

Have a good one, folks.  Since we threw in a Blue Oyster Cult reference in the item about Clinton and Sanders, here's a "Two for Tuesday" gift for those that caught it (and those that didn't). 

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