by Paul Blest
Congressman G.K. Butterfield:
“Paul and I have been close friends and confidantes for nearly forty years,” Durham City Councilmember Steve Schewel said. “Paul deserves immense credit for the progressive, diverse, welcoming nature of Durham. He is a chief architect of our city’s current political culture and for 25 years he has been our state’s unflinching progressive champion in the General Assembly – a north star for everything good. I will miss him terribly.”
“Paul had an unprecedented concern for working and marginalized communities and families,” said Durham Representative Larry Hall, the state House Democratic leader and a close friend and colleague. “He always put them first in every public policy debate.”
“My father showed me what it means to live in a loving community that fights for things that matter,” said Theo Luebke, his son. “He taught me how to see the world and how to imagine a better one; how to organize and how to win. It has been one of the enduring blessings of my life to be his son."
Durham has suffered a tremendous loss. Paul Luebke was my hero, my mentor and my friend.— Charlie Reece (@CharlieReece) October 30, 2016
My prayers are with Carol and Theo. https://t.co/aiLEeRsJW2
My statement on the passing of Rep. Paul Luebke: pic.twitter.com/R1DoeO3gOa— Roy Cooper (@RoyCooperNC) October 30, 2016
Paul Luebke was a champion and a servant for North Carolina. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. —Deborah— Deborah Ross (@DeborahRossNC) October 30, 2016
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Paul Luebke. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rmz8AkxBIY— NC Democratic Party (@NCDemParty) October 30, 2016
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Paul Luebke. He was passionate, brilliant & dedicated. Our state is better b/c he served.— David R Lewis (@RepDavidRLewis) October 30, 2016
Rep. Graig Mayer (D-Hillsborough):
Paul Luebke was a tireless progressive advocate. Always focused on the people of NC. And I will truly miss his advice in the Finance Cmte.— Rep. Graig Meyer (@GraigMeyer) October 30, 2016
It says a lot about Luebke that the thing he was most willing to stake his career on was to protect justice and rights for people who are so often ignored by the system, and many of whom wouldn't ever even be able to vote for him.
I will continue to fight the flawed emphasis of most of my legislative colleagues upon prison construction as a "solution" for crime. I will continue to advocate for alternatives to incarceration for those convicted of non-violent felonies. One reason to fight for such an alternate "smart on crime" policy is that, under current policy, low-income African-American males are disproportionately represented in North Carolina's prisons.
The presidential campaign was rocked on Friday after federal law enforcement officials said that emails pertinent to the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server were discovered on a computer belonging to Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of a top Clinton aide.CNN:
In a letter to Congress, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said the emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, which law enforcement officials said was an F.B.I. investigation into illicit text messages from Mr. Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, is married to Huma Abedin, the top aide.
Mr. Comey's letter said that the F.B.I. would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government. Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Mrs. Clinton’s private server. And while Mr. Comey said in his letter that the emails “appear to be pertinent,” the F.B.I. had not yet examined them.
Investigators took possession of multiple computers related to the inquiry of Anthony Weiner in early October, U.S. law enforcement officials said. Weiner is Abedin's estranged husband and is being probed about alleged sexting with a purportedly underage girl.Then it gets even weirder:
Technical experts at the FBI began procedures to catalogue the emails found on one of the computers and soon found emails belonging to Abedin. The discovery surprised investigators, triggering legal issues because the search warrant was limited to the sexting case. That's why the Justice Department sought the new search warrant.
CNN has a pretty decent background on all of this, but the rub is that, after Comey, a Republican appointed by President Obama, cleared Clinton a few months ago, he came under fire from Donald Trump and other Republicans for not charging Clinton.
All of this is to say: we don't really know a damn thing yet about what's in the new emails - or if they even are new - and we won't until well after the election. What we do know, however, is that congressional Republicans have their strategy against the Clinton administration down pat:
So basically, the next four years (assuming Clinton will win) are going to look a lot like the last six, with the added possibility of impeachment proceedings. Sweet. Everything is fine.
Through 11 of 17 days of NC in-person early voting, top 2 counties:— Gerry Cohen (@gercohen) October 31, 2016
Pence was NC Saturday, but no other Trump/Pence appearances skedded now. Next week, Biden, Obama, HRC, Ne-Yo, WJC, all in NC for Clinton.— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) October 30, 2016
Not to be pessimistic, but it's hard not to feel like everything is falling apart.
After a night of chaotic clashes with police on the front lines in a months-long protest, Native American activists complained about the force wielded to drive protesters from the path of a pipeline they contend will desecrate tribal lands and put their lone source of drinking water at risk.
Protesters said that those arrested in the confrontation had numbers written on their arms and were housed in what appeared to be dog kennels, without bedding or furniture. Others said advancing officers sprayed mace and pelted them with rubber bullets.
“It goes back to concentration camp days,” said Mekasi Camp-Horinek, a protest coordinator who said authorities wrote a number on his arm when he was housed in one of the mesh enclosures with his mother, Casey.