by Paul Blest
NC Dems finally exceeding 2012 levels at same day before the election. Change from 2012:— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 4, 2016
NC Afr-Am coming back following 1st week of poll closures. Down 57,796 (-10.2%) today relative to 2012, was -63,486 (-11.0%) y'day— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 4, 2016
NC Women +169,429 (+11.8%) relative to 2012, Men +114,379 (+10.4%). Net 55,050 more women voting early compared to 2012— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 4, 2016
Yesterday Orange Co passed 2012's total in person early vote with 2 days left. 50861 compared to 50230 via @gercohen— (((Will Cubbison))) (@wccubbison) November 4, 2016
Sanders basically called Pat McCrory a coward:
Sanders: "We have cowardly Republican governors all over this country trying to suppress the vote." cc: @PatMcCroryNC— Indy Week (@indyweek) November 4, 2016
Sanders to Republican governors trying to suppress the vote: "Get out of politics and get another job."— Indy Week (@indyweek) November 4, 2016
Come on, man. Get it together.
Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, was on MSNBC Thursday defending emails he'd sent about early voting in the state, but he quickly changed the subject. Woodhouse said that there was no "suppression vote problem in North Carolina" but that Democrats had a "depression problem."
"You know why? It's very simple their candidate – if elected–could have these on Inauguration Day," Woodhouse said holding up the pair of handcuffs.
"You're bringing props for our show here, Dallas?" MSNBC host Hallie Jackson asked. "Is this the kind of rhetoric you want to be saying five days out from an election?"
"You know she is accused of misdeeds with her emails, she is accused of problems with the Clinton Foundation. People in America don't trust her. That's why Democrats have a depression problem," Woodhouse said.
At an October 11 debate, McCrory seemed to endorse racial profiling. When asked if implicit bias was a factor in policing, McCrory responded, "There's bias in all of us, it's not necessarily racial bias. There might be bias in how we dress, how we look, the environment that we might be in. Those are tools that police use to determine what action to take."So yeah, we're taking this one with a grain of salt.
Earlier this year, McCrory signed HB 972, a bill that restricts police body-camera footage so that only the police can decide whether or not to show the footage to anyone, even if the person requesting it is on the recording. The law—which critics worry will further erode trust between the police and African-American communities—also says that the footage can only be released to the public following a court order.
In 2013, McCrory signed the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, which eliminated the ability of death row inmates to challenge their sentences on racial grounds. When he signed it, he called that provision a "loophole." Some examples of this "loophole": In one 2012 case, brought by three condemned inmates, a judge found that racial discrimination in jury selection "is further supported by statements by attorneys and judges acknowledging that the practice continues and is visible." In another the same year, a court found statistical bias in the use of the death penalty. Both cases were challenged under the Racial Justice Act.
In 2015, McCrory signed a bill that removes the requirement for a physician to be present during an execution and excluded the names of execution-drug manufacturers from public records. The death penalty is effectively illegal in North Carolina; the state has not executed anyone in a decade, due to legal challenges and the unwillingness of manufacturers to sell the lethal drugs, but McCrory wants to bring it back.
Over the objections of secretary of public safety Frank Perry, McCrory instructed Perry to renew a $3 million [private prison] contract with a political donor, Charlotte developer Graeme Keith. According to Perry, during a meeting with McCrory and Perry, Keith said that he had given a lot of money to candidates running for public office, and he was due something in return. McCrory said that he didn't hear the comment: "Had I heard it, I would have walked out."