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When a Republican talks about leveling the playing field you know they mean "rigging the system in our favor because we can't win by the regular rules"

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💯❣️💯❣️💯

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Terrific investigative journalism once again. PLEASE keep on keeping on upholding the 4th estate’s critical functions in a true democracy!

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Jun 10·edited Jun 10

How to know who is the most dishonest and corrupt of all Republicans? In league with this blowhard fool running for Governor of NC, who paid for an abortion that HE insisted upon because he did not want to be responsible for a child after impregnating his girlfriend, we have R Speakers of the House: Tim Moore of NC inspired by the trend set by Mike Johnson. Why is Mark Robinson's past guilt over forcing his girlfriend to have an abortion not in ads? Voters would understand that kind of hypocrisy.

Thanks for exposing what is endangering our nation's rules of law that make our government function cleanly.

Here's evidence of intelligent awareness: "North Carolina Senate Democrats walked out of the vote on the proposal in protest to draw attention to the scheme. 'We walked out today because it is critical we shine a light on a dark-of-night rushed process that will undermine our democratic process,' North Carolina Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D) said."

As you may know Attorney General Josh Stein (D) is a superb and proven public servant! Dark Money really stinks to high heaven!

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Citizens United created this.

Money is speech. For the rich.

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The fact that this race is tied is yet more evidence of who we are as a country. Robinson, a radical who espouses outrageous beliefs, is unfit to be Governor. Yet he is tied with Stein.

In the presidential race many blame the fact that Biden is old and “feeble”, walks to stiffly, misspeaks etc. for the fact he is trailing trump. It is time we face facts. A frightening percentage of voters in this country are ready to elect wholly unsuitably candidates like trump and Robinson and many others like them. This is who we are.

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This!

What should be frightening to those of us that think is that Americans are voting people into office that are terrifyingly radical. Effective pragmatist are being replaced with religious fundamentalist with warped views on their religion on the right and Hamas supporters on the left.

Plenty of blame to go around here AFTER we blame ourselves for allowing this to happen.

Americans should have a great introspection so that we can avoid a great humiliation.

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It continues to blow my mind that Stein and robinson are tied. Stein has actual accomplishments to run on!

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The evenly divided North Carolina is the new severely gerrymandered Wisconsin. Ugh. We really need to expand the Supreme Court so that we can fix partisan gerrymandering, because shrugging to that is asinine.

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Conservatives like to apply the term "thug" to looters and petty thieves, but this behavior is thuggery, pure and simple. North Carolina Republicans are trying to steal an election. That's way worse than the kind of theft Target covers by writing off as "shrinkage."

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Yes indeed. Thugs parading in Brooks Brothers suits.

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They used to be called mobsters, who paid law enforcement to look the other way. Now, they’re

called Republicans, and they’re shady as ever.

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Now they get paid every which way they can.

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Right you are! And some of it is right out in the open.

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The GOP has learned that saying the quiet part out loud hasn’t cost them any votes! Until that changes, the corruption will flourish and democracy remains at risk. The voters in NC gave the GOP a super majority in the state house. And now, it appears that half of them want Robinson as governor. All these things are symptoms, not the disease itself.

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"North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R) defended the proposal, stating it would "level the playing field so that everyone plays by the same rules.""

The Party of Constant Criminal and Grifters has one basic rule:

(If ) edit - SINCE you can't win, cheat and cheat and cheat some more.

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Vote .. that's all NC has.... r's can launder all the money they want but there is no price that is OK to end the lives of women, families and LGBTQ people.. what a 12th century monster

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Wait - they added this to a bill regulating mask wearing in public? A terrible idea compounded exponentially. Let me guess - the state of NC is hopelessly gerrymandered so the voters can't get reps with brains in those seats.

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We are gerrymandered AND had a democrat switch parties last year to give the republicans a supermajority in the House. Thanks for nothing, Tricia Cotham. It’s a mess. I’ve lived here 23 years and the R’s have run the state into the ground since gaining the majority in 2012.

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Jun 10·edited Jun 10

As my late father would say: 'Republicans aren't good for anything except getting elected.'

Great reporting folks!

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Assuming it passes this week, how long can Cooper sit on it before vetoing it? That time frame could be crucial in this election. When does the legislature recesses for the year? And how quickly can they reassemble to override? It seems to me the timing is key -- there are only 5 months left.

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In NC, without the governor’s signature, a bill becomes law in 12 days. The session ends on July 31st.

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Aha --thanks! So this monstrosity could be in place 2 weeks after initial passage even assuming Cooper vetoes on day 12, right? Can the Dems prevent a quorum?

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Definitely discouraging!

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Correct, waiting to veto the bill serves no real purpose. In NC, a quorum is defined (by state constitution) as majority of all members of the house. With so few dems, it’s not possible to shut down proceedings.

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thanks again --very helpful (if discouraging)

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The legislature would have to return from vacation - make them work for it!

Also, the veto and special session will bring attention to the issue, not long before these reps will face the general election in November.

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Remember the GOP frauds claiming that mail-in ballots and modifications made to election procedures in an election year due to COVID were unconstitutional?

So changing campaign finance law in June of an election year because the national GOP won't help finance a lunatics run for Governor - no problem!

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Let's not ignore the main issue with this election. Why is such an abhorrent human being so close to being elected governor? Have we really become such a hateful society that a significant number of people are planning on voting for him?

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For the same reason the former POTUS got elected and is on the ballot yet again.

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I live in a liberal part of NC (yes, they exist!) and am horrified that Robinson actually won the primary. The Repubs know they have a reprehensible candidate so once again are cheating and rigging the rules to try and sneak this horrible man to office. Thanks for your continued good journalism and I'm happy to support you.

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