STATE NEWS BRIEFS FOR 10-11-18
IMPACT FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL EXPECTED
[WILMINGTON] At press time Wednesday, Hurricane Michael, a Category Four storm called “extremely dangerous, “ was on track to barrel through Northern Florida, and eventually hit parts of North Carolina with gale force winds, picking up where Hurricane Florence left off just last month with flooding, downed trees and powerlines, and damage to property. Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency, and urged North Carolinians to put safety before all else for them and their families.
VOTER REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 15TH
[WILMINGTON]The voter registration deadline in New Hanover County has been extended to Monday, October 15, 2018 to provide additional assistance to those affected by Hurricane Florence. All voter registration forms are due by 5PM on Monday, October 15. If a voter misses the voter registration deadline but would still like to register, they may do so at any of the five One-Stop “Early Voting” locations in New Hanover County beginning on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER HONORED WITH MAC ARTHUR FELLOWSHIP
[GOLDSBORO] The Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach, and co-chairman of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, was the recipient of the prestigious $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. The MacArthur Foundation hailed Rev. Barber for his ability to lead “unusually inclusive fusion coalitions that are multiracial and interfaith, reach across gender, age, and class lines, and are dedicated to addressing poverty, inequality, and systemic racism.”
ADAMS, BUTTERFIELD BLAST
By Cash Michaels
Both North Carolina African-American Congress members – Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12), blasted their Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate after the confirmation Saturday of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US. Supreme Court.
“The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will forever be a dark stain in our nation's history,” said Congresswoman Adams in a statement. “His confirmation has further divided our country, and it is a profound threat to our progress and our values. Most alarming, Kavanaugh's confirmation is a blatant disregard to the suffering experienced by survivors of sexual and domestic assault and abuse.”
“President Trump and Senate Republicans once again put their party before the American people,” Rep. Adams added. “Washington is broken, but the people have the power to fix it.”
The Senate confirmed Judge Kavanaugh, 53, Saturday, after a weeklong FBI investigation into allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that as a teenager, Kavenaugh sexually assaulted her while drinking.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the charge during Senate confirmation hearings two weeks ago, after Dr. Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, holding firm to her contention that Kavanaugh did it.
“The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is the disturbing culmination of a long-time conservative legal movement and a Republican majority so hell-bent on advancing their agenda that they rammed through a Supreme Court nominee amid disturbing allegations that have yet to be fully addressed or investigated and serious questions about his judicial temperament, stated Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-1)
“In moving forward with a confirmation to a lifetime seat on our nation’s highest court, there should not be unresolved questions surrounding a nominee’s past conduct or his judicial temperament. The sexual assault allegations brought forward by Dr. Blasey Ford and others against Judge Kavanaugh and the partisan fury he displayed at last Thursday’s hearing raise very serious questions about Judge Kavanaugh’s honesty, temperament, and ability to be an impartial justice.”
“I am extremely disappointed in the Senate’s decision to confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court,” Cong. Butterfield continued. “ Now more than ever, our country needs a Supreme Court justice who will rise above ideology, protect the rights of all Americans, and preserve our system of checks and balances by stopping presidential abuse of executive power. Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record or past have shown he will be such a justice.”
Justice Kavanaugh was sworn-in immediately after the Senate confirmation vote Saturday. Pres. Donald Trump, who nominated the Maryland native to the High Court, apologized to him and his family for the partisan firestorm that ensued after Dr. Ford’s allegations were made public, and former college classmates of Kavanaugh came forward to confirm that they have seen him drunk as a student.
With Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Pres. Trump now has a conservative majority on the US Supreme Court that will more than likely rubber-stamp his policies if they are legally challenged there.
He is also expected to join the court’s conservatives in beating down affirmative action, a woman’s right to choose, and gun control.