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2020 protest charges dropped, NC AG refusing to defend abortion pill law, etc.
No. 8 — Feb. 25, 2023
It was nearly three years ago when Monica Ussery was arrested for violating Governor Cooper’s executive order by attending a peaceful protest. When asked to explain what part of the order had been violated, the Raleigh Police Department told the public that “Protesting is a non-essential activity.” I expect there's going to be a lot coming out in the next few months, now that Monica Ussery no longer has criminal charges hanging over her head
While the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees are making moves from their end, advocacy organizations like Do No Harm and Color Us United are using legal complaints and media campaigns to combat DEI initiatives and racially discriminatory policies and programs at the major universities in the area.
Yesterday, as North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore was returning to Raleigh with another legislator, their vehicle was struck repeatedly from behind on the highway. Although it’s being reported this was not a targeted attack against the lawmakers, it reminds me of an incident from February 2022 when a vehicle in a protest convoy from Mebane to Raleigh was the victim of a hit-and-run in an apparently politically-motivated crime.
I’m not exactly sure what the point of having a state Attorney General if he refuses to defend the laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. Although AG Josh Stein may cite the FDA in declining to defend a law restricting the use of the abortion drug mifepristone, I don’t believe I’m the only one who suspects that Stein’s politics and political ambitions may have had a bit to do with this move.
If a citizen possesses a flashbang in North Carolina, it’s a weapon of mass death destruction, but if the police use one, like they did in Cary this week, it’s a “distraction device”. That’s all I have to say about this story, though I supposed I would be curious whether the gunshots which wounded the man’s son were fired by the police, or by the man himself.
Maybe it’s just me, but it feels a bit odd for a government high school to put on a play which is intended to impact public policy. I wonder how the mainstream media would report on a high school which put on a play for elected officials and lawmakers if the subject was gun rights, or restricting abortion?
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