[Update: Now that I'm home and drinking a beer, one final, summary post. For more than two hours, the school board majority held out for John Tedesco to be elected vice chair and Ron Margiotta's heir apparent as chair. The majority, that is, minus Debra Goldman. Through 55 ballots, Republican Goldman refused to vote with her Republican allies — Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett and Margiotta — for fellow Republican Tedesco.
[UPDATE, Friday, 10/21: Protest on the Capitol grounds? A day later, the N.C. Department of Administration says no — because regardless what the #OccupyRaleigh people may think the First Amendment means when it says "the right of the people peaceably to assemble (and) petition the Government for a redress of grievances" cannot be abridged, it doesn't mean peaceably assemble on your Capitol grounds. Why? Well, uh, because we say so.
In the Indy this week, I wrote about the N.C. Senate's vote to repeal the Racial Justice Act, a law meant to prevent executions in murder cases where the death sentence was a product of racial bias. The bill to repeal it, Senate Bill 9, passed both houses on party-line votes, with nearly every Republican voting yes and every Democrat voting no. So now Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, is "thinking hard" about whether the RJA should be repealed or not? That's what she says.
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