Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Links 2/17/2016

Triad City Beat's Brian Cleary; Editorial: A letter to Roy Cooper

We understand from published news reports that you have declined to debate your opponent in the Democratic primary for governor at High Point University on March 1.

Cheesecake Factory coming to the Friendly Center

Allen Johnson; Hillary's African American problem

‘Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions,’ found that ‘Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions,’ and received ‘$4.4 trillion in federal business and support,’ in return—$760 in benefits for every dollar spent. That return ‘represents two-thirds of the $6.5 trillion that individual taxpayers paid into the federal treasury'”

Jeff Sykes; South Carolina primary will make or break Trump

List of United States local officials convicted of federal corruption offenses

The Hobbs Act, named after Congressman Sam Hobbs (D-AL) and codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1951, is a U.S. federal law enacted in 1946 that provides:

(a) Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Mike Barber

"extortion" means the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.

The Hobbs Act covers extortionate threats of physical, economic and informational harm (i.e. blackmail). To be "wrongful," a threat of physical violence must instill some degree of duress in the target of the extortion.[2] Furthermore, it is unlikely an economic threat is "wrongful" for Hobbs Act purposes unless a defendant purports to have the power to harm another person economically and that person believes the defendant will use that power to deprive him of something to which he is legally entitled.[3] Finally, in the context of blackmail, a Hobbs Act prosecution is probably proper if there is no nexus between the information the defendant threatens to expose and the defendant's claim against the property of the target.[4]

What Can Be Done About Greensboro's Corruption?

No Accountability: UNC System Foundations Operate in Secrecy

The UNC System is flush with foundations that raise money for their associated universities, and researchers who have looked at these types of organizations on a national level have called them “slush funds” and “shadow corporations” that too often operate in secrecy, despite spending taxpayers’ money.

The inside scoop I am getting is that ALL primaries — except those for US House — will go forward in March.  The congressional primaries will be pushed back to May to allow time for map tweaking.

FCC commissioner: U.S. tradition of free expression slipping away

"Truck-ocalypse" Hits Main Street As Daimler Fires 1,250 Amid Collapsing Demand

Eight things to watch in 2016's first Duke-North Carolina battle


Bombardier to slash 7,000 jobs over the next two years