Pete's Prep: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Congressman Meadows in "fit of rage" against House Speaker

The House Freedom Caucus has the chance to deliver a big victory on part of the illegal immigration issue. Can it?


AND … THERE WAS DRAMA YESTERDAY IN THE HOUSE between two people who have outsized influence on Trump’s agenda: HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS CHAIRMAN MARK MEADOWS got into a heated battle withSPEAKER PAUL RYAN in the middle of the House floor late Wednesday afternoon.

AT AROUND 4:15 P.M., Meadows approached Ryan on the House floor in what appeared to be something approaching a fit of rage. Meadows and Ryan had their hands and fingers pointing at each other. The North Carolina Republican said to Ryan, “I don’t care anymore,” waving his hands in the air. He told several people on the floor, “I’m done.”

FOR CONTEXT: Meadows was involved in negotiations on bringing up a conservative and compromise immigration bill. These bills can’t come up without his support.

Afterward, Rep. Meadows said it a communication issue:

To try to clear up the confusion, the GOP leadership handled lawmakers some talking points about the compromise bill. However, Meadows claimed the "talking points don’t match the text" and "are not really for prime time."

"This was a communication issue where the leadership compromise bill omitted key provisions that had been agreed upon beforehand," Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson said in a statement. "We are working to resolve it."

Little attention paid to protest against Governor

The local paper covered it. The state media -- not so much. This is not some protest by right-wingers, either.

From the Wilson Times:

In a bid to shake Gov. Roy Cooper’s support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, opponents took their fight to the Nash County native’s backyard.

Roughly 50 concerned citizens rallied in the Elm Grove community south of Nashville on Saturday to oppose construction of the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. Advocacy group Nash Stop the Pipeline planned the event with assistance from the North Carolina Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Live.

Organizers held the protest near Cooper’s ancestral home where the governor’s father and grandfather were raised. Cooper signed off on a key permit for the pipeline in January and negotiated a $57.8 million environmental mitigation fund that his administration would control. State legislative leaders say that raised conflicts of interest and passed a bill appropriating the money for education.

This is a story that provides us yet another opportunity to play everyone's favorite game: Imagine the Coverage if it was a Republican.

The Constitution Party candidates get bumped from NC ballot

According to the Carolina Journal, when the Republican-led legislature overrode Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a judicial redistricting bill, it also disqualified candidates from the newly-recognized Constitution Party from appearing on the ballot.

Patrick Gannon, spokesman for the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, said the board ruled that S.B. 486 invalidated some Constitution Party candidates.

Elections Board Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach later sent Carolina Journal a copy of a letter informing 10 people who had filed for judicial seats that S.B. 757 altered the jurisdictions in which they filed to run.

It said the board “has canceled your Notice of Candidacy and will begin the process of reimbursing the applicable filing fee.”

It went on to state, “If you wish to participate in the 2018 General Election under judicial districts established by current law, you must submit a new Notice of Candidacy within the filing period … which ends on June 29.” The initial filing fee would be applied to the new filing fee if it had not been processed for reimbursement.

The Constitution Party (and the Democratic House Minority Leader) expect appeals and potential litigation.

But, wait! There's more!

The white population in America has shrunk for the first time in history.

The NC General Assembly has scheduled a committee debate on a Democratic bill to create a state-run healthcare system. (The Democratic House Minority Leader - Darren Jackson - called it a political stunt.)

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