Weekly Wrap: Lies, damned lies and statistics

Posted August 5

— The hot North Carolina summer has made a growing number of people irritable.

Exhibit 1: Gov. Pat McCrory's chief of staff held a late-night news conference to basically call a state toxicologist a liar because the scientist said in a deposition that McCrory took part in a conversation about how to inform people who live near coal ash dumps about potential health risks from using their well water. The scientist, Ken Rudo, said he stands by his statements.

Exhibit 2: Both vice presidential nominees, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, visited the state this week as the campaigns continue to jockey for position in what is expected to be a tight race. As expected, each man blasted the other's running mate.

Exhibit 3: McCrory said Attorney General Roy Cooper should forgo his salary after Cooper declined to represent the state in a potential appeal of its voter ID law to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the law, including the elimination of same-day registration and a shortening of early voting, saying state lawmakers adopted the changes "with discriminatory intent" to discourage black voters from going to the polls. Cooper said the ruling shows it no longer makes sense to defend the law in court, so McCrory said he plans to hire his own lawyers to do so.

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  • Carol Smith Aug 6, 11:10 a.m.
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    mccrory is he one who should forego his salary. he has cost this state hundreds of millions of dollars.