Friday Five: Beasley concedes, Newby succeeds, & more

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1. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Chief Justice-elect Paul Newby discusses historic win

"In a year where North Carolina saw multiple close races, the state Supreme Court’s 2020 chief justice race was the closest, with a 401-vote difference between the winner, Republican current Associate Justice Paul Newby, and Democratic incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasley.

“This is historic,” Newby told NSJ in a Dec. 14 interview. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a race anywhere in the country with 5.5 million people voting and the separation was 401 votes."

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2. VIDEO: GOP Congressman Mark Walker, of Greensboro, Senate campaign announcement video

ICYMI: GOP Congressman Mark Walker, of Greensboro, whose congressional district was redrawn last year, announced earlier this month that he'll run for the U.S. Senate.

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3. CAMPUS REFORM: LGBT advocates want potential Biden admin to threaten Christian college accreditation

"An LGBTQ rights organization released a set of policy proposals that encourage the Department of Education to deny accreditation to religious schools based on 'nondiscrimination policies and science based curricula.'

Christian educators see the policies as a threat to their convictions."

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4. DAILY SIGNAL: 8 Education Choice Wins in 2020

This year, the coronavirus pandemic presented new hurdles for 55.1 million students and their families after 124,000 public and private schools closed nationwide. Despite these unprecedented challenges, policymakers and families responded quickly with innovative solutions, which helped to advance education choice in 2020.

Here are eight examples of education choice wins from this year:”

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5. THE HILL: Georgia sets new voting record for runoffs

“More people cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Georgia’s Senate runoffs this week than those that did so when early voting opened ahead of the 2020 general election.

Roughly 168,000 Georgians went to the polls on Monday, the first day to vote early in-person in the state’s two critical Senate runoff elections, according to numbers provided by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. By comparison, some 128,000 voted on the first day of early voting for the November general election.

Another 314,000 people cast absentee ballots on the first day of the early-voting period.“

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WEEKLY PRAYER: LIBERTY

LORD, you have blessed us with a spiritual liberty that is so wonderful and beyond description, that it can only be understood through experiencing a life-giving relationship with Christ. However, we also recognize that in your grace, you have blessed our country with a political liberty that enables us to openly proclaim the experience of a life lived in the freedom of the Gospel.

LORD, as individuals and as a nation, may we never take the inalienable right of religious freedom for granted. Right now our country has faced a rapid increase in the number of attacks made against this cherished right. We have seen groups across our public arena increase in boldness and frequency their smears against religious liberty. They claim it is bigotry, when we know it is the security of the greatest of all possible loves.

Be with your people and our country as it continues to protect the constitutional right protected by our nation's Founders. Be with legislators and the Supreme Court, as they determine through their actions the protection of this particular and fundamental freedom. 

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)

"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Galatians 5:13)

"Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God." (1 Peter 2:16)


Amen

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